Author Spotlight: Interview With Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

Salaam, everyone! It’s the first day of #RamadanReadathon 2020 and we’re kicking off in style with the first author interview of this year.

As you know, the readathon is themed around the anthology Once Upon An Eid, so I wanted to spotlight as many of its contributors as possible during the month. The first story in the anthology is written by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow and I’m so pleased to welcome her on the blog today!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow author photoJamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, M.S.Ed, is an educator and children’s book author. She began writing children’s books when she couldn’t find enough stories about kids like the ones she birthed and the ones she was teaching. Her books include Mommy’s Khimar (Simon & Schuster, 2018), Once Upon An Eid (Abrams Books, 2020, contributor), Your Name Is A Song (The Innovation Press, 2021) and Abdul’s Story (Simon & Schuster, 2021). Her works, which feature young Black Muslim protagonists, have been recognized and critically-praised by many trusted voices in literature, including American Library Association, School Library Journal, and NPR. She’s taught youth in traditional and alternative learning settings for 15 years and currently directs and develops writing programs for Philadelphia and New Jersey youth at Mighty Writers. You can follow her on Twitter @jtbigelow.Read More »

Author Spotlight | Interview With Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

 

Ramadan Readathon 2019

Salaam everyone!

Unfortunately, this is the last in a series of author interviews for #RamadanReadathon, dedicated to shining a spotlight on new and upcoming releases from debut and established writers. But I’m so excited to welcome Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé on the blog today to talk about her debut novel Ace Of Spades which will be published by Usborne in 2020!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


faridah iyimideFaridah Àbíké-Íyímídé is a writer from South London who has dreamt of writing books about black kids saving (or destroying) the world all her life. She is an avid tea drinker, and a lover of thrillers and mystery’s. She currently studies English, Chinese and Anthropology in the Scottish Highlands.

Her debut novel Ace Of Spades will be published by Usborne in the UK (2020) with a second untitled novel – also published by Usborne – to follow. You can follow her on Twitter @faridahlikestea.

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Author Spotlight | Interview With Nadine Jolie Courtney

 

Ramadan Readathon 2019

Salaam everyone!

As part of #RamadanReadathon, I’ve been hosting a series of author interviews to spotlight new and upcoming releases from debut and established authors. I’m so excited to welcome Nadine Jolie Courtney on the blog today to talk about her upcoming novel All-American Muslim Girl!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


nadine jolie courtneyNadine Jolie Courtney is the author of Romancing The Throne, Beauty Confidential and Confessions of a Beauty Addict. Her fourth book All-American Muslim Girl will be published in 2019 by FSG Books for Young Readers. A graduate of Barnard College, her writing has appeared in Town & Country, Cosmo, ELLE Canada, Refinery29, Vanity Fair online, Vogue online, and many other outlets. She starred on the second season of Newlyweds: The First Year on Bravo and lives in Santa Monica, California with her husband Erik and her daughter Aurelia. She is still waiting for her invitation to Buckingham Palace. Find her on Twitter @nadinecourtney and Instagram @nadinejoliecourtney.

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Author Spotlight | Interview With London Shah

Ramadan Readathon 2019

Salaam everyone!

As part of #RamadanReadathon, I’ll be hosting a series of author interviews to spotlight new and upcoming releases from debut and established authors. I’m so excited to welcome London Shah on the blog today to talk about her debut novel The Light At The Bottom Of The World!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


london shahLondon Shah is a British-born Muslim of Afghan descent. She has lived in Britain’s capital city for most of her life via England’s beautiful North. When she’s not busy re-imagining the past, plotting an alternate present or dreaming up a surreal future, then she’s most likely drinking copious amounts of tea, eating all the sweets and cakes, strolling through Richmond Park or along the Thames, getting lost on an evening in the city’s older, darker alleyways—preferably just after it’s rained—listening to punk rock, or losing herself in a fab SFF book or film. If she could have only one super power, it would be to breathe underwater. The Light At The Bottom Of The World is her debut novel. You can follow her on Twitter @London_Shah.

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Author Spotlight | Interview With Farah Naz Rishi

Ramadan Readathon 2019

Salaam everyone!

As part of #RamadanReadathon, I’ll be hosting a series of author interviews to spotlight new and upcoming releases from debut and established authors. I’m so excited to welcome Farah Naz Rishi on the blog today to talk about her debut novel I Hope You Get This Message!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


farah naz rishiFarah Naz Rishi is a Pakistani-American Muslim writer and voice actor, but in another life, she’s worked stints as a lawyer, a video game journalist, and an editorial assistant. She received her B.A. in English from Bryn Mawr College, her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School, and her love of weaving stories from the Odyssey Writing Workshop. When she’s not writing, she’s probably hanging out with video game characters. You can find her at home in Philadelphia, or follow her on Twitter at @far_ah_way.

