For Thanksgiving this year, I celebrate the legacy of A'isha bint Abi Bakr, the youngest and favorite wife of the Prophet Muhammad who became the most famous and influential woman in Islam. Her courage, heart, and pluck inspired my novels, "The Jewel of Medina" and "The Sword of Medina" and has influenced countless lives, especially those of women yearning to reach their own highest potential.
I'm grateful for the privilege of bringing her story to the West, where it was little known before my books were published. But -- to whom am I grateful? To those in my life, including A'isha, who have helped me to believe in myself and my own powers.
You can read more about my troubled past, my influences, and A'isha on AOL News: http://www.aolnews.com/opinion/article/im-thankful-for-aisha-the-jewel-of-medina/19725499.
By the way, Gina Misiroglu of Red Room put me in touch with the AOL people, which is one of the great ways in which she's bringing traffic to Red Room and getting attention for Red Room's authors.
Causes Sherry Jones Supports
ACLU, Save Our Wild Salmon, Greenpeace, Spokane Mother and Children's Free Restaurant, Mercy Fund, public radio, Slow Food USA