Interview series: Zaheera Jina author of Surprise!

Third interview coming in. This interview session is done with Zaheera Jina, the author of Surprise! A book that I had reviewed 2 days earlier. Like all the previous interviews, this was done through email. 

Let's see what she has in mind especially after the birth of her book, Surprise! Is she going to try another genre?

Tell us a little bit about you.

My name is Zaheera Jina. I hold a PhD in mathematics Education from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. I am the brainchild behind the anthology titled Riding the Samoosa Express: Personal Narratives of Marriage and Beyond.

I am also the founder of the Jozi's Books and Blogs Festivities (Jozisbbf), a non profit organisation that projects to cultivate a culture of reading and writing in South Africa through various literary events. "Surprise!" is my first children's book. 

I am presently compiling the second Samoosa Express book which is a Muslim Woman's Guide to Marriage. I live in Lenasia, South Africa with my husband, two sons and many in-laws.

What is the theme of your book?

The theme in Surprise! is familyhood and the importance of sharing each and every moment as a family.

What inspired you in writing Surprise!

Surprise! is a story about my own kids. It goes through their evening time rituals to get them ready for bed. For me it's a gift to them, to capture these important moments and treasure them.

Are you working on the next project after Surprise! is released?

Yes, I'm compiling the second Samoosa express book which is a Muslim woman's guide to marriage through narratives from other women.

Can you share with us any interesting detail or two about this book?

Women from all over the world have shared their personal narratives to capture the finer details of marriage to assist other women experiencing the same.

Anything you want to share with your readers?

Personal, lol! Alhamdullilah I'm expecting my third baby son. I request duahs for a normal healthy baby. Shukran.

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