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Today, Mariam writes in Hamburg, Germany, where she lives with her husband, two sons and two cats. Her novel, The Distant Shore, tells the story of a famous musician who reconnects with the woman he once loved. Sometimes a passion for the work, dedication, an open-minded approach, and a willingness to carve your own path is all you need well, that and a manuscript that a publisher will love.

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FRD: Many of my readers are writers in the early stages of their writing careers. When did you begin to consider writing as your primary focus, and how long did it take you to complete and publish your first novel? At the time, I was working at a high school teaching theater and supervising the detention room. To fill the many hours of boredom in that room, I started writing to pass the time and entertain myself.


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There were long periods when I wrote nothing at all, and The Distant Shore remained unfinished until December It was actually only after I signed with Buddhapuss that I thought of writing as a career. If not, why did you choose to write in English? MK: You are correct; English is not my first language, but my second of three. I was born and raised in Germany. My father is Saudi, and when my parents met, English was the language both of them spoke. Now, I have forgotten most of it.

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It was an easy choice for me to pick English. English is lyrical, it has a lovely flow; the rhythm of the sentences speaks to me. It was a gut decision, I think. MK: That is very hard to pinpoint. One day, I opened the laptop and began to write. And once I had started, it just went on and on.

FRD: Did you have the plot in mind before you started the novel, or did the plot develop during the writing process? MK: I had one scene in my mind that I wanted to write about. She is carrying a tray full of new, expensive plates, and it drops from her hands and all those plates crash on the floor. I needed to get to that scene, and so I made up the story of Jon getting that letter and traveling to Norway to find his long, lost love.

The rest, as they say, is history. FRD: What was the biggest technical challenge you faced as you drafted the manuscript?

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You see, I started writing this to amuse myself. What could happen to them today? What will I have them do today? The story found its own way. But I think I carved a pretty neat novel out of that block. MK: When I started writing—and I actually started writing with The Distant Shore , there are no other novels or stories in my desk from earlier—I kept it a secret. I remember how I told my best friend about it, how I sat on her couch, and shamefacedly admitted that I was writing…and no, I had no idea where I was going with it. She smiled.

And she told me that was great!

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A great hobby! It only meant that she loves me. Never did. And I found my first readers on twitter, friends from the U. No kidding. I remember sitting right here on the couch, my family around me, and they were watching TV while I was writing.

And suddenly, just like that, I knew the story had ended. Will you make me one? I started crying and shaking, and my hubby panicked and asked if I was OK. Then I told him the book was finished, and he went out to get some champagne, God bless him. FRD: Once you completed the manuscript, did you look for an agent or begin sending directly to publishers? MK: Neither.

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To be honest, I never thought there was enough of a story there to submit it. But I was making art. Finish that chapter.

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Write that book. I hope all the readers out there have had some fun over the course of the last two weeks, learned something new about me, and maybe, just maybe, were inspired to check out my books. Huge thanks to Mariam for her post this week and I wish her the very best of luck with Song of the Storm. A group of published UK-based authors and illustrators of picture books, children's and YA.

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