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In the ‘Author’s Corner’ series we shine the spotlight on promising first-time female authors. Hope you enjoy reading some fun facts about them!
Meet Ameera Al Hakawati, author of Desperate In Dubai; a book that started off as a blog initially but ended up as a much-talked about novel based on the life and times of four women in glitzy and glamorous Dubai.
If you had not become a writer, what would you have been?
An actress! It’s another form of storytelling and expressing oneself and I (like to) think I’d be good at it.
What is the best thing about being a published author?
Knowing that I’ve fulfilled my childhood dream. Not many people get to say that they’ve done that – especially if their dreams were things like becoming a tooth fairy or a superhero!
What is the hardest thing about writing a book?
Letting others read it. It’s like wearing your heart on your sleeve and putting yourself out there on a huge scale. Writing is so personal and now suddenly thousands of people have had the chance to peek into my mind and my soul – as corny as it sounds!
If you were a man, would there be anything different about your book?
My protagonists would probably be all male and it would have been called Dudes in Dubai. Now that’s a thought!
Who was the first to read your book? What was their first reaction?
The first person who read the whole thing was my editor – and she loved every page.
One book you would love to have written?
Room by Emma Donoghue. I think it’s a modern masterpiece.
Future literary plans?
I’ve started researching my second book so hopefully that will see the light. Would love to be able to write books for a living and never have to endure an office job again!
Thanks Ameera! All the best for your wishes to come true!
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