Ekta R. Garg’s love affair with words began at the age of 4, and by the age of 8 she was writing poetry and short essays. In elementary school she participated in a word junkie’s ultimate past time: spelling bees. She won the South Carolina state title four times, the regional title once, and competed in two national level competitions, including the 1993 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Her love for spelling supplemented her love for writing. Ekta was the co-editor of her high school yearbook for her junior and senior years. In college she worked briefly for the University of South Carolina campus literary magazine, The Garnet and Black, and in 2002 she got her MSJ in magazine publishing from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
Since the start of her career in 2005 Ekta has edited and written about everything from health care to home improvement to Hindi films. She has written for and edited: The Portland Physician Scribe, Portland, Oregon’s premier medical newspaper; show magazines for home tours organized by the Portland Home Builders Association; ABCDlady.com; The Bollywood Ticket; The International Indian; annual anthologies published both by the Avondale Inkslingers, based in Avondale, Arizona and the Facebook writers group Authors’ Tale.
In 2011 Ekta stepped off the ledge and became a freelancer. She edits short stories and novels for other writers, contributing to their writing dreams. She also reviews books for her own book review blog as well as NetGalley and Bookpleasures.com.
When she’s not writing, Ekta is a domestic engineer — known in the vernacular as “a housewife.” She’s married with two energetic daughters who keep her running, and she divides her time between keeping house and fulfilling her writing dreams on a regular basis.