Over the years, I’ve considered different occupations based on how my name, Intisar, has been mispronounced. There’s “Intistar” (Galactic Space Commander?), “Interstar” (Lowly Space Shuttle Captain?), and “Inastar” (Nuclear Fusion, here I come!), just to list a few. So how is my name really pronounced?
Pretty much how it’s written: In-ti-sar Kha-na-ni.
I was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and grew up a nomad, with multiple stints living in Saudi Arabia, boarding school in New Hampshire, and college split between Minnesota and Colorado. My family is from Pakistan, and I still have extended family there. My husband, two young daughters and I live in Cincinnati, Ohio. Until a few years ago, I worked with the Cincinnati Health Department on projects to improve community health, which was as close as I could get to saving the world. Now I focus my time on my two passions: raising my family and writing.
I published my debut novel Thorn in 2012, a retelling of the Grimms’ fairy tale, The Goose Girl. I planned to release a companion trilogy that I had drafted set in the same world but following a new heroine…sadly, my brain had other ideas. After spending months trying to work through the draft of the first book and getting nowhere, I set it aside and took up a different project–The Sunbolt Chronicles. Hopefully, when it’s done, I’ll come back to that trilogy project… To find out more about the series I have planned, visit the FAQ section above.
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Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Salaam / Peace,
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