“A mystery novel becomes an interesting read when it provides the readers with an intellectual challenge,” says 15-years-old Sibte Ali, world’s youngest mystery author in this exclusive interview with MOIWrites
1. When did you start writing?
I started writing when I was 11. At first, I used to do creative writing as my homework, but soon I gained an interest in it and started writing regularly.
2. Novels of which genre do appeal you the most?
I like Mystery/ thriller novels, especially of Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I also read books by Jules Verne, known as the Father of Science Fiction. His books “The Journey to the Center of the Earth” and “Around the world in 80 days” are a must-read.
3. Tell us about your book, “The Next Generation of Bakers Street?”
It is a Mystery/ Thriller based on the grandchildren of the great detective Sherlock Holmes. Walking in the footsteps of their grandfather they become a team and fight against the evil powers lurking upon London.
4. How does it feel to be the youngest mystery author of the world?
It feels good to be the youngest mystery author of the world. I have dedicated my novel to my parents and friend, Hamza Waqas. It feels that at least, I have done something in this world that I will be remembered after my death.
5. What factors do you think makes a mystery novel an interesting read?
A mystery novel becomes an interesting read when it provides the readers with an intellectual challenge. A mystery novel often presents a problem (usually crime related) at the beginning and then gives clues to the reader so that they can hypothesize about the resolution. If it is in form of parts it should end on a cliff-hanger.
6. Which Pakistani authors (English and Urdu) you love to read or would recommend other to read?
I would love to recommend everyone to read a poet yet unpublished but her works are present on Wattpad entitled “Shinning Darkly” by Momina Mable. She is one fine poet. There is also another writer, she writes spiritual romance stories, Maryam, you can read her works also.
7. Your message to aspiring writers?
I would like to quote: “The secret of becoming a writer is to write, write and keep on writing.” – Ken MacLeod. The biggest secret behind all the writer’s success stories is writing. Never stop, keep writing. This is the best way to improve your skills. So, make and follow a habit of writing as much as you can.