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Shameez Patel Papathanasiou's daughter and cat, Turbo, sitting on top of a pile of Roald Dahl books.

Author, engineer, mom and fangirl

Shameez Patel Papathanasiou was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. She lives there with her husband, child and two cats named Turbo and Charger.


During the day she juggles her time between taking care of her daughter and working as a civil engineer where she designs roads and analyses traffic—but at night she writes! And she writes fantasy AND romance.

Why both? Well, why not?

She considers herself a professional binge-watcher and fangirl. Don’t be surprised should you bump into her dressed as a Hobbit or Lady Loki and should you need anything from her, offer her a choc-chip cookie and her heart is yours forever.

Shameez fell in love with fiction, especially fantasy and romance fiction at a young age. Her parents fondly recall receiving her first handwritten story before the age of ten, titled The Treasures of Zombie Island, which surprisingly featured no zombies at all. She has been writing ever since.

Her fantasy novel, The Last Feather was published in July 2022 by Flame Tree Press—it, at the very least, features a feather.

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