Being married and a mother of four children hasn’t stopped Shahida from making a name for herself. She is an award-winning author, publisher, freelance writer, public speaker and local campaigner. As a writer of non-fiction, short stories and historical fiction her best-known work is ‘Lascar’ published in 2012. She was shortlisted for the Muslim Writers Awards, Unpublished Novel Award in 2008 for this book. She has won a number of awards, including the Arts and Cultural Awareness at the British Muslim Awards in 2015. Shahida is also the director and co-founder of Perfect Publishers, launched in 2005, a print-on-demand book publishing company providing a range of services for authors and other publishers.