I’m Ananya Vahal and I'm a writer. My focus is in literary nonfiction, digital content, and comic books but there is much more to me than that. I was born in New Delhi, India and raised in three different countries. Growing up around the world exposed me to perspectives that most people never have the privilege of obtaining. It also forced me to learn about cultures and languages different from my own. The influence of these perspectives, which include the struggles of immigration and assimilation into foreign countries, can be seen in all my work from social media strategies to comic books and personal essays.
When I was 26 years old, I lost my brother, Sid, to complications resulting from his double-lung transplant. He was 29 years old. One year later, in 2015, I started a nonprofit called The Sid Foundation to raise funds and awareness for lung transplant research. I continue to build this nonprofit to help progress lung transplant research and to keep Sid’s memory alive. I use Lung Girl comics as a way to educate the community about lung health through The Sid Foundation.
I earned my bachelor’s degree from The University of Georgia in English with a minor in Spanish in 2010. I earned my M.F.A. in Writing from SCAD in 2018. I also obtained a certification in Viral Marketing from Shaw Academy in 2018. I'm currently a freelance writer, the writer/content editor for Prime Vice Studios, a writing teacher, and the President of The Sid Foundation Inc. My mission is to use my writing to encourage women of color to share their unique underrepresented stories and join me in diversifying the literary world. Follow my #browngirlwrites blog where I share my writer's journey and show you how to #ownyournarrative.