Hello readers and welcome to my blog, here I am with another installment of Author’s Interview.
While going through my Instagram feeds I came across an author who was fierce and feisty, the one who was brave enough to share her thoughts, the one who openly talks about topics which are very sensitive.
So without further a do here I present our conversation with Ms. Sabeeha Hussain.
- Hello and welcome, so Ms. Hussain first of all tell us about yourself.
My name is Sabeeha Hussain. I am 23years old, a doctor and a writer. I am biracial and multilingual. I have a soft spot for animals, flowers and books. I run on coffee and good food.
2.When did yo get started with writing?
I cannot say exactly when i started writing, but i do know for sure, I cannot remember a time when I didn’t write.
3. Please tell us about your book.
My book is a compilation of some of my poems. It is called SoulUnraveled rising from the ashes. It is themed after the mythical bird; the Phoenix. I have always had a thing for the concept of rising from the ashes, when life burns you to the ground. This book is a journey of destruction and awakening. It is divided into 6 chapters; spark, ignite, burn, ashes, embers and rising. Spark is full of love poems, innocent bordering on cheesy, quite naive in their execution. Ignite is the heartache that comes with ugly love. Burn is full of poems on destruction; abuse, mental illness, rape etc. Ashes is the numb that comes after a lot of pain; It is a walk through depression. Embers is sassy, full of self realization and self love. And rising, is motivational; It is the strength of a woman that has realized her worth, a woman comfortable in lifting others up, after being to hell and back.
4. Your work is very sensitive and it takes heart to express what you feel..but still you write about it. Tell what is it that keeps you going and how do you deal with haters??
My writing is very sensitive yes. But I don’t see a reason why i should talk around topics that need attention. I speak the unspeakable, and I don’t apologize for it. As long as i can make a difference in even one person’s life, i am good. I need people to know they are not alone. Those that think what i do is too blunt or how i talk is too vulgar, those that want me to live under a rock along with them, they push me to speak louder. And tbh if you don’t like what I have to say, you can easily stop listening.
5. So you are a medical student, tell us how a normal day in your life looks like?
I am finishing medical school in a month. A typical day in my life starts around 6am. I pray, drink coffee, check my email, reply messages, study for a couple hours then get ready for class. Rounds and classes take up majority of my day and writing comes when it comes during the day, i don’t force it. I catch a workout after school, study some more, do a few random stuff and back in bed by 12am. Occasionally the days are way more entertaining than that, but most days this is it.
6. Writer’s block is crazy but I wanted to know what do you think is this real?? If yes then what do you do to get over this?
Writer’s block IS crazy. I cannot say I don’t believe in it. There are days i wake up overflowing with words. There are days i cannot seem to string a sentence together. But I believe the best way to get past it, is to write through it. You write even though nothing comes to mind. You write even when what flows is trash. You just keep writing till you tap gold.
7. Chasing a dream is never easy so so what is it that motivates you to go on ??
I look at all the men and women out there, that have no voice and i lend them mine. I want to inspire little girls and boys. I need them to know they can do anything they put their mind to. To demand better, to accept better. I want to trigger change in people, to stand up against injustice, to speak up and stand tall. I believe together, we can make this world a better place for the generations after us.
8. In a rush of life, what do you do to connect with your soul? How do you heal yourself from inside?
My faith grounds me. Prayer revitalizes me.
9. Please share who is your favourite author?
I cannot choose one author as my favorite. I have so many i greatly admire, novelists and poets alike. Charles Bukowski, Maya Angelou, Rumi, Sylvia Plath, Oscar Wilde, Gwendolyn Brooks, Anne Sexton, Khalil Gibran, Khaled Hosseni, Elif Shafaq, Nadia Hashimi, Colleen Hoover, Nikita Gill, Lang Leav, i can go on and on. Lol.
10. Last but no the least, share your favourite quote with us.