Interviews

“Keeping my feet on the ground, I want to conquer the skies!” Sibte Ali, world’s youngest mystery author

“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I would love to recommend everyone to read a poet yet unpublished but her works are present on Wattpad entitled “Shinning Darkly” by Momina Mable.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.

 

 

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Opinion

When kids steal your spotlight!

Life is unpredictable to say the least – especially when you are a parent of kids who love to barge in you room. However, that is what kids do – they are frank, honest, bold and do not care of the status quo. A similar pressure cooker situation erupted in the room of Professor Robert Kelly, a political science professor at Pusan National University in South Korea, when he was coming LIVE on BBC World News. Professor Kelly was giving his opinion, analysis and views over the impeachment of Park Geun-hye, the President of South Korea who was recently removed from office.

While discussing this serious and delicate topic, his daughter swung the door open and strolls inside with the word ‘casual’ written all over her. Following her into the room was an adorable baby in a walker, who was apparently following her elder sister and was inquisitive to know what she was up to. Unaware that their daddy was busy examining, studying and exploring the short and long-term effects of this impeachment on South Korea’s political fabric, the kids were doing what they do best – babbling and trying to come close to their father. Akin to a comic relief scene from a movie – a lady barges in the room and hysterically takes the two kids out before closing the door.  Despite the interruption and Kelly’s obvious embarrassment, the kids along with Kelly have become the new social media sensation. Social media users would certainly love the kids’ attitude and Kelly’s nerves to stay calm and composed.