I’ve just sneaked off away from my little one to my small work space upstairs, while she entertains herself with a puzzle so I can talk to you guys a little bit about my latest project..
MODESTLY my Book. Yes Mama I’m officially an author, something I never thought I could say!
Much like now, the last two years or more have involved me sneaking away to write and plan and write and plan, re write, scrap and plan again, contemplate, sometimes cry, sometimes get really frustrated about writing and so on. Until finally about two months ago I could take a huge breath of relief and submit my final write up of the book.
In case you didn’t know, last week I announced the release of my book MODESTLY and after so much secrecy and work behind the scenes, I can finally share it with you all. Although the official release date is not until September 20th 2018.. the support that you guys have shown so far has been actually breathtaking and to say that I’ve been overwhelmed over the weekend is an understatement. It is available to pre order now on Amazon via the below link which is super exciting for me to see!
Of course come September you’ll be able to pick it up at your local bookstores nationwide as well. There will also be opportunities to get a signed copy and come along to meet & greets / signings and potentially some events but do not fear as I shall surely keep you updated on all of that over the next few months!
MODESTLY is a book about me, my life, from the beginning to now. All of my teenage tribulations, awkward adolescent problems, how I eventually came to blog and create conversation around Muslim women by just living as one myself. Modesty has always been the common factor in certain stages of my life but it’s also about how my perception of Modesty has changed and progressed with my personal journey. My hope for this book is ultimately for it to be a relatable and real experience for the reader, any reader, not just a Muslim one either, with a little bit of fashion/beauty/relationship and family guidance as well…
It’s kind of weird but I literally feel like this book is another baby of mine, I guess the two years it took to complete has got me feeling some type of way hey! I just hope that you guys benefit from this and ‘get it’ if you know what I mean, I just want you to get me. Does that make sense? It almost feels like an end of an era, I’ve been blogging and being online or whatever you call it nowadays for close to ten years and this is by far my biggest and most rewarding achievement. Of course I still have ambition for other ideas and goals that I want to work on, I want to keep growing, progressing and changing with you all but, considering that writing a book was never a plan of mine until I was approached to do one… it’s kind of amazing to see the opportunities that life can throw at you. It’s kind of amazing to see how things turn out, no matter how much you might plan or try and control your destiny.
Okay this is borderline cheesy and is making me nauseous (I’m 38 weeks pregnant today so that’s probably why hah).
Anyway I’m going to love ya and leave ya, seeing as it’s you guys that I have to thank for me even getting this opportunity. You guys are the ones who’ve supported and followed and shown your loyalty no matter my changes and growth, even if you haven’t agreed with everything I do, the support is still there. This is a thank you to all of you who enjoy my work and enjoy me for who I am, not for how I look or even for how I dress, but for just being me. Because regardless of everything, that really is all anyone ever wants, to be accepted for who they truly are.
Here are some behind the scenes images of the final cover shoot attempt that we did whilst I was six months pregnant, did I hide it well on the cover of the book?