I’m so grateful. This really is a dream come true. I’ve been pitching to BuzzFeed since 2017, and thankfully this year they onboarded me as a Contributor! I can’t wait to share my first article with you! Which will of course be about books! Stay tuned. Thanks for your support.
Thank you! I am chuffed!
Thank you so much to the Muslim authors that shared their books with me! I enjoyed immersing myself in Muslim authors and books with Muslim characters, specifically from indie publishers. It brought me back to my early days as a self-published writer, reviewing fellow Authors’ books on Amazon. Here is my Read list: I especiallyContinue reading “30 Days of Ramadan Reads”
My second Personal Essay for We Need Diverse Books One of the biggest honors of my writing career was working on the We Need Diverse Books blog team. My second essay for WNDB was about the first Eid under the Covid-19 pandemic. It was a comfort to express my thoughts and experiences with the WNDBContinue reading “Celebrating Eid at Home”
I’m grateful that publishers have chosen to feature my reviews for their books! I love NetGalley’s digital ARC selection and appreciate all the requests they have granted me. Thank you!
” Stay tuned for my first book review blog post for NetGalley this Sunday! What awesome unreleased book could I be reviewing? 3 guesses: I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella Love from A to Z by SK Ali Internment by Samira Ahmed Comment below with your guess! 🙂 Thanks, Shireen
I had a great time reading my award-winning children’s fiction short story “Rabbi the Rabbit” at the Islamic Center of Claremont’s Community School! The kids were attentive and asked intelligent questions, like ‘who is the illustrator?’ I was nervous that the kids wouldn’t sit through the story, which is about a heavy topic, refugee children.Continue reading “First Reading of “Rabbi the Rabbit!””
I’m excited and grateful that I blogged for NaNoWriMo! I love their site and have benefited from their advice, so I’m happy they responded to my ideas. I feel validated as a writer. My blog post has my tips on traditionally publishing a book, based on my experience writing and publishing my refugee story “RabbiContinue reading “NaNoWrimo Blog post: Follow the Rabbit”
I’ve always been physically active; I played sports and fidgeted in my seat in class. I’m happier when I’m active. For the past few years though, in a household of TV watchers, I became couch potato chip-eater, and therefore depressed. I ignored my instinct to go outside and walk because everyone else sat inside. (ObservationContinue reading “Eating represses feelings, Exercise lets them go.”
It’s a pleasure being a member of SCBWI, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. The members are gracious and helpful. With their feedback and encouragement, I published my short story in an anthology. That is why I am especially grateful and excited that they featured my book in their November issue of KiteContinue reading ““Rabbi the Rabbit” featured in SCBWI’s Newsletter!”