Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Nadirah Khalifah


Meet Author Nadirah Khalifah:

1.   Tell us a little bit about you and your books.
Hey! I’m Nadirah Khalifah and I’m originally from Newport News, Va. Before anything else, I am a mother of a wonderful baby boy, Heru. He gives my life meaning and inspiration. As a matter of fact, my book Based on A True Story is the memoir of the events surrounding my whole pregnancy. It was an interesting and dramatic time of my life and I knew that I had to write down my story.

Based on a True Story is my second book. My first book, The Faard Files, was published in 2009 and it is a book that I wrote about my mother, Reda, who passed away in 1997 from breast cancer. The Faard files means a lot to me, not only because it is my first book but also because the book features some articles that my mother has written herself, as a well as a whole lot of color pictures.
My newest book, The Run, is my first published work of fiction. It is the first of a three part series. The Run Part 2- Lisa’s Story is coming out later on this year.

2.   How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing ever since I can remember. My first book was made with crayons & typing paper. It was folded down the middle and bound with a staple in the middle lol
3.   What inspired you to start writing?
Life. Everyone has a story to tell.
4.   What are your plans as far as writing in the future?
Just to keep going. I work as a freelance writer as well as a ghost writer. It’s not always glamorous or even exciting but being able to make a living off of my own mind and imagination gives me satisfaction that I probably wouldn’t be able to get at a more traditional job. My father, H.K Khalifah, is an accomplished writer and publisher so I guess journalism is in my blood. However, growing up I never thought that I would be a writer myself. With my father’s support, I sort of fell into the writing game and now it is hard to imagine doing anything else.
5.   What do you hope to accomplish in your books to your readers?
Every one of my books has truth in them. Of course the non-fiction books are about true events but even The Run has some truth to it too. I get my inspiration from life and true events. I want my readers to be able to relate to my work. Some situations are not ideal but life is not always perfect either. Especially with Based on a True Story, I really put myself out there. I made some dumb choices that most people would keep to themselves. I broadcasted my mistakes into a book in hopes that it would help someone avoid the mistakes that I have made. Or maybe, if you relate to my book a little too much, at least you’ll know that you are not alone.
Website: www.BooksByNadirah.Com (Under Construction!)
Twitter: @NaeWrites
Blog: www.BooksByNadirah.Com (Coming Soon)

My favorites:
Song: The Greatest Love of All by Whitney Houston, I Wonder by Kanye West, Human Nature by MJ & any song by Lionel Richie.
Singer: It changes all the time. Right now I think it’s country singer Clare Bowen. She has such a beautiful voice; I could listen to her sing all day long.
Film:  Juice, Scarface, Friday, The Mummy, Dirty Dancing, Superbad… and more.
Book: Harry Potter. The whole series is wonderful. I was in love with The Prisoner of Azkaban when I read it.
Author: I really enjoy reading books by Carl Hiaasen.
Actress: Halle Berry
Actor: Denzel Washington, Bradley Cooper
Season: Fall
Color: Yellow
Holiday: New Year’s Day
Day: Friday
Outfit: A dress because it’s already a complete outfit. All you need are shoes and accessories!
 I see that Nadirah and I have many things in common as favorites! Now that you have gotten to know more about the Author, please like her page of Facebook, follow her on twitter and support her craft by purchasing her books. They are already added to my long list, thanks to all these amazing authors spotlighted last month, and I'm sure that the list will grow even longer with this month's. I look toward to reading them and sharing my thoughts with you. Reviews will be posted soon! Let me know your thoughts on the books you have read or plan to read by leaving comments. Thanks again! Until next time, be inspired, be encouraged and be you!

Purple Hugs & Kisses,
Keke Chanel

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