Ashok K. Banker is the internationally acclaimed author of over sixty published books which have sold over three million copies in twenty-one languages and sixty-one countries. He has been credited as the pioneer of Indian crime fiction, science fiction, fantasy and horror in English. His hugely successful Ramayana Series launched the genre of mythological retellings, now India’s biggest selling publishing category. As a journalist, he broke front-page news for Times of India, Outlook and The Week. As a screenwriter, he created and wrote India’s first TV series in English, A Mouthful of Sky, and other highly successful TV serials.
Ashok is of Irish-Portuguese-Sri Lankan-Indian parentage. He was born in and lived in Mumbai before migrating permanently to the United States with his family. Awaken is the first book in the Shakti Trilogy.