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Who the hell are you?

I'm Saima (my friends call me Sam). I enjoy long, romantic walks in the opposite direction of people. I'm a writer, skater (I skated once), and not a Trump supporter. My life is pretty much a slow montage of a moody-looking South Asian chick breaking gender stereotypes and devouring pizza to "Let's get it on." A friend once describe me as an "awkward, weird feminist." That sounds about right. 

What are you doing with your life?

Nothing. I am an abominable failure, but for the sake of my reputation let’s say I write outrageous stories about morally ambiguous characters and murdery shit, run creative workshops and community events, and I work in girls' rights.

Why do you write stories?

Because I can’t stop. I’ve been immersed in literature in one way or another my whole goddamn life. Stories were my escape when I was a kid and now they’re my outlet. I explore the darkest parts of myself through my characters. I’ll never stop writing. I can’t. Human beings need stories. 

What kind of books do you write?

I like to describe my style as gritty witty. I write about people who are complex and morally ambiguous, but also fucking hilarious. If you love characters like Faith Lehane (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Jessica Jones (Alias), then you'll dig my stuff.

What stuff are you into?

So much stuff. So many things. I love doing research. And when I say love I mean love. I read more textbooks than novels. I also love playing my guitar, reading comic books, doing artsy things like painting, listening to music and watching edgy indie films. 

What are your top TV shows, movies, and artists/bands?

TV Shows: Buffy, Full House, Parks and Recreation.
Movies: Girl Interrupted, Forrest Gump, Matilda.
Artists/Bands: Halsey, The Internet, Royal Blood.

Who inspires you?

I have a number of inspirational people in my life who make it meaningful, colourful and controversial, and I wouldn't have it any other way. 

What do you think about a lot?

The purpose of anything, how to understand myself better, and how I’m going to become good friends with Kristen Stewart when I’m famous (let me have this dream).