Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen: Nerdy Chick or Shoe Fashionista?

Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen is one of the smartest people I know. She’s also one of the bravest. It takes guts to be the very first person interviewed on a brand new blog with a name like Nerdy Chicks Rule.  Like me, Sudipta is an author. Unlike me, she has a whomping thirty six titles to her credit including a new early middle grade series forthcoming from Grosset and Dunlap featuring a nerdy chick with some special powers.  I’m so glad Sudipta joined us today! Her interview follows:

What is your favorite way to flaunt your brain power?

By working smarter, not harder. I have a job that lets me work in my bed, wearing pajamas, at any time of the day. That’s because I use my brain to create something (a story) from nothing. When I listen to the traffic reports in the morning, I feel badly for the commuters stuck in gridlock – and feel thankful that I’ve been able to use my brain to carve out a career for myself that is infinitely more rewarding, and requires infinitely less commuting!

Tell us about a time when nerdiness turned out to be an advantage.

Umm, every day of my life? (See above answer about working in my pajamas from bed.)

How did being a nerdy chick help you reach your goals?

I’ve had absolutely no training for the career I’ve chosen for myself – I don’t have a degree in literature, I’ve never taken a writing class, I have no reason to do what I do. In fact, I am a biologist by training, and was working on my PhD when I decided to stop and focus on writing. What made that transition possible is that college and graduate school – even though my major was science – taught me how to think, and how to figure out a solution to any problem. So when I decided I wanted to write, I used those thinking skills and attacked every story like it was a problem that needed solving.

If you could give your middle school or high school self one piece of advice, what would it be?

That the world is much bigger than middle/high school, and that what is cool to a teenager is not necessarily cool to the adult world. Be patient and be yourself. It will definitely be hard but it will also be worth it. Being different in middle school is torture. Being different as an adult makes you awesome.

If you could rewrite the ending of a favorite fairy tale, which one would you change, and why?

I would take every fairy tale that ends with the princess being rescued by Prince Charming and make the princess rescue herself. (Did you expect any other answer?)

Do you have a favorite hobby? Details please!

I don’t know if this counts as a hobby, but I love shoes. LOVE shoes. I have an entire floor-to-ceiling wall in my closet devoted to shoes – and only a tiny percentage of my shoe collection fits on this wall. And we’re not talking practical shoes. Stilettos, platforms, boots – even quite the selection of stiletto platform boots!

Also, I am a MASSIVE New York Giants fan. Another hobby would be obsessively trying to decipher which of my personal actions result in wins for Big Blue.

Have you figured out the answer to the title question yet?  If not, it’s both! See, you don’t have to sacrifice style to be a nerdy chick. (Unless you want to!) To learn more about Sudipta and her fabulous books, visit her new website at

Take a look at this trailer from Hampire, one of Sudipta’s most recent titles.

And here is my favorite title of Sudipta’s… for obvious reasons!

First Post Ever: Why Nerdy Chicks?

Hi! My name is Kami Kinard and I am a nerdy chick.  I am also a children’s writer. And a mom. And the creator of this blog. I am thankful for the long line of nerdy chicks who preceded me!  Some of these include:

Susan B. Anthony

Without her wit and determination, I probably wouldn’t be allowed to author this blog!  Susan B. Anthony flouted social norms in the biggest way!

Madame Curie

A fascinating and brilliant woman who coined the term radioactivity and who used her scientific discoveries to improve the human condition. During WWI, for example, she set up a mobile x-ray station to help doctors treat wounded soldiers. Ever heard of  the Bookmobile? Think of this vehicle as The X-Ray mobile! Thank you, Marie Curie, for flaunting your brain power!  (Actually, I have to say that in what I’ve read about Madame Curie, it seems like she was pretty humble about her brain power, but I’m thankful that she didn’t mind using it!)
Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

 Amelia Earhart is proof that smart girls can also be amazing adventurers!


When I was gathering information for this blog, I was surprised by how few women appeared on lists of intelligent people! I’m here to advocate for those amazing nerdy chicks whose songs have not yet been sung.  Every Monday here I’ll interview one of them. Then on Wednesdays, you’ll hear from me. On Friday’s we’ll highlight an activity or event that other nerdy chicks enjoy. It is not always easy to be smart and to make decisions that stand out from the pack.  If you’re a nerdy chick, you’ll find out here that you’re not alone!


Do you know someone who has accomplished something worthy by flaunting her brain power or by flouting social norms?  Please suggest them for a Nerdy Chick interview. You can do so by leaving a comment, or by sending me an email: kamikinard AT juno DOT com.  Nerdy Chicks Rule is hosting a huge giveaway starting on January 15.  Anyone who suggests an interviewee (even if we aren’t able to work her in) will be entered to win. What’s the huge giveaway? Check back on January 15!