Today I'm happy to have my Story Dam peep, Fida Islaih on the blog today to celebrate her new release HER OLIVES. (Gorgeous cover, eh?) She kindly answered a few questions so you can get to know her as well as he new book.
What inspired you to start writing poetry? Maybe you can give me some inspiration to give poetry a shot. ;)
Fida: Sitting in eighth grade and writing poetry it stood out to be that I can write about the simplest thing to the hardest thing in the most beautiful way.
How important is your faith to your writing?
Fida: When I love something a lot like my faith or my home country it will find it's way into my writing.
A good sign that your writing will be full of passion!
What advice would you give to aspiring poets?
Fida: Nothing is lame in your life. Once you find the right words it can and will sound awesome. Just keep writing.
I like this advice. Good for every kind of writer. =D
Any works in progress we can look forward to?
Fida: As of now I don't have anything planned to be published. Yet I am finally trying to wrap up my WIP and try the querying waters.
Well, that's exciting. Good luck with querying.
If you could only read four books, what would they be and why? I know, this is an evil question to ask. BAHAHAHAHA!
Fida: I can never narrow down what books I love but looking at my bookshelf, four books that stand out to me is IN THE NAME OF MEMORY because it's a book of many lives and getting the girl you want. MORNINGS IN JENIN because it shows the beauty and struggle of Palestine. CHOCOLAT because well chocolate, travel and it's show of a woman's strength and still have a handsome man. Last but not least, THE BOOK THEIF because of it's point of view. It really makes you think.
Possessing a powerful love for both Palestine and its people, Fida Islaih works to understand their struggles as she endures her own. Though she has yet to travel to Palestine, a deep rooted desire to do so inspires her and comes through in her lovely poetry. Join Fida on her poetic journey through life and share her inspiration.
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Fida Islaih is a Palestinian-Malaysian Poet. She is a big lover of chocolate and cats, along with having two of her own named Tiger and Shadow. This is her second poetry collection. Her first collection is titled A TO Z POETRY. You can follow her on Twitter.
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