Jalpa Williby was born in India and emigrated to the United States at the tender age of eight; a voracious reader, Williby’s adolescence was marked by a promising academic career and an affinity for Judy Blume’s books.
After graduating with a Bachelors of Science from the University of Illinois in 1991, Williby went on to earn her Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University in 1993. Her passion for helping her patients led her to a specialty in neuroscience, focusing on children and adults with neurological impairments.
For the past 20 years, Williby has worked as a Physical Therapist, a career she loves because she gets to make a difference, “One person at a time!” When she is not working, she enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her husband and her three children.
Juggling her time as a wife, a mother, and working fulltime, her love and passion for books never subsided. Some of her favorite books are A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Twilight Series, and The Hunger Games Trilogy.
When asked what inspired her to write her debut novel, Chaysing Dreams, Williby answers simply, “Because I have a story to share.”