Interview with Zainab Asif

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yeah,The first story I ever wrote was "A Woman's Heart".I was pretty amateur then but it received great response for that book.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read was "The Story of a Pencil" by Paulo Coelho.I think it did have a lot of impact on me.It was not just a story but a guideline about how we should all live our lives.I still follow that story.
Do you design your covers yourself?
I love anything related to drawing and designing.I remember using Adobe Photoshop and stuff of the sort to design and create pictures when I was pretty young.I guess I liked the kind of stuff so I started designing my book covers too.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My top 5 favorites are:
-Like a Flowing River by Paulo Coelho
-The Forty Rules of love by Elif Shafak
-Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder
-And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
-Brida by Paulo Coelho

I think Writing is not about the words only.It's about the core of your story.It needs to have an impact of the reader.All these five books have had great impact on me.I evaluated better things in myself . So I have always liked these books.
When did you first start writing?
I think I was six when I started writing.I loved reading and writers used to inspire me so much so I used to write a lot on random topics.I still have those stories I wrote.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is "Just Because I am not Pretty".I wanted to write this just because I wanted to tell girls that internal beauty matters.No matter how much makeup they do it won't make a difference unless they don't shine from the inside.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think when people appreciate you that is the best part for me.
What do your fans mean to you?
I think they are the main reason behind my success.If I did not have readers I was not to be called a writer.I times when my readers comment I am motivated to write more.They have always been great support to me.
What are you working on next?
I am working on my Fan fiction. It's called "That Breath You Took Away".
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are Jane Austen,Elif Shafak,Paulo Coelho,Charlotte Bronte,Khaled Hosseini,Stephen King,Keira Cass and Sara Dessen.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I think everyday is a new day.It's a new start with a new hope a day when you add more to your ideal list.This is what motivates me to jump out of bed.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing I spend time studying ,working on my writing skills,listening to music and with my family.
What do you want to pursue as a career other than writing?
I think I plan to become a Doctor.
What is your dream place for your career?
I am working to get into Cambridge University ,UK.
Describe your desk
My desk is a mess.It's full of books and piles of files and pages.I think writers have such desks.
What do you think are your best and quality?
Hmm...I think my best quality is this that I am a DREAMER.It's something that motivates you to do better in life.I think the worst quality is the same too.I dream too much about all the good ideal things in life but when they don't happen I'll be moving around in the house sad.
If someone crtisizes you,how would you take it?
I always take criticism positively.It helps you to get better in life and it's really important if we desire to become perfect.I think no one's born perfect and to reach that goal of perfection criticism always help you.
What is the best compliment you get often?
The best compliment which I get is 'Oh You are so young and you can write so well'.
Describe yourself in three words.
Nerdy,Optimistic,Dreamer.
Published 2014-08-27.
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