Name Sara Khan
Where are you from
I live in Yorkshire, England with my husband, who is my rock and has stood at my side in my fight for justice. We are the proud parents of two amazing young boys, who are our world and will protect forever. My blood family lost a daughter, sister and the world gained a mother figure.
As my 40th birthday was approaching I sat down and looked at memories of my life that was, that past and all those deep hidden tears that I shed silently behind closed doors.
They say life begins at 40 and that is exactly when my life started to take change. From that day, that precise moment I took that first step and started to work on my baby steps to put my past right. The tears that followed while I was sorting my past out was the hardest that I had ever experienced in my life. I was born into a family that was huge and never ending, brothers that I loved with all my heart and for those that I kept this honour intact so they could prosper in their life. Now it was my turn, I had carried that entire burden on my shoulders and now this daughter, sister wanted their help, So I started to knock on doors of my blood family, that family that said I was their daughter, I cried my heart out and begged, please it’s my turn, I need you to hold this daughters hand. They did say, yes we will be there for you, yes it’s your time now as you kept our honour, that respect that we so highly held in the community. However, when the time came, that time that this daughter dreamt about all her life, to be free of this hurt, they all walked away. One by one, all of them, family members became none. I was left with the small family that our creator had made for me, as he knew one day everyone was going to walk away, as that is how my destiny was written.
But I Sara didn’t stay quiet for long as that long lost voice, that voice that everyone tried to make silent came louder day by day. As it got louder, it reached out to other victims who had been still searching for their voice.
With strength and determination, I broke barriers, that stamina attached by our surroundings, that community that we call home, that place we call Izzat (Honour).
I showed others by my life experiences of what I had learned while I was searching for my answers, which I found were already within. I guided people that I met, in person or online that they too could move onto the next level. I used my steps that I took to show others the way forward. Everything that I learned I passed on the knowledge that was deep so deep inside me. I was a victim of child abuse and with me taking steps to put my life in order I became a survivor! I then encouraged other victims to do the same I showed them how, why and where I had gone for information. Most victims found it easier to communicate online as it gave them the security to stay anonymous. This has enabled other victims to reach out to me, ask me for help and guidance as there is this complete trust. I then use the connections that I have used, that journey that I took and send people in the correct direction to seek help. I do not only help victims; I am an inspirational life coach too and motivate people to take that first step in order to make a difference in their lives. It is not only online, as I talk to many people in Bradford when I am active. I approach people and start talking to them. Because of the person I am today, I have made friends from all walks of life, local, national and internationally.
I recently found my Islamic faith and I write my inspirational words on Social Networking sites, words that I get from my spiritual guides from the spirit world. I teach everyone that we are purely energy in a body that we call a shell and our thoughts can travel miles to reach recipient at the other side of the world. I have a vision, a dream of a peaceful world; I encourage others to send encouraging thoughts to who they wish, as they will get there. I have also been gifted a prayer book, a place where I write names and offer healing. When my prayers book is closed, all the churches, mosques and temples are praying for the people that are in my book. I also have a prayers site on Face book and together we write prayers for the oppressed.
To date I am a powerful advocate, a leader for those that are still searching for their lost voice. I receive referrals from all walks of life, which include sexual abuse victims and people with recurring nightmares where they see spirits. With my background, experience of the life that I have lived, I am able to offer spiritual guidance to them.
I have a gift and can emphasis and sense others feelings when I get letters from people, as the words jump out and speak to me via thought. I feel, what the writer is expressing in their letter, and when I give feedback, there is shock of disbelief. My passion is to heal and support anyone that comes knocking on my door; I have made this my purpose in life. I believe as God held my hand, I will be there for anyone that asks me for support and will put all my heart in helping others until they find the courage to walk their journey on their own. That is the promise that I have given to God, who walks with me on this amazing spiritual journey of pure love and peace.
