Teaching assistant publishes first novel about Muslim family living in UK
A HORWICH teaching assistant has become a first-time author after publishing a book on Kindle.
Farhat Ansari, aged 39, is the author of Surviving Love, a story about a Muslim family living in the UK.
It is described as a tale of love, friendship and family values.
Mrs Ansari, who works at Blackrod Primary School, says writing has always been her passion.
She said: “I’ve been writing since a young age and I’ve never given up on it.
“Wherever I go, even if I’m not writing, I’m carrying my notebook with me.
“I can just switch off when I’m writing — sometimes ideas just flow off the pen.
“This book is not a one-off, it’s something I’m serious about and everyone I’ve spoken to seems to be enjoying it.
“The most rewarding thing about being a writer is that people really appreciate what you’re doing.”
Mrs Ansari emigrated from Pakistan to the UK in 2002 and started writing Surviving Love three years ago.
She says the book’s main character, Nadia Khan, is based on her own experiences.
Mrs Ansari said: “Nadia is a Pakistani girl who moves to Britain and the book focuses on how different cultures clash.
“Nadia has dreams, but gets into trouble because she follows these dreams.
“Even though the story is primarily about relationships, it’s also about independence and trying to go your own way.”
Mrs Ansari is currently working on a second novel.
Surviving Love is available on Amazon’s Kindle Store for £4.11.
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