Interview with Adam Elias Zain

Why do you write?
An artist paints because therein lies enjoyment and satisfaction. A writer writes for the same reason. There's an element of accomplishment when a piece of writing portrays the idea that was in the mind. And when the reader appreciates and enjoys the work, it is most certainly the cherry on the cake.
When did you first start writing?
My first memory of producing poetry goes back to Primary School. Haiku poems, I remember. I felt it was an extraordinary way to describe and create an image or scenario in so few words. It was like art. They say a picture says a thousand words. I say seventeen syllables can say a lot too!
How did you discover your appetite for writing?
Mrs Barnard. I wonder if she has any idea that her teaching in Primary School has led to my work being available to the world. It is a testament to her fantastic teaching skills that these poems are being written.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Writing takes time, and the writing has a cost which most readers happily appreciate. But paying for the paper and ink is not a necessity in the modern-day world, so why should you? I would happily publish a hard book if a publisher was interested, but it's certainly not the aim of my work. I want my poems to give the world the same enjoyment that it brings to my family and friends, and what better way to distribute than on the Internet? The ultimate aim is to give enjoyment to the reader, and the ultimate compliment is the reader's recommendation to a friend.
Who are your favorite authors?
People always ask this question, and my answer is terrible but it is what it is. I read an awful lot, but I often read without checking the author's name. I try to enjoy the writing for what it is, without prejudice or reputation clouding the writing itself. Old material and new, if I like what I sample, I buy the book. But every author gets a chance with me.
What's the story behind Reflection Point?
There are many stories in Reflection Point. Each poem tells a story. Some are true, some are fictional, and some are a bit of both. There are experiences in life which leave one thinking, and I pen these thoughts. Some of the experiences are indeed my own, but many are an attempt to put myself in someone else's shoes, to obtain a different or true perspective. Sometimes, I get carried away, and you'll find in Reflection Point there are a couple of poems where I 'record' the conversation between two apples. Bizarre, maybe, but it's great fun!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The smile on the reader's face. What about the people who I cannot see across the world reading my poems? Their reviews give a smile. And if they give that smile, it means the writing works.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I browse. Like you do in a bookshop, or a clothes store. I wasn't looking for a blazer, but I think that would look nice in my wardrobe. So I try it, and if I like it, I buy it. Same with ebooks.
Describe your desk
I don't have one! As it stands, I guess I deploy a mobile workstation. A pen. A notebook. Sticky post-it notes. My smart-phone. And a laptop. And I can't foresee that changing. Ideas are everywhere, and writers like me cannot afford to be restricted to a single desk or office.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It's a great platform for the indie author. It has guidance notes which help on formatting the ebook - just because it looks right on your word processor doesn't mean it will look right after being uploaded on the Internet! And Smashwords helps a great deal for the author to get his or her work to look the way it's meant to. Of course, this means the reader get the whole reading experience as intended. It's a winner, without a doubt.
Published 2014-03-22.
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Books by This Author

The Big 'C'
Price: Free! Words: 400. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Fiction » Inspirational
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Peter, not his real name, said that this poem brought a tear to his eye. He felt more people must be given a chance to read it. So it was decided to release it on its own.
Contemplation Height
Price: Free! Words: 1,750. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Modern twenty-first century poetry. There’s always room for a little poetry in anyone’s life. Many feel that poetry is not for them, but these people are wrong. Contemplation Height peers through the window into the mind and works of Adam Elias Zain. The best bit is this round is on the house. Enjoy!
Reflection Point
Price: Free! Words: 9,330. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
(5.00 from 1 review)
Modern twenty-first century poetry. From the playful and whimsical to the deep and thought-provoking, Reflection Point is the perfect accompaniment to a little me-time. There is absolutely no promise that the poems will change your world or the way you think. Or will they? Reflection Point contains adult language.
From A to Zed and off to bed!
Price: Free! Words: 1,560. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Poetry / Humorous, Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
(5.00 from 1 review)
Weird and wonderful poems for the child in your life, and also for the child in you! Poems starting from the letter...well, take a wild guess... 'From A to Zed and off to bed!' is a collection of children's rhymes and poems that will make anyone smile. There's even the odd lesson on good manners, which can never be a bad thing!