Interview with Sussan Khadem

What are you working on next?
An anthology of poetry.
Who are your favorite authors?
Solomon Northup, Zadie Smith, Anita Heiss, George Orwell, George Eliot, Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf (to name a few).
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Exploring England, meeting new people and listening to children's laughter.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading! There is no better pastime.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Marginalised writers have used E books to voice their concerns and make their message understood. It was important for me to have less interference from outside factors, and I read the writers who have similar political motivations as I do.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was for a Rotary Writing Competition. I was 14 or 15 years old and I remember feeling very awkward at the awards ceremony when my story came 'highly recommended'.
What is your writing process?
My best writing happens when I stop caring. Sounds funny, but the best writing comes out in my diary, when I am not censoring myself. It is the inner critic which stultifies my writing. My diary entries are perhaps my best writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first novel I ever read as a young girl growing up in Melbourne, Australia was 'The Secret Garden' by Frances Hodgson Burnett. With a child's mind I completely became fully immersed in the world the author had created. The best thing any child can do is read that novel with a child's mind, because that is the time when your mind's eye is at its peak and recreates the luscious imagery that Frances Hodgson Burnett penned.
How do you approach cover design?
This is a good question. I just found a good cover design through one of the Ebook affiliates. I can't wait to see it in hard copy format.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
'The Bell Jar' by Sylvia Plath, 'The Age of Innocence' by Edith Wharton, '1984' by George Orwell, 'Persian Girls' by Nahid Rachlin and 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte. I think I know parts of 'The Bell Jar' off by heart now - whether you are a fan of Sylvia or not you have to admit that she wrote fiercely and defiantly against the social restrictions of her time, and she did it with great skill.
What do you read for pleasure?
I try to read everything and anything I can get my hands on. I don't know why anyone would restrict themselves to only one genre, especially now when we have e libraries as well as physical libraries. We can get to know all different kinds of literature and understand more about the world that way.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
If the iPhone had a longer battery life I would say the iPhone because you can look up words just by touching the word with your finger and as someone who likes collecting words I find that useful, but the iPad is also helpful for reading lengthy novels while you are on the run.
Published 2016-04-17.
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Books by This Author

Sleeping Beauties
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 10,930. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Literary biography
'Sleeping Beauties' is a short novella designed to be read by individuals who are time poor, yet still caring enough to think critically about personal and political matters. I chose the on-line self-publishing forum so that more people would be able to access this document and in order to restrict outside interference. This is my story. These are my words.