Welcome to Lamiya Siraj's author interview page, here you will learn more about this author and what motivates them.
What is your name/Pen Name:
If you write under a pen name, how did you come up with it?
I love my name and I want the world to know me by my original name 😊
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I wrote my 1st book in 2019 and I was around 40 years old.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Well, I used to write a lot during my school days. I was more into story writing and poems. Later I developed my interest in content writing. So yes, slowly but steadily I am becoming an allrounder with the help of my habit of learning and enhancing my knowledge.
How long does it take you to write a book?
It depends. There is no confirmed answer to the question in the form of time duration for this. Many times, it takes months and if one is completely into it then a miracle can happen in a month or even countable days.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
I am a daydreamer and I let my mind wander. But the most important part for my inspiration is played by non-other than nature and mother earth.
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
There are many. I can’t put my finger on one.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
Well, I am working on my next project and also on a few articles and content writing at the same time.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Yes, of course, I read my book reviews. Positive reviews fill me up with confidence to go forward with my work and bad reviews help me to improve and enhance my writing skills, to impress all the four categories of hardcore readers i.e., 1. Tactics Readers 2. Aware Readers 3. Strategic Readers. 4. Reflective Readers.
Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
The people who know me are the best ones to answer this question rather than myself. But the frank answer can be a Yes also and a No also.
What was your hardest scene to write?
Well, I didn’t want one of my lead characters to vanish but as per the demand of the situation, I had to. So, I gave a twist to the plot by allowing the readers to decide and conclude by listing down the characteristics of the lead character and find out for themselves what happens in the END.
If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?
Without a second doubt, I would have taken literature as my main subject and would have done my master’s or Ph.D. with the same. But the fact is, I am here today as an ex-banker holding multiple degrees in finance and HR and have concluded myself as an author.
Have you ever considered writing under a pseudonym, and why or why not?
No, I never considered it ever. As when I thought I wanted to be a writer, I wanted to go forward with my original name and my original identity.
What comes first for you — the plot or the characters — and why?
To be frank it’s all jumbled up. When I decide to start with a plot, characters start dancing in front of my eyes. So, then finally when I give up and want to move forward with the characters, the plot itself starts getting screened in front of my eyes like a movie scene.
How do you use social media as an author?
Today, the best weapon to showcase your talent and to reach to maximum potential readers or audience, social media plays a very vital role. No one is left behind from using it. How can I stay back in this competitive world? So yes, I use social media to advertise my work and let it reach maximum audience and potential readers.
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Which of the characters that you created do you relate to the most and why?
To be frank I am a little mixture of all my characters. Can’t get compared to just one 😊
What inspired the idea for your book?
Reading the work of good writers, left me daydreaming about my fiction novel. And then as mentioned in the book ‘Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne stating once you are determined to want something, the universe will make sure you get it. So here is my inspiration with motivation. Be a reader to be a writer one day.
How would you describe your book’s ideal reader?
The mid-generation between 25 to 45 will enjoy my debut novel ‘Destined to Heal Within’ the most. As it has everything that one can relate to including all the emotions and roller coaster ride.
Would you and your main character get along?
Hahaha. I would get along with all the characters of my novel. As everyone has their unique characteristics and leaves you with some learning and deep understanding. So, it’s a yes.
If you could meet your characters, what would you say to them?
A great job is done. Keep it up.
What do you need in your writing space to help you stay focused?
My neatly organized desk, my diary and pen, light romantic music, and a cup of tea.
If you were to write a spin-off about a side character, which would you pick?
I would choose all three main characters 😊 but as a side character from my novel, I would prefer ‘Kiaan’.
If you could spend a day with another popular author, whom would you choose?
Paul Coelho, Khaled Hosseini and Preeti Shenoy.
Have you ever traveled as research for your book?
I have traveled to various places and that has been highlighted in my work. But yes, to date I have not traveled, especially for the research of my book. So, yes if I get a chance, I would love to travel to research for my upcoming novel.
What is your favorite writing snack or drink?
Tea or fresh strawberry juice.
How do you celebrate when you finish your book?
It’s a natural relief after so much hard work put in. I make plans for a lot of things thinking once I finish the book I will go to a spa or dine out or go swimming. But actually, what happens is I close my diary and my system and go off to sleep for a few hours…
Do you have other books or ideas in your head ready to come out?
Yes, I have a few. Can’t wait to start them.
Would you be interested in writing a short story to be added into a themed book like an anthology with other authors?
I have already done that. I started with anecdotes, short articles, short stories and participated in a few anthologies before publishing my debut novel ‘Destined to Heal Within.’
What is the best piece of advice you can give to other authors?
Never give up. No matter what. Hurdles are part and parcel of life. Keep moving forward.
What do you love most about being an author?
My own space and freedom to write my mind and heart out without any interference. Freedom to my thoughts is what I love the most.
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