Pier Nirandara is an author and photographer from Bangkok, Thailand. She is a lifelong lover of the ocean and its habitants (fantastical or otherwise), and began her career as Thailand’s youngest author at age 15 when her YA novel The Mermaid Apprentices received critical acclaim in 2009. Citing her experience growing up in a multicultural environment and traveling to over 80 countries, she was inspired to “write a children’s fantasy series that tackles themes of identity, prejudice, morality, and social responsibility.”
Since then, Pier has worked as Brand Ambassador for the Bangkok Metropolitan/UNESCO campaign “Bangkok Read for Life” and has spoken at various schools and events to promote literature. Her short story Fah was shortlisted for the S.E.A. Write’s ASEAN Young Writers Award. Additionally, the elements of fantasy and conservation play prominent roles in her work, and her photography focuses on capturing vivid images that expose deeper issues around the world, and particularly under the sea. She hopes to help bring attention to fragile ecosystems and marine wildlife.
Pier is a recipient of the Outstanding Youth Award, a judge for the Neilson Hays Young Writers Competition, and was added to Thailand’s Writer’s Hall of Fame. She currently resides in Los Angeles, where she works in Hollywood.