I’m happy to host an interview today with author Shabana Muhajir, the author of kids non-fiction book “Why is the sky blue?” Thank you for answering my questions, Shabana!
1. Please tell us about yourself.
I spent my early years in different countries. I am a Canadian but living in Singapore for the last six years with my husband, two sons and three birds.
I have a Master’s in Education and a Master’s in Business Administration. I worked for a telecommunication company in Canada and Singapore for thirteen years as a marketing and business development professional. I am currently working at a consulting/publishing firm, and serving as the Vice President/room parent co-ordinator of the PTA at my sons’ school.
I love to read both fiction and non-fiction books.
2. Tell us about your book in five sentences or less.
Why is the Sky Blue? discusses the phenomenon of the blue sky in a manner that young readers should find interesting. While addressing the principal question, the book answers several other related questions with simple facts & drawings. The book is a must-have for all those curious kids who are trying to make sense of the world around them, and for all those parents who want to satisfy that curiosity.
3. What inspired you to write Why is the sky blue?
My kids love to read books and I want them to read both fiction and non-fiction books. I can find a lot of books with factual information for children but not many books that would explain things in a story format which I believe kids would find interesting and motivating. So, in a way it was my boys’ curiosity and endless questions that led me to write my first book.
4. How many hours per week do you spend writing?
It’s hard to say how many hours every week. Some days I write and other days I do my research or work on websites (Twitter, Facebook, Personal, LinkedIn). I usually write at night. Thoughts and ideas seem to come easily. I find it very peaceful.
5. If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?
I would have to choose very carefully as there are quite a few authors that I really like. I would say John Grisham and Kathryn Stockett. I like their books and I’ve read that they faced some challenges initially in getting their first books published. It would be a great experience to meet them. I would also love to meet Elisabetta Dami who’s the author of Geronimo Stilton series with my two sons as they love her books
6. What are you working on at the moment?
I am working on my next book. It would be on Oceans and Seas. I haven’t really decided on the title of the book yet. I am doing a lot of research and reading these days.
Why is the sky blue?
Author: Shabana Muhajir
Genre: Non-Fiction, Kids
While playing at the beach, two boys begin to wonder why the sky is blue and ask their mother to explain the reason to them. As they are very young, their mother needs to decide how best to explain to her boys. She discusses the phenomenon of the blue sky in a manner that even her six year old can understand. While addressing their initial query, the boys come up with several other related questions, and the mother answers them all with simple facts and drawings. To make it easier and more interesting, she performs a fun experiment with her boys, which shows them why the sky is blue at sunrise and red/orange at sunset.
The book is a must have for all those curious kids who are trying to make sense of the world around them, and for all those parents who want to satisfy their curiosity.
She has a Master’s degree in Education from Newfoundland and a Master’s in Business Administration from Windsor, Canada.
She worked for a telecommunication company in Canada and Singapore for thirteen years as a marketing and business development professional. She’s currently working as a Director at a consulting/publishing firm, and serving as the Vice President/room parent co-ordinator of the PTA at her sons’ school.
She loves to read both fiction and non-fiction books. Her kids are also avid readers and love performing experiments and finding out how things work. She conducts weekly experiments with them based on their interest and level of understanding.
It was her boys’ curiosity and endless questions that led her to write her first book, Why is the Sky Blue?
She plans to write a series of non-fiction books on thought-provoking and interesting topics for children.