- She begane her writing career at 17 and freelanced as a music and DJ critic for Boston's Weekly Dig Magazine.
- Spent her 20s living in Egypt.
- Her first novel, Alif the Unseen was a NYT Notable Book and winner of the 2013 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel
- Describes herself as a professional genre-bender and casual gamer
- She is a level 90 arcane mage