IMG-20120728-00348 (3)_edited (1)Thanks for stopping by.

I guess you’re here because like me, you’re partial to romance, happily ever afters, kick-ass heroines and hunky heroes with a weakness for intelligent, witty women. From Jane Austen to Victoria Holt, Nora Roberts, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Julia Quinn, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, to the Brontes, they’re my touchstones for all things romantic.

For me, romance novels are the equivalent of chocolate. No one understands what women want, more than romance writers. Popular fiction is new to South Asia but it’s growing fast and it’s so great to be a part of this change.

I was born in Lahore, Pakistan and grew up in that city of gardens, and saints, shrines and Sufis. It’s a rich tapestry to weave from, and I like to delve into all its shades. I absolutely love reading and writing romances. I just cannot resist paranormal and historical romances. Dragons, werewolves, witches and warlocks…keep ’em coming, I say! I enjoy reading fantasy, literary fiction and children’s literature as well. I’ve been published in on-line literary magazines like The Missing Slate and Running Out of Ink. I found out about Indireads through a friend and sent Naheed Hasan, my publisher, the first fifteen pages of Haveli. It’s been nearly three years since then and Indireads has published The Contract,  The Accidental Fiancée, a short story followed, and then, my third novella, She Loves Me He Loves Me Not.

I have a degree in creative writing from London. Before that, I did an MPhil in English Literature from Lahore. Writing has always been a passion and I guess I get it from my parents. Both of them wrote for pleasure, though my mother never tried to get  published. My father, was a poet and a prose writer in Urdu and Punjabi. I grew up amongst books in three languages, Punjabi, Urdu and English. I don’t remember a time when someone in my home didn’t have a book in their hands. Music was another thing that was always in the air, and I love old Indian and Pakistani songs. It was an eccentric, but wonderful, household to grow up in.

I’d love to hear from you and  I look forward to your comments and suggestions, if you’d like to share them with me. Thank you for stopping by. I can be contacted at: zeenatmahal@yahoo.co.uk

Stay in touch!

Zeenat

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