WHO ARE YOU?
I'm a southern born, Pakistani-American Muslim transplanted in the DC area. I'm always on the hunt for sunny spots and people willing to share a friendly smile. I have three beautiful children, two living and one in heaven. I am a writer, OBGYN, mother, baby loss survivor, wife, daughter and sister. I value all of those roles, they've made me the deeply compassionate person I am.
ARE YOU A DOCTOR AND AUTHOR?
Why, yes. Much of medicine is story-gathering and retelling, which mirrors the writing process. Plus, good doctoring requires the ability to distill complex concepts into relatable and empowering messages. Medicine is based on science but is often thought of as an art. So I'm an artisit? Or scientartist? Both sound terrible, but are really cool to live out.
WHAT INSPIRED MUSLIM GIRLS RISE?
My daughter and I devour books together. She loves strong female characters. As she grew, I searched far and wide for books with characters she can see herself in. I shared stories of my own real life heroes, which is how Muslim Girls Rise was born. This collection of modern-day Muslim women's biographies inspire me, my children and anyone eager to learn more about extraordinary role models.
WHO'S YOUR ROLE MODEL?
My mother. She has the patience of a saint, talent of a gourmet chef, and optimism unparalleled. Plus she has more poetic prowess in her pinky than I will ever have.
ARE YOU WRITING MORE BOOKS?
I envision stories that need to be told based on my experience and stories I wished existed for my children. Time will tell which ideas end up on a bookshelf or forever scribbled on my nightstand.
HARRY POTTER OR STAR WARS?
Hogwarts all day everyday.
At the National Press Club Author Night