~ Short Bio ~

Saadia Faruqi is a Pakistani American author, essayist and interfaith activist. “Brick Walls: Tales of Hope & Courage from Pakistan” is her debut adult fiction book, and her children’s early reader series “Yasmin” will be published by Capstone in August 2018. She trains various audiences including faith groups and law enforcement on topics pertaining to Islam, and has been profiled by Oprah Magazine in 2017 as a woman making a difference in her community. She is editor-in-chief of Blue Minaret, a magazine for Muslim art, poetry and prose. She resides in Houston, TX with her husband and children. 

~ Ten Interesting Facts About Me ~

1. I was born in Pakistan in the city of lights, the city that never sleeps, Karachi. It was the decade of the seventies, and Karachi was a great place to grow up. Really.

2. I studied Business Administration at the University of Central Florida a long time ago, and have recently completed my Masters in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Sociology from Baker University in Kansas.

3. Travel is my middle name. I’ve stayed awhile in Ohio, Florida and Tennessee before finally settling in Houston, Texas, which is as close to Pakistan as I could possibly find within the U.S. I mean, when there’s a Hunan Chef serving a halal buffet, you’re pretty much in Heaven!

4. I write nonfiction for a living, mostly for nonprofit clients who need grant proposals and other kinds of documents. I write fiction for love. I think that says it all.

5. I am a self-taught “interfaith activist” which means I strongly believe that the path to peace in this world is to understand and accept other religions and ways of life as valid and valuable. Sometimes I write about that as well.

6. I have a husband who loves computers, two children in elementary school and a gaggle of in-laws close by – the typical Pakistani American family.

7. I like “back home” food most days, but my favorite things to eat are cheeseburgers and pizza, which make me an international citizen of some sort, if you think about it.

8. My bookshelves are filled with a hundred random titles, ranging from religion to fantasy to cookbooks. But in a perfect world I’d have an endless supply of mystery thriller novels. I’m still waiting for someone to write that perfect Pakistani or Muslim spy/crime story, preferably with a heroine named Saadia.

9. Brick Walls may be my first full-length fiction piece, but I like writing short stories in a variety of genres. Some of my favorite characters are Sam the Buck Tooth gas station attendant, and the unnamed Mother who searches for her sleep-walking  son. 

10. As editor-in-chief of Blue Minaret, I get to meet a crazy, awesome and uber-interesting array of authors, poets and artists dedicated to chronicling the Muslim experience. Some of my best friends are those I have never met in real life!

~ Even More about Me ~

Why I turned to fiction, as explained to The Story Prize blog

My top picks in books, videos and hobbies as told to Aerogram Magazine

An article about me written by J-Vibe: Saadia Faruqi – Tearing Down Brick Walls

An essay I wrote for Media Diversified UK entitled Let’s Tell Stories About Pakistan.

An article I wrote for xoJane about my law enforcement training that got huge recognition