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When I was a young child, I was an avid reader and as soon as I learned to write, I started writing stories.
It took a year to edit and reedit my book to get it exactly how I wanted it.
Every other day I try to put pen to paper, I try to intake information every day.
I have to have background noise all day no matter what I'm doing, except for writing. I do not like instrumental music or any type of background noise when I'm letting the words flow out.
Some thing that I like about myself is that I am inspired easily, as an artist and as an author. I am inspired most of all by my children, but kids shows, products I see around my house or stores, and especially nature also inspire me.
I love spending time with family, cooking and baking, and using my other creative outlets, such as painting and doing henna/mehndi designs.
My husband is my number one supporter and my children, Marwa and Musa, are my number one fans. I hope to make them proud and leave my legacy for them.
One of the most surprising things that I learned in creating my books is how long it takes to edit a child's book. Because the book is not too long, each word has to be useful and add value. My published book is a fourth the size of the book I originally wrote!
My only suggestion is-- to just do it. Whatever it is-- just do it. I am a perfectionist by nature, and so this is very difficult, but sage advice, to myself as well. The perfect timing and the perfect opportunity will never come, you just have to do what you want when you can.
If someone wants to listen or read your story that's what makes it a good story. Whatever entices a reader to keep reading, and gets an interest from someone-- I consider that a good story.
I wanted to be an author when I grew up, but I also wanted to become a teacher. I had also wanted to become an interior designer, because of how much HGTV I used to watch as a child. I am happy to say I am have been all of these.
In childrens book category- "Little Owls Night", in adult books- "The Counte of Monte Cristo"
Houston, Texas, USA
When my first child turned 1, and I began to write as a means of therapy.
1 to 2 months
I do not currently work; I’m a homemaker. I hope that when my kids are in school I would set a time to work on my writings so I could accomplish more.
I like to give my characters symbolic names.
The ideas for my writings come to me while daydreaming. I research the information through credible Internet resources, reading books on the topic, and learning about people by asking questions.
I like to read.
My family admires the initiative that I’ve taken in bringing my dreams to life and sharing my thoughts with others.
I learned that writing has helped me improve my oral articulation skills.
Learn about people. Ask people questions, and read biographies and novels.
I like to read stories about an idea I hadn’t encountered before.
I wanted to be a mother of 6. After having my first child, I realized that I’m not talented with being able to care for so many people.
My favorite book is “To Kill a Mockingbird”. I enjoyed the class discussions in 10th grade.
My passion for dawah ignited the writer within me. It was more about the message than being an author. I began writing in 2013 after I had my 4th child.
It varies from book to book. I completed some of the stories from my new book 'Remarkable Muslim Women' in 2017.
I don't follow a set schedule. However, I let all my ideas pour out and let my writing naturally flow.
I'm inspired by Islam and my children. I want to inspire Muslims to be proud of their faith and to stay true to their Muslim identity, to inspire self-love and a deeper connection to God. To break down misconceptions about Muslims and combat bigotry and hate. To portray a true representation of Muslims and the richness and diversity of the Muslim faith. To give our youth remarkable role models. I get my ideas for my books from my values and faith, and ultimately all goodness is from Allah.
Spending time with my family and serving my community. I run a book club and a mobile library service.
Alhamdulillah my kids are my biggest cheerleaders.
Subhanallah, how words can have such a powerful impact on a person's life and bring more good than you could've possibly imagined.
Write from your heart. Renew your intentions. Remember why you started and keep going.
Be a good Muslim and a Mum.
Apart from the Qur'an, I don't have one.
I’m a big kid at heart, I love being silly around my kids, nephews and nieces.
I’m that parent you’ll see sliding down the zip-line and swinging high from the swings.
I used to have clothes bursting out of my wardrobes but now I'm a proud minimalist.
I conquered my fear of spiders after I had my first baby.
I’m an outgoing introvert - also known as an ambivert.
I was a big Roald Dahl fan as a kid.
I have a Ragdoll cat called Snow.
I love pink tea (Kashmiri chai) with a lot of pistachios.
My family and faith mean the world to me.
I have written 8 books.
In 2019. When I was taking a break from my baking business.
Hmmm... months. Writing a picture book may seem like a small task, but if youre hoping for it to get published by the tradional route, the revisions take a really long time. I have critique partners and critique groups and we swap work and help each other polish it. If youre self-publishing things may look dofferent, but in the traditional publishing world theres a lot of competition.
I dont make a schedule to write. I do try and wake up early and get some words down, but i write in bits and pieces. Sometimes scribbling words on scraps of paper, sometimes on napkins and sometimes on an app in my phone.
I love adding alliteration to lift my language during revisions.
Everywhere. This world is full of inspirations. SubhanAllah. Nature, kids around me, my own childhood, and amazing personalities. Sometimes research for one project may send me down a rabbit hole and sometimes that information sparks an idea for another book.
Bake. Read. Pray. Play. Eat. Not always in that order!
My kids think every book I write is about them 🤣 which isnt entirely untrue. My parents and husband are very proud of my books. Alhamdolillah
So much goes into creating a book- it literally takes a village to bring a book to life!
Read. Read. Read.
Theres no formula- but the best ones are books that make the reader feel something on a very personal level and usually that makes them want to re-read the book!
I wanted to fly and I wanted to dive. I think writing helps me achieve bit of both- my deep dive into language helps my words soar.
The Quran. As i learn more about language i learn about the beauty of the words of the Quran, the parables help me understand the power of metaphorical language and creating imagery and connecting thought with a tangible, relatable object or event helps to deepen the understanding of the reader.
Since childhood, although I never imagined I would actually become one.
They all took different lengths of time, the first draft can take me a year (in between work and life) and then editing takes place on top of that.
It was juggling between work as a lawyer, life commitments, and writing when I get the chance (for me that was usually once a week).
Eeek I don't have one! Does staring into space a lot count?
For the Ayesha Dean books, a lot of ideas came from travelling to the places she travels to. Then for different parts of the story, I do research into the parts of Islamic history, or other facts I'd like to write about.
Reading, learning languages, spending time with family and friends, and playing with my cats! I'd also put travel on this list but we've had to stay put since Covid.
They're in support of it, alhamdulillah.
How sneaky those spelling errors can be, even when you've read a manuscript dozens of times and multiple others have proofread it too, those little errors can still manage to evade detection.
I think the most important one is don't give up. Remember that the first draft is always going to be cringey so when you come back to it and feel discouraged, keep going, keep working at it, and get other people to provide feedback.
An intriguing plot, characters you can route for or love to hate, and a satisfying ending.
I wanted to be a lollie (candy) shop owner
I can't pick just one! But one of my favourites in fiction is North & South by Elizabeth Gaskell
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