About

I am a writer who’s passionate about diversity, intentional storytelling, and South Asian + Muslim representation in the media. I was born and raised in the Bay Area, CA, and in May 2019, I received my B.A. in English – Creative Writing from Mills College (Oakland, CA). I started this website and blog to share content that is specific, yet resonant and develop my own sense of what it means to be a storyteller.

WANT TO GET IN TOUCH? Email me at sam.abbasi4@gmail.com or fill out the quick form on the contact page!

WHAT AM I UP TO RIGHT NOW? 
– Traveling in Malaysia! | feb. – mar. 2020
– Writing a YA novel, “The Dream Chasers Society” | first draft stage
– Kulfi Beauty content writer & consultant | jan. 2020 – present
– Dreams In-Progress blog interview series creator + host | dec. 2019 – present
– South Asian Reading Challenge 2020 co-host | dec. 2019 – present
– Exploring my curiosities and new career opportunities ~


WRITING RESOURCES THAT I RECOMMEND:
1. 88 Cups of Tea Podcast hosted by Yin Chang
2. Write or Die Podcast hosted by Claribel Ortega & Kat Cho
3. Story Genius by Lisa Cron
4. Write On, Sisters! & Green-Light Your Book by Brooke Warner
5. The Business of Being a Writer by Jane Friedman
6. Voices of Our Nation (VONA/Voices)
7. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)
8. We Need Diverse Books (#WNDB)
9. Pitch Wars (#PitMad) & Author Mentor Match (AMM)
10. #WritingCommunity on Twitter


FAVORITE BOOKS:
1. The Map of Salt & Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar
2. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
3. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
4. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
5. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
6. A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
7. Frieda Klein Series by Nicci French
8. Equal of the Sun by Anita Amirezzvani
9. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
10. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho


FAVORITE TEAS:
1. Bigelow – earl grey & black tea
2. Wei Chuan – jasmine & green tea
3. Celestial Seasonings – country peach passion chamomile
4. Tazo – green ginger tea (pear notes)
5. Peet’s – masala chai
6. Wagh Bakri – family staple chai


Banner Description: picture of Samia A. | PC: Isa Medina-Kim

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