Two interviews in one week

Last week was the busiest, I shipped my book to the UK, had my hands full in finishing up with some of the patients in the clinics, and I had a full week exams.

Two days ago I was called for an interview in my university, and I did another one yesterday, which was conducted online… It was just what I needed after having a long week, and I had fun doing both. Here’s one Which occurred yesterday, An interview by Adam A. Ameen… I hope you will enjoy it, and if you felt like it, you can ask me anything too.

Q: I read your blogs and I want to know, how did you go from not being interested in reading to writing?

A: Well… I took a summer course, which as you know, is boring… So as I was shopping, I saw a book, called The lake house by James Patterson, it was a thriller. I liked the synopsis, and it said don’t read it alone at home… so naturally I read it alone at home… and that’s when I realized the love of reading, It was better than the movies, because when you read, you are the director, and for us, our imagination is the best.

Which brings us to writing, I saw my potentials when I gave my ideas to students who were discussing making a movie, I saw my self like the writers I admired… and one day, I saw one of my ideas, the one published now, getting praises from many… so I started writing, and here I am

Q: But what made you think you were able to write a whole novel just from a single idea?

A: Well… the impact of the idea coursed me to believe I can… I saw people seeing potential in it. My idea kept growing until I had no choice but to let it flow out

Q: And did you have experience writing before?

A: Before I started my novel? No… I was the guy who didn’t do well in literature courses… But at the same time I was only writing to get grades and just pass, and not to express or to be creative… So my experience came later, with reading… and you can tell that you gained a lot because when you read your work after you are done, you’ll get to realize what it needs to be at THAT league, the league of the bestselling authors.

Q: So In that case I’m guessing you did research to plan your story?

A: Research is an understatement… I did more than that

Q: How so?

A: I read two books about body language and the art of persuasion, so I can master my dialogues and my characters. I read technological books, like Spy craft, books about technicality and tactics, I went around asking doctors and pharmacist some medical questions… and of course, the internet… My eyes boiled daily as I did my researches, it was an effort which I really really enjoyed… I forgot to mention that I also did research about history and locations, and, believe it or not, about luxury watches

Q: That’s really something, let me ask you this though. How did you know you, say halfway through the story, that your writing is good and not bad?

A: Well, I doubted my self many times, because I can’t be the one to judge, because its my book… so half way through I wasn’t sure, I was sure though after I finished and started reading. It was like reading another book, I found my self enjoying what I wrote, and that’s when I realized it’s really good, by going back to my work as a stranger

Q: But were you completely detached from your work when you read it as just a reader?

A: You can’t tell… Which is why I got a second, third, and eventually, 20th or maybe more opinions… Even the greatest authors have to give their work to their agents before they approve to print their work. So When I saw that others loved it, I went for the process of publishing

Q: The most intriguing thing to me is: how did you fix the loopholes in your story after you were done and how did you make sure you tied all the loose ends? And more importantly how did you know you were done?

A: I made points before I started to write, and I read the book three times after I was done… So I guess its what did I do before I wrote and afterwards that made me sure I have tided all the loose ends.. and to be honest, I placed some ends further from this book to be tied later in the sequels.

Q: And did you ever think of putting anything of yours that you thought too controversial like something offensive, strong language or sex?

A: I don’t have to… you will always have readers thinking that way… some may see racism from a children’s book… which is why I went to avoid that by making my characters from more than one place, in a place where diversity exists, and most importantly, I wrote in the beginning of my novel

‘Good and Evil has no passport, it wears many skins, speaks in different tongues, and exists every where… even in the same person’

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How far did I go to make my book… A great journey

I have posted about what made my novel to show my main elements for my fiction thriller, which are the characters, time, and location. But I had to do more than just figuring out what I want, because – let’s face it – I am no psychiatrist, I don’t have military, tactical, or espionage experiences, my dental experiences does not extend further to cover my medical knowledge… My story must be convincing, even though its fiction in all the meanings of the word.

I saw an interview with Hideo Kojima, a spy fiction story writer and game designer, he mentioned writing a ridiculous car chase scene as a kid, it was because he had never drove a car at the time. When he started to write his spy fiction stories (Metal Gear) he went and trained with the military. He gained the right knowledge needed for his work, which I must say, is one of a kind.

My character is two sides of the same coin, he’s a psychiatrist, and a soldier of fortune. I read two books about sign language, and one about the art of persuasion, to help giving the right dialogue to my main character and to help him in profiling people. It also helped me with writing about other characters emotionally. I read a book about old espionage stories (spy craft), it helped me a lot by giving me the basics, and through them, I developed some of my own tools for my novel which appeared believable and helpful for both the characters and the readers.

I have friends who are police men, they gave me a couple of information about names of weapons and a couple of pointers of some of the effects they have. I also had fun doing Aikido, a form of martial arts, where I learned a couple of wrist grips and some other movements, which I was therefor able to describe in my novel, making some scenes look genuine.

