Interview with Maryam Henein

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I am moved by infinite possibilities. I start my day by telling the universe to use me to the best of it's ability to be in service. I ask to be led to inspire others.. There are days because of my autoimmune (around my menstrual cycle) that it's hard to get out of bed. But I always have so much to do in regards to my startup.

I am excited by new opportunities I can create to get the word out there in regards to healing, the bees, our food supply.

When I am in Greece in my small village, I am inspired by the ocean. Almost every day i take my waterproof ipod into the ocean and listen to jammin music or podcasts as i do the breathstroke. This notion of listening to music underwater while observing fishies is super cool!

I love cross-pollinating with others and collaborating.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Well, i spend A LOT of time in front of my computa. Like a lot. I edit, i converse via Slack and Skype with my small hive. Writing is a luxury and it takes time and patience. So i am usually helping run and grow HoneyColony and write early in the day. I work as CEO of my company AND editor in chief.

I take the time to excercise. I bike, and back in los angeles i am a hard core modo yoga fan. I love being on the mat and practicing yoga. I spend time cooking or preparing meals when i have access to clean food.

I dance too.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I am reading several books at once. I am part of facebook groups and look on the institute of functional medicine. I usually read books about health, self exploration, and i love memoirs as it inspires my own memoir writing. Sometimes i;ll ask my writer friends.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
mmh i have been writing in a journal since i was ten. I used to write poems. The first story i pitched and sold was about cremation rates in montreal canada. Most of the stories i write are ideas I've come up with.
What is your writing process?
research research research. I put it all on the page. And then it's like putting together a puzzle. I allow the story to tell itself to me. I am a professional researcher and I love this part of the process. I have fun with words. I pay attention to detail, cadence, pace.

I self edit which has helped me be a sharp editor. If i turn in a story, it's never riddled with too many typos or errors. Although having someone edit your work is very important. I find that strong editors are not easy to find. And that the quality of writing on the internet has taken a dive.
What are your 2 favorite books, and why?
Memory Palace by Mira Bartok which is just a gripping story and the prose is exquisite.
Secret Life of Bees, opened me up to the magic of the bees as i was started to do research for my film
Describe your desk
My desk back in los angeles is made out of mahogny wood. I have two screens to help me multi-task and i love it. I have a herman miller chair. I used to have my kitty luna hang out in my drawer to the right of me but she recently died. I am still grieving it silently.
I use a grounding mat. I have supplements in my drawers. And i face a window onto my courtyard.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
i grew up in montreal Canada. I don't know if it influenced my writing. But growing up in Canada influenced my being. montreal is vibrant and clean. I hated the winters and that's why I ultimately moved away. I grew up with multiple cultures and never thought about race until i came to america.

It was a different time. I grew up in the '80s. Ironically, i grew up with coca cola and junk food. I haven't drank soda in about 20 years. But back then if your parents bought you a Happy Meal it meant they loved you. Actually my first real job was working for McDonald's. Ugh.
What are you working on next?
I hope to be able to find the time to finish my memoir Of Bees & Men. Right now i am trying to manifest more speaking gigs where I draw the parallel between bees and autoimmune sufferers. Both are environmental indicators.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love playing with words. And i think the most satisfying process is research. I've developed a style that encompasses personal essay meets reportage. I love investigative reporting.
Published 2016-08-07.
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Learn How One Digital Nomad Is Curing Her AutoImmune Disorder: Become Your Own Best Health Advocate
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