Neel Patel is a first-generation Indian American who grew up in Champaign, Illinois. His short stories have appeared in Indiana ReviewThe Southampton Review, Hyphen Magazine, The American Literary Review, and on His first book, If You See Me, Don't Say Hi, will be published this summer, July 10, 2018, by Flatiron Books, an imprint of Macmillan. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is at work on a novel.

In addition to writing, Neel enjoys cooking, dancing, traveling, and entertaining his friends. He spent his childhood in the Midwest—and often sets his stories there.