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Kia Abdullah

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Kia Abdullah is an author and travel writer from London. Her novel Take It Back was named one of the best thrillers of the year by The Guardian and Telegraph and was selected for an industry-first audio serialisation by HarperCollins and The Pigeonhole.

Kia has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, The Times and The Telegraph, and is the founder of Asian Booklist, a non-profit organisation that advocates for diversity in publishing.

Kia's next novel, Truth Be Told, is out on 3rd September 2020 (HQ/HarperCollins).

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Kia Abdullah I could wax lyrical about creating imaginary worlds and inspiring other writers, but if I’m being 100% honest, I would say that the best thing about b…moreI could wax lyrical about creating imaginary worlds and inspiring other writers, but if I’m being 100% honest, I would say that the best thing about being a writer is being able to say that you’re a writer. It instantly piques others’ interest, lends you intellectual gravitas and – if you wear it well – conjures an air of raffish subversiveness (“I didn’t succumb to the desk job! I lived life my own way!”). Writing is an indulgence and being able to say that you do it for a living is an absurd privilege, especially for a working-class girl from east London.

I have to say though: it took me a long time to get here. Even after I had published two novels, I still felt that I wasn’t a “real” writer because I wasn’t making a full-time living from my work. That has changed now and I’m finally comfortable in the skin of a writer, pallid and sun-deprived as it may be. (less)
Kia Abdullah Deadlines. I truly believe that a deadline is one of the most effective motivators for writers. When I started writing over a decade ago, I used to se…moreDeadlines. I truly believe that a deadline is one of the most effective motivators for writers. When I started writing over a decade ago, I used to see writers grumbling about deadlines and feel a pang of jealousy because, hey, no one was waiting for my writing! Now, I have deadlines too – sometimes agreed with my agent, sometimes promised to an editor but always, always promised to myself. That’s how I am inspired to write: by knowing that I have to.(less)
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I was at a literary festival recently when a fellow author told me he had just finished reading Take It Back. Its dark, he said, his voice dropping low as if sharing a secret. Really dark. I was surprised because this author writes gritty crime novels set in the deep underbelly of one of Britains []
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“I—I want forgiveness, for others and for myself. I want to accept that the journey is all there is. That when you get there, there’s no there there and so you keep going, keep trying, keep looking for ways to fill that hole but it will never be filled because we are just human and life has a hole – it just does. That’s what I want.”
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