Aisha Saeed is an author, attorney, educator and maker and drinker of chai. She is also one of the founding members of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign. While Aisha loves writing about a variety of topics, her main passion lies in channeling her inner teen. Her debut YA novel, “Written in the Stars,” was published in March.
She has been blogging for more than a decade and her writing has also appeared in places such as The Orlando Sentinel, BlogHer, Muslim Girl Magazine and Red Tricycle. She is also a contributing author to the anthology “Love Inshallah.”
When Aisha isn’t writing or chasing her two little boys, you can find her reading, baking, doodling henna patterns, or daydreaming about eight consecutive hours of sleep. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and two sons.
Author Website: http://www.aishasaeed.com/p/main-page.html
This heart-wrenching novel explores what it is like to be thrust into an unwanted marriage. Has Naila’s fate been written in the stars? Or can she still make her own destiny?
Naila’s conservative immigrant parents have always said the same thing: She may choose what to study, how to wear her hair, and what to be when she grows up—but they will choose her husband. Following their cultural tradition, they will plan an arranged marriage for her. And until then, dating—even friendship with a boy—is forbidden. When Naila breaks their rule by falling in love with Saif, her parents are livid. Convinced she has forgotten who she truly is, they travel to Pakistan to visit relatives and explore their roots. But Naila’s vacation turns into a nightmare when she learns that plans have changed—her parents have found her a husband and they want her to marry him, now! Despite her greatest efforts, Naila is aghast to find herself cut off from everything and everyone she once knew. Her only hope of escape is Saif . . . if he can find her before it’s too late.