According to family stories, Jasbinder was born in a stable close to the foothills of the Himalaya. Until she was a year and a half, she lived on a farm inhabited by a grumpy camel and a monkey called Oma.
Jasbinder grew up in Nottingham and adored having adventures with her siblings and German Shepherd dog Sabre. In her writing she loves creating magical worlds inspired by her love of nature and wild places. Jasbinder has an MA in Creative Writing for Young People, from Bath Spa University. She now lives in a wooded valley close to Bath with her husband, two teenage boys and dog Enzo and splits her time between teaching and writing.
Asha And The Spirit Bird, Jasbinder’s debut, won the 2017 Times/Chicken House Prize (as Song of the Mountain), was published in 2019 and was nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2020, long-listed for the Jhalak Prize 2020, is shortlisted for the Waterstones Book Prize 2020 and won the Costa Children’s Book Award 2019. Her 2nd novel Tamarind And The Star Of Ishta was longlisted for the Blue Peter Book Prize and won the Indie Children's Book Award. Jasbinder's 3rd novel Aarti And The Blue Gods is due to be released on 2nd September 2021.
You can follow Jasbinder on Twitter, as @JasinBath - Instagram, as Jasbinder Bilan or via her website - www.jasbinderbilan.co.uk.