Casting your characters

Every subject starts with a spark and some fellas with tanks of gasoline. True, sometimes the subject gets over heated, but it’s not necessarily the case when the topic is that interesting.

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I had a fun chat with a college friend of mine who had finished reading my novel, who was also one of the people who led me to become a writer. One fact about him is that 70% of his body is made of movies. So he threw this topic on the table, we began spinning the sticks and a fiery subject started…. We began casting for my novel. And here are the results for three of the main characters; Hassan, Adam goldfish and Elizabeth.

Hassan

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I got to say, I had a difficult time with the main character, Hassan. I couldn’t place an actor’s face on him because I based him on my old brother, who is also named Hassan. Since my friend didn’t have the same bond attached with Hassan, he came up with the proper actor for that roll.

Joe Manganiell got the looks alright, but I like mostly how he appears when he is older; Hassan will get old at some point in the story, and Manganiello Fits my image of old Hassan.

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Adam Goldfish (Shark)

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Adam Goldfish is a man who was imprisoned for 13 years and was in his quest to get back even with the one who caused him to lose those years… and much more. He is what a shark would look like if you placed a drop of blood in his tank.

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Speaking of blood, actor Alexander SkarsgardIs is an actor in True Blood, he plays a vampire, and I’d like to mention for reasons that will some day make sense in the future, that vampires… Well, they bite :).

Elizabeth

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Everyone emits vibes, and I am picking from Marsha Thompson an artistic aura that fits perfectly with Elizabeth, the first love affair for Hassan during his college life. She has the smile and the eyes, place a white spotted red scarf and hand her the paint brush and she’s good to go.

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We started casting the eight ghosts but then the conversation became more humorous and it swerved off course. If you want to add to the list of cast, you can give your opinion after learning a little about them through here.

(Meet Sara and Emma, Jack and Reed, Chow and Joseph, Rod and Mason)

I would like to say that casting your characters is a really energizing and beautiful process to get yourself involved in. I would recommend all the authors to get into it, especially with a reader who can help second your opinion.

~ A. H. Amin

‘Psychs 1st’ a spinoff from the ‘Psychs series’

Psychs 1st, by A. H. Amin

Psychs first is a free spinoff from the main ‘Psychs series’, available on Smashwords for Kindle, Nook, Apple ipad, Kobo and many other ebook readers.

You can download from Smashwords through here swlogo to read it later whenever you like to discover through 36 pages the story of Hassan and the eight ghosts. Or you can just scroll down and read it right now.

 

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Meet Rod and Mason…

 

Before releasing a spinoff from a main series, I think we should first learn who will we be spinning with. That is why today I am posting the new guests of honor from the series. Today I introduce Rod and Mason.

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Let us recap for the last time. ‘Psychs 1st’ is a spinoff that tells the story of young Hassan, a guy with eight ghosts connected to him by the tragic event of his birth. He decided to visit the United States in an effort to put closure to the 7 ghosts who are connected to him by visiting their families and give them letters with a fake story of how he got those letters, only to discover that he is there to do more than that.

So without further stalling and teasing, I give you Rod and Mason.

~ Rod

The team’s marksman. He had the acutest senses, his hearing is so strong he can tell how many people are there by just hearing their foot steps. But now, all is left is the knowledge that he carried to Hassan, because after he died and due to his ghostly status, he was deprived from his hearing abilities. He was the person who saved Sara, Hassan’s real mother, while still pregnant with her son.

~ Mason

The team’s medic, and Hassan’s best friend. He was an only child. He helped Hassan through the medical part during his time at Liverpool university. He have always wanted to leave the army and just focus on his medical career, but his crush on Emma made him stay. And now, he is bound to her through Hassan.

 

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I hope you enjoyed meeting all the ghosts. I have after all introduced them during the previous days to help break the ice between you and my new spinoff novel from the ‘Psychs series‘. Feel free to visit my website and to get more involved with my book by reading the reviews or watching the video. Stay tuned for the release of my free book today.

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Meet Jack and Reed…

 

Before releasing a spinoff from a main series, I think we should first learn who will we be spinning with. That is why today I am posting the new guests of honor from the series. Today I introduce Jack and Reed.

 

Let us recap before we move forward. ‘Psychs 1st’ is a spin off that tells the story of young Hassan, a guy with eight ghosts connected to him by the tragic event of his birth, he decided to visit the United States in an effort to put closure to the 7 ghosts who are connected to him by visiting their families and give them letters with a fake story of how he got those letters, only to discover that he is there to do more than that, and probably to try and survive.

So without further stalling and teasing, I give you Jack and Reed .

 

~ Jack

 

A rebel who is easily drawn to the pleasures of life, which is why in the beginning he was the most resistant to his new spectral state. In peaceful times, he can’t be found, but when things gets hard, he will always be with the others in the front line. When he died, he left behind three daughters, a wife and one girlfriend.

Jack

 

~ Reed

 

The first time he introduced himself and his skill, Hassan swallowed. In his previous life he was an explosives expert. He became Hassan’s main adviser and tutor in that area, helping him fashion military grade equipments from house hold materials, with the help of Steven Chow, the communication expert spirit.

Reed

Next time, we will talk more about Chow and Joseph, in the mean time, feel free to visit my website and to get more involved with the series.

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Meet Sara and Emma…

 

Before releasing a spinoff from a main series I think we should first learn who will we be spinning with? That is why in the coming days I will host guest honors from the series, and since my last post placed me in a good mood, today I will introduce two characters from the ‘Psychs’ series.

