After the Storm (Synopsis)

Everybody has a past. The question is, what does it taste like to you?


Tragedy - For years Balqis tries to forget that dark tragedy,with the hope that she'll be able to lead a normal life again. But since then, she’s not the same person anymore. She has changed. Everyone around her realizes that she has changed. If there’s one thing that she loathes the most, it will definitely be “Men”.

Lost - As a successful magazine editor, Maria leads a happy life with her family. She was over the moon when a dashing CEO of a well-known oil company proposed to her. Alas it turns out that her perfectly built marriage is like a sinking ship. Lost between love and reality, she’s torn between the two.



Love – After his father died, Suleyman struggles to put his family back back on track. However, it’s not as crystal clear as he thought it would be, until he meets the girl of his dream. Will he risk it all for an arrogant girl or let her go? 

AFTER THE STORM, tells the story of three individuals in a battle to find courage, justice and true love.


Click HERE to read the first few chapters!

And you can pre-order your copy starting 24th of April 2014.



Important note: For those with Malaysian nationality, you can pre-order 'After the Storm' via Jemari seni or e-mail me. And for International buyers, do e-mail me to eyeblue49@yahoo.co.uk

Cheers!

My Diary: Dream Come True

In the name of Allah, the most Gracious & the most Compassionate

Assalamualeykum, Hey y'all!

EVERY single and one of us must have our own unique dream which we are holding on to. Right?
Like a burning candle, even though it is sluggish and takes tremendous patience, it'll finally reaches it's life threshold. It's the same with our dream, in order to reach for the stars in the night sky instead of just gazing longingly at them, it's a slow process. It takes patience, hope and devotion.

What are your burning candle? 

This is my mine.
Aside from my robust will to become a doctor (possibly a pediatrician), I'm also attached to become a writer, because I truly and honestly think that one of our actions in this world which will remain a reminder to the others even though we're a history, it is the message through our writings!

I could think of many medium where we could present our writings to the world such as via blogs or websites, radio stations, TV programmes, Youtube, leaflets, books or even plain images! (like below)


Believe it or not, all are benign in their own unique ways. I've seen a lot of images with motivational quotes written on them that have actually turn people's life around and it had had happen to me occasionally. At the very least, it only takes a few phrases to give people a turning point because Allah's hedaya can be as unexpected as a serpent comes. It can fall upon anybody! Just anybody...


When I was young(er) I totally adore writing. I'd write just anything; short stories, poems, song lyrics and etc. At first it was just for fun because I was that kind of girl who could be bored easily. I'd yawned after a few shots at playing scrabbles and Monopoly. I'd get agitated even before I started playing hide and seek. And it is when I'm writing I find a true sensation of monotony-less. I'd sit at my desk writing away, sometimes for hours!

Then when I turned thirteen-ish, I'd started to make my mind up of becoming an author, a proud writer. It was during this time also I'd started to take a trip down to the library at the mosque to borrow a few books. In Gatesville, Cape Town they have this huge mosque adjoined with a well resourced library which the mosque invested fund into. It was quite far from home and I'd to walk a few miles just to walk there. Imagine the determination!

My favourite books when I was younger would be Goosebumps series, Sweet Valley Series and all Enid Blyton's books. Sometimes I would read almost two or three books each day, just to kill some time. And it wasn't until my family and I moved to Egypt, I'd started to produce my own original writings. I would find an exercise books or a line paper to write on. And when my dad bought a computer which I'd have to share with my brother and sister, I'd started to keep all my writings in the hard disc. 

And so it went on. I'd never stopped writing. We moved to the UK and I joined the library just to be closer to the sheer fragrances of old or new books. Put the fact that I'm an introvert aside, spending time in the library is not something which I call boring but it is one of the places where my imagination would run wild like a stallion. Lol. And in 2009, this so called blog of mine was published. It is the platform where I tend to write anything from diary entry to articles. My love for writing inflate as time goes. Even my English teacher would say I'm a writing freak. There was this one time when I was asked to write a diary entry of my holiday spent during the half term and I'd end up writing five pages! And so everytime the teacher asked the class to write anything, she would come up to me and warned me to not overdo it. Lol.

See the long and elaborate effort to reach for the stars? Well I'm glad that I can finally announce my dream to be tangible. I was over the moon when one of the publishers in Malaysia had actually taken an interest in my writings. Before that, I'd actually sent an e-mail to a few of the publishers and all of them have said that they don't tend to publish English novels. It took me almost two years to find out about Jemari Seni. Thanks to my sister for that. 

What can I say? I'm truly thankful to Allah and are humbled to carry on investing in the world of writing if He's willing. And InsyaAllah my debut novel 'After the Storm' will be out in May 2014. Look for it guys!

Here's the front and back cover of 'After the Storm'

Click here to watch the promotional video.

Title: After the Storm
Author: Diyar Harraz (my pseudonym)
Publisher: Jemari Seni
ISBN Code: 978-967-0508-61-0
Cost: RM 24.00 (Peninsular Malaysia)/ RM 27.00 (Sabah/Sarawak)
Blurb: Everybody has a past. The question is, what does it taste like to you?

