Interview conducted by Aoife Marie Sheridan

Question: What have you published recently?

SHAMILA: Aoife and Demon - Cursed be the Syhlain is my first book to be published and most definitely not the last. I have been venting on Facebook and twitter a whole lot longer though. :)

HUMEIRA: Recently, Aoife & Demon of course and its prequel, Origin of the Realm.

Question: How, and when, did you decide to become a writer? 

SHAMILA: I always liked the idea of writing but I didn't really go for it till Aoife and Demon. It was a lot of fun writing it and just felt right from the start.

HUMEIRA: I’ve been professionally writing on and off for more than a decade now – copywriting, non-fiction articles for print and internet magazines, proofreading and editing, and finally authored two children’s books and now my first novel. So you can safely say that the writing germs and genes were always in place.

Question: Where can we find your published writing?

HUMEIRA: For Aoife and Demon, visit Amazon, Amazon Kindle, B&N Nook and Smashwords. Some other links like Kobo and Sony Reader are available on the book’s website –

The rest of my pieces are scattered over various websites; some are free samples and some are sale links for buying my work –

Question: What is a typical day like for you as a writer?

SHAMILA: I think the question should be 'what is a typical day for you as a mother?' That should give a lot of insight of what my day is actually like. I don't really get much time to sit in one place for too long, and those moments are too few and rare that when I am sitting down, I have nothing to do. That's when my mind is clear and also when I write. 

HUMEIRA: I’ll second what Shami just said. But even if I’m not putting words on paper (or MS Word), I’m thinking them and as you know that is as good as writing for a writer.

Question: What are your favorite characters that you have created? Tell us about them.

SHAMILA: Aoife is our main kick ass heroine and I love Demon. If I met him in real life, I do see myself swooning but my favorite characters are Ogaz and Salaar. They are both very complex characters who come from a very troubled past and yet they strive to do right and be there for others. They have their vices, sure, but they are dependable characters who hold everyone together.

HUMEIRA: Demon! Love him to bits but if he was real, I wouldn’t ‘fall in love’ with him. He’d be my BFF, my partner in crime. But Salaar is another story. I’d fall in love with him in a heartbeat! We’ll elaborate on that in Book 2. Er…on Salaar that is…not my falling for him. Also I feel very kindly towards Tushy Pain. If you’re wondering WHO that is – read the book :)

Question: do you find you “mentally edit” other writers’ works as you read them? Does doing this help you or bother you?

SHAMILA: No, actually I don't. Either I enjoy a book the way it is or I don't. Maybe this is strange, but I see books like movies in my head when I read them, so at the end, they just get a rating. :)  

HUMEIRA: I’m laughing. Not because your question is funny or anything but by the end of it I was gonna say, “No, actually I don't. Either I enjoy a book the way it is or I don't. Maybe this is strange, but I see books like movies in my head when I…” so I’ll just say DITTO THAT! And yes, if the book gets a bad rating or shows potential for it then I’m probably editing a whole lot in there!

Question: What music do you listen to, while writing?

SHAMILA: While writing the first half of Aoife and Demon, I did used to listen to music; Muse usually then I moved on to instrumentals like 2cello and The Piano Guys. However, later on, the music started to distract me, so I prefer to write in silence now. I hear the voices in my head better that way. ;)

HUMEIRA: Music all the way for me! Any genre, any singer, song or instrumental, OST or album – I don’t care. All my characters have theme songs, their mood swings have theme songs, every situation in the book, every scene as I write it has a song to it. If I can’t find a piece of music that inspires me to think about what I’m writing at that moment then I don’t write a.k.a can’t write. It’s really that simple.

Question: What do you eat while writing?

SHAMILA: Usually chocolates or I drink coke light with nuts or chips…frantically followed with a scramble to get the crumbs and little bits off the laptop.

HUMEIRA: Hmm………nothing.

Five for Fun:

What is your favourite non-alcoholic drink? 

SHAMILA: Coke light.

HUMEIRA: Bavaria, Florida Orange juice and lately POM.

What is your favourite cartoon character?

SHAMILA: Politically incorrect Archer 

HUMEIRA: Bugs Bunny and ilk.

What is your favourite movie of all time?

SHAMILA: Too many to mention here, but the first one that seemed to grab me as a child, was the original Charlie and Chocolate Factory. I loved it. 

HUMEIRA: I can list like a dozen in my favorite-movie-of-all-time list, which basically means I don’t have one. However, I love the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy (yes – the TRILOGY only to be included for purposes of being a favorite and such). Jack Sparrow. YUM!

What do you like to do for fun or just to relax?

SHAMILA: I am into music, I read, I just HAVE to watch certain TV shows, I like to do puzzles, play games, etc. Too many things and not enough time.  

HUMEIRA: I write, read, watch movies and listen to my husband recite Urdu poetry to me. Question: Where can we find you on the web? 



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