I went around to talk to physicians and pharmacists to gain some medical information required in my book, I have spent a lot of my time in the library searching for some of the books I mentioned, I went using a clay of my self and placed it inside my novel, like my knowledge in luxury watches, which I gained in my brief time as a sales man… and the long daily – eye boiling – times I spent looking at the screen on my computer, searching through the web whenever I stumble upon a hindering issue.

I did all that because I want to satisfy the readers, by making what’s fiction look genuine. Having a good base will help giving my readers a solid ground to stand on.

So as you can see, making my book was a rough journey, a journey I still go through everyday with my other books, and I love it.

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‘Psychs’ ships to the UK

Dorset, Poole

Bookworm books, Dorset, Poole

 

Well… its official, I have just sent copies to (Dorset, Poole… England) at the request of bookworm books. I was happy, because the owner have also became a fan after reading the book… I guess he’s a fan of fantasy thrillers too.

I wish a safe journey for my book, and I hope it’ll make someone happy over there, for it certainly had made a lot of readers where I am feel that way.

You can visit my website below, it has a fresh zing now. So I hope you all have a little stroll into my mind, and if you are up to it, you can download a chapters sample as a souvenir.

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I’ll keep stretching even more, so one day my novel would find its way to your shelves.

Best regards to all,

A. H. Amin

Obsession… what does she do? And how far she will take you?

She is a woman to me, for it is the only way I can relate to how I am… I am obsessed with my ideas. I dream about them, but not too much because she won’t let me sleep. I feel happy when I describe her, I feel off when life gets in the way. She has never let me be, she is always with me. I always feel the need to write, but I am chained by my obligations, while all I really want is to share her story with the world.

We have those moments where we feel like we are fulfilling our destiny, even by doing a simple task… the sense of euphoria that surges within, god’s way to tell us that he is pleased with what we do. I sit in a lecture hall, and I get the feeling like someone is whispering into my ear, she reminds me that she’s here. She shines a light on a new idea, and I find my self treading on the thin line between the real and the unreal, where only my subconscious is awake, and my conscious is not aware of my reality.

How far will she go? Only I can tell by following her to the end…

Your ideas are your purpose, obsession is your guilt from being away from your purpose… make time for your ideas, or she will stop talking to you… once you lose her, you lose your purpose.

Be creative… be happy… be with purpose.

An author’s great moment

One thing an author likes to see is his/her impression on their readers, we are a cup which we like to fill with different kinds of compliments, amazement, appraisment, appreciacion… Et cetera. But I hit the holy grail on that one last week.

I took a week-off to see my loved ones back home, which was a long list. One of the favored ones were my brother’s family. His teenage kid came to me with a stack of papers, filled with words of his own, and he told me that he wants me to tell him what I think… I knew all along that he is a fan of my fiction thriller novel, and that he had enjoyed reading all the 423 pages in a couple of weeks, during his exams period (which in a way I feel guilty about). But to inspire him to unleash his own imagination was the best reward I received for writing my novel, giving the next generation the spark to go fill their own cup. I hope with all my heart he will be a great writer, better than his own uncle… God bless you Kiddo.

 

Another step for my book

 

This is kind of a big one for me, as I’m sure it is a good indication for all authors. This bookstore ordered a large quantity of my book, and here it is.

My book is growing, its not a newborn anymore. Now, my book started to walk on its own.

God bless (That Al Salasil bookstore) and their new branch in Avenues mall. I only hope this would be a good omen for what is to come for my novel.

I hope my novel would find its way to your shelves, now I’m more confident that it will.

 

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The weight we carry pushes us forward

‘We take our lives one step at a time, laying the pavement before each step’

This figure of speech, of how life goes, is overwhelmingly close to describe our days, as it represent how it can be a labor to live a normal life… let alone to try and accomplish in it.

We ask every day how can we proceed when we carry our own obligations; our families, our educations, our work…. our dreams. The more we introduce, the more hindrance we think we produced to our ongoing lives that we come to think that it came into a halt.

Our complicated lives makes it hard to pin point our true answer, because it is simple… We use our baggage.

I can only use my self as an example, so I hope people can relate.

Once a dropout of college, ex-engaged, who had never read a novel in his entire life. I had a lot of baggage that only keeps adding up. It is in the darkest hours that the light can be more prominent. I added to my baggage education once again, and the thought of writing came after I shared a couple of my ideas. My weight helped me in my ideas, using a clay of my own life in my novels proved to be useful, studying took time and energy, which I applied eventually on my book, I placed some of my medical knowledge I obtained and asked for from my professors. And the fact that I am in a university gave me access to a lot of information, where I could ask about mass communication, business, medicine, pharmacy… and the list goes on. Every time something is added to me, I try to see the good side, and how can it inspire me for my dreams.

So here I am… a published author, still walking when I really want to do is run. But I have to take it one step at a time… with my novels, my studies, and with my new love, who shares my dreams and hopes for our future.

 

Allow what you call weight the chance to inspire… let them speak to you, help you, and carry you onward, never give yourself the chance to stop. If you are a dreamer, then be sure everything that happens is happening for you.