Interview with A.H. Amin, Author of “Psychs”

A. H. Amin was born in Iraq, and he had lived most of his life in Kuwait. He studied dentistry in Emirates in his first years and then he continued in Egypt.

He had first came across to his talent when he had met a group of students in Emirates who were discussing the making of a movie. After seeing how his ideas had impressed them, he started to take a little interest in literature.
He started finally after he came up with the idea of a new fiction thriller book, Psychs, which was his first published book, after he received good criticism about his new idea.

At present he continues to write the Psychs’ series, with the second one entitled THE REMNANT just around the corner and a new short fictional story inspired by true events that occurred in South Africa.

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About the Author

What genre(s) do you write? Why do you write the stories that you write?

I have a tendency to lean toward more than one genre, mostly thrillers, inspirational and adventure. I believe art is a single soul divided to all, so I believe by writing I am giving shape to that fragment lying within me. I like to inspire people and help them open their eyes and see what’s right, even through thrillers and adventures. One more reason why I write is because I love to challenge readers to balance themselves at the edge of their seats.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

When I became first aware of my talent. In my first year in college, I met students who were discussing the making of a movie, I gave them some of my ideas and they were really impressed. That’s where I realized I have the potentials to create and claim any world as mine.

Who or what was your inspiration for writing?

My father is a writer, he gave me some guidelines when I started and of course, many other writers out there have helped in conditioning my talent to be better through their writings. Like James Patterson, Paulo Coehlo, Dan Brown, Matthew Reilly, and Charles Dickens.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I like listening to music or playing some on the piano. I like watching old movies, most of them have better dialogues and stories because they don’t get cocky with over use of effects. I like jogging, and I enjoy doing new stuff. Just recently I started doing Yoga.

What books are currently on your nightstand?

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, and Aleph by Paulo Coehlo. Those are the new ones I bought recently and looking forward to devour.

Do you remember the first novel you read?

Oh yes, The Lake House by James Patterson. It was right then where I understood why most people say the book is better than the movie, it’s because we are the directors, and there’s nothing better than our own imagination.

What would you like readers to know about you the individual?

I’m an old man in a young man’s body.

Who are your favorite authors and why?

James Patterson, he writes in many genres and I have never picked a book of his that I didn’t like.

Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you.

I’m somewhat implosive.

Your Writing Process

What excites you about writing?

That moment when you crash the writers block, I love it when that wall collapse and I get the ‘THAT’S IT!!’ sensation.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Patience when you condition your idea, otherwise you’ll waste what could have been the best work of literature, also, write, write, write, and then write some more, the best author in the world could be out there and we may never know about her or him, because he or she was too lazy to sit down and write.

 

What would you consider is your favorite part of a book to write? The beginning, the middle or the ending?

I love the middle part, how to make the story reach to that shocking, loving or inspiring conclusion is an art. Beginnings are easier to make and can be simply adjusted later on.

Is there any other genre you have considered writing in?

I do have a romance novel in mind. I’m also considering writing a historical fiction novel, something with honor or legends. But until I find something unexplored yet, it will still remain as a consideration.

Do you listen to music or have another form of inspiration when you are writing? 

Yes actually, I listen to music or jog to seek inspiration. When I do either I stimulate my subconscious, best ideas come from there since our conscious is too busy with our reality. Best medicine to writers block, I’d say.

Most people envision an author’s life as being really glamorous. What’s the most unglamorous thing that you’ve done in the past week?

I got to clean – or should I say format – my apartment. It was a tiresome job that I have been postponing since I came back from my vacation.

 

How long does it take you to finish a book from start to submission?

My first work took me a year and 9 months, the second and third were written simultaneously and were done within 2 years and 5 months. So I’d say an average of two years.

Do you prefer writing series books over non series or does it matter?

I do what the story wants. I don’t force her, I let her take control. So the way I see the story will look better is how I would present it. I have no preference, the idea decides for me.

What is the best and worst writing advice you have ever received?

The best writing advice I had was ‘read!’ One must develop the sense of writing and knows what it takes to be at that league. I don’t remember having any bad advices; I guess I was lucky with that.

Do you track work count or write a certain number of hours per day?

I write 1000 to 2000 words when I can sit and actually write.

Have you ever had one of those profound “AH-HA!” moments while you were writing?  Would you be willing to share it?

Yes I had. I’ll just give you a preview about it… I placed a person inside a prison, under the mercy of merciless men. His first attempt to escape ended up with him loosing both of his hands. He stays there, trying to live and only hope for someone to find him… years have passed, hope was an illusion he still clings on… I had to find a way to make him escape, a man with no arms in prison…. And one day, I shouted ‘AH-HA!!’… That’s all I can share for now.

What was the most uplifting moment you’ve experienced during your writing career?

I was on vacation visiting my family, I went to a mall and saw a bookstore where I know my book was in… and there it was, on the list of the best selling fiction. So far this is my favorite moment.

Your Books

Your book is about to be sent into the reader world, what is one word that describes how you feel?

Frightened, I guess. It did well locally, so I hope it will do better out there.

What can we look forward to in the upcoming months?

Well, I have planned for my sequel to be out by the first quarter of next year, it’s getting closer and I can’t be more excited. A Kirkus review is on the way too.

 

What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?

I visit the public library and do it the old school way. I prefer that because being there I feel like I’m absorbing a writer’s aura in an osmosis way. I also ask university professors and physicians questions that help me imagine and clarify to the readers what I have no knowledge of. So as you can see, it is a little tiresome job which I can’t get enough of, I love it.

 

Do you outline your books or just start writing?

Kind of both, I place my outlines but when I connect the outlines and see the big picture I tend to change bits and pieces of my manuscript.

 

If your book is available in print, how does it feel to hold a book that has your name on the cover? 

When I first held my book my older brother had a baby on the way, I told him ‘This is the feeling you’ll experience when your kid arrives.’ So it was like holding my first born child, it was the best feeling so far.

 

Your Characters

 

Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

Richard Linklater quoted from Thomas Wolfe in Before Sunset, saying…
‘We are the sum of all the moments of our lives, and anybody who sits down to write is gonna use a clay of their own life, that you can’t avoid.’
I was able to imagine my fictional characters from my reality; my family, my friends, from my times in the university, my brief time I spent working as a timepieces salesman, or even from a nickname of a beloved. It all left an impact on me, and now they are being shared with the world.

Is it hard coming up with names for your characters?

A little, finding memorable and unique names or common names. It all depends if I want a character to be remembered, forgotten or ignored. The latter is placed for strategic purposes.

 

Which of your stories would make a great movie?  Who’d play the lead roles?

‘Psychs’, I have two main characters, one named Hassan Ali, I can’t place a face on him yet, the other is named Adam Goldfish, I picture Joshua Lee Holloway or Adrien Brody as him, they both look cool when they are angry. Also I see Marsha Thomason as the leading role for my character, Elizabeth.

Is there a character from one of your books that resonates deeply with you?

Adam Goldfish… It took me a while to mold him, he was a tough one to crack.

Random Questions

Name one website you visit every single day.

I would have to say youtube.

  • Published: August 25, 2012
  • Publisher: Author House
  • Description: “It started with a feeling, followed by a realization, then ended up into a future. All that started by the tragic event of his birth and revealed by a near death, and ever since, he had never been alone.Sequential events started to occur in two cities, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, escalating into chaos. At that point, he finds himself in an enigma he’s not aware of its cause. Using his miraculous gift, which gave him knowledge and guarded him, he will be placed in that chaos to try and figure out the truth, and for that, he is being marked.In these perilous times, he can only hope for a miracle, other than the one he has.”
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