Today I am honored to introduce you to Ahmed Hameed author of “Kima” a fascinating story about two children, an old woman and whales. Does that make you interested? Well, let’s hear what Ahmed has to say about #amwriting and other related topics:
How would you describe yourself in one paragraph?
A: An old man in a young man’s body. I appreciate classic books and movies more often. One might say I’m a nostalgic person, but only when it comes to arts. I do also like to test the limits of my body once in a while just to feel fresh and not old. I also play the piano, and sometimes I paint with water colors… oh and I’m a dentist…thought I should keep that information about me for last; just in case you have a phobia of dentists.
Q: A fun fact about you?
A: I once jumped from the world highest bungee jump on waters… just a week after I removed the cast from my fractured leg. I did it as a dare against myself. It is not something I would normally do, but until this day I’m glad I went through with it because it made me feel I can accomplish anything. And I conquered my fears… so that’s a bonus I guess.
Q: What made you write in the first place?
A: When I became first aware of my talent. In my first year in the university I met some students who were discussing the making of a movie, I gave them some ideas and they were really impressed. That’s when I realized I have the potentials to create stories. I collected ideas but didn’t actually start any book until one day in 2008, I told my friend about the idea for my first thriller, Psychs. He later called me from a DVD store asking me about my story because he thought it was a movie. That was the day I opened my laptop and wrote that magical word …”Prologue”.
Q: Which author has influenced you and why?
I would have to say James Patterson. Every book he writes is always unique, and he writes in more than one genre, which is how my stories are.
Q: What is your favorite book?
A: That’s too general… I do have a special connection with one book. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is one novel I won’t mind reading more than once, I’ve already read it three times. I am spell bound to this particular book in many ways that sometimes I feel that the story is about me.
Q: Your writing making ritual (if you have one)?
A: Yes actually, I do have some rituals that help me with my writing; I listen to music or jog to seek inspiration. When I do either I stimulate my subconscious; best ideas come from there since our consciousness is too busy with our reality. Best medicine to writers block, I’d say.
Q: Your secret “sin” when you write?
A: If something upsets me hours before my writing time, there will be no writing for days (not sure if that’s a good answer, it’s the only thing I could think of)
Q: Do you suffer from writer’s block and if so, what do you do against it?
A: I leave the story and go on with my life… for a while. During that time, my subconscious does all the work for me. When I am back, that writer’s block disappears. There is no point in pushing forward when there is no path to go through. Taking a break from writing for a while is an important writing process for me because I always come back with fresh ideas.
Q: Your advice for apprentice creatives?
A: Patience when you condition your idea, otherwise you’ll waste what could have been the best work of literature. Also, write, write, write, and then write some more, the best author in the world could be out there and we may never know about her or him, because he or she was too lazy to sit down and write.
Thank you. I really enjoyed answering your questions.
The Bee: And thank you for being on “The Bee Talks With…”
Blurb taken from Goodreads:
Christmas Eve 1928 gave birth to a yearly phenomenon in South Africa. A herd of false killer whales were found beached upon the shore. It has also given birth to the story of two young children who meet an old woman named Kima. Kima somehow knows why this has happened, but that’s not all she knows. The children, Alex and Alice, realize that there is more to this woman that what meets the eye, and ear. She will reveal to them a tale, a mysterious story she claims was passed on to her by a mythical Black Seagull.
Derived from both historic tales and figures, Kima is a fictional character portrayed in a way that makes her become real.
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