‘Psychs 1st’ is a spin off that tells the story of young Hassan, a guy with eight ghosts connected to him by the tragic event of his birth, he decided to visit the United States in an effort to put closure to the 7 ghosts who are connected to him by visiting their families and give them letters with a fake story of how he got those letters, only to discover that he is there to do more than that, and probably to try and survive.

So without further stalling and teasing, here are the first two ghosts, and I think it is only appropriate to start with the one who gave birth to our main character.

~ Sara

 

SaraThe first time they found her she was pregnant and only a click away from her death, right after she had lost her husband and Hassan’s real father. Strangely for everyone and even her own son, she appears as the most ghostly looking spirit of the group because she has wide eyes and looked as if she came out from a Tim Burton movie. She was the first ghost to appear to him and the most to stick around Hassan.

 

~ Emma

EmmaOther than the fact that she is one of the soldiers who found Sara, outside the military life she is a lover of fantasy, she is a Star Wars fan and a very good climber in her previous life, all that was an influence from her father. She is an only child. She was the closest person to Sara when they all died.

I hope you enjoyed meeting Sara and Emma, they would be really pleased to have met you all if they were real, but who knows, maybe they do exist in another world and I dreamed about them.

Will be introducing the rest of the family in the coming days.

 

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Weekends are at the corner, guess what is waiting to surprise you?

I have recently flew on vacation a couple of days ago and as I was checking the bookstores available there I came across this…

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I was really glad even though (Physical bookstores wise and not online stores wise) my novel is only available in two bookstores where I live. Still, I like having my book next to Lee Child and Suzanne Collins
And it has also put me in the mood to announce that the next weekend will be the release of ‘Psych’s first’, a spinoff from my local Bestseller, Psychs, and it will be for free for everyone to read. Starting this week I will be building a launch pad for the next week release by introducing each character and spelling some of the important, spoilers free, details so you can have a better insight of Psychs.
Feel free to connect with my Facebook page and on my Twitter to learn more and get involved with the series. More news and updates to come.

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What have I been up to recently…

“Easy reading is damn hard writing” ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

Today and every previous day I am polishing what I wrote so I can present them in the best desirable form for avid readers. I am working hard so I can release (hopefully) three titles this year; Psychs 1st, which is a short story and a spin off from the Psychs series that tells the story of young Hassan’s visit to the United States in an effort to put closure to the 7 ghosts who are connected to him, by visiting their families and give them letters with a fake story of how he got those letters, only to discover that he is there to do more than that, and probably to try and survive.
My second finished work is Kima, a short inspirational story about a true event that occurred in South Africa in 1928, following the old Kima who tells an unbelievable story to young Alice and Alex, and they will learn so much from this fantasy story… Or is it a fantasy?
And last but surely not least, Iblis, the second novel of the Psychs series… This one I’m not revealing more than two things. First, Iblis is Arabic for ‘Devil’, and second, here’s a look inside the prologue.

Iblīs

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Enjoy your weekend, I’ll be working hard during… No rest for the wicked.

~ A. H. Amin

What’s real is not…

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This is true… And you know what that means? It means that physical reality is basically an illusion… We are all fictional characters, created in this fantasy world and we are living our adventures.
So live your lives with a purpose, act as the protagonist you already are.

Read more about it here

~ A. H. Amin

It’s my birthday… So here’s my surprise

Today I pass again through the thresholds of the door that brought me to this world for the 28th time, maybe more if you believe in reincarnation. It was a day that I have been waiting for, not to be showered with gifts, but to share a surprise that I have been holding for far too long.
I have mentioned a surprise I have stored for you before, when I talked about Kima, my new inspirational novel. I mentioned it quickly so I can be discreet about it until the day I open the lid on it and spill it out for everyone; it was a Psychs related news, and it was not related to the second book, Iblis. So here’s a picture that says it all.

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Psychs 1st is a short story that follows Young Hassan, the U. S. military ghosts and the spirit of his mother to a trip to the United States.
After giving their lives to save Hassan’s while he was still in the womb, they became connected to his existence, well, only eight spirits did. That sacrifice gave him gifts, knowledge, protection and most importantly, a life… Or lives. So as a way to show them his gratitude, he decides to go to the United States of America to deliver messages to the ghosts families… But what he will find there could cause him his life, and the life of one of the ghosts family member.
Psychs 1st will be shared online here and on my other social network sites, for free. It is after all a gift from me to you.

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My biggest thanks…

My biggest thanks to all the lovely readers who are supplying me with enough fuel and keep me motivated. You make my efforts worth while.

Here are my favorite e-mails, messages and tags that I have received throughout the year.

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My best friend after buying my book

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Kuwaiti book club after choosing my book

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The book club tagging me after becoming a local Bestseller

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Tagged after the meeting with the club

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First prank related to my novel… A whatsapp message

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After the release of the new and reviewed edition

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My best friend after he asked me to sign his copy

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Tagged on Twitter by a little British birdie in the U. S.

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Tagged by a fierce reader

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One of my favorite e-mails

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The last page of my novel with the word amazing written at the end… Chirp chirp twitter

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And my recent favorite… A private message from my pre-release readers after reading the second book of the Psychs series

Everyone should know that The Remnant will be changed into Iblis later on, and the final modifications are not far away from completion.
You can check out Goodreads reviews to know more about what people are saying regarding Psychs, and feel free to visit the website to get more involved

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