About Me

Noor A Jahangir

My first brush with fantasy fiction was in 1984, when Mrs Christine Bracewell, my teacher, read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to my class. This was the turning point for me, when I started to read whatever I could get my hands on. This was also when I decided I would be a writer. My writing was first noted by another primary teacher, Mrs Bridgett, after I wrote a review of an educational TV item, called Paddle to the Sea. The story was read out to the school assembly and hung up in the school’s hall for many years. Something that I am still very proud of. I didn’t really develop this talent much though until I came under the tutelage of Mr Hodgkinson, the school’s deputy head and horror fan, in 1988. After primary school, I went to an Islamic College and Secondary School, a privately run boarding school. Here my brother introduced me to the late and great, David Gemmell, by way of Ghost King and King Beyond the Gate.

At 14, my brother, a mutual friend and I decided to write a short story together, about a group of kids who meet up at their teacher’s house to play a fantasy role playing game. They come across a mirror that they purchase for their mentor. Unwittingly they discover that the mirror is a portal to the void. The children are sucked through and enter another world. Unfortunately, my brother and friend weren’t as serious about the story as I myself was. So I dropped the team act and continued to write on my own. After a feverish four weeks of scribbling in exercise books, I completed the 420 page 1st draft in several exercise books. The covers and margins were full of little sketches of the characters and maps of Kryllon. I settled on the title The Trollking.

The following year, my father paid for a home study course with the Writer’s School to help me improve my skills, whilst I continued my studies at the boarding school. I remained with the Writing School for two years, under the tutelage of the late Sydney J Bounds. Eventually, I began to write for the College’s monthly magazine on Islamic mysticism (Sufism), which gave me access to a computer. Thus began one of many rewrites of The Trollking.

I graduated from the Islamic College in 1998, and after a short spell of teaching there, I went on in 1999 to study for a BA Honours in English Studies, with Media Studies and Creative Writing at Buckinghamshire Chiltern’s University College. During this period, I  wrote games reviews for the University’s student rag Intercourse and for an indy videogame retailer’s website. I graduated from University in 2002.

Since then I’ve had a number of short stories published under a few pen names and my first novel , The Changeling King is now available in print and ebook formats.

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10 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Dear Nasrullah,
    I read about your story in a local paper and would really like to hear more. I was hoping you could email me?
    Best
    Caitlin

  2. Asallamu allaykum dear brother Noor,

    I would like to thank you for taking the time to work for improving your community. If everyone would put to practice their talents for the betterment of the community we wouldn’t have the problems we encounter today.

    I hope and pray Allah gives you the strength and ability to continue your work, and I pray that your writing and determination will be a guide to us and our youth.

    Please don’t forget us in your prayers.

    wasallamu allaykum,
    Khadija

    1. Dear sister Khadija,

      Thank you for your prayers and words of encouragement. I long to see the day when Muslims are accepted fully in Europe and America, and the day when Muslim genre writers are accepted by mainstream publishers.

      Remember me always in your prayers.

      Noor A Jahangir

  3. I came across your work/blog/interview over at ‘the Asian writer’ which led me here. Reading your ‘About Me’ page echoes similarities around my vision and passion for writing.

    To address my passion and thirst for creative writing – I have created a blog dedicated to topics surrounding ‘British Asians’. It’s not my first or only blog I have, but one which I created to share my experiences as a British Asian. Look at issues that impact British Asians, books written or films directed by British Asians.

    My ultimate goal is to become a British Asian writer for which I am currently conducting my research in all areas related, including the story line.

    I’d like to congratulate you on your initial success and I hope you continue being successful.

    1. Thank you for your kind comments. I have visited your website and wish you the best of luck with it. I really appreciate your continued support and hope you enjoy reading The Changeling King

  4. Salaam Noor,

    I second what Khadija said above. I also have immense respect for the fact that you took matters into your own hands in terms of publishing your book and have an online presence. Having worked in book publishing for a while, I can attest to the fact that mainstream publishing is indeed tough for Muslim genre writers nowadays. So it’s extremely important to be proactive and make use of the Internet. I keep telling hopeful writers to do what you already seem to be doing quite well!

    In case anyone is interested, I’ve written two posts for writers who are hoping to get published:

    http://amuslimahwrites.wordpress.com/2011/05/23/on-publishing-the-coffee-with-a-hopeful-writer-spiel/

    http://amuslimahwrites.wordpress.com/2011/06/04/on-publishing-three-reasons-why-none-of-it-matters/

    I’m not too familiar with the fantasy genre but look forward to reading your book (which is available as an eBook! I’m a lover for all things that have to do with digital publishing) Best of luck and may your work be greatly rewarded in every sense.

  5. salam uncle noorajahangir I read your book and it sounds amazing and I really enjoy it! thanks for the book!

    from
    anika azad

    p.s
    are you actually an author?!

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