Born in Tower Hamlets, Kia was raised in a family of eight children. As the most stubborn of six daughters, she constantly found herself in trouble for making choices that clashed with her parents’, a habit they eventually accepted when she became their first and only child to graduate from university.
In 2006, Kia wrote and published her first novel, Life, Love and Assimilation, which she now describes as an ‘angry, cathartic, messy diatribe of a novel’. The book’s candid look at the trials and tribulations of living between two cultures strongly resonated with her generation of British-Asians. Alas, some quarters of the Bangladeshi community, including members of Kia’s own family, attacked the book for its unabashed description of drugs and sex in Tower Hamlets. Undeterred, Kia went on to write a second novel, Child’s Play (2009, Revenge Ink), a dark psychological thriller with more sex and violence than the puritans of her past would expect from a nice girl with a name like Abdullah. Surprisingly, her sophomore effort was embraced by those in her community – it seemed that they, just like her parents, had come to accept this young writer with her sharp tongue and subversive tone.
Kia went on to join global publisher Penguin Random House where she helped grow readership at roughguides.com to over a million users per month. Today, she spends her time procrastinating over her third novel, mentoring students from Tower Hamlets and visiting exotic locations for Atlas & Boots and Asian Bride magazine. She loves to travel, hates to cook and periodically highlights that, in actual fact, she is one of nine children (as one passed away a few days after birth), making her Seven of Nine… which is cool but only if you’re a Star Trek fan… which she is. But please don’t hold it against her. Have a look around, leave a comment on the blog, say hi on Twitter or, if you’re feeling really nice, buy one of her books.