Chatting With… Aliya Anjum

Aliya Anjum is the author of the YA Paranormal book Believe It or Not: Short Paranormal Tales.

Tell us about your book.

These four short stories are part of a complete anthology of eight, which won a Commendation Certificate by the National Book Foundation, Pakistan.

There are four eerie stories of young adults who had unexplained encounters and experienced other strange phenomena. Inside these pages are stories of a night of terror, bizarre happening with a laptop, A Turkish coffee reading session gone awry and a new dress which spelled doom.

What makes your book different than other books out there?

These paranormal tales come from a different culture (Pakistan) and the idea of horror differs from culture to culture. Hence my average western reader may experience another kind of chills, from my book.

What kind of books do you read? Are they similar to the books you write?

I usually read non-fiction or on rare occasions fiction short stories. My reading differs from my writing.

Dream cast your book for us.

If this were made into a movie (in America), I’d prefer to see fresh Pakistani American faces in it.

Do you have a ‘day job’? What is it?

Nopes. I’m a full time author since 2011.

What has your biggest struggle been so far?

Life! I’ve struggled for everything I have achieved in life. Some struggles paid off, others taught me lessons. Looking back, there was a reason for everything that happened and it has left me wiser and more mature.

How do you feel about romances being so common in YA (and to a lesser degree MG) books?

Romance is best left for adults, children should be children. You never get to be a child or a young teen again, an age when you are free of worries and pain. You have your whole life ahead of you, to experience the heartbreak and pain that comes along with romance.

Where do you get your inspiration?

The stories told in these tales are inspired from experiences related to me by people. Although I can’t vouch for their authenticity, but they served as food for thought.

What trend do you love in MG/YA books? What trend do you hate?

I do not read MG/YA books as much to detect trends, sorry!

What’s next for you?

A novel I am working on, it’s an adult contemporary fiction novel.

Thanks for stopping by, Aliya!

Author Bio

Aliya Anjum lives in a city by the sea, by the name of Karachi in Pakistan.
Aliya has donned many a persona: an international banker with a French and a British Bank, a volunteer setting up the marketing department of an NGO that builds schools for the least privileged in Pakistan, a graduate student in the US, a struggling consultant, a TV live show anchor for a brief bit, an employee of the Pakistan Government, graduate school faculty, and finally an author

Aliya’s books on Amazon

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