Sara Sharaf Beg was inspired by her own experiences as a Pakistani American Muslim while writing Salaam, with Love, her debut novel. A graduate of the University of Central Florida and Northwestern University, Sara was a freelance writer before becoming a mental-health counselor. She lives in Texas with her husband, where she likes to cook (the spicier, the better!), binge Bollywood movies, and play video games when she’s not writing or reading. Find her on Instagram at @chutneybinasamosa.