Book Squirrel chats today with Ammar Habib, a bestselling and award winning author of paranormal suspense thrillers.
Welcome, Ammar. It’s a privilege to have you here today.
Thank you, Book Squirrel! It’s a rare thing to be interviewed by a squirrel!
What can I say? I’m a rare squirrel.
You certainly are.
Thanks! So tell me, what inspired you to write?
The one book that inspired me to become a writer is Og Mandino’s The Choice. I read the book when I was seven-years-old and it is what put me onto the path of becoming a writer and inspired the dream to one day have millions of copies of my books sold around the world.
Outside of books, the other main thing that acting as a catalyst for my writing was my 2nd Grade Teacher at AP Beutel, Mrs. Scott. When I was in her class years ago, she gave me a homework assignment to write a one-page story. This was the first time I ever wrote anything. That experience breathed the love of writing into me and I’ve never stopped since!
I’ve also discovered that I’m not the first author in my family. My great-grandfather was a writer after his career as a police officer in India ended. My maternal grandmother was also a writer, having some of her works published in the newspaper. Although my own mother was not a writer, she has her Master’s degree in Fine Art. So I think this artistic capability probably runs in the family too.
What’s your favourite thing that you have written?
I like to say that my favorite and best book is always my next project!
What are you working on writing now?
I actually have quite a few projects in different stages of development. I recently signed a contract for a children’s picture book, which will be releasing next year. I also have a police novel releasing next year as well. My agent is shopping around a Young Adult novel and is also shopping around a non-fiction project of mine. I also have a graphic novel being read by some publishers. So 2018 will be very exciting God-Willingly!
Who designs your book covers?
As of right now, most of my book covers have been created by Fiona Jayde.
What’s your favourite kind of music?
I don’t necessarily have a favorite kind of music in terms of genre. I’m more particular about lyrics and making sure that I listen to something that isn’t going to drag me down mentally. However, I definitely use music to my advantage when writing and find that listening to music that mirrors the type of scene I’m writing helps me nail down the tone of the scene!
So, you are what you listen to?
That’s one way of looking at it!
What movie can you watch over and over again?
Hands down, it’s The Last Samurai. I love that movie from the characters to setting to plot to theme. The ending still gets me on the edge of tears, even though I’ve watched this movie many times. This film was actually the inspiration for the graphic novel script I recently wrote.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Ever since I was seven, one of my dreams was to one day become a New York Times Bestselling author! I’m still excited about continuing to strive towards that dream.
What’s your favourite quote, ever?
Here’s a quote from President John Quincy Adams: “Duty is ours. Results are Gods.” I love this quote because it reminds me not to worry about the results of my action. I just need to do the best I can and keep my intentions pure, and then leave the outcomes up to a higher power.
I like that. It’s very inspirational.
Speaking of inspiration, name three people you admire, and give reasons.
There are definitely more than three people I admire and look up to, but I’ll just keep it at three for the sake of space. The first two are a couple, my father and mother. They’re my heroes in life and gave me the foundation to pursue my dream.
The third would be my brother. He is my best friend and #1 fan and I cannot explain what his support has meant to me through every step of this journey as a writer! Without these three people in my life, I would not be the person I am today and the person I am becoming tomorrow.
They sound like great people. We should all be so lucky.
Name two things in life that you wish were easier.
Here’s an answer that most authors can definitely relate with:
1) Getting a publishing deal
2) Raising awareness of your books.
Both are sometimes equally hard as the other and something to celebrate upon achievement. But thankfully as I continue to work in the industry, I’ve gotten more opportunities for both and am continuing to grow more proficient at my craft. All this leads towards growing closer to my dream of becoming a New York Times Bestselling author in the near future!
Where can readers buy your books?
And where can we follow you on social media?
Thanks for being here today, Ammar.
Thanks for having me!