Name Sheraz Ahmed

Age 39

Where are you from

Islamabad, Pakistan

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc

I am originally from Islamabad, Pakistan but have been living in United Kingdom for the last 7 years. I have done a Masters in Business Administration. I was born and raised in Pakistan so English was not my first language. I went to National University of Modern Languages in Islamabad and studied English as a 2nd language for an year and during that time my mentor, who was my course in-charge identified and advised me to start writing and ever since 1994 I have took up writing. I was told my mentor that a writer does the same thing by his pen as a painter does by the means of his brush. I have so far written 6 books my first book was published in 2002 by a small publishing house in North Carolina USA. I believe that creativity is a gift which comes from within. I enjoy writing about elements of nature, people and cultures plus any incident that leaves an impression on me. I have enjoyed reading great poets like Khalil Gibran, Emily Dickenson, Maya Angelou, William Wordsworth, William Blake, E E Cummings.



Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

The latest in regards to my literary career is my new book that I am planning to launch in the new year. The title of my upcoming book is “Is that a Fact” and this collection of poetry is all about elements of nature, human feelings, life, death, breaking apart and finally love. I am really looking forward to work on my new project and bring it to life.


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I wrote my first poem in 1994 when I finished advanced diploma in English language. I use to write before that as well but never use to keep record of my writings until the day I read a GB shaw’s saying that “if you don’t write for the sake of publishing there is very little point in writing” and from that I kept writing. Writing started off as self catharsis and with guidance of my mentor I discovered that there is so much I want to write and I have been lucky as I have been in company of great poets during all these years.


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I have was published on numerous poetry forums in USA over the years but when my first book was published and I got feedback of the readers it gave me the such great confidence and the best part in all this was when Chantelle (a student in North Carolina State University) who was doing a degree in English Literature did her final project on my literary work.


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My inspiration have always been nature and people. When I travel and I am on the mountains, close to trees, waterfalls, lakes, rivers, sun, moon and the stars it triggers my imagination and I pick up my pen to write about the beauty of this world. My recently published book is entitled as “Rain and the Misty Clouds” and it is all about the blessings of rain, it compasses this phenomena in a different way. We as humans look at rain differently in different parts of the world, so my the perspective I have given in my anthology encircles not only us as humans but also the mother earth and its elements.


Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

I would love to say yes to this question but I believe the flow of creativity is like a flowing stream and when it comes to write I love writing rhyme, non rhyme, 2 liners, 4 liners and all sorts. It all depends how a subject sits in my imagination and how it comes out with my pen. I never pre-plan my pieces they comes as per the imagination and normally with me when the creative process triggers it pretty much comes with the whole poem regardless of its style or rhyme. This is something that is not in my control and my pen works as a channel between my imagination and my hand.


Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I was sitting in my friends office and it was monsoon season, we were on the 3rd floor and we could see the trees dancing with the flow of the breeze and that is when TJ (my friend suggested) that why don’t we entitle my new book as “Rain and the misty clouds” and I never had 2nd thought about it.



Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Rain beholds different meanings for different people. If a child can giggle and laugh with joy when it rains at the same time someone who has lost a loved one can also be extremely sad remembering their loss. The timing of the rain is also critical and it also acts as the driving force to impact our moods and our imagination. I personally feel that the best place to experience rain is on a hill station where you can have the Ariel view of the city and you can actually see the rainbow as well better than anyone. I have tried conveying different messages in this anthology from different perspectives and from different school of thoughts and I feel this is the very essence of this anthology.


Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

This is a romantic anthology and I believe that Love is no wonder one of the biggest reality of our lives and if I dare say that on another note that it is the driving force and the very core of our existence that would not be wrong. Thousands of people have written books on love but the unique thing about each individual is that they present love the way they see it and feel it. I personally think that this collection of poetry is quite realistic.


Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

No wonder that creativity is a gift but it became stronger as I have lived my life and I have observed and when I went through different chapters of my lives I have actually started seeing the world with a different angle and things and experiences on which I use to base my writing it has also changed and it has come with time, events, accidents , good times, bad times and over all the phenomena we call life itself. This anthology is based on multiple cores as it would highlight not only my personal experiences but also what I have observed amongst my friends and social circle but also strangers and people that I don’t even know in my everyday life.


Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?

As a kid I use to study history and during my 20’s I started reading poetry in different languages which to start with were in my regional languages but with time I was most impressed with William Wordsworth, William Blake, Emily Dickenson, Maya Angelou and last but not the least Khalil Gibran. Amongst the regional legends I love Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Habib Jalib, Ahmed Faraz, Parveen Shakir, Jaun Elia and Farhat Abbas Shah.


Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

That is a very tough questions and I am afraid poetry is just like music as it triggers the imagination and it flows with the moods and I think I cannot pick and choose one mentor when it comes to poetic legends. It would also be very unjustified to name just one person as during the years when I was a student I never had one favorite, it like phases of my life and in each phase I have a different favorite.


Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I am studying Jaun Elia and Munir Niazi, these are living legends of my part of the world and my bad luck is that when they were educating the masses with their imagination I was merely a kid so it like a catch up with the history and I am loving it.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

I am afraid I cannot name any new authors specifically, I have a very peculiar routine now where I am in my life. My professional responsibilities, my writing and my existing reading of the legends of the past have not yet given me a chance to review work of new poets and I am also concentrating on my own writing as well.


Fiona: What are your current projects?

I have recently finished a new book entitled as “Scratching the Surface” and I am planning to start a new book very soon. I am also planning to get my 3rd book out in the new year which would be entitled as “Is that a Fact”.


Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

I have been blessed to have wonderful friends who are also excellent writers, Tahir Jamil is one of my very special friend who has always supported me and has always encouraged me to write.


Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Writing for me is not a career rather it is a passion and a wish to convey and present the world with my imagination and impart goodness to the society. So the answer to this question is No.


Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I am very delighted with what my existing editor and Publisher Pablo Solares has done and I would not change anything about my latest book.


Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Writing has nothing whatsoever to do with interest, either you are a writer or you are not a writer. The basic ingredients are given to a writer by nature and after the phase of discovery, one can go to an institution to polish themselves into a proper writer.


Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Below is one of the all time favorite poems from this book.

School days rain

We left the bags on the floor
After changing clothes we went out of the door
To enjoy the rain with our friends
Hoping that it would never end
Playing in the streets and in the ground
With rain and wind’s magical sound
Than we use to jump in water puddles
Creating a fuss and then get muddled
After getting all wet from head to toe
The effects of chill started to show
Back to our homes was the only way
Getting scolded and nothing to say
Tea was the most favorite thing
My sister always use to bring
Than sit down and listen to our good old songs
And sometimes use to sing along
But with times maybe we’ve changed
All those things now seems very strange
Lovely was the rain of our childhood days
Wish it could have stayed like this always



Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Writing is not a challenge but it’s a natural flow of creativity, that is how I look at it… I don’t think there are any challenges when it comes to write as I believe it is a gift.

Writing this anthology was an absolute joy as this collection of poems is all about nature and its beauty.




Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I have lots of people whom I have studied over the years and I can name a few of my favorite authors. From western world I like poets / writers like William wordsworth, William blake, Emily Dickenson, maya angelou, Shakespeare, Thomas hardy and from east I like faiz ahmed faiz, habib jalib, ahmed faraz, parveen shakir, jaun elia…



Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

I have been to 3 continents so far and travelling always expands imagination and experiencing new cultures and meeting new people is a plus and it works as fuel for the creative flow of words.


Fiona: Who designed the covers?

The cover the book was designed by Pablo Solares and the front page picture as taken by a friend who is from Romania and her name is Gabriela Cucolea.


Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

This anthology of poetry was a joy to write, the hardest part I guess was to find someone to review and write a foreword for me and I have been honored that Pablo wrote the foreword for my book.


Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

Well rain in my part of the world is something which is not only sign and symbol of happiness and blessing but it also relieves us from the killer heat in summer but as I travelled I noticed that excess of everything is bad and in the UK I noticed another set of feelings from locals from all parts of the country and their perspective was quite interesting as well.. who knows I might write a book on that as well sometime soon.


Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Let your imagination take over your mind that is when the pen would justify the words that would come out of your imagination…


Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Life is too short to be little so try and laugh and smile and make sure you live the most of part of this mortal life.



Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

The first book I read when I was growing up was about history of Ganges khan.



Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

The death of my mother made me cry like I have never cried and probably that was the last time I cried in my life… As for laughter’s I am a jester on the go and I love to make people giggle and my family and loved ones knows that better anyone..



Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?

I would love to meet William wordsworth and would love to live my life in the same era as I believe that life was much more purer and cleaner and so was the imagination of people.



Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?

A wonderful son and a good brother as I love my Mother and I love my sisters..



Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

I love cooking and I am a king in the kitchen, love photography, watching movies and reading and catching up on political / global and current affairs. I love my walks. Love beaches and rivers and lakes and love spending time nature…



Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Big bang theory, how I met your mother, rules of engagement, 2 broke girls, coupling, criminal minds. As for movies I have a long list so if I say I watch almost all kinds of movies that wouldn’t be incorrect.



Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

I am not fussy besides whatever I cook is legendary so I love my own cooked food… My favorite dish is Biryani (the real deal not from take away). My favorite color is Black and I listen to all kinds of music as I believe that music flows with the human moods so I can listen to anything and everything.



Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

Being a writer is not a choice its destiny and it’s a gift. I do have a career and I love writing and its like my biggest passion in life…



Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

No I don’t have a blog or website…