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Laila Ibrahim

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My education and experience in multiracial, developmental psychology and attachment theory provide ample fodder for my novels. My passion for early childhood education, child birth and religious education are reflected in my writing.

I was the founder and director of Woolsey Children's School where I had first hand experience loving children that were not my own. There are scenes in Yellow Crocus that were largely influenced interactions I had with children from Woolsey.

As a birth doula I had the privilege of witnessing the intensity and joy of childbirth. You can see that my birth experiences are reflected in my novels.

Spiritual themes that cross over multiple religious traditions come directly from working as the Director of Children and
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Laila Ibrahim Hello Anita,

Thanks for letting me know that you loved Yellow Crocus and for your question.

I've just finished writing my second novel, Living Right. I…more
Hello Anita,

Thanks for letting me know that you loved Yellow Crocus and for your question.

I've just finished writing my second novel, Living Right. It should be out in the spring. Once I'm done with that, I'll be starting a sequel to Yellow Crocus. I'm getting very excited to dig into Lisbeth and Mattie's life after the Civil War.

Best wishes for the New Year for you and yours,

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Laila Ibrahim Hello Kitty!

Thanks for being in touch. I AM writing a companion story that will follow the lives of the Freedmans and the Johnsons. The story is set b…more
Hello Kitty!

Thanks for being in touch. I AM writing a companion story that will follow the lives of the Freedmans and the Johnsons. The story is set between Oakland and Chicago in the 1890s. It will be out November 2019 (insha'Allah :)

Paper Wife, my fourth novel, will be released October. 30, 2018. Very soon!

Best wishes and thanks for your enthusiasm.

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We talk about coming out as if it’s something you only do once.  In my experience it’s an ongoing part of life. Sometimes it’s easy, and other times it makes my stomach flutter.

I first came out as a lesbian 30 years ago when I was still in college.  Initially I was very careful about whom I shared this tender information with.  In 1985 being gay felt both like being part of a special club and livi Read more of this blog post »
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" Chelsie,

Having your kind review at the top of the list means the world to me. I'm so glad that you thought I did justice to their stories. Thanks for
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Your review brought a smile to my face. I'm so glad that you thought I did justice to their stories. Thanks for your review and kind words.

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Thanks for telling people about the other books. My publisher wants them to stand alone so does not label them a series. I call them companion
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Your review made my day! I'm so glad that you thought I did justice to their stories. Thanks for your review and kind words. If you go back and
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Wait! The story isn’t finished! Please say you have the next book ready to publish! I feel as if you’ve left us hanging!"
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Thought provoking and incredibly well written. The book pulls you into the lives of the characters, and the time of the story."
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"These books are not listed as a series because they can stand alone, but this is the third book about Lisbeth and Mattie. You really should read them all. It's so worth it. The books are excellent and you get to know the history of the characters.

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“Focus on bearing, and beauty will follow. Your looks will not remain with you for life. But your bearing will go with you to the grave.”
Laila Ibrahim, Yellow Crocus

“It will seem impossible to take the first step. But on the second step, since you already did one, you know you can take another. Then another and another. Before long you will have walked into your new life.”
Laila Ibrahim, Paper Wife

“We do not know our fate. This may be a forever goodbye; it may only be for years. My love for you will never waver, however long or however far.”
Laila Ibrahim, Paper Wife
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Laila Ibrahim Hi Anita!

Thanks for letting me know that you're going to preorder it. I just decided I'm going to as well--so I can scream in delight when it pops up on my Kindle. :)

Let me know what you think of it. It's not nearly as intimate as Yellow Crocus, but I hope it is just as compelling and powerful.

Best wishes,

Laila


message 1: by Anita

Anita Hi Laila,

I am so excited to read that your new book 'Mustard Seed' will be out shortly. I am going to pre-order it from amazon.com.
Can't wait to read it. I need to discover what happened to Lisbeth and Mattie. :)

Anita.


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