Yes. That’s baby Samira, slightly before the earth cooled. Apparently Bombay, India was a lot less crowded back then and color photography was just a twinkle in my parents eyes. Everything else you need to know about me is written below in third-person. Super awkward to write when you’re writing about yourself, but my agent told me that’s how it’s done. So let it be written. (Yeah, that’s an homage to Yul Brynner, not Metallica. Fight me.)

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Born in Bombay India and raised outside of Chicago, Illinois, Samira spent countless hours at the library in her small hometown nestled in an oversized armchair next to an old Victorian fireplace with her nose in an Agatha Christie novel or re-reading Little Women, hoping that Jo would somehow end up with Laurie this time. Samira always loved to write—especially poetry–but never actually dreamed of becoming a writer until she was an adult and an idea for a story captured her imagination and wouldn’t let go.

She received her BA and MAT from the University of Chicago and went on to teach high school English in both the suburbs of Chicago and the New York City Public Schools. After she left the classroom, she worked in education non-profits, helping to create more than seventy small high schools in New York City and fought to secure billions of dollars in public school funding throughout New York State.

Samira is the New York Times bestselling author of Love, Hate, & Other Filters and the forthcoming, Internment (March 2019) and Mad, Bad, & Dangerous to Know (January 2020).

These days, Samira lives in Chicago, Illinois. When she’s not writing or reading, she can be found on her lifelong quest for the perfect pastry.

 

Her writing is represented by Eric Smith of P.S. Literary.

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