Susmita is an Indian-born award-winning author. Her debut novel, The Normal State of Mind (Parthian, 2015, BEE Books, India 2016) was longlisted for the Word to Screen Prize at the Mumbai Film Festival, 2018. Her short story collection, Table Manners (Dahlia Publishing, 2018) won the Saboteur Award for Best Short Story Collection (2019) and was a finalist for the Hall & Woodhouse DLF Prize, 2019. Her short stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and been featured on BBC Radio 4. She teaches creative writing at Winchester University and facilitates the Mayflower Young Writers programme in Southampton. She lives in Winchester with her husband and two children.