My passion is to heal, help, and support with those words that come from within, which gives me strength to heal the world. I do most of my work, networking on my computer were I reach out to souls and build relationships, and with amazing results. I have a way of connecting with individuals and making magical transformations; I have being there and understand the pain that the victims are feeling. I also do one to one sessions, and victims are shocked when I reassure them with my answers. They have complete trust and faith in my abilities that I offer.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I can finely say that my book has been released and I’m ecstatically relieved and wary at the same time as I don’t know what reaction I will get.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing in 2010, after my 40th birthday and it came by pure accident really as at the time I was feeling so depressed and a friend had inspired me to write down my feelings into poems and out came all these amazing words that were filled with so much emotions.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When all these words in my mind, those thoughts would appear and I started to write them down and an author was born by complete chance.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I was browsing the internet and came across a website, where I began to write how happy I was, when someone asked me how I had gotten to that stage. As I started to answer their question, I had thought: “I could explain this in a book.” I felt a spirit presence as this thought was going through my mind. I often get visits from spirits, and lately, these experiences had been getting stronger each day. I believe I was led by the spirit world and by my gut instinct to write this book, to explain how I found my inner peace, which is so powerful: strong and yet so calming.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
My writing comes from the thoughts that I get and I do have to write them down before I forget what I have being given and I do believe that these thoughts come from the spirit world that are guiding me on this earth plane.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The title, Life does get better was because my life did get better and peace within was a thought that I had. I can just picture that precise moment that I got that title, I was in my bedroom and these words flashed in my mind and I ran across to get a pen which was situated on my dresser.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
This is my gift to all the victims out there; believe me it can be done – I am living proof of that. You will know when the time is right to begin your journey. My life DID get better and I have found my inner peace within. This is my story. My hope is that in some way, it helps others find their own inner peace.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The entire book is based on my own life events that have occurred.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
I love The Secret by Rhonda Byrne as it talks you through how the universe works with us on this earth plane.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
To be honest, I haven’t had time to read a book but will do when I have more time.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
I feel that I have being guided by the support of my followers on my social network sites all around the world to find more of these amazing hidden words and it’s because of their support that I am on this beautiful path.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I see it as an extra tool to help me guide others that might be going through difficult times in their lives.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would rewrite it in Punjabi for my Asian readers and other then that I wouldn’t change anything.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
It was what a friend had said to me, “Write down your thoughts” and out came all these wonderful words, followed by a website and then books.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I am working on my latest book and it’s all about my spiritual awakening and where I am in life now.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
My grammar lets me down as I never really did well at school and didn’t learn how to write put punctuation in the correct places but I am learning slowly.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
At the moment I only sell online but am thinking of doing book events in the future.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
A great friend that I met online, Riaz Ahmed who is a photographer and you can find his work on his website www.studio68.org.uk
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
When it came to writing my second book, I found it hard to concentrate as there was too much distraction from all the other projects that I was working with.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Life is a journey and we have all come here to learn lessons, so slow down and try to learn as much as you possibly can and don’t be scared to express the way you are feeling.
Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead?
Sonakshi Sinha, a great Bollywood actress, as I feel that she has my character and looks a bit like me in my younger days.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
If you feel that you want to write, just do it and let your heart direct you and don’t worry about finding publishers as it all will come together at the right time.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
The most important advice that I can give is, follow your heart and if something in your life needs sorting out, just be brave and take that step.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m not reading anything, as I am in the middle of writing my second book which is taking most of my time.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I can’t remember any names, but I have this vision of a little girl sitting on the library floor reading a book and I did love that experience.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Reading my old work and the errors that I have made back then but I have learned by those mistakes. I do cry when think back on my life and but bring myself back, as I am in charge of my life.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I would love to meet myself from the younger days to tell her to speak up and not to keep things in.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
She lived her life in her own way and guided those that had no voice. Now she can rest in peace and enjoy the rewards that she has earned.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I love watching Bollywood movies as I can get to live in a virtual world for a few hours and be free.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
My favorite drama is Bandini and its about a young Indian girl who marries a elder man due to family honor which reminds me of my life in a way.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
I love making curries and my favorite color is red. Music has to be Hindi songs.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
That’s a tricky one. Up until I sorted my life out, I had no dreams or ambitions and it’s only now that I have these desires to do something in my life.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
My blog on wordpress is https://sarakhanblog.wordpress.com/home/
My readers can find my book on Amazon