AGE 30

This is a collection of beautifully penned haikus, the writer takes you through his own journey and purpose in life. Some of the haikus are of personal experiences, some of which offer useful advice which the author is able to give thanks to his varied encounters with the issues many of us face in life.

Romelia: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Jillani Birech: Well, I really started to think of being a writer when I had a long chat with an English friend of mine, called James Cairns. Just as he saw my poems on Facebook, he advised me to write a poetry book. That’s how the story started.

Romelia: how long does it take you to write a book?

Jillani Birech: It took me about three months to write the first book entitled Soul reflections.

Romelia: where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

Jillani Birech: Almost most of the ideas of my books came from the daily meditation. Whenever I sit alone, I start to change my feelings into words.

Romelia: what literary pilgrimages have you gone on?

Jillani Birech: My literary experience started with reading James Joyce’s Dubliners, then Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Then I stared to compose some short poems based on what I had seen on Facebook-posted poems. That’s how the story of writing began.

Romelia: what is the first book that made you cry?

Jillani Birech: The first book that really made me cry was  OLIVER TWIST BY CHARLES DICKENS.

Romelia: what is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?

Jillani Birech: In my opinion, the most unethical practice in the publishing industry is copying and pasting other works ideas.

Romelia: does writing energize or exhaust you?

Jillani Birech: Actually writing has never been exhausting. It has been all fun.

Romelia: what are common traps for aspiring writers?

Jillani Birech: That could be writing in a catchy style as well  as targeting the most important themes in exquisite way.

Romelia: does a big ego help or hurt writers?

Jillani Birech: For me it hurts a lot.

Romelia: have you ever gotten reader’s block?

Jillani Birech: Never ever got reader’s block.

Romelia: did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?

Jillani Birech: I never thought of writing under a pseudonym.

Romelia: do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

Jillani Birech: Yes, that’s what I am always thinking of.

Romelia: do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?

Jillani Birech: That depends, but most of the time feeling emotions strongly opens the door to writing.

Romelia: what other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

Jillani Birech: I have a lot of friends on Facebook who are authors. Discussing and exchanging ideas with them in terms of writing helps a lot to improve and develop my style.

Romelia: do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to buIld a body of work with connections between each book?

Jillani Birech: In fact I am trying hard to separate the theme of each book from the other so that I cover different topics from different viewpoints.

Romelia: if you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Jillani Birech: It would be a poetry book.

Romelia: how did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

Jillani Birech: Publishing my first book really made me write more and more, it made much more energized.

Romelia: what was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

Jillani Birech: The best money ever spent on promoting my first book entitled Soul Reflections.

Romelia: what authors did you dislike at first but grew into?

Jillani Birech: Honestly I never disliked a particular for the way he or she wrote.

Romelia: what was an early experience where you learned that language had power?

Jillani Birech: I really realized that language has a special power when I started reading some poems written by an American author, Deborah.

Romelia: what are the most important magazines for writers to subscribe to?

Jillani Birech: The most important magazine for is Calm Down magazine.

Romelia: from where you get inspired with your first book?

Jillani Birech: I first thought of writing my first book when I saw a friend of mine posting her poems on Facebook, and then she got her book published.

Romelia: describe yourself in a few sentences. Tell us something we do not know about you and something you hate about the world.

Jillani Birech: Jillani is that person who is ambitious enough to be a great author in the future. Jillani is someone who wants to use the power of language to change the world. Jillani doesn’t like hypocricy.


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