Welcome to Miss Millennia Magazine Mina Khan! Mina is a Texas-based writer and food enthusiast. She grew up in Bangladesh on stories of djinns (pronounced “gins”), ghosts, and monsters. These childhood fancies now color her fiction. She daydreams of hunky paranormal heroes, magic, mayhem, and mischief and writes them down as tales of romance and adventure. Her first published work, The Djinn’s Dilemma, won the novella category of the 2012 Romance Through The Ages (published) contest. She also writes a weekly food column under the name Rashda Khan for the San Angelo Standard-Times. Previously, she covered business, city government, and politics for the paper.
- Why do you believe giving back to the community is important, and how have you given back in your own way?
One person alone can’t solve all the problems of the world. However if each one of us does what we can and gives back to the community, then all of our efforts add up. Together we make a more substantial difference. I also believe each person is born with different gifts and our gift back to universe is to use those gifts for ourselves and for the greater good. I have been fortunate enough to be able to use my writing and cooking as a way to give back.
- Where have you attended school/college?
I graduated with honors (cum laude) from the University of Houston.
- What was your area of study?
I double majored in Journalism and Radio-TV, and minored in Anthropology. I enjoyed the classes so much that I just kept taking them.
- What is your age?
- What has been your biggest struggle in achieving your goals? How are you overcoming it?
Discouragement. We are taught to respect experts and often we auto-buy into their opinions. In the writing business, you’re constantly facing rejection from editors and agents. In fact, someone told me my first genie story would never sell. I still sent it out into the world and fortunately an editor at Harlequin loved the story enough to buy and publish it.
I had to learn to trust myself. I did this by honing my craft and evaluating my work for myself, and then pushing past my fears and putting myself and my work out in the world. I continue to learn, evaluate, and create every day.
- What inspires you?
The human spirit. I grew up in Bangladesh, a third world country, where poverty and annual floods wreck lives regularly. Yet, people not only survive, they live colorful, joyful lives. They smile and laugh. They share what they can.
- What would you like to write about for our blog?
Ideas, concerns, and projects that fill my heart.
- Do you feel like you can inspire women in their 20′s and 30′s? If so how would you go about doing this, or how do you believe that you are doing this now?
When it comes to inspiration, age doesn’t matter. I have been inspired by an eight-year-old as well as people long dead. You never know when the lightning bolt of inspiration will jump out and spark something within.
So yes, I believe I can inspire others and I do that by living life as best, as fully and boldly, as I can.
- Who does Lady Lennia represent to you?
To me Lady Lennia is a woman who believes in herself and her abilities to achieve what she wants out of life. She takes the word “success” and redefines it, makes it personal.
- Why would you make a great Lady Lennia for the Giving Back edition?
Because I believe in Gandhi’s advice “Be the change you want to see in the world,” and I apply it in my life as often as I can.
- What is something you absolutely love doing?
I love being able to live life on my terms. I write the stories I want to write, and I get to work from home so I can be there for my family. I can pick up and travel (to my Mom, to a conference, or a fun escape) when I want or need to. I’m grateful for all these blessings.
- Is there anything else that you would like to share with our young adult female readers?
You don’t need anyone’s permission to dream your dream. So, dream big, figure out what you can do to make them real, and achieve with confidence. And don’t forget to say thank you to the universe by giving back and paying it forward.
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