Like many teenage girls, discovering Madonna was a big deal for Soniah Kamal. It was a really big deal – especially because it was forbidden. That’s because Soniah was born in Pakistan to a Muslim family. She spent her formative years in Saudi Arabia, where Madonna was not an acceptable example for a young woman. Kamal, whose debut novel is out next year, wrote about her experiences in an essay for the book Madonna and Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop. She talks with us from her home in Atlanta, Georgia.