Tanima Kazi loves to read: her love of reading inspires her to write. Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, she has had the pleasure of living in many different countries such as Saudi Arabia, Canada and the United States, where she currently resides in Wheeling, Illinois.
She is working on her second novel and avoiding the beckoning call of Netflix binge watching. Traveling, writing and eating are her favorite past times.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first story I ever read. But I remember the story that made me want to be a writer. "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" by Judy Blume changed my viewpoint about books completely. That book gave voice to my own insecurities, challenges and frustrations as a twelve-year-old girl. I knew then that I wanted to write something that would resonate with others and make them feel not alone. That is what Judy Blume did for me.
What are your three favorite books, and why?
Rachels Holiday by Marian Keyes. Anything written by Marian Keyes is hilarious. But this one in particular deals with so many issues like addiction, family, redemption, love. And it does it in a way that doesn't feel heavy-handed and preachy. Marian Keys has a very honest, funny voice.
Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella. She has a wonderful charming,fast paced voice as well. Her books to me are like cotton candy, delicious, light, airy and super enjoyable. I read all 446 pages in one sitting. Because it was that good.
The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar. I am of South Asian descent. So I love reading books by other authors who also juggle two cultures. Thrity in particular balances the two worlds so perfectly and her gift of story telling is so skilled. You can smell, touch and taste the world she creates in her books.