Interview with Mateen Manek

What's the story behind your latest book?
I guess the story behind my latest book is my life, since that's where most of my inspiration comes from. For me, poetry is quite personal and I've always found it easier to tell stories from my own life. So I recorded it all in this notebook and soon I felt it might be nice to just publish them.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It would be to express my story. With writing, I can say what I want to say and use my imagination to create anything, even if it's insanely crazy. Also the fact that when writing, the story can take its own path and surprise even me.
What do your fans mean to you?
What can I say about my fans? If they exist, they are great people and I really appreciate them. I love people who are invested in my work and always want to hear from them. At the end of the day, we are all writers - even if we haven't written a single word.
What are you working on next?
'The Traveller: Part II' is currently in the works, since I've been adding new poems to it every day. But at this moment I've taken a little break to do some other things and focus on my current books.
Who are your favorite authors?
This is a tough question. I've always liked Ian Fleming, Shakespeare, Aaron Sorkin, David Mamet, Tennessee Williams and Yasmina Reza. There are definitely more but none off the top of my head. A lot of poets, too.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
It's a new day filled with adventure and endless possibilities.

Cliche, I know. But definitely true.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm either binging something on Netflix, reading, working on a non-writing-related project, or hanging with my friends. Also trying new things whenever I can.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually I'm browsing online and I see something with either a good cover or a good title. I'll then look into it and get really invested. I also like a lot of non-fiction books so any topics I'm interested it will usually catch my attention.
I think most of the time I'll commit to an ebook is through recommendations or the synopsis.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do! It was for writers craft. It was about a guy who had a week to live and didn't know it yet. Throughout his week, everything that was going wrong started resolving itself. It was one of my more positive stories (with a very dark ending).
What is your writing process?
Sometimes I like to write notes on my idea and get as detailed as I can, whereas other times I will just jump in and start writing. Usually a song or something will inspire the initial idea.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I do not. At all. I used to hate reading and writing. Something clearly changed about that.

I do remember one of the first poems I ever read, which was 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' by T.S. Eliot. My friend had sent it to me earlier and I skimmed it, not really taking in anything (it was long, mind you). We then went on a trip together in the following months and found ourselves in a bookstore in Istanbul. I found the complete works of T.S. Eliot and began reading the poem out loud, as a joke. Then I got invested in it and every line revealed something new to me. In the end I bought the book. (Also this story is why I suggest to people to read poems out loud. They make a lot more sense this way.)
Published 2016-01-27.
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Books by This Author

The Traveller: Part I
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,390. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
The Traveller is a poetry compilation series by Mateen Manek. The compilation focuses on themes revolving around the moments that we experience in our daily lives. It is written in chronological order, charting the changes and growth of the author and the challenges of our daily lives.