Shaheen Ashraf-Ahmed is the author of A Deconstructed Heart. She is also writing The Purana Qila Stories, a collection of interconnected two short stories about a family living in a compound in India. A Change in the Weather and The Dust Beneath Her Feet are the first stories released from the collection. Shaheen won a national essay competition about life in India held by the Indian High Commission in England and has had her poetry published in the Cadbury's Book of Children's Poetry and Tomorrow magazine. Shaheen lives in Chicago.