Rukhsana’s thoughts on her journey of life, writing and sometimes—when she dares—a bit of politics.

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I’ve read a lot of author blogs and to be perfectly honest, I find most of them so cautious, they’re boring. It’s wise to be cautious. The internet is the world and things get back to people. Maybe I’m a fool for being less cautious. I was thinking about yesterday’s post where I talked about […]


I think I’m going to have to modify my policy when it comes to accepting invitations for Muslim events. I definitely believe in giving back to the community, but when the organizers see fit to hire a clown and a magician (never mind how incongruous it is to have a magician at an Islamic event!!!) […]

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The Anti-Linda Smith

Yesterday I was reminiscing about my old friend who passed away, Linda Smith, but it also got me thinking about a mutual friend of ours, I’ll call her D. To me D. represents the opposite of Linda’s generous unselfish nature. People seem to think that children’s publishing is a more benign world. But there’s a […]

Orphaned Books and Lost Chances (long)

The term  ‘orphaned’ book  usually applies to a book whose acquiring editor has moved on. In my ‘What’s Your Angle’ blogpost below, I briefly mentioned how the acquiring editor has a vested interest in making sure your book does well. But the way editors hop around, sometimes they leave after your book has gone into […]

What’s in a Name?

I’m always careful when I name my characters after a number of experiences during presentations. In my teen novel Dahling if You Luv Me Would You Please Please Smile I named one of the principle characters Jenny. Unfortunately, It was a too common choice of name that I came to regret. What often happened was that I’d get to a […]

Ask a stupid question…

get a stupid answer. Today, on the internet, I got asked why there wasn’t some Muslim fundraising event where we raised a bounty to catch bin Laden. Sigh. Most Muslims I know can’t top the bajillion or so dollars that are already on bin Laden’s head. Most Muslims I know are just trying to make […]

What’s Your Angle?

Do you remember that old Flintstones episode where he changes places with that big look-alike tycoon and all he has to remember to say whenever he’s asked any question was: “Who’s baby is that? What’s your angle? I’ll buy that.” I don’t know why that refrain stayed with me all these years. And when I […]

Playing Pat-a-cake and What Really Matters

The other day a rather desperate wannabe writer emailed me lamenting the fact that she wanted to be a published author, that I’d achieved so much and she was just a mother of two children. Her email was shocking to me. I found it really jolting that she looked upon motherhood in such a contemptible manner. And […]

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