Where do you get your ideas?
I get my ideas from everything and everyone around me. I observe, hear others out, feel intensely, think a lot, ponder over any idea of experiences, and put them all into words.
I usually compose poems. So, I don’t think much about how it should turn out. I just keep an idea in mind and let my hands wander. I don’t like putting limitation to writing and imagination by deciding its structure before actual composition. I write when it comes to me naturally. There are times when you know you want to sit down with a pen and paper and explore the corners of your heart to bring out what’s wanted to emerge from within.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Tell me about your book Blue Ashes?
How did you come up with the title of your book?
Do you put yourself in your books or characters at all?
Yes, I do. Not every poem is about me, but every poem has a bit of me in it. There are so many things common to every individual’s experience even if the situations aren’t the same. When you give your writing a personal touch, you connect with people better. You’d know that there are others who feel like you do and they’d know that there is someone who can give words to their feelings and feel they way they do too.
Tell us something about yourself.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Samreena-Ashraf/e/B071CJ455X/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1
Book Links: (* American, UK, etc.) https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Ashes-Samreena- Ashraf/dp/1521055297/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1493655085&sr=8-1&keywords=blue+ashes
Samreena Ashraf is a ‘former’ Honours student born in India and brought up in the UAE. She has taken a break from college for more than a year now due to certain health issues, capturing the experience of everything life taught her during this time and expressing them in her words. After spending years indulging in writing as a hobby, she decided to publish her work. When she is not writing, she reads, thinks a lot, and dreams, hoping to make them come true. Once in a while, she experiences existential crisis and contemplates life. Usually, she is found lost in thoughts and sometimes, those thoughts can be found on paper.