Author Interivew: Saleh M. Radaideh

Today, I have a really special guest on my blog - and actually a first in what I hope is many! Saleh M. Radaideh stopped by and was kind enough to answer some questions! 

He's actually a great poet, and has published quite a few novels - most in which are novels in verses. 
You can find his novels HERE

I had a pleasure of reading Yaser and Yasmeen, and it was fantastic. I highly recommend it! Very thought provoking, and has received in all 4.6 out of 5 stars! That's a great rating! 

Without further ado - I am honored to present Saleh! 
Thanks for this opportunity and take it away! 

When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
Back when I was around 16. I always wrote poetry. I loved it.

How much time did you put into your book(s?) -  from the original idea to finishing writing it?
I took around 3 months for each book. The idea would come along, and then I’d spend around that much time writing it.

Do you have any future books planned or in mind? 
Yes, I’m currently working on another book. It’s also going to be a novel written in verse. I haven’t come up with the title yet, but once it’s ready I’ll let readers know about it. It's about the fall of civilization and all the horrors associated with it. It's a wild book.

What genre is your book and what made you decide to write for that genre?
My genre is generally epic poetry. I find more joy writing poetry than prose, and since readers love stories, I went into the epic poetry realm.

Do you have a favorite character from your books? Why?
My favorite character is Yaser from Yaser and Yasmeen, because he is a very perceptive young man who sees straight into the depths of life. He's a very thoughtful person, always thinking about how sorrows can be alleviated, how the world can be brought to peace, and how redemption and happiness can be achieved. He's a magical character who I hold very dearly. 

How long have you been writing? And who or what inspired you to write?
I’ve been writing for 6 years now. What inspires me to write is a mixture of the joy I get while writing, and the joy I get when a reader gets moved by my work. Those two things keep me going with writing.

Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
I usually write the book first and then choose a title. That way I can get an idea of a good title as I clearly see how the story goes.

Do you decide on character traits before writing the whole book or as you go along?
I do it as I go along, because poetry is better on-the-go than planned in my opinion. Although when the traits kick in, those traits paint a path for the character filled with adventure.

Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
I prefer the eBook format, mainly because I can read it off of any device.

What is your favorite book and Why?  Have you read it more than once?
Honestly it’s Fight Club. I know that it’s sort of a vice and that I shouldn’t talk about it. I was fascinated by the philosophical undertones of the book and by the things I learned that can’t be learned in usual educational books. I’ve read it twice so far, and I’m reading it again alone in my room when no one is watching.

(Btw- Saleh, that's a great choice. Fight Club is a classic!) 

What sparked the idea for this book?
What sparked the idea for Yaser and Yasmeen was when I witnessed so much hardship and sorrow in the world. The pain of the world led me to writing this book, and I pointed out the aspects of universal human experience I felt we needed to build.

What was the hardest part to write in this book?
The hardest part in writing the book was the pain associated with it. Yet poetry has a way of morphing the pain into something beautiful. That’s one of the main reasons I love writing it.

How do you hope this book affects its readers?
I hope it inspires readers to always hope and strive for a better world, one with love and understanding, and to always seek happiness despite all odds.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I like to read but more importantly, learn! I love learning. If I’m not reading a book I’m reading Wikipedia. Seeking knowledge is my way of life. But other than that, I spend time with my family, joke around a lot and make them laugh.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
The most rewarding experience is knowing that my work is out there in the world, and that anyone interested in the genre and book can open it and read it.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
I think you should read it because I tried to put as many aspects of life as possible into the book, from human emotion and experience to Heaven and Hell.

What is your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite thing about writing is being able to create a world from nothing and then share it with the real world. That way people can say, “Hey, his world looks awesome. Let’s change this world to that!” But that’s a wild dream. Although, I think a lot of writers feel this way. 

Those are some great answers! Thank you for taking the time to be here, and I can't wait to read more from you! I expect to see some great things from you in the future! Leave any questions or comments if you have some for Saleh! They're totally welcome! 

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