Zeinab Alayan

Biography

(This shall be written in third person so I don’t feel like a show-off.)

Zen (officially known as Zeinab Alayan) was born on the 16th of October. It was a warm and bright Sunday, and her parents couldn’t have been more delighted to receive a baby as beautiful as her. The birds were chirping, people were rejoicing… oh scratch that. You don’t want to hear rubbish like that. Though the birthday bit is true.

Ever since she was a little girl, Zen had always loved books. Unlike other kids her age who preferred to go out and play, she tended to sit at home and read. The first book she ever chose herself was a Ladybird edition of Thumbelina, and many books followed after that. Even though her first language is not English, she always picked out books in that language. Eventually she started writing, and her first story was about a rabbit, and she wrote it in red ink. That’s all she can remember about it because shortly afterwards she spilled a glass of water on it. At the age of 12 she started working towards creating a collection of horror stories, and due to her fascination with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a number of her stories starred vampires. But that didn’t last for too long, especially when she’d start a new story when she was a mere 10 pages into another.

After a while she branched into fanfiction and wrote stories for a number of her favourite fandoms, such as Harry Potter and Rurouni Kenshin. It wasn’t until 2008 that she returned to writing original fiction, and that was only with the help of NaNoWriMo. Puppet Parade was the first novel she finished, even though the first novel she wrote during NaNo was The Muse Bunny – it’s quite a long story, involving a Tinker Bell, crashing computers and bunnies who refuse to go down without a fight.

Being bilingual – with English and Arabic under her belt – she graduated from university with a degree in Translation and Interpretation. She was studying English Literature as well, but eventually got too bored with all the old literature that she dropped out. Currently she works at a translation company, and runs an online company with her fiancé (who writes amazing things), and you can find it under the name Manuscript Magic (yay shameless advertising).

During her free time, Zen likes to watch sitcoms, anime shows and movies. When she’s not being a couch potato, she draws, does chores and eats her most favourite food in the world – chocolate.

To recap: Zen is a writer, an editor, a translator, a bookworm, an artist, an avid movie watcher, an anime fan, a procrastinator, a paranoiac, a dork, a bit of a Grammar Nazi and most importantly… a chocoholic.

Where to find Zeinab Alayan online


Where to buy in print


Books

Puppet Parade
By
Price: $1.60 USD. Words: 131,630. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(5.00 from 1 review)
Following the escape of his puppets, Oliver sets out with a mysterious masked girl in search of them, only to land in the Parade, a magical path lined with towns each housing a unique group of people.

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Smashwords book reviews by Zeinab Alayan

  • Forgiveness - An unexpected gift on Sep. 05, 2012

    This was a touching short story with a powerful message. Even after you close the document, it will keep you thinking and make you wonder about what you should be doing in your life. I highly recommend it!
  • Another Space in Time on Jan. 12, 2013

    Another Space in Time tells the story of Rodwell, a man unfortunate to be killed in his sleep, but fortunate enough to wake up on an entirely new planet as an Arrival. All seems well for Rodwell at the beginning as he tries to adapt, and certainly his new "home" seems a lot more pleasant than Earth... until he gets charged with some horrible crimes he knows nothing of. The setting of the book is definitely interesting; Goranas (the planet) is a fascinating flat realm, and the author went into lengths to make it similar and yet not-so-similar to Earth. You'll feel as confused as Rodwell as he tries to get accustomed to the fact that there are 8-day weeks and years are referred to as cycles. You will notice the subtle differences throughout the story. The plot itself was quite well-woven. The mystery thrown into this sci-fi novel keeps you guessing throughout and wondering what was going to happen next. I admit that I had no idea who the culprit was until the author revealed them, and by then I was pretty surprised (and quite relieved at the same time). I liked the cast of characters, Rodwell being my favourite. His sarcasm and wit felt so refreshing in the book; I like people who use humour to cope with situations that are too much for them. You couldn't help but root for him and hope that he'll succeed in unraveling the mystery and saving his skin! The only qualm I had with the novel was that the author tends to get wordy at times. I didn't mind the formal style because the "era" of Goranas rather required it, but sometimes some passages dragged on and there was a lot of info-dumping. Otherwise, Richard Bunning's writing was great and I was impressed by the excellent proofreading done on this novel. It was pretty good for a debut indie novel!
  • Another Space in Time on Jan. 12, 2013

    Another Space in Time tells the story of Rodwell, a man unfortunate to be killed in his sleep, but fortunate enough to wake up on an entirely new planet as an Arrival. All seems well for Rodwell at the beginning as he tries to adapt, and certainly his new "home" seems a lot more pleasant than Earth... until he gets charged with some horrible crimes he knows nothing of. The setting of the book is definitely interesting; Goranas (the planet) is a fascinating flat realm, and the author went into lengths to make it similar and yet not-so-similar to Earth. You'll feel as confused as Rodwell as he tries to get accustomed to the fact that there are 8-day weeks and years are referred to as cycles. You will notice the subtle differences throughout the story. The plot itself was quite well-woven. The mystery thrown into this sci-fi novel keeps you guessing throughout and wondering what was going to happen next. I admit that I had no idea who the culprit was until the author revealed them, and by then I was pretty surprised (and quite relieved at the same time). I liked the cast of characters, Rodwell being my favourite. His sarcasm and wit felt so refreshing in the book; I like people who use humour to cope with situations that are too much for them. You couldn't help but root for him and hope that he'll succeed in unraveling the mystery and saving his skin! The only qualm I had with the novel was that the author tends to get wordy at times. I didn't mind the formal style because the "era" of Goranas rather required it, but sometimes some passages dragged on and there was a lot of info-dumping. Otherwise, Richard Bunning's writing was great and I was impressed by the excellent proofreading done on this novel. It was pretty good for a debut indie novel!