My next young adult novel, That Thing We Call a Heart, received a Starred Review from Kirkus Reviews and is out in May 2017 from HarperTeen, an imprint of Harper Collins. It features complex, Muslim-American characters who defy conventional stereotypes and is set against a backdrop of Radiohead’s music and the evocative metaphors of Urdu poetry. You can read more about it here.
My third YA novel, The Road Trip Effect, about three South Asian American best friends who embark upon a road trip through the South, will be out in 2018 from HarperTeen. My first novel was Skunk Girl (Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR 2009).
I edited the anthology Alchemy: The Tranquebar Book of Erotic Short Stories 2 (Tranquebar Press, 2012). My work has appeared in 580 Split, Asia Literary Review, Barn Owl Review, Femina, Off Assignment, Shenandoah, South Asian Review, The Rumpus.net, Time Out Delhi and in several anthologies in the United States and India, including Baker’s Dozen: The Elle-Tranquebar Book of Short Stories, Cornered: 14 Stories of Bullying and Defiance, Electric Feather and Love Like That and Other Stories.
I’m also working on a historical fiction novel about a 13th century Muslim queen. I have an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and have done residencies at Hedgebrook, Ledig House, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and The Millay Colony for the Arts. I am represented by Ayesha Pande Literary.
I was raised in the lovely land of Rip Van Winkle, went to college in Philly, spent a long time living in New York City, a shorter time living in New Delhi and am now based in Nashville, TN.