Shoilee Banerjee is a young author, born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts where she wrote her first novel at age nine, a tale about a dragon and her experiences. Ever since, she knew that writing was something special and close to her heart.
So, she decided to dedicate her life to it, going on to win many national writing competitions. As she grew older, she decided to use the power of writing to help others. Why? Because at age fourteen, she saw many of her high school peers struggle with mental health.
Though she knew that she wasn’t (yet) a doctor, therapist, or health professional, she decided to help the way she knew best: through her words. This May, her debut novel, Something, releases. Banerjee’s #ownvoices YA novel focuses largely on the theme of mental health in the South Asian American community.
Banerjee is currently studying Public Health at college in Massachusetts and continues to advocate for those who have a hard time finding their own voice and for those who have already found theirs.
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1. Mental Health
2. How to break through the stigma of mental health as a minority within the Hindu Community .
3. How to pursue a professional non traditional paths as a Hindu woman.
4. How to break through the barrier of what’s expected as a Hindu woman.
5. How to get mental health help in the Hindu community.
1. Buzzfeed - Article
2. Thoughts by Dvilledi - Podcast
3. Hindu Students Council streamed on Facebook - Investing in Arts
4. Brand Ambassador Select
1. You wrote this novel at the age of 14. Why did you choose to write about the topic of mental health at such a young age?
2. What does literary success mean to you.
3. What was the hardest part of writing the novel for you.
4. You spent many years writing this book, now it's done. What is next for you?
5. If you could go back 4 years when you just started writing this book, what
would you tell your younger self?
6. What advice would you give to teens struggling with mental health?