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Author Spotlight | Interview With Farah Heron

Ramadan Readathon 2019

Salaam everyone!

As part of #RamadanReadathon, I’ll be hosting a series of author interviews to spotlight new and upcoming releases from debut and established authors. I’m so excited to welcome Farah Heron on the blog today to talk about her debut novel The Chai Factor!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


farah heronAfter a childhood raised on Bollywood, Monty Python, and Jane Austen, Farah self-rejected her writing career before jotting down a single word, despite admitting her ultimate fantasy was to be a writer. But when she could no longer keep the story arcs straight in her daydreams, she started writing a few years ago and never looked back. She writes romantic comedies and women’s fiction full of huge South Asian families, delectable food, and most importantly, brown people falling stupidly in love. Prior to writing, she had careers in Human Resources and Psychotherapy. She lives in Toronto with her patient husband, surly teenager, and delightful middle-grader, along with two gerbils, one hamster, one rabbit, and a fish named Silvia. You can follow her on Twitter @FarahHeron.

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Author Spotlight | Interview With Nafiza Azad

Ramadan Readathon 2019

Salaam everyone!

As part of #RamadanReadathon, I’ll be hosting a series of author interviews to spotlight new and upcoming releases from debut and established authors. I’m so excited to welcome Nafiza Azad on the blog today to talk about her debut novel The Candle And The Flame!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


nafiza azadNafiza Azad was born in Fiji and spent the first seventeen years of her life as a self-styled Pacific Islander. Now she identifies as an Indo-Fijian Muslim Canadian, which means she is often navigating multiple identities. Nafiza has a love for languages and currently speaks four. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Children’s Literature from the University of British Columbia and co-runs The Book Wars (thebookwars.ca), a website dedicated to all things children’s literature. Nafiza currently lives in British Columbia with her family. You can follow her on Twitter @Nafizaa.

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Author Spotlight | Interview With Shereen Malherbe

Ramadan Readathon 2019

Salaam everyone!

I’m so excited to interview Shereen Malherbe on the blog today for the first author spotlight of #RamadanReadathon. Her latest novel, The Tower, was published last month by Beacon Books – you can read all of my thoughts on the book in my review!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Shereen Malherbe is a British, Palestinian author.Shereen Malherbe

Shereen’s second contemporary fiction novel, entitled The Tower, published by Beacon Books has been described as, ‘moving’, ‘original’ and ‘undeniably refreshing’.

Her debut novel, Jasmine Falling, has been voted as one of the top 10 books representing Muslims in Literature and in the top 20 Best Books by Muslim Women.

She also researches and writes on behalf of Muslimah Media Watch about the representation of Muslim women in the media and appeared on British Muslim TV and the Islam Channel resulting in her classification in the Media Diversified Experts Directory. You can follow her on Twitter @malherbegirl.

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Author Spotlight | Savita Kalhan On Writing The Girl In The Broken Mirror

Hi everyone!

I’m excited to welcome Savita Kalhan on the blog today to talk about her debut novel The Girl In The Broken Mirror. She’ll be discussing the significance of the quote that opens her novel and the writing process itself, as well as sharing some helpful tips for writers beginning or yet to begin the publishing journey.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


savita kalhan

Savita Kalhan was born in India but moved to the UK when she was very young. She graduated with a joint honours degree in politics and philosophy from the University of Wales. She was a Batik artist and teacher before she turned to writing. Her debut novel the Long Weekend is described as ‘an intensely compelling thriller’ which addresses the issue of stranger danger. Her recent books include Stories from the Edge and Even Birds are Chained in the Sky. Savita lives in London. You can follow her on Twitter @savitakalhan.

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Author Spotlight | Interview With Muhammad Khan

Hello everyone!

I’m very excited to welcome Muhammad Khan on the blog today to talk about his debut novel I Am Thunder. I absolutely adored the book so I wasn’t passing on the opportunity to interview the author about his inspirations and writing process as part of @TheMuslimShelf book club on Twitter.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


mkhan

Muhammad Khan is a maths teacher in a secondary school in Tooting and takes his inspiration from the children he teaches, as well as his own upbringing as a British-born Pakistani. He lives in South London and will be studying for a creative writing MA next year at Roehampton. You can follow him on Twitter @mkhanauthor.

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