What drew you to the One Thousand and One Nights story?
The answer is twofold – I'm the child of mixed race, and I've always been drawn to different worlds. When I was younger, it struck me as odd that there weren't many diverse books readily available for kids. I know I really wanted to feel like the heroine of my own story, so it was important to me to write a book reflecting people from all walks of life. Secondly my husband is Persian, and the first time I went to visit his family, I saw this amazing tapestry on the wall. From a distance, it looked like a hundred different vignettes strung together at random. When I asked about it, his mother told me they were tales from One Thousand and One Nights. From there I began to consider what the frame narrative of Scheherazade might look like as a young adult story. Then I simply ran with those thoughts!