ABOUT L. MICHELLE QURAISHI
I’ve been collecting children’s literature and writing for children since high school, but only began pursuing publication in 2012 when my youngest was two years old. Born in and addicted to the San Francisco Bay Area, I feel lucky to live in the East Bay, where my husband has built me a beautiful writing studio with a door. In 2013, I discovered PiBoIdMo, which led to joining Julie Hedlund’s 12 x 12 Picture Book Challenge in 2014. I’m obsessed with picture books, but also now working on an upper middle grade novel. Prior to having children, I worked as an elementary school teacher for ten years; currently I’m a Teacher Consultant for the Bay Area Writing Project. When not chasing after my own children or writing, I’m most likely going for an early morning walk, volunteering to teach Writers’ Workshop in my son’s classroom, or practicing kung fu on the wooden dummy in my backyard.
As the daughter of a Pakistani immigrant, former Peace Corps volunteer and Spanish bilingual teacher in the SF Mission, I find myself returning again and again to themes of alienation, assimilation and equity in my writing. My WIP Little Travelers series reflects my lifelong fascination with travel and my desire to share the wonders of the world with my own and all children. Many of my manuscripts take on serious life issues for very young children, but I also break out into a silly story every once in a while. Currently I’m devouring the middle grade section at our public library and working on a middle grade novel. You can find more of my writing online at my website and blog Words Like Rain, and also in the ‘zine Digital Paper.