Interview with Faheemah Isaacs

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I get to be me truly be me. In reality I hide who I really am because I'm afraid of what people might think but when I write I release the real me. Not only that writing calms me. When I write a poem or quotes or whatever comes to mind I'm at peace and also it is who I am, who I want to be.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans? What fans? I've been writing since I was fourteen years and I only made the decision to self publish now at twenty four. I don't have any fans not that I know of. Besides "family and friends".
What are you working on next?
It's between completing the sequel to my first book, The light that saved my life which I self published on amazon and trying my hand at writing a motivational speech. That is something which I really want to do.
Who are your favorite authors?
AAH tough question. I will have to say Viginia Andrews, Elizabeth Webster and a whole lot more that I can't put in words right now.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember the first poem I wrote, Who I want to be. I was a fourteen year old with a dream and a passion. Uhm... The first story that I wrote is a short story which is still incomplete. I got distracted while writing it and never bothered to continue but I still plan to complete it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first real story I read and I don't mean all that teenage books was by Elizabeth Webster, To fly a kite. I was 12 when I picked up that book. It was my fathers but the title got my attention. I thought it had to do with flying kites. Ofcourse ot did but not in the way I thought. But at 12 the lesson that I learnt at that age was that no matter what, nothing is impossible. If you have love and guidance you can accomplish anything. It was the first book I actually cried for.
What do you read for pleasure?
Poetry, I love poetry. I'm a poet at heart or atleast I think so. When I'm upset or feeling down I go to one of my favourite poems and I'm a new person. Even if only for a short time.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Johannesberg, Gauteng. I come from a family who are all Jacks of all Trades and I was always trying different things. At one stage I wanted to be a fashion designer because my mothers side of the family are all dress makers and I loved to design clothes; and I had a teacher who saw that and tried to encourage me into it but I wasn't interested. I remember she used to try and get me involved in things. She saw a vision for me which I didn't. I told her it was not something I want to go in professionally and she encouraged me to find something for me. Then one day i had this urge, I can't explain it but it was as if I was burning on the inside and the words who I want to be kept running through my mind. I sat down with pen and paper and I asked myself who I want to be? And the words just flowed out. It wasn't meant to be a poem. It was more of a resolution. It was at that moment I knew I want to write.
Today I'm living in Cape Town. My mother moved us to be closer to family but what I do know is if I was not raised in joburg and I was not at that specific school and did not have that certain teacher recognise something in me I probably wouldn't have written anything.
What is your writing process?
I don't have a process. I write whenever inspiration hits.
Published 2013-09-01.
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Books by This Author

Songs of life
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 4,500. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
songs of life a collection of poetry from the heart, about love, life and everything else.