Sunday, January 3, 2016

Twelve facts, and one lie, about me

  • I made the shahada (testament of faith) and became a Muslim in 2003.
  • I have been to Saudi Arabia twice.
  • I made the hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca, in 2005.
  • I cowrote a book about the Quran for Alpha Books.
  • I wrote a book about Shakespeare that I am proud of but would like to update for the Internet era. It was published by For Beginners Books.
  • I wrote a book about the Beatles that doesn't need any updating. It was published by Harper Collins.
  • I wrote a book about Christianity that succeeded only in pissing people off, and that I wish I hadn't written. It was published by Darussalam.
  • I was in San Francisco during the so-called Summer of Love.
  • I had a crush on Grace Slick, the lead singer of the Jefferson Airplane, in 1967 and hung out with her on multiple occasions.
  • My play AN UNDIVIDED HEART was selected for a workshop production at the National Playwrights Conference.
  • I am a graduate of Brandeis University.
  • I wrote a short story in which a woman goes into labor in a landfill.
  • My novel JIHADI: A LOVE STORY, on which I worked for eight years, is available in ebook form from Orenda Books; the paperback comes out in February (in the UK, Ireland) and May (in the US).