Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
My name is Regina Timothy, I’m a writer based in Kenya in my early thirties.
A little about your self (i.e. your education, family life, etc.).
I am a last born in a family of three children – one boy two girls.
I studied engineering and I’ve been fortunate enough to work in the field among many others before I finally began writing.
Tell us your latest news.
I feel fortunate and excited to finally release my latest book full Circle which is currently selling on Amazon and has received great reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and book bloggers. There is no feeling like having a reader tell you how inspired they were by your book.
When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing when I was young – mainly school essays and short stories – which I enjoyed a lot. After high school I went to college where I concentrated on earning my degree and did little writing apart from my journal. It’s not until 2012 when i began blogging and my love for writing ignited. I haven’t looked back ever since.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
That’s a tough question. I’ve never really looked at myself and I thought, mmhh I am a writer. I haven’t owned that title yet. I’m more likely to say I write, than I am a writer. The second sounds much more serious and the stakes much higher.
How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The book is 100% fiction, but it references some events that occurred in real life like the 9/11 bombing of the Trade centre
To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No. But I have to spend a lot of time poring over research and talking to people of different backgrounds and living in different a reads just to get my characters and settings right,
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Hope and forgiveness. These are the dominant themes in the book. I also want readers to be inspired by the resilience of the human spirit as portrayed by the main character
Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Faith Mutheu is one person that comes to mind. She is a published Kenyan writer and she is the first person whom I gave my completed manuscript before it was published. She gave me glowing review and encouraged me to publish the story.
Do you see writing as a career?
Yes I do. I wish I began writing sooner. I have too many ideas I want to put on paper
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not much. Maybe get some closure for Jeremy and Adham.
Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yeah. As a writer, you need to have lots of patience and perseverance. Writing is not for the thin-skinned.
The book tackles a lot of complex issues like rape, terrorism, war in Middle East and its effect, bullying, mass shooting among many others. I had to do a lot of research on these topics which really opened my eyes on these issues and ultimately I think I’m a better person for it.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Priyanka Chopra. I love how she executes her role on Quantico
Any advice for other writers?
Patience and perseverance. Keep writing. It’s the only way to improve your craft. And don’t overlook the importance of writing and critiquing groups. Your writing will benefit immensely from them.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m currently reading tow books.
The first is a Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes.
The second is Dirt to Digital by Paul Falk
Do you remember the first book you read?
Yes. It was The River and The source written by a Kenyan writer called Maraget Ogola. It is a feminist book that puts women on a pedestal and depicts them as important members of the society. This remarkable story of three generations of Kenyan women and their offspring, spanning over 100 years, takes the reader from a nineteenth century rural village in Western Kenya to the end of the twentieth century in modern-day Nairobi. I loved the writer’s style of writing and her attempt to address pertinent issues in the society.
What makes you laugh/cry?
A good movie or book will get me there quicker than anything else
Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Yeah, right now I’d like to meet Shonda Rhimes. Apart from her being the writer and producer of three of my favorite shows, I just watched her Tedx talk a couple of days and it was amazing. I’m currently reading her book A Year of Yes, and I don’t regret my decision to buy it.
Do you have any hobbies?
Yes I do. I enjoys watching classic movies (I consider myself a movie buff), going to the theater and auto shows. I also love lots of sleep!
What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
There too many to all fit here. But apart from Shonda Rhimes shows, I love anything drama – legal, investigative etc. I’ll also watch anything historical, Fantasy (read Game of Thrones), adventure and political. I’ve been known to watch a bit of supernatural like the Originals. Don’t do much of horror and thrillers because I scare easily.
Favorite foods, colors, music?
Favorite color is white and black. When it comes to food and music my taste is fluid and changes every so often.
Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would love to be a software engineer and come up with a kickass app. Or maybe a fashion designer (but I can’t draw to save my life).
What do you want written on your head stone?
Never thought anything was impossible, until death happened
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Yes. You can get me on my blog Regina Timothy or on my Twitter account @gina_wann
Eight years after the 9/11 attacks, Samia-Al-Sayyid an Iraqi immigrant is living a quiet life in New York City after she fled her home to avoid imminent death.
She works hard for her cold, heartless, high-strung boss, loves her seventeen-years-old-son, and cherishes the close friendship she has formed with her best friend Susan.
Nothing can go wrong, or so she thinks – until the estranged brother she left back in Iraqi shows up on her door step. Then she finds herself in a cab, on her way to the hospital to identify her son, a terror suspect who has blown the city, and with it her boss’ husband, and her best friend’s son. With everything lost, she is forced to flee to Iraq where she confronts her past. Will she make peace with her past? Can she get forgiveness for all the damage she has caused?
Full Circle is a contemporary fiction tale of friendship, family, and hope. It explores the devastation of loss, the great capacity to forgive and the lengths our loved ones will go to protect us.
Regina lives in a picturesque village in Kenya where she enjoys amazing landscapes, exotic wildlife, and beautiful sunsets and sunrises. She always had active imagination. By chance, she started blogging in 2012, which rekindled her love for writing and telling stories. When not writing she enjoys watching classic movies (she’s a movie buff), going to the theater and auto shows.
You can join her on the following platforms:
Librarythings – https://www.librarything.com/profile/Regina-Timothy
Twitter – https://twitter.com/gina_wann
Release date: December 24th 2017
Price Mass Market Paperback: $14.75
Price E-Book: $2.99