Kathryn K Abdul-Baki (كاثرن عبدالباقي) was born in Washington D.C. to a Palestinian father and American mother. She grew up in Iran, Kuwait, Beirut, and Jerusalem where she attended Arabic, British, and American schools. She attended the American University of Beirut, Lebanon for two years and earned a BA in journalism from George Washington University in Washington. D.C. She has an MA in creative writing from George Mason University, Virginia.
Ms Abdul-Baki worked as a journalist and feature-writer for an English weekly newspaper in Bahrain before devoting her time to writing fiction. Her published works include a collection of short stories, Fields of Fig and Olives, Ameera and Other stories of the Middle East, and three novels, Tower of Drums, Ghost Songs and Sands of Zulaika.
She won the Mary Roberts Rineharl award for short fiction, and her novel, Sands of Zulailia was a finalist for the Ariadne Prize. She has also published in journals such as Confrontation, Shenandoah Review, Phoebe, Union Street Review, and WorldVision.
She has just completed her fifth book, Hotels: A Marriage in Four Seasons. Her books are taught at universities in Multicultural and Arab Studies departments and she is a frequent lecturer at universities and schools on these subjects.
(From Abdul-Baki's Official website)