Interview with Khaleel Jooste

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I prefer to use my tablet, but would sometimes use my computer.
Describe your desk
I only have my laptop on my desk. Two screens. That is it. Some water or green tea. Snacks, not that there is much eating nor drinking once the writing kicks in. I try and meditate and focus on Allah when I do write, so the Quran and hadeeths are open on my desktop in the background. When I need help, I look for guidance there.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I haven't really done a lot of marketing, but sharing my books via, twitter, google +, facebook worked well to get traffic to my books.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Windhoek, Namibia. We moved when I was 9 though. Stayed in at least 3 different cities and towns after that and attended 4 different primary schools alone. All this has influenced my writing a lot.
When did you first start writing?
I always wrote poetry. I started writing poems in grade 8. I wrote my first short story in high school. My first completed short story was actually enjoyed such a lot that it was stolen. It was a thriller called Fantasy.
What's the story behind your latest book?
All my books are really about sharing Islam with others. That is my only intention. Most of my characters are non-muslim and I try to make them as authentic as possible. I hope that through my writing, people can see the truth: that Islam is a religion of peace and love.

My latest book, is one in a series. The first is called Purpose. To find one's purpose in life is so profound and Islam makes our pupose so clear to us.

The book also talks of the plots of the enemy ( Satan) and what he has done to mislead us.

It is still a story and it has some romance and a lot of mystery. Maybe some horror. I love horror and I find that that is how the Lord intended it for me. It is my purpose.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My passion for others. I only want to be in service of others and that is what drives me. The fact that my books are free and about Islam, I just know that I have only Allah to help me get it out there. To approach publishing houses, etc would incur costs, which I do not want. Also, I do not wish to have others dictate how or what I must have in my message.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has really helped to get my books distributed and that is really something I am grateful for. Thank you.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To have my book read. That is great. To have it impact a life, even greater.
What do your fans mean to you?
Have I got fans? Lol. To my two American subscribers, your support means so much to me. I hope to keep bringing you good writing. You inspire me to do better.
What are you working on next?
I think I want to take a break from Thank You and give the next instalments of Nikah and Manchild. It has been a while and the characters are waiting to share their story. All by the will of Allah.
Who are your favorite authors?
Dean Koontz and Stephen King are two of my favourites.

On Smashwords I enjoy M. J. Logue and Michael Spears. Spears has me laughing a lot. That is always good.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Allah.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Visiting friends and family.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Smashwords and friends' recommendations.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Fantasy. About this guy that sufferes from multiple personality disorder. One of his personalities was obsessed with Mariah. Lol.
What is your writing process?
Pray, meditate and sit down and just write. When I get stuck, I turn to Quran.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The only story that has stuck with me for years; I even bought copies for my friends, is Strangers by Dean Koontz. Such a beautiful story about friendship. That with strangers. I love it.
How do you approach cover design?
I struggle a lot. I wish I could have someone help with it. It is me and paint and that is it.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I really can't say. Quran is one I try and read at least once a day, though.
What do you read for pleasure?
Reading some Patterson lately.
Published 2017-12-10.
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Books by This Author

