Sabaa Tahir: Biography

Sabaa Tahir

Sabaa Tahir is an American writer whose parents were immigrants from Pakistan and the family lived in Mojave’s Desert, California in her early years. As a child she read a lot and wrote down stories. Fantasy formed a strong part of her reading diet and one of the reasons for this was she read to find escape and solace from the ridicule of her peers because of her race. She was made to feel like and outsider and this too influenced her writing.

She worked as a newspaper editor, but always considered herself a writer at heart and her first novel was in part a reaction to some of the happenings from around the world that came across her desk as an editor.

Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes is her first and only book which was published in early 2015 and it has had a phenomenal response on the literary scene. The book is an epic fantasy for young adults and is set in a dystopian society where there is no freedom and rigid adherence to the rule is expected and deviations terribly punished. It is in this brutally harsh world that two teenagers find themselves and they must navigate its many dangers to achieve their freedom and that of others close to them.

The book catapulted Sabaa Tahir to fame by becoming an instant bestseller nationally and internationally. In the USA it quickly made the New York Times Bestseller list and was named the best YA book of the year so far by Amazon. It is also available in at least twenty-four countries with the movie rights already sold to Paramount Pictures. This is quite impressive for a first novel and a sequel is already being planned for 2016.

Sabaa Tahir lives in San Francisco and she likes making things, biking, indie rock and nerdy things.