Sunday, 30 September 2012

Author Interview: A H Amin

Today we have an interview with A H Amin to celebrate the release of his futuristic thriller, Psychs.

About the Author:

A H Amin was born in Iraq, and he had lived most of his life in Kuwait. He studied dentistry in Emirates in his first years and then he continued in Egypt.

He had first come across his talent when he met a group of students in Emirates who were discussing the making of a movie. After seeing how his ideas had impressed them, he started to take a little interest in literature. He came up with the idea of a new fiction thriller, Psychs, which is his first published book, after he received good criticism about his new idea.

At present he continues to write the Psychs series, with the second one entitled The Remnant just around the corner and a new fictional short story inspired by true events that happened in South Africa.

Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?

A bit of both actually, I plan the characters, give them their personalities, place them in a location and then I let them take control. Having these many personas every time I write is what keeps my story moving, sometimes toward shocking results.

Do your characters ever want to take over the story?

They can’t, because they are competing with each other, so eventually when a character hugs a lot of the reader’s attention that’s when you’ll see a shift in the scale. It helps my story actually, having two main characters competing over who will become the favorite.

What is your favourite food?

I wish you didn’t ask me that, I’m on a diet… Stranded on an island I’d say… Pasta with tomato and Alfredo sauce.

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

I’m a morning person… I like being in the sun and seeing the world clearly.

Where do you dream of travelling to and why?

I dream of going to Japan. It has history, nature, culture and technology in one place.

Do distant places feature in your books?

Yes, there are parts in the story where one of my main character’s previous life is shown in the form of flashbacks, spending time studying Psychology in Liverpool was one of the places distant to where they are.

Do you listen to music while writing?

Not while writing, but a lot of my ideas came to me while I was listening to music, it helps imagining the scenes and it’s a very good stimulus to my subconscious; best ideas originate from our subconscious since our conscious is too busy with our reality.

Could you tell us a bit about your latest release?

Well, ‘Psychs’ is mainly a fantasy thriller, our protagonist has eight spirits connected to him by the tragic even of his birth, so as he grows his path morphs with him and he will chose to use those spirits to his advantage, he’ll try to gain experience from them and with them and while doing so he’ll find him self facing death repeatedly and he will be wishing a lot for a miracle… other than the one he has.

For more info on the book, check out the book spotlight:

What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?

I learned that time is a main factor in the process of becoming a published writer, patience and dedication is what brought me to where I am right now. I learned never to race time and to try to be less hasty. But to be honest I’m still working on that last one.

Is there anything you would do differently?

Leonardo Da Vinci said ‘Art is never finished, merely abandoned’ meaning there’s always something to add, so of course, I’ll find my self rethinking and reimagining some small bits. The hardest part for me when I write is finding the courage to abandon my story at the end.

Who, or what, if anything has influenced your writing?

My first influence is my father, he is an Engineer and a writer himself too, my brother, whom I based the main character on and of course, many other writers out there have helped in conditioning my talent to be better through their writings. Like James Patterson, Paulo Coehlo, Dan Brown, Matthew Reilly, and Charles Dickens.

Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?

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.

What are three words that describe you?

Dreamer, old, implosive.

What's your favourite book or who is your favourite writer?

My favorite book would be the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, but my favorite writer is James Patterson.

Blurb of your latest release or coming soon book

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