February 4, 2016 • What's next
After a wonderfully busy summer and fall promoting YOU BELONG TO US, I'm starting to spend more time on my new book projects. I might come back to memoir at some point, but for now, I'm focusing solely on contemporary young adult literature.
I'm happy to report I've just finished my first young adult novel, which is called DEAR INDIANA: LETTERS TO MY FUTURE CHILD FROM CHANCE BEST, AGE SIXTEEN and tells the story of a teenager who suffers intense bullying after her parents move from suburban Maryland to rural Kentucky. And now that DEAR INDIANA is finished (and out in the world searching for an agent), I'm drafting my second young adult novel, which is called YAQUEEN (Arabic for "trust" or "certainty") and is about two high school seniors (one of whom is Pakistani-American) who fall in love only to get separated during a terrorist attack on the nation's telecom grid. This second YA novel is more complicated than the first, so keep your fingers crossed that it goes well!