Born in 1982, in Riyadh, the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to an Arab father and a Portuguese mother born on Corvo island, Azores, author Ahmed Al-Sheikh has been a lifelong literature fan, always finding himself drawn to the fantasy genre. He is influenced by sci-fi writers such as Neil Gaiman, Robert E. Howard, and countless others.
His first book, Lunen: Triblood, is a science fiction, fantasy novel mixing humor, action, and introspection. It explores themes of personal growth against good versus evil.
When not writing, Ahmed works as a freelance writer reviewing films, video games, and entertainment news. He is also a longtime student of martial arts, who works toward advancing his skills regularly.
Currently, Ahmed calls Northern California home, but he has lived in the Middle East and England.
In this interview for the Portuguese American Journal, Ahmed speaks of his Arabic Portuguese American cultural heritage which gives him a truly unique perspective on things and a very particular view of the world.
What’s your Portuguese background?
I’m half-Portuguese on my mother’s side. She and her family immigrated to the U.S. from Corvo, the smallest of the Azores. This means that every time I connect with my mom’s side of the family, I get a nice dose of Portuguese in my life.
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