Interview with Norman Sabadi

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that I can do something wonderful with my life, ordained by God, stirs my heart as I rise every morning to meet the Holy Spirit. In fact, God always wakes me up by placing a beautiful thought in my mind while I sleep and the thought pours out in my writing as I talk with God before the sun rises.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I spend time being inspired. That's what brings the passions into my writing. If it's with Church friends or family I always aim to make it a great and memorable time. Laughter is good for the soul and friendship even more. It's what inspires me off the pages that end up on the pages I write.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I do. It was actually an assignment given to my year 9 class (year 1999), to come up with a short story book of about 30 pages long. Destiny payed a part in grooming me in this, as this was my first attempt at a book and it stirred my heart more than my own peers. As I recall now, I wrote a Masterpiece, a story form of my great-grandfather who was Chief of his people in the 1800s and a mighty and fierce warrior. The book was displayed in the school library for the whole school to have access to. Well a few weeks later because someone loved the book so much it went missing. That's when I knew deep down, writing was one of my gifts and I've never stopped writing since then.
What is your writing process?
As a Christian, most of my what I write comes from inspiration stirred up by the Holy Spirit. That said, I am no limited to what my creativity can produce. But I make it a real deal to work with the greatest author of all time, the Holy Spirit.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes. Who could have guessed it. The story of rip-van-winkle. I must have read that children's book over 50 times because I loved it so much.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
So far, hands down it's 'WORD OF MOUTH' marketing. It's better when you're expressing what you know to someone else and like a switch they click and ask you if they can grab a hold of a copy of your book.

It works all the time.
Describe your desk
Ahahaha! Well, some writers like their desk clean and I kind of gravitate to that. There is just one exception. You'll never find my desk without books on it. As much as I love writing, I love reading and that's just a writer's trait. On occasions I have the noodles bowl or a cup-a-tea and it's always a delight just being in your zone when creativity and you are best friends.
What's one advice you'd give to other aspiring writers?
Never stop dreaming. You are as good as what you believe it to be. The higher you aim, the better you'll become. No point writing a book which is as dead as the dry land. Give it some watering of your creativity and put all your heart into it. That's what makes a book great -- You! You and You!
What do you read for pleasure?
I am not much of a fiction reader. I love real stories. I learn so much out of the experience of others and the impact it has on me personally, adds value, and that shows in my writing also.
Who was biggest influence in you becoming a writer?
My father is my greatest inspiration. He is the writer in our family. I am perhaps the only one that's taken after him. In addition, my main inspiration is God. When I gave my life the Lord it brought an immense change in me. That's when I really took to writing in a big my teen years, without really thinking about it.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote a lot of small pieces in my high school days. As I said earlier, I wrote a book about my great grandfather and that would perhaps be the official date I wrote a complete story book. After that I wrote "the Revelation of Love" a small book I put together myself. That also went missing as it got passed around among family and friends.
Published 2015-11-17.
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