Bismillah
Price: Free! Words: 25,850. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime, Fiction » Inspirational
Bismillah Here is then the follow up to Thank you Allah - Purpose, but also the Prelude to part two of the Thank you Allah Series. I hope you enjoy it and I hope it inspires and enriches you. May the Lord bless you abundantly. You friend Khaleel #GoHome #HappyBirthday ☺ Insha'Allah
The Journey to Success and True Happiness
Price: Free! Words: 9,660. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Islam / Rituals & Practice, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Daily affirmations
These are just a few lessons I have learnt in this short time that I have been a Muslim. May it benefit you. May Allah bless and reward my teachers for all they have done. This book does not contain any information on the fifth pillar of Islam, Hajj. If Allah spares me and wills, I will put this in a separate book. Your friend Khaleel
You are the Love of my Life 2
Price: Free! Words: 8,070. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
Take care and be safe. Happy belated birthday. With love Khaleel
All That Matters 2
Price: Free! Words: 5,670. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime, Fiction » Inspirational
Happy birthday. May Allah be with you now and always. Your friend Khaleel
Thank you Allah - Purpose
Price: Free! Words: 51,090. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
Omar doesn’t say anything. He respects her assessment. She was right about him having a message. That he agrees with. As an orphan, he has many things he wants to say. The world was once big and scary, when he was all alone, that was when he was younger, but since St Jude’s he’s found a home, some purpose. He wants people to know that there are good people out there who do care about others.
Happy Birthday
Price: Free! Words: 1,920. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Faith, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
Abu Darda’ reported Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) as saying: If anyone learns by heart the first ten verses of Surah al-Kahf, he will be protected from the Dajjal. Sahih Muslim: Book #4, Hadith #1766 PS: Got me being silly writing poetry (Lol) Khaleel
Forgiveness
Price: Free! Words: 1,320. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Friendship, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
Bismillah PS: The book was going to be called “I wish we had another place”, but that speaks of dissatisfaction with God’s will. So I have changed it and thought that it should rather speak of Gratitude to God. If we are pleased with God, He is pleased with us. Insha'Allah
Meeting
Price: Free! Words: 9,390. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Bismillah "Seek God (Allah)'s help with patient perseverance and prayer. It is indeed hard except for those who are humble." Al-Baqarah (The Cow) 2:45 Insha'Allah
Family
Price: Free! Words: 14,330. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Inspirational
Thank you to everyone that has been reading, may the Lord bless you abundantly. Dedicated to JB, AM, CB, BS, JT and MC. Our love is trending. Peace and love. Happy Birthday Khaleel
Torn Apart
Price: Free! Words: 3,680. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Bismillah “Why didn’t you help me? Don’t know why I came here. I would have gotten more sympathy from a rock. You have no emotion whatsoever. I’ve never encountered such a cold person. I thought you were my friend.” As Allah wills
Christmas
Price: Free! Words: 8,500. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
And mention when the angels said, "O Mary, indeed God gives you good tidings of a word from Him, whose name will be the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary - distinguished in this world and the Hereafter and among those brought near to God. Surah Al-Imran (Family of Imran) 3:45
All That Matters
Price: Free! Words: 2,500. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Poetry » Epic
Bismillah As she flips open the cover, she is startled by a faint, purple streak that catches the corner of her eye. She looks slowly to her right. It throbs lightly. A steady beat. Slowly she reaches out towards it; her hand shaky as she is almost able to touch it. “Lord have mercy!” InshaAllah
Gratitude
Price: Free! Words: 4,940. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Bismillah The beat starts the same throbbing it did outside. The blue glow starts flickering faintly. It goes into her dressing room. She follows it. “Is someone here,” she asks as she enters and closes the door. All she hears is the beat. The glow almost in the centre of the room; it starts turning purple. InshaAllah
Hope & Faith
Price: Free! Words: 3,960. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Inspirational
“So what about this ice bucket challenge.” She sighs. “What’s curious is that the money generated went to the ISIS pharmaceutical company.” He focuses on her eyes and as if he understood what she meant. “You don’t mean to say that they were in some way funding the ISIS terrorists?” “That’s exactly what I am sayin’. Terrorists.” She puts her fingers into the air. “It’s all too big of a coincidence.
Not Alone
Price: Free! Words: 3,710. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
(4.00 from 1 review)
Bismillah “Pretty, aren’t they?” “Positively.” They continue further ahead. “You glad we came?” He nods. “Honestly. Yes.” “What are they do you think?” He shakes his head. “I can’t say surely.” InshaAllah
Crash
Price: Free! Words: 7,180. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Inspirational
“Before I get to the video, I’d like to say a short prayer for the families of those who lost their lives and those affected by that Asiana Boeing 777 plane crash.”
Toy Soldier
Price: Free! Words: 4,770. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
She sings. “The incy-bincy spider climbed up the water spout… down came the rain and washed the spider out… Out came the sun and dried up all the rain… and… the incy-bincy spider… climbed up the… spout… again.” Her voice croaky and hoarse.
Drew
Price: Free! Words: 12,630. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Inspirational
“I’m begging you for mercy, why won’t you release me” Duffy, Mercy. “Let her go” Passenger. “Let me go” Avril Lavigne “I’m in here” Sia “We can’t stop” Miley Cyrus. “Please Stop” Miley Cyrus. “I’m a slave for you” Britney Spears. “Puppet” Jake Miller “I was only a vessel” tweet, Amanda Bynes “All Bad” Justin Bieber “Broken” Justin Bieber “All I wanna say is that they don't really care about us…”
You Are The Love Of My Life
Price: Free! Words: 2,470. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Classics
Bismillah Dear Claire I miss you. I wrote these songs for you. When I see you again, I’ll sing and play them for you. God willing. I’ll try to be home before Christmas. Please give Mr Biggs a kiss. I wish we had another place. Love and miss you much May God keep you safe Ben InshaAllah
Accident
Price: Free! Words: 4,070. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Bismillah Her eyes penetrate his, but he doesn’t look away. He opens his eyes more; the thick lines on his forehead disappear. He also seems to breathe easier. He couldn’t explain it, but there was something to Kimberly that put him at ease, but it also felt like she sees too much, like she could really see him. InshaAllah
The Cat
Price: Free! Words: 3,650. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Classics
Bismillah “Salmon, trout or tuna?”He looks at the cat. It sits at the bowls and stares at him with a vacant expression. “None of that, hu? You want some turkey instead?” He winks at the cat. “Turkey it is then. Milk with that or some of Mamaw’s pumpkin eggnog?” The cat purrs more and meows softly. It runs back to the bowls. “Eggnog. Sweet choice.” InshaAllah
Nikah - Taqdeer
Price: Free! Words: 3,550. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
"Can you imagine Mom. Allah knows all the spaghetti and meatball recipés and chose to share His secret recipé, only with you. He must love us very much that He wanted you to learn it.
Manchild
Price: Free! Words: 8,530. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
(2.00 from 1 review)
To be impaled by any antelope was a nasty business and all Tree Dwellers believed that Manchild was here to make the hunting easier for them. If only he would learn to be less clumsy and understood the bond between the hunter and the hunted
Whisperers
Price: Free! Words: 92,260. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
For Mariah Carey Cannon, Britney Spears, Shakira, Oscar Pistorius & Justin Bieber May the Lord be with you. Salaam, Khaleel