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For Press & Bloggers

I am always thrilled to consider speaking engagements, interviews, and appearances, as well as speaking to book clubs, youth groups, book bloggers, journalists and school / library groups. You can use the form above or email me: yshiraz@yasminshiraz.net  or hit me up on twitter: @yasminshiraz. I’m currently based in Los Angeles, CA, but enjoy connecting via Skype for interviews.

For Students

Hi there!

If you’re visiting this page, maybe you’re considering using one of my books for a book report or maybe you’re interested in hosting an author visit. Thank you for considering me and my books.  Here’s some information for you.

If you’re looking for biographical information on me, please check the Bio page on this site. It has lots of info on me.

I have a young adult book section on my site, so please check those pages to learn about my books. In addition, most of my books have a question and answer section in the back to help you.

Here’s a link to an article about writing book reports. Click here.

Information about me as a filmmaker is also found on this page. Keep scrolling past the author info.

Author Questions

When did you start writing?

I started writing in journals as a pre-teen and wrote my first book of poetry at 19. I’ve been writing for my entire life.

What makes you want to write?

I like writing great stories and meeting new characters, then sharing them with the world. Also, I’m motivated by the injustices and hardships that people face. Some things are heartbreaking and someone needs to create a dialogue about those issues.

Do you ever get writer’s block and what do you do to get over it?

A few years ago, I suffered from a bad case of writer’s block. I had never experienced it before.  There were many things going on in my life and I couldn’t bring myself to sit down and write. But, I found a book that helped me get over it. The book is called, The 7 Secrets of the Prolific: The Definitive Guide To Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism and Writer’s Block by Hillary Rettig

Do you have a special way of going about writing?
I believe that I write from a well and the more that I fill the well, the more that I can write. Filling the well consists of me having new experiences, traveling, trying new food, etc. I spend much of my time trying something new. Those things inspire my writing.

You write in different genres, do you have a favorite?

My first book, The Blueprint for My Girls is a non-fiction book for young adults. Then my second book, Exclusive, is actually adult fiction. I write books because I believe that I have something to say that will help, enlighten, or entertain someone. I do not like to be limited in what kinds of books that I write.

What are your hobbies? 

Going to the movies, rollerskating, playing the piano, painting, yoga, meditating

Author Visits

I travel from Washington, DC or Los Angeles, CA. So, if you’re considering an author visit, please keep that in mind. I love doing Skype chats to discuss books. Even though students are often organizing events at school, it is required that an adult for example a student advisor, teacher, or librarian be the point person when setting up Author Visits or Skype Chats.

To schedule an Author Visit or Skype Chat, please send an email via the form at the top of this page.

 Filmmaker Questions

When did you make your first film?

My first documentary film was shot in 2008 and released in 2009. It is called Can She Be Saved? and deals with middle school girls who get caught up in fighting a lot. I also wrote and directed, The Difference, which is a short film about teen suicide.

Why did you make the Can She Be Saved  film?

Because of my work with teens, I wanted to explore the anger behind the girl fights.

Why did you make The Difference film?

I was approached by the DC Dept of Mental Health and they were doing some excellent work at the time with youth and I wanted to do something that mattered. I enjoy work that matters.

What other kinds of films do you make?

I like shooting documentaries for their educational value, but I’ve written quite a few narrative scripts that I plan to see on the big screen soon.  I also write, direct and produce webseries.

Which webseries have you created?

I wrote, directed and produced, Every Corner and Sources. Every Corner deals with how youth are affected by violence. Sources teens with how youth have helped other youth who’ve been affected by suicide or suicide attempts.

Film Screenings

Schools can screen my films with or without my presence. My film, Can She Be Saved, is sold with a curriculum to help teachers plan discussions around the film. If you’re interested in having a screening of Can She Be Saved?, click here. You can also screen The Difference film at your school. The Difference is fully viewable online. You can click here.

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