I’m excited to have Mariyam on my blog today. She’s a prolific author with cool books that I’ve had the pleasure of reading recently. Let’s learn more about her.
Sue: Thanks for joining us today. First of all, congratulations on your latest release! And I know you have more surprises coming for your readers.
Tell us how you do it. How do you write and publish books so consistently? Any writing habits/rituals that help?
Mariyam: Thank you so much, Sudesna. And, yeah, ideas, characters, plots buzz all the time in the head, so the readers would definitely get to read something new sooner.
I love writing and of late it has become an addiction. If I don’t write, it feels as if I’ve missed my morning tea. I think that helps me finish the first draft quicker. Besides, I’ve a dedicated team of beta readers, a copy editor, and a proof-reader. As soon as I finish with the first few rounds of self-editing, the manuscript goes to them and they take care of polishing and refining it. I think that helps me in producing quality work consistently.
Sue: What inspired your most recent release? Tell us a bit about the book.
Mariyam: The recent release was The Wedding Photographer. It’s the third and final book of the Loving Hearts & Indian Weddings Series. The book holds a very special place in my heart. In fact, the entire series because the stories are set in my all-time favorite city of Lucknow which I still miss so much. While writing the book I often found myself traveling down the memory lane, reminiscing my childhood and college days and all
those old memories that I truly cherish.
The Wedding Photographer is the sweet love story of Abeera and Kabeer. It’s a no mess, no hassle, simple love story with a happy and satisfying ending. It’s a very bright and colorful book that besides being a love story, also sheds light on the importance of family bonds and relationships.
Sue: Oh yes! I loved reading the book. It was indeed colourful.
So tell me something… You’re a bookworm like most of us authors happen to be. What are your favorite genres and who are your favorite authors?
Mariyam: I love reading romance. All kinds of romances and its sub-genres including paranormal, historical, sci-fi or anything that has the element of romance in it. Well, I love reading Margaret Mitchel and Fitzgerald. Among modern authors I like books by Colleen Hoover, Pepper Winters, LJ Shen, and Connie Lafortune.
Sue: What’s the best part of being a writer and what’s the worst part of being one?
Mariyam: Writing is a mode of self-expression. The best part of being a writer is that you can express yourself in a very subtle way, you can play with words, you can enhance your articulation skills and you can say things that are otherwise difficult to be expressed or communicated.
The worst part of being a writer is that you can’t stop thinking even if you want to. You can’t just switch off, go to bed and have a good night’s sleep. It doesn’t mean that writers don’t sleep at all but it’s true that their head is always occupied with new thoughts and ideas.
Writers are comparatively more sensitive to their surroundings, things that are happening in the outside world whether it’s environmental destructions, wars, economic crisis of the country, joblessness, poverty, farmer’s suicide. There are several things that bother a writer’s head. Even if you’re a fiction writer, you can’t ignore your environment. All these affect writer’s thinking process and somehow reflect in their writings.
Sue: Oh yes, empathy is an important characteristic of us writers. Now let us do a quick fire round. Ready?
Sue: Your current read…
Mariyam: The Son & His Hope by Pepper Winters
Sue: Your next read…
Mariyam: The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro
Sue: Your favorite fictional hero…
Mariyam: Edward Cullen from Twilight Saga
Sue: Your favorite fictional heroine…
Mariyam: Elle Woods from Legally Blonde.
Sue: What can your readers expect from you next?
Mariyam: I would love to write a paranormal romance with vampires, Lycans, angels, warlocks and witches. Hopefully soon.
Sue: That sounds fun. Good luck!
Mariyam: Thank you so much, Sudesna for this wonderful opportunity. It’s been great talking to such a talented and versatile author like you.
Sue: The pleasure was mine 🙂
Download your copy of Mariyam’s latest release here: https://www.amazon.in/Wedding-Photographer-Mariyam-Hasnain-ebook/dp/B07LFC893R