Thushanthi Ponweera


Thushanthi Ponweera is a children’s author and poet. She lives in Sri Lanka where she grew up reading and falling in love with stories about children in foreign countries. She hopes that someday readers from around the world will fall in love with stories about children in Sri Lanka. Thushanthi is a We Need Diverse Books Mentee and a blog volunteer for the same organization where she interviews diverse writers and illustrators about their upcoming releases. She is thankful to be married to a man who constantly encourages her to follow her dreams, and is a mother to two gorgeous children who inspire her to be a better person. She loves drinking milk tea, watching the rain, traveling, and afternoon naps. Thushanthi is repped by Jacqui Lipton.


Fun Fact: The middle-grade novel Thushanthi is working on is based on a short story she wrote at 15.

Favorite Quote: “You never know what someone is going through. Be kind always.”