Nillu Nasser was born in London, UK, to Indian parents.
She studied English and German Literature at Warwick University, followed by European Politics at Humboldt University, Berlin. After graduating, Nillu worked in national and regional politics, but eventually reverted to her first love: writing.
Nillu writes literary fiction. Her stories often take place in rich settings and explore the search for identity from an outsider’s perspective. Her debut novel, All the Tomorrows, was published in 2017, followed by Hidden Colours in 2018. Her third novel, An Ocean of Masks, is due to be released in 2019.
Nillu also writes young adult urban fantasy under the pen name N. Z. Nasser. Her story ‘The Tombstone Man and the Coming of the Tigress’ can be found in UnCommonly Good (2017). She is currently working on a series. Book One will be released in 2019.
She loves the balance that the two strands bring to her work. Literary fiction is often about surviving the world. YA fiction is about saving it. And the world can be so dark that sometimes that saving it–at least on paper–is a whole heap of fun.
First and foremost, though, Nillu is a reader. She is happiest barefoot with a book in hand. They are the first thing she unpacks when she is somewhere new.
She lives in London with her husband and three children. If you fly into Gatwick and look hard enough, you will see her furiously scribbling in her garden office, where she is working on her next story.