Name S.Aksah

 

Age 40

 

Where are you from

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

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

I graduated from the University of Manchester, UK. I was the eight from a family of 1o siblings.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

I’m currently writing my third short stories. Finding the time to do so was quite a challenge though.

 

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Professionally I was a journalist for the past 10 years. I’ve only begun to write creatively the past year or so. During school times though I don’t have any problem writing creatively.

 

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Not yet. I do have the intention to write a fantasy in the future though. Just never gotten around to doing it yet.

 

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

To tell a story. I have only written the first and the second short story. I’ll compile them later to be my first book. So technically I have yet to write a book.

 

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

I guess so. Its a narrative. And I try to be witty.

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

From other works that inspire me.

 

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

Lots of them I guess. Among others to make the best out of whatever situation you are in and to try to see the silver lining. Also sometimes things are not as black and white as you originally perceived it to be.

 

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

Its based on interviews. But for certain parts I’m only relying on a single source. So I’d say its highly realistic but there are possibly  elements of embellishment being thrown in.

 

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

Yes. Its based on the lives of the people that I interviewed.

 

Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

The Lord of the Ring. But before I know how to read in English I’ve read works like 1001 Arabian Nights in my mother tongue that could have influence my story telling.

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

The last was the Great Losing:The Mad Dragon King by Karine Green. I might continue reading Aphrodite on the Half Shell by Kate O’Hara. I’ve taken a break half way for the latter.

 

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

Yes. Love Doug Romig’s work, Angelcide

 

Fiona: What are your current projects?

I’m working on my third short story.

 

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

Writing-wise, no one really. But I do feel inspired when I read the work of others.

 

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes.

 

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

Nope. I’d do it sooner.

 

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

Mostly from reading.

 

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

Well it will continue on with the stories of Mr. PR and Dolores from the first and the second short stories. But I’m thinking of adding another story of a sort of a “former Muslim gay” who had gotten married to a woman and had a child. It would be interesting and different from the story of Mr.PR and Dolores, both of whom identify themselves as sort of “Muslim gays” with one in particular actively searching for a relationship while the other seem to have gotten tired of the whole process.

 

Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Finding the time to write and fearing the reactions back home since I haven’t gotten the whole story together yet. The stories is a bit skewed as it is now. I’d feel a bit more confident once I have a bit more of a balanced story.

 

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

JRR Tolkien, Agatha Christie, Isaac Asimov, Nora Roberts and Enid Blyton among others. Their works are inspiring to say the least.

 

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

Yes. The second short story will not be possible had I not have the chance to visit the United States.

 

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I’ve yet to find a designer.

 

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

Finding the time. Making sure that I’ve asked all the right questions to make the story flows.

 

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

Well I have a rough idea on my writing ability but the experience had taught me that sometimes we are not really aware of the gift (and the responsibility that comes with it) that we have.

 

Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

If you don’t try then you’ll never know.

 

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

Thank you for those who had taken the time to read my stories. I really appreciate it.

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

It was a children book. About a kid who made a paperboat to play in the rain. I cant recall the title and the author unfortunately.

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

A really good story.

 

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

Perhaps Prophet Moses. I’m still unable to grasp his whole story.To me he had such a long story.

 

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

Find and tell your story. Our stories could help others to find theirs.

 

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?

Reading, listening to religious text, opera, meeting friends etc

 

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

Sex and the City, Bridget Jones, Desperate Housewives, Friends etc

 

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

Asian/pastel/classical-pop

 

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

A traveller.

 

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

Im really hard pressed for time to maintain a blog. So I just have my FB author page and my Amazon author page. FB page: https://www.facebook.com/Sexanddesperatehearts/

Amazon: http://author.to/S-Aksah