AUTHOR DR. AMINA YAQOOB: GIVING MORALITY ITS OWN SUPERPOWER
Author Amina Yaqoob is on a mission to give morality its own superpower. In her new Minah the Superhero children’s book series, she provides key moral principles that are the keys to a happy and fulfilling life. Morality is not about children following rules or being good people; it’s about developing a strong sense of right and wrong and using it to guide your choices in life. When you have a solid moral compass, you make better decisions,” she explains. “You’re less likely to be swayed by peer pressure or temptation and more likely to act according to your values.” Dr. Yaqoob offers children a powerful framework for making moral choices in a complex world. With clarity and conviction, the choice to do the right thing is always within our reach and is each person’s superpower.
Dr. Yaqoob is a writer who not only wants diversity in her books but also wants to give a different perspective by creating a character that wears a hijab. In this interview, she shared the unique way she created the main character, Minah. She wanted to create a relatable character for young girls who might be going through similar experiences but also wanted to show that girls who wear hijabs can be strong and confident. She explained that she didn’t want to create a one-dimensional or stereotypical character, so she made sure to give Minah different superpowers through good morals.
IN THIS INTERVIEW, DR. YAQOOB SHARED THE UNIQUE WAY SHE CREATED THE MAIN CHARACTER, MINAH, AND HER EXPERIENCE WRITING BOOKS. OVERALL, IT WAS FASCINATING TO HEAR ABOUT DR. YAQOOB’S EXPERIENCE WRITING BOOKS AND HOW SHE STRIVES TO PUT A UNIQUE SPIN ON HER STORIES.
Tell me a little about yourself.
First, thank you for this interview. My name is Dr. Amina Yaqoob, and I was born and raised in Pakistan. I have a Ph.D. in Plant Biotechnology. I defended my dissertation in 2021 and served as a Research Associate at the Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology (CEMB) at the University of Punjab for the past few years. I am a founder of Morality Tales, a private company developing children’s story books and customized books. I am a story writer and Illustrator. I love traveling, canvas painting, sketching, cooking, digital drawings, and gardening.
What led to the creation of Minah?
A few months back, I discussed my plan to launch a book series with my friend. Though my friend has no experience with storybooks, he has great aesthetic taste in arts and movies. It won’t be wrong to say he was the first person to motivate me to create this series. Even the name, Minah was suggested by him. I must say, his role is like a primer here. In Molecular Biology, when DNA has to replicate itself, a primer first attaches to its strand and allows the addition of new bases. Once the primer gets attached to the DNA strand, the process of DNA replication starts promptly, and the new bases continue to attach themselves to the chain. The attachment of primer is the crucial step in replication. In the same way, my friend played a key role in the process of creating this book series. He seeded the main idea, and I planted that idea into the storybook.