Absolutely delighted to welcome Maryam Al Serkal, author of Mira’s Curly Hair – a picture book created with illustrator Rebeca Luciani.
Here she answers My Book Corner’s infamous questions…
Tell us about you in 25 words or less.
I’m mother to a boy and a girl. I love to read. I write poetry. I’m spiritual but nerdy. I’m obsessed with YouTube and Netflix.
Mira’s Curly Hair, your debut picture book, has just been released. How did it come to be?
I wrote a rhyme about my daughter and her quest to straighten her hair in a writing workshop that I participated in. The instructor liked the rhyme and said I should try to get it published and gave me a list of publishers she thought might be interested.
Where is your favourite place to write? Describe it to us.
I honestly don’t have a favourite place. I just start writing where ever inspiration hits me. But when I’m editing my work and refining it, I like to sit in a wooden cabin I have in my house. It overlooks my garden.
What’s on your TBR pile at the moment?
Happycracy, words can change your brain, the hate you give and living the wisdom of the Tao.
What’s your worst habit?
The strangest question you’ve even been asked?
This one. I’m kidding, the strangest question I’ve ever been asked has always been related to my culture, “why do men wear white and women wear black?”
Your favourite word(s) and why
I’ve recently fell in love with the word “NO”. Some people might find it negative, but I think it’s a very empowering word.
What are your top tips for budding children’s writers?
Write what you know and respect children’s brains, they are wiser than we think they are.
Can you give us a glimpse / hint at your current WIP? (I can bribe you with cake!)
All I can say is that Mira might have some other issues that she has to deal with as she grows up.
Did we forget anything?
This was fun!
Just for fun
Tea or coffee?
Seaside or countryside?
Paper books or e-books?
Cake or chocolate?
Write or type?
Poetry or prose?
Hot or cold?