Shilpi Somaya Gowda was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. In college, she spent a summer as a volunteer in an Indian orphanage, which seeded the idea for her first novel, Secret Daughter, published in 2010. It became an international bestseller, selling over 1 million copies worldwide, and has been translated into 24 languages. Her second novel, The Golden Son, is being published in late 2015-early 2016 around the world. Shilpi holds an MBA from Stanford University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead-Cain scholar. She has served on the Advisory Board of the Children's Defense Fund, and is a Patron of Childhaven International, the organization for which she volunteered in India. She lives in California with her husband and children.Secret Daughter, Shilpi's debut novel published in 2010, has sold more than a million copies worldwide in over 30 countries and languages. It is a New York Times bestseller, #1 International bestseller, and film rights have been optioned.The Golden Son, Shilpi's highly-anticipated second novel is already an instant #1 bestseller in Canada, and is being published in the U.S. and around the world in early 2016. The screen rights have been optioned to Conquering Lion Pictures.