Romelia: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Jillani Birech: Well, I really started to think of being a writer when I had a long chat with an English friend of mine, called James Cairns. Just as he saw my poems on Facebook, he advised me to write a poetry book. That’s how the story started.
Romelia: how long does it take you to write a book?
Jillani Birech: It took me about three months to write the first book entitled Soul reflections.
Romelia: where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Jillani Birech: Almost most of the ideas of my books came from the daily meditation. Whenever I sit alone, I start to change my feelings into words.
Romelia: what literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
Jillani Birech: My literary experience started with reading James Joyce’s Dubliners, then Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Then I stared to compose some short poems based on what I had seen on Facebook-posted poems. That’s how the story of writing began.
Romelia: what is the first book that made you cry?
Jillani Birech: The first book that really made me cry was OLIVER TWIST BY CHARLES DICKENS.
Romelia: what is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?
Jillani Birech: In my opinion, the most unethical practice in the publishing industry is copying and pasting other works ideas.
Romelia: does writing energize or exhaust you?
Jillani Birech: Actually writing has never been exhausting. It has been all fun.
Romelia: what are common traps for aspiring writers?
Jillani Birech: That could be writing in a catchy style as well as targeting the most important themes in exquisite way.
Romelia: does a big ego help or hurt writers?
Jillani Birech: For me it hurts a lot.
Romelia: have you ever gotten reader’s block?
Jillani Birech: Never ever got reader’s block.
Romelia: did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
Jillani Birech: I never thought of writing under a pseudonym.
Romelia: do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Jillani Birech: Yes, that’s what I am always thinking of.
Romelia: do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
Jillani Birech: That depends, but most of the time feeling emotions strongly opens the door to writing.
Romelia: what other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Jillani Birech: I have a lot of friends on Facebook who are authors. Discussing and exchanging ideas with them in terms of writing helps a lot to improve and develop my style.
Romelia: do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to buIld a body of work with connections between each book?
Jillani Birech: In fact I am trying hard to separate the theme of each book from the other so that I cover different topics from different viewpoints.
Romelia: if you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Jillani Birech: It would be a poetry book.
Romelia: how did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
Jillani Birech: Publishing my first book really made me write more and more, it made much more energized.
Romelia: what was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
Jillani Birech: The best money ever spent on promoting my first book entitled Soul Reflections.
Romelia: what authors did you dislike at first but grew into?
Jillani Birech: Honestly I never disliked a particular for the way he or she wrote.
Romelia: what was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
Jillani Birech: I really realized that language has a special power when I started reading some poems written by an American author, Deborah.
Romelia: what are the most important magazines for writers to subscribe to?
Jillani Birech: The most important magazine for is Calm Down magazine.
Romelia: from where you get inspired with your first book?
Jillani Birech: I first thought of writing my first book when I saw a friend of mine posting her poems on Facebook, and then she got her book published.
Romelia: describe yourself in a few sentences. Tell us something we do not know about you and something you hate about the world.
Jillani Birech: Jillani is that person who is ambitious enough to be a great author in the future. Jillani is someone who wants to use the power of language to change the world. Jillani doesn’t like hypocricy.
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