I am a practicing Muslim and have been so since birth. I was born and raised in California, and until I reached college I knew very few Muslims my age. Five years ago, at the age of 30, I moved to Syria, and suddenly found myself surrounded by people of my own faith. It has been an interesting experience. I am interested in meeting people of all faiths. One of my big interests is how people of different religions practice their faith in the modern, increasingly secular, world. I write fiction, and the things I think about inevitably work their way into the stories that I write.