Tragedy - For years Balqis tries to forget that dark tragedy,with the hope that she'll be able to lead a normal life again. But since then, she’s not the same person anymore. She has changed. Everyone around her realizes that she has changed. If there’s one thing that she loathes the most, it will definitely be “Men”.

Lost - As a successful magazine editor, Maria leads a happy life with her family. She was over the moon when a dashing CEO of a well-known oil company proposed to her. Alas it turns out that her perfectly built marriage is like a sinking ship. Lost between love and reality, she’s torn between the two.

Love – After his father died, Suleyman struggles to put his family back back on track. However, it’s not as crystal clear as he thought it would be, until he meets the girl of his dream. Will he risk it all for an arrogant girl or let her go? 

AFTER THE STORM, tells the story of three individuals in a battle to find courage, justice and true love.

Add 'After the Storm' to your to-read-books on goodreads now! And don't forget, the copy available to purchase starting this May 2014 during the KL International Book Fair.


To read the first few unedited chapters, find the links on the side of the blog. Cheers!

Wassalam

Article: Muslim Inspirational Female Writers

In the name of Allah the most Glorious & the most Compassionate

Assalamualeykum, Hey Guys

Ever come across good books, written by authors you've never known before? Authors whose great skills and enthusiasm in the world of creative writing remained obscure to some? Well today I would like to introduce you to some. They're genius writers, professional women and  most significantly, they are women of our faith who have produced the works painfully in line with the other well known authors such as Stephenie Meyers, Sophie Kinsella, Meg Cabot and etc. It's such a shame that most of us failed to recognise their existence in the world of writing.

I've read most of the books written by these writers and I must say that they're both inspirational and beautifully written in essence. I particularly adore Naima B Robert and Umm Zakiyyah while there are indeed some other writers who I think are worth knowing.

Naima B Robert


Na’ima B Robert is a published author and magazine publisher. Her books include the popular ‘From my sisters’ lips’, and teen novels, ‘From Somalia, with love’ and ‘Boy vs. Girl’. She is founder and Editor-in-Chief of SISTERS, a magazine for Muslim women. Na’ima has also been published in The Times, The Observer and The Muslim Weekly as well as several online publications.


She Wore Red Trainers is her new, 2014 young reader novel

Na’ima defines herself as ‘Muslim, Black, mixed-race, Southern African, Western, revert and woman all in one’. Descended from Scottish Highlanders on her father’s side and the Zulu people on her mother’s side, she was born in Leeds and grew up in Zimbabwe. She went on to gain a first-class degree from the University of London and began writing when her first child was a toddler. Na’ima has written several award-winning children’s books. Her frank and honest autobiographical celebration her adopted Muslim faith, ‘From my sisters’ lips’ was published by Transworld Publishers to much acclaim. Na’ima then published two teen novels, ‘From Somalia, with love’ and ‘Boy vs. Girl’ with Frances Lincoln. Her third novel, ‘Far from home’ is a crossover YA/adult novel, set in Zimbabwe.

CLICK HERE to go to her official website.

Umm Zakiyyah


Umm Zakiyyah was born in 1975 in Long Island, New York, to parents who had come from devoutly Christian homes. Her parents, Clark and Delores Moore, accepted Islam that year, and thus Umm Zakiyyah became the first child of her parents to be born into Islam. Because of this, when Clark and Delores changed their and their children’s names to Islamic ones years later, they chose the name “Baiyinah” for Umm Zakiyyah, because the name meant “clear evidence”—and for them her birth represented the birth of spiritual clarity, when truth became clear from falsehood.

Umm Zakiyyah spent most of her childhood in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she wrote articles for local newspapers and essays and poetry for college publications nationally. In college, as a student at the prestigious Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, she wrote articles for the school’s newspaper and received various awards for her leadership and academic achievements.

In 1997, she graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education, and went on to make a name for herself as a writer, teacher, and inspirational speaker. She appeared on radio and TV in the United States and Canada, and was a guest lecturer at national conferences and youth events.

2001 marked the release of her first novel, If I Should Speak, which immediately received international attention from the United Kingdom and Australia, and quickly became a bestseller in stores throughout the United States. The novel earned national and international acclaim from professors and writers, as well as from magazines and newspapers, such as the American Muslim Magazine and the Muslim Link newspaper.

One of the most noteworthy reviews of this novel came from Dr. Robert D. Crane, the advisor to former U.S. President Nixon, who said of Umm Zakiyyah’s first book: “I could not put it down…I was fascinated not only by the plot of the novel, but especially by the brilliance of the writing itself. As a life-long, professional writer and editor, I can say that I have never encountered Umm Zakiyyah’s equal in portraying the nuances of encounters between persons at all levels from the most superficial to the most profound. She is a clear example of a person who has natural talent. A person can be trained to write well, but no amount of training can bring a person without superb, natural talent to captivate the reader as she does and exert a permanent intellectual and emotional impact.”



