Happy One Year Birthday, Saltwater Spirits!

Dear Saltwater Spirits, Who would have thought writing you would have taken us both this far? We've been invited to multiple readings, been asked to moderate at a conference, and next month, we will be attending our first literary festival ever. I never thought, as a new author and you [...]

By |2020-07-21T19:46:15+00:00June 7th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Interview with Studio Gypsied: Nusantara Stories

My novel, Saltwater Spirits and Sastra tote from Studio Gypsied (photo credit: Aqilah Zailan) In December 2019, I sat down for an interview with Aqilah Zailan of Studio Gypsied, a conscious fashion label from Singapore. I was familiar with Studio Gypsied since 2018 -- Aqilah's modern interpretation [...]

By |2020-07-21T19:16:08+00:00December 22nd, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Creating Muslim-Friendly Spaces panel: Stratagem 2019

On the morning of Saturday, September 28, I walked into my old alma mater at the University of British Columbia.  The Robert. H Lee Alumni Center is a beautiful space and Stratagem 2019 — a 2.5-day summit focused on elevating conversations around diversity and inclusion in the workplace — took [...]

By |2020-07-21T19:02:59+00:00October 28th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Women Driving Change: Fundraiser for Loujain Al-Hathloul

On the night of August 14, 2019, I performed at a fundraiser for Loujain Al-Hathloul. It was the biggest audience I've performed in front to date. There were about 100 people in a space that showed up to support Loujain's campaign. Loujain al-Hathloul is a detained Saudi women's rights [...]

By |2020-07-21T19:07:28+00:00September 23rd, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Real Vancouver Writers’ Series Spring 2019 Literary Showcase

On May 24, 2019, I had the honor of being invited to perform for the Real Vancouver Writers' Series. I was part of a lineup of six writers from Vancouver and Toronto. I was invited as an emerging writer, to share work from my debut novel, Saltwater Spirits. My [...]

By |2020-07-21T19:09:29+00:00June 12th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

A Mysterious Village by the Sea

The setting for Saltwater Spirits, while inspired by midcentury Nusantara, is ambiguous. This means I do not clearly situate a specific time or place for the story. In this blog post, I will reflect on why I intentionally wrote it that way.InspirationFirst, let’s look at the inspiration from midcentury Nusantara.The [...]

By |2019-05-30T03:13:27+00:00May 30th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments