Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a language and speech refinement/communication skills instructor and I work particularly with professional women. Before that I taught French and Script-writing to graduates and post-graduates.
I have written more than forty books, but I never really got the time to publish them, so now I am thinking of working on that. I have published a total number of three novels, the latest two are THE MIST series.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
"THE MIST" is a two-book series and it was mostly an answer to the latest cliches on terrorism, war on terror inspired thrillers, churning the same content over and over again. I finally got tired of it all and decided to write something different, more original and where a lot of hidden information can get out. To me if one has to write about real events and incidents even if wrapped in fiction, as a writer one holds the responsibility of being as truthful as one can with the event one is wrapping one's story around. Because even in fiction we give our readers something new to learn. And if fiction no longer serves as a genre to make readers wonder and question, then what else is left?
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Not really. I just write whenever anything occurs to me, then and there. It is spontaneous. I later get down to the nitty gritty!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
It's hard to say. When I began writing, it wasn't because anyone influenced me. My surroundings, the people around me, the ideas in my head, were all that made me start writing.
That does not mean I do not have my favourites like Agatha Christie and Margret Atwood, Saadat Hassan Manto, and Khalil Gibran…
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on two more books. Hard to talk about them. I have had my hard disk crash on me twice and as a result, have had to begin rewriting them and it is getting rather painful!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I haven't found one yet. I am very good at working on great PR and marketing ideas for others, but i get paralyzed when it comes to self-marketing.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Be true to yourself. The slow and painful process of getting real fans is even more rewarding in today's age where there are so many ways to make it happen so fast and so easily. But, if you much prefer the fast and easy way, by all means: we all have our own way of thinking. But do not let anything or anyone discourage you especially when you have something very important to share.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Trust in no one!
What are you reading now?
I am re-reading old classics, mostly Agatha Christie. I don't know why but I cannot seem to find anything else interesting nowadays, and the only thing that helps me concentrate and stay put is reading all her books all over again, for the hundredth time.
What’s next for you as a writer?
After working on my latest two, I am hoping to get down to rewriting and printing and publishing my old novels.
What is your favorite book of all time?
"Elephants Can Remember" and "Postern of Fate" by our Queen of Crime.