SabaaT3Spent my childhood in the Mojave Desert, where I didn’t have cable and thus chose to entertain myself with books and radio. My parents assured me that I wanted to become a doctor, but a brief stint working in a hospital changed my mind.

I left the desert for university at 17, graduated from UCLA a few years later, and went to work for The Washington Post directly after. Five years later, I left the Post and started working on a book.

If I could be anything, I’d be a space explorer, but a cool one, like Jean-Luc Picard.

I’m represented by Alexandra Machinist at ICM.

Those are the basics. If you’re still burning with curiosity, here’s more:    


I’ve worked as a: Motel clerk, gas station attendant, office manager, tutor, hand masseuse (don’t ask), editor and writer.
If I wasn’t a writer, I’d be: Trent Reznor, obviously.
When I was a kid I wanted to be: A pirate or a bear.
Favorite music: See my music page. No, really. Go there now.
Favorite book: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Favorite movie: Lord of the Rings Trilogy. The Hobbit is crap in comparison. CRAP. Also, The Fifth Element. Cuz Milla.
Favorite TV Shows: Well, now, where do I begin. I used to not watch TV, but then got into GoT…and Scandal…and Arrow…and Outlander…and now I don’t ever get any work done.
I live: in the SF Bay Area where I am surrounded by awesome tech nerds.
Ultimate goal in life: To own a Triumph motorcycle and race around the streets of my neighborhood at midnight while hooting and hollering and terrifying the neighbors.
Personal motto: Music is my home. (Ok, it’s not a motto, fine.  Anyway, I stole it from an Alison Croggon book, take it up with her.)
Special Skills: Accents originating on the British isles. Persuading telemarketers to hang up by marketing their competitors’ products to them.  Animal sounds.
Most people don’t know: I’m in love with all of my characters. Even the bad ones. Especially the bad ones.



  1. Carol Armstrong

    January 16, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    The Giving Tree…That was the first book I bought Luke. Can’t wait for your book release. Good Luck Money.

    1. sabaatahir

      January 16, 2014 at 11:00 pm

      Thank you, love. I’ll need it. 😉

  2. Zarnain

    January 8, 2015 at 3:11 am


    I am university student and supposed to be working on one of my assignments- yet, here I am, sitting on your blog for the past one hour. I READ through ALL your blog post, and I cannot begin to tell you how much I can related to you. I absolutely LOVE reading and writing (the latter is my ambition but it is currently handicapped by laziness).

    I am really excited for your book- can’t wait get my hands on it.

    1. sabaatahir

      January 8, 2015 at 3:18 pm

      Hi there,
      Thank you so much for your comment! I’m glad my posts resonated with you! Always nice to meet another writer. Good luck with your writing and hope you get a chance to read the book!

  3. Zarnain

    January 9, 2015 at 3:27 am

    Just noticed that I made mistakes in my comment up there- argh…

    anyways, I wanted to ask about the book’s release date. Actually, I live in the United Arab Emirates, and when I checked the release dates for the book all around world, UAE’s name wasn’t there 🙁 Will we not get your book over here in this part of the world? 🙁

  4. orbitalfinch

    March 17, 2015 at 12:25 am

    I work at a bookstore in Poulsbo WA and just finished an arc of An Ember in the Ashes. Beautiful story. Then I read your acknowledgements and was very amused; thus I had to know more. You are now my favorite new author!

    1. sabaatahir

      March 17, 2015 at 9:41 am

      I’m so happy you enjoyed it! 🙂 🙂

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