Book 1: The Storyteller and the Terrorist in Our Newsfeeds
The Storyteller and the Terrorist in Our Newsfeeds is about the rise and fall of seventeen-year-old Najmah Qamar, a passionate storyteller who ends up living through her worst fears as her tales come to life. It is the first book in the Najmah the Storyteller series.
Najmah Qamar is famous among her friends for always telling stories while baby-sitting, at family gatherings, or just hanging out on a Saturday night. After getting encouragement from her inner circle to post the stories online, she makes a YouTube channel and her stories go viral! People from all across the U.S. and even abroad start watching her suspense-thriller storytelling videos and share them on social media. Najmah’s fame begins to sky-rocket along with her self-confidence and popularity.
However, to Najmah’s horror, her stories start coming to life and people start dying in her northern Virginia town and surrounding areas. The media coverage surrounding these events becomes obsessive as the murders become linked with the YouTube sensation and some news outlets even refer to her stories as the terrorist tall tales. Friendships are tested as trust falters along the lines of race, gender, and religion when Najmah gets blamed for the homicides.
However, the stories are available to thousands of people from a variety of different backgrounds who have viewed, liked, or followed Najmah on social media. The real terrorist could be anyone in her newsfeed, even someone she knows well. As Najmah tries to discover who the mastermind is, her own life becomes threatened when she comes closer to unveiling a deep dark secret which has been hidden for decades right under the nose of the nation's capital.