February 2018 Update: Meet the Awesome Team of Beta Readers for The Oyster Thief!

True feedback is a gift, and I feel fortunate to receive it from an amazing team of beta readers for The Oyster Thief. (An underwater odyssey, the novel features the quest of a mermaid and a human man who confront numerous inner and outer obstacles to find a life-saving elixir.)

Here is a definition of a beta reader from the Oxford Dictionary: “A person who reads a work of fiction before it is published in order to mark errors and suggest improvements.”

As they read The Oyster Thief in installments, beta readers have been telling me what’s resonating with them and are suggesting creative ways to improve the story. Their comments are ultimately helping me make the novel more interesting and enjoyable for you, the final reader.

I am so excited about the team of beta readers that I would like to introduce them to you here (listed below in alphabetical order)!

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January 2018 Update: A Visit to Cozumel

Hello! This January note is a bit of a miscellaneous update in the midst of all my writing. The Oyster Thief  is turning out to be a much more special story than I’d ever imagined! I am excited to share it with you as soon as I can.

My husband and I recently returned from a trip to Cozumel, Mexico. Off the eastern coast of Mexico, the tiny island of Cozumel in the Caribbean was beautiful, with spectacular turquoise waters. We were impressed with some of the environmental efforts underway in Mexico, from turtle protection awareness to composting.

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December 2017 Update: The Dance of a Seahorse

I am excited to announce the launch of this newly designed website! Please let me know what you think.

I’m also thinking of forming a small team of beta readers—readers who are interested in reading chapters of my upcoming debut novel The Oyster Thief and providing feedback. It’s a great opportunity for avid readers who want to influence a live work. If you’re interested in being a beta reader, please send me a note at info@soniafaruqi.com.

In the November 2017 update, I talked a little about Coralline and Izar, the two protagonists in The Oyster Thief. The story features some animal characters too, in addition to human ones. (Yes, it’s still a book for adults, but it’s an underwater odyssey and I’m finding it great fun to have animal characters in the story!)

The animal characters are based on true traits of their species. One of them is a seahorse.

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October 2017 Update: Big Announcement – My Second Book

I am excited to announce that I’m working on a second book, The Oyster Thief.

What is it? An underwater odyssey.

It’s the most creative project I’ve ever embarked on, and it’s been pushing my imagination to the limit. I’m excited to be working with my editor Jessica Case and the team at Pegasus Books, with whom I was also fortunate to work on Project Animal Farm.

Stay tuned in the next months for a brand-new website and newsletter, and big perks and giveaways.

So…what’s the book about?

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