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

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It’s the little things that distinguish…

…or as they say, “The devil’s in the details.” I keep thinking of a moment I had with an artist while having tea in Piccadilly circus! Thing is, I get approached by a LOT of Muslims who want to break into the business. Most of them are people who want to be writers, only some […]

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So now that I have so much time…

why aren’t I writing like mad? Daughter and Son in law came back safe and sound on Saturday, grandkiddies are gone, I have my life back. No need to get up so darn early in the mornings to make breakfast for kiddies, no need to worry if they’re surpassing their Thomas the Tank engine quota […]

but who’s counting? I’m starting to think menopause is a blessing! Women my age weren’t meant to be mothering. My daughter’s on Hajj and we’ve been taking care of the oldest two grandkids for about two weeks now, with one more to go. Grandkids are fantastic! But taking care of them while trying to adhere […]

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Freebies and Marketing…

I was corresponding with an old friend of mine and she sent me a link to a blogpost about an author visiting a school and not even being recompensed for her time and effort and my friend expressed alarm because I’d put up those youtube videos as free resources for educators on my youtube channel […]

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How do you find the courage?

I received an email a few days ago from a lady who’s seriously trying to decide whether to pursue a career in publishing and she asked, “My second question is what gives you the courage? I read a blog in which you were saying that ‘you just have to go for it’ but I’ve spent […]

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It’s the dog days of summer and it’s hard to get enthusiastic about much! Had a long talk with an editor on what’s working and not working with some sample chapters I sent her. It was funny. As I’m talking to her and she’s confirming all of my worst fears about the piece, there’s part […]

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I simply love hearing and learning about other artists’ and authors’ creative process! When Christiane contacted me after she’d finished the artwork for my new book King for a Day, I called her up and we talked on the phone and as we were talking I thought, hey, this would make a fantastic blog post or page on my […]

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I’ve finally launched the ebook version of my first novel. And I’ve uploaded a book talk for it that pretty much explains itself. Hope you like it!  

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My first video tutorial…

Well I did it. Jumped right in! And dang it’s a little rough, but it’ll do the job. Just thought with how busy teachers are, doing a video tutorial talking about how they can use Big Red Lollipop in their classrooms to teach point of view would be very helpful. So here it is. I’m […]

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Grrr…It happened again!

I always vowed I wouldn’t be unapproachable like those high falutin’ authors I admired when I was just starting out! Those authors who you just couldn’t ask for advice because they were way up high on some mountain top and wouldn’t descend long enough to even say, “Boo.” The queries come in fits and starts. […]