I love writing but am new to actually getting everything out on paper and out in the world. I’ve written one MG that was pretty bad and one MG that was not that bad. My current WIP is urban fantasy MG. I love adding family themes, multicultural/multiracial characters, addressing neurodivergence as well. My characters are typically Muslim. I have a YA or 2 in the back of my brain and surprisingly just starting outlining a Rom Com. I used to live overseas, teaching English as a second language. I’m now in healthcare!
I love stories with heart and family, struggles with friendships, and stories from diverse backgrounds. My most recent favorites have been two books by Christine Day, Other Words for Home, Once Upon an Eid, and pretty much anything Neil Gaiman.
While I could be sold on light elements of these, I’m not the best match for: high fantasy, really technical sci-fi, horror.
Working on this 🙂 not my strong suit.
My book in a nutshell is Safiya Kareem, an almost-12 year old who has been hiding her powers of healing from her family until it’s clear she needs to use them. This doesn’t go according to plan. Her great-grandmother gets sick. Really sick. And to save her, she is going to have to work with her perfect Bengali princess cousin who has powers of her own… more of a family business Safiya’s only now getting to know. They have to work together to seek a medicine that can help their great-grandma. Some of the Council Elders will help, some … not so much. They only have days left to cross continents and convince the Council to share their knowledge and save their Great-Grandma, if they can learn to work together.
I knew there was a time when my cousin wasn’t complaining, and might even have been likeable. I just can’t remember when that was.
“Boramma’s never late,” Mariam groaned. She pulled off her hijab, and tossed it on the coffee table with a sigh of defeat.
“Sorry,” I said. But I wasn’t. She had to experience disappointment at least once in her life.
“It’s not like her to forget,” Mariam said, blame in her voice as if I could control Boramma missing their weekly hike. She plopped down on the couch and turned her heavily lined eyes to her phone. They were lovely, large gold-flecked eyes, forever fixed in a squint. Or maybe that was just at me. I shrugged, not letting her see the steam building inside my chest. She’d whined all through dinner, and was determined to spoil dessert, too.
“It’s too late now, anyway,” Fufu said over the island counter from the kitchen. “Let’s have dessert and then we’ll head out. Safiya, help me in here?”
“OK, Fufu,’ I said, and dutifully entered the kitchen. Not that she needed help, more like keeping me from taking Mariam’s bait by making my hands busy. She was wearing a pink tee shirt with her bakery’s name on it in big, loopy letters. “Sadia’s Sugar and Spice.” Her purple hijab was folded on the side counter, and her thick, black hair was piled high in a tidy bun while she worked her magic.
Hints of cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and peppercorns…
A quirky MG fantasy, a second MG in the Safiya series, and two more serious contemporary YA.
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