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Today, I’m joined by poet Fida Islaih.  Her first collection of poetry will be released this week, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy getting to know a little bit more about her and her work.

1. When did you start writing?

I started writing in 8th grade. My English teacher introduced me to poetry and I fell in love with writing poems. Around that time I also read ‘Does My Head Look Big in This’ and it inspired the MS I’m working on right now.

2. Are you a pantser or a planner?

I’m a panster, but at some points I’m a planner. I outline after I write my first draft and am about to edit it.

3. What are you plans/future projects/new releases that we should be aware of?

I have a poetry collection that will be out on September 20, 2013. (I don’t have a link yet, but on that date you’ll find it on Amazon).

4. Any tips for new writers?

Read a lot in all genres to get a feel on what you want to write and how it can be sellable. Also write a lot.

5. Any tips for old writers?

Don’t give up! There may be lots to do and lots of waiting, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be worth it.


From A to Z is 100 poems about being Muslim, handling emotions and the beauty of nature. There is a bit of sadness and humor in the collection. From doodling to any kind of sport to colors. In a way the poems may help you improve yourself and your outlook on life.


Fida Islaih is a multicultural Muslim who enjoys reading, writing and eating chocolate. Visit her website, fida-islaih.blogspot.com, for more information.