Poet and Fantasy Novelist
This Newark, NJ native, mother of two, K-drama lover, over-thinker, and sensitive writer aspires to be crafty enough to properly manifest her dreams into well-formed sentences. She started writing poetry in the 8th grade but has been given the gene of creativity from her parents. Drawing wasn’t as exciting for Khadija as it was for her twin sister, but she seemed to also have a proclivity for writing. She was inspired by a poetry book her mother gave her when she was in elementary school. Once in high school, Khadija found a venue to express herself through spoken and written word. In high school, she was given her first opportunity to perform and publish her poetry. She continued to do so throughout high school and college. After graduating from William Paterson University with a BA in Communications, she continued to perform and write poetry.
Self-publishing gave her the ability to publish her original poems. Her first ebook is titled Undone, a poetry ebook available on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Later Khadija found the courage to put the many stories she imagined while sleeping and daydreaming, into words and publish an ebook. Her major aspiration is to contribute a different multi-ethnic view to the paranormal, fantasy, young adult genre. She seeks to represent the unseen beauty in the different ethnics and cultures of people. People inspire her writing as much as her dreams. Awakened (Wak Series 1) was greatly influenced by her observation of people, her vision, and her research on African religion. Awakened (Wak Series 1) is only the beginning.
Descendants (Wak Series 2) will be released in late 2014. The Illuminators (Book 1 Illuminators Series) will be released in 2015.
Anything else you may want to know:
1) What inspired you to write Awakened?
I love to read fantasy and paranormal romance novels, but I noticed there aren’t many books in that genre with protagonists of color. I wanted to write a book that represented my African heritage. There is rich African/ African American history that should be shared no matter what race you are. I was doing research on African religion and mythology for another book I started to write. I came across the Oromo culture of the Kushites. They believe in the creator god Wak or Waaq. I found it interesting and thought this would make for a great vampire story, but put it on the back burner. However, my brain had other plans. While writing, a vision screened my mind. I couldn’t ignore it, for I knew this would be the opening to my book and so I wrote it down but still I put it aside. Yet, it was tugging at my heart, and so I postponed the project in exchange for Awakened.
2) What traits and other tidbits do you share with your main character? In Awakened, Alaya is a sprinter for Equinox High track team. When I was in high school, I also ran track.
3) Did any of your inspiration for this book originate in your real life experiences?When I wrote Awakened, I extracted the idea of being connected with someone at first sight. I have experienced love at first sight and I wanted to write about being bonded with someone. You can meet someone for the first time and immediately know that they are meant to be a part of you.
4) What made you decide to self-publish? It was a means to get my work published without the nail biting wait for a traditional publisher to accept my work.
5) Do you have another project in the works? If so, what is it? Currently, I’m working on Descendants, book 2 of the Wak Series. I plan to release that later this year. Then, I plan to release Illuminators, book 1 of the Illuminators Series, the following year.