Author Spotlight no.103 – Samna Ghani

Complementing my daily blog interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the one hundred and third, is of children’s writer Samna Ghani.

Samna Ghani is a Canadian author who writes fiction for young readers between the ages of four to eight years old.  She has recently published her first book, “The shoe, the necklace and the Giant” which is a short adventure story about four children and a bear and how they get in trouble with a Giant.  The story is fast and exciting and follows the adventures of the four children and how they try to outsmart the Giant.

Born in 1975, Samna grew up in Pakistan but has been living in Canada for the last eight years.  She has a Master’s in Business Administration but has been writing since she was a little girl.  She has worked in marketing and sales and has been freelancing as a writer/editor for more than ten years.  She lives with her husband and two daughters in Mississauga, Canada and wants to continue to write books as she has a passion for both reading and writing.

And now from the author herself:

“The shoe, the necklace and the Giant” is a short adventure story for children. My elder daughter inspired me to write this. She has always loved Jack and the Beanstalk and the character of the Giant is her utmost favorite. Writing has always been my passion and publishing a book has always been my dream. Writing the story was easy for me; it was illustrating it that really was a challenge. However, I am happy with the end result and I hope my readers will be too. I would just like to say that this would be an interesting story for preschoolers as well as children between 4 to 8 years. Parents will enjoy reading it to their children and children will enjoy learning to read with it. My children love it and I hope other children love it too!

I feel that our children really need to experience the kind of stories their parents used to read when they were children.  My daughter is as passionate about reading as I am and I usually read out three to four books to her almost daily.  While we enjoy the many books that are available for children today, I feel that the stories that we read today have taken a totally new direction – one that is very different from what I used to read as a child.  I just wanted my child and those who would read my book to remember the days when children used to enjoy wonderful fairy tales like Cinderella, Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs, Sleeping Beauty, Jack and the Beanstalk and so on. The shoe, the necklace and the Giant has been inspired by these same stories and provides the generation of today a chance to read the kind of books their parents have loved and adored for years. Read this book and you will find that not only will children love the story but parents will also have a feeling of deja-vu when reading it out to their little ones.

You can find more about Samna and her writing via her website: and Facebook Page.

The blog interviews will return as normal tomorrow with editor and writer Carolyn Haley – the four hundred and thirty-fifth of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, biographers, agents, publishers and more. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further. And I enjoy hearing from readers of my blog; do either leave a comment on the relevant interview (the interviewees love to hear from you too!) and / or email me.

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Unfortunately, as I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t review books but I have a feature called Short Story Saturdays where I review stories of up to 2,500 words. Alternatively if you have a short story or self-contained novel extract / short chapter (ideally up to 1000 words) that you’d like critiqued and don’t mind me reading it / talking about and critiquing it (I send you the transcription afterwards so you can use the comments or ignore them) 🙂 on my ‘Bailey’s Writing Tips’ podcast, then do email me. They are weekly episodes, usually released Monday mornings UK time, interweaving the recordings between the red pen sessions with the hints & tips episodes. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry.

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