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Author Interview: Aisha Urooj

I am Aisha Urooj, a multi-genre Indie author 

Interview

Use three to five words to describe yourself.

Passionate about writing, Explores creativity, Learner

Can you give us a little background on your debut?

Sleeping Beauty no more is a darker fairytale retelling of Sleeping Beauty.

Can you give us any insight into your planning and writing process?

I write books in terms of themes, for example, my debut novel, My Dear Ellie, is about friendship while my book, The Stone Mermaid, is about forbidden love.

Silence or music or other when writing/editing?

Silence, but can work with an ambient background. I am usually too absorbed to notice while writing/editing.

You can erase one book or series from your mind entirely so that you can read it again for the first time, which do you erase?

The lord of the rings

Who are some of your favourite authors/books?

Jane Austen, Tolkien, Jennifer Armentrout, Leigh Bardugo, Holly Black, Neil Gaiman

Who are your favourite book characters?

Tortured, morally grey characters. Characters with great sarcastic quips ready at all times. Vulnerable, heart broken characters. Characters with quiet strengths. All the above.

Do you have any favourite magic systems?

All of them

You can bring one world from a book or series to life and live there, which world do you choose

Hogwarts

What book or series would you love to see on the big screen?

Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

You can collaborate with one other author, who do you choose?

Holly Black

Have any cultures/civilisations inspired your writing?

My novella, The Nine Muses, was inspired by Greek mythology.

What is your favourite mythical creature?

Vampires

What is your favourite mythical race?

Elves

You can have one superpower, what is it?

Flight

You have the ability to morph into any real—not mythical—creature. Which creature do you choose?

I like cats. They seem to live the good life.

You can go back in time and live a different period of history, when do you choose?

I rather choose the future, but perhaps the Renaissance. It was a golden period for arts and creativity.

You can meet any five people in the world, who would you choose?

Other authors from different genres, so I can soak in their perspectives and insights. Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Jennifer Armentrout, Holly Black, and I will add Oprah, too. Dragon Fly Elf Travel faster than light and visit planets and solar systems in this world  One orc Archer Elemental magic Floating in clouds Future

Would you rather…

  • ride a dragon or fly a spaceship?
  • have the ability to fly or be indestructible?
    • Fly.
  • be an elf or an orc?
    • Elf.
  • have the ability to travel to mythical worlds, from your favourite books, or the ability to travel faster than light and visit planets and solar systems in this world?
    • Travel faster than light and visit planets and solar systems in this world
  • face one orc or three goblins in battle?
    • One orc
  • be an expert swordsman or archer?
    • Archer
  • be able to wield elemental magic or raise and control the dead?
    • Elemental magic
  • live in a city under the ocean or one floating in the clouds?
    • Floating in the clouds.
  • be able to see the past or see the future?
    • Future

Thank you for taking the time, we really appreciate it.