New bits about me shared at ‘BOOKS & TALES’

Just had the honor of being the spotlight at BOOKS & TALES. You can discover what my novel is about, you’ll learn about my philosophy in writing and also what’s my favorite food is.

Here’s my interview with the Kind Annette Gisby: Author Interview: A H Amin

Here’s also a Book Spotlight which was published earlier: Book Spotlight: Psychs by A H Amin

New Widget for ‘Psychs’… Love it

Here’s ‘Psychs’ new widget, it has everything a real book deserves; a video of the book, a sample chapter that will leave you wanting more, and info with links to where it can be pinpointed.

‘Psychs’ Widget

Enjoy your visit.

                                            

Elements of my novel, ‘Psychs’… Part 1

I revealed in my last post my new e-book cover for ‘Psychs‘, a novel for avid readers and thrill seekers. Since the news is out there, I thought I should make everyone more familiar with my thriller. So I decided to talk about what made my novel.

Everything in the universe exists because there are certain elements allowing them to fill the space. So what gave shape to my novel, ‘Psychs’?

Any book is made from paper, but it can only earn its existence if it has a soul. The elements that count for in any novel we read, are the elements that gave the book its life… and its purpose. Here is the first element of my fiction thriller, I hope through that you will get to know and love the soul of my book.

THE FIRST ELEMENT: CHARACTERS

Richard Linklater quoted from Thomas Wolfe in Before Sunset, saying…
‘We are the sum of all the moments of our lives, and that anybody who sits down to write is gonna use a clay of their own life, that you can’t avoid’
I was able to imagine my fictional characters from my reality; my family, my friends, from my times in the university, my brief time I spent working as a timepieces salesman, or even from a nickname of a beloved. It all left an impact on me, and through that, on my way of thinking and writing.

Some dialogues came from real chit chats I had in my life, or from a certain event at the dinner table. Talking to luxury timepieces customers requires being able to know what you should say and when to say it. I carved and polished all that to adjust them to my characters, and then, came the process of making them related to readers.
The methods I used for shaping my characters is adding flaws, and I let my characters think by themselves too. That is done by imagining a person in my life or even an actor, thinking to my self ‘What would he/she would do in this situation?… What would that person say or be thinking at that moment?’
Having the characters, their own dialogue, their flaws… all that will eventually lead to having my own world, you either draw it or write about it… my family have already been blessed with a great painter… so I grew toward the latter’s way of creation… Plus, when it comes to painting, I’m almost color blind.

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.

Psych main site

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.

 

What my book cover reveals…

 

This is my book cover… by artist Gida Sameh. She was the one I picked after I talked to her about my book, and after she was able to use her very unique imagination to come up with the idea for the cover.

It represents the transitional phases of my character… Here’s what The cover is trying to say:-

The men in the bottom, middle, and upper left are the same person. The first in the bottom is the time where the truth behind his tragic event of his birth was revealed… it brought him inside an asylum for a while where he, after a brief time with his doctor, learned to love psychiatry.

The second represents one job that he has, he became a psychiatrist, and the knowledge he obtained from that field came in handy with the other job… the one he is aiming a bit higher for.

The third representation on the upper left will be the soldier of fortune he wants to be… for those who read the synopsis in my older posts or my blog, this represent his time in this first book of the series, where he is taking parts in events to gain experience in that field.

That leaves us with the woman in the bottom left… well… I hope one day you will all find out who she is.

Best regards to all avid readers and thriller seekers.

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