“The Writers’ League has taught me how to make events and characters come to life on their own.”
– Mahassen Ahmad
A member of the Writers’ League since 2005, Mahassen lives in Austin, Texas.
Scribe: In what genres do you write?
Mahassen Ahmad: Fiction. My first novel was historical fiction and my second was fantasy/magical realism.
Scribe: What author would you most like to have a drink with, and what’s the first question you would ask them?
MA: Ernest Hemingway, for he lived the life I yearned to live, but did not have the courage to try. My first question to him would be if his characters took over his inner thoughts or if he just learned the art of writing.
Scribe: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what book would you want to have with you to keep you sane?
MA: The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway.
Scribe: What have you learned from your association with the Writers’ League?
MA: To make events and characters come to life on their own with no hint of a living writer.
Scribe: Here at the Writers’ League, we love sharing book recommendations. What’s one Texas-related book that has come out within the past year that you couldn’t put down?
MA: During this year (2018) I was immersed in writing and publishing my latest novel. The Texas–related book that I read recently and recommend is C. Robert Cargill’s Queen of the Dark Things, published in 2014. It is about the magical world of monsters and jinn roaming the streets of Austin, Texas.
Scribe: Is there anything else about you that you would like to share with the world? An opportunity for self-promotion!
MA: Here is the cover of my recent novel.
Thank you, Mahassen!
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