Fatima Raja was born in Lahore. After graduating from Harvard University, she worked as features editor at The Friday Times in Pakistan, where she also launched and edited its book review. In 2005 to 2006, she completed a fellowship at Sauvé House in Montreal, where she was an editor of the McGill International Review, she returned to Pakistan to work as an editor and writer in development communications for UNICEF and others. She moved to London in 2009, where she continued work as an editor. Recent projects have included a collection of short stories by Barbara Latham, and editing a collection of narratives for a Women Living Under Muslim Laws project.