The author’s novel was further elected for university studies in multicultural literature at collegessuch as Indiana University, Bloomington; Howard University; and the University of D.C. It was further featured at Georgetown University and in the publication Multicultural Perspectives through Saint Cloud State University and University of Saint Thomas affiliation. Professor K. Bryant of Howard University said of Umm Zakiyyah’s If I Should Speak, “The novel belongs to…a genre worthy of scholarly study.”

In addition to the acclaim and readership the novel received in the United States, readers reached as far as the United Kingdom, Australia, Egypt, Pakistan, Malaysia, Uganda, Nigeria, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and India. Following this groundbreaking first novel, Umm Zakiyyah went on to write A Voice, and Footsteps, which formed the last two novels in the If I Should Speak trilogy.

In 2008, she was awarded the Muslim Girls Unity Conference Distinguished Authors Award. “Umm Zakiyyah” has written for many blogs and publications. View many of them below.

muslimmatters.org

saudilife.net

onislam.net

Or subscribe to SISTERS Magazine

CLICK HERE to visit her official website

Anfal Khaliq

Anfal Khaliq is a 14-year old Muslim student/writer living in the UK. She mainly writes for children; a mixture of both novels for older readers and story books for younger readers.

Her novels are; ROSE-MAY; SAPPHIRE AND ME; RUNAWAY; RISING FANG; SHATTERED [and REVENGE OF THE WILD {the sequel to Rising Fang} which is coming soon.]

Her short stories are; THE TRUTH; SHADOWS BENEATH THE VEIL; STARLIGHT; YESTERDAY AND TOMORROW; LOST PRINCESS; THREE-LEGGED MADNESS.

She is now selling very well and many people have praised and enjoyed her works. Her books are available on Amazon, Barnes&Noble and a few other bookstores.




CLICK HERE to visit her official website.

Fatimah Ashaela Moore Ibrahim


Fatimah Ashaela Moore Ibrahim is an Author as well as a Visual and Performance Artist.
The Azurean Trilogy is her first novel, and it has been a project where she was able to combine many of her passions into one work: Visual and Performance creativity, Spirituality, and Conservation. 
Her hobbies include Reading Graphic Design/Animation/Illustration, Apparel Design, Fine Art, and making Music. She lives in Houston, USA and went to Boston University, majored in Advertising.


Synopsis: What happens when the Earth dies, 
but humans get a second chance? 
Some try to maintain new lines of peace, 
but darker forces threaten to 
push mankind into repeating history. 
What will happen in this inevitable
battle between good and evil? 

CLICK HERE to visit her official website.

Shelina Zahra Janmohamed


Shelina Zahra Janmohamed is a British writer. She grew up in North London and studied at New College, Oxford. She is the author of Love in a Headscarf, a memoir of growing up as a British Muslim woman. She is also a blogger: her blog is called "Spirit21". Janmohamed has written articles for The Times, The Guardian, The National, The Muslim News and Emel magazine focusing on Islam and current affairs. She has a particular interest in Muslim women and Islam in the West. In her role as an influential commentator on British Islam, she is a columnist for EMEL magazine, and a regular contributor to the Guardian and the BBC. Her blog, Spirit21, has won several awards, including the Brass Crescent Award for Best Blog. Janmohamed lives in London and has appeared on numerous British television networks.

Synopsis: ‘At the age of thirteen, I knew I was destined to marry John Travolta. One day he would arrive on my North London doorstep, fall madly in love with me and ask me to marry him. Then he would convert to Islam and become a devoted Muslim.’ Shelina is keeping a very surprising secret under her headscarf – she wants to fall in love. Torn between the Buxom Aunties, romantic comedies and mosque Imams, she decides to follow the arranged-marriage route to finding Mr Right, Muslim-style. Shelina’s captivating journey begins as a search for the One, but along the way she also discovers her faith and herself. A memoir with a hilarious twist from one of Britain’s leading female Muslim writers, Love in a Headscarf is an entertaining, fresh and unmissable insight into what it means to be a young British Muslim woman.

Shelina has travelled with the British Foreign and Commonwealth office to Darfur, Egypt, Saudia Arabia, Indonesia, Qatar and Turkey under its programme to build links with British Muslims and encourage dialogue. She is a creator and organizer of social and cultural events for young British Muslims, as part of creating a new British Muslim culture and identity, and the host of the annual ‘Eid in the Square’ event which is held in Trafalgar Square. She is a trustee of the Windsor Fellowship which encourages minority ethnic students to excel in education and employment.

Shelina was named by The Times newspaper and the UK Equalities Commission as one of the UK's 100 most influential Muslim women, and most recently she was named as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world. She is a graduate of New College, Oxford. She is married and currently lives in London.

CLICK HERE to visit her blog.

Mehded Maryam Sinclair

Mehded Maryam Sinclair is a professional storyteller with twenty-five years of experience. Her career as a touring and teaching artist began with Vermont Council. She lived in Turkey for ten years, teaching language and storytelling, and now resides in Amman, Jordan. Mehded is the author of two picture books, Miraculous Happenings in the Year of the Elephant and A Trust of Treasures  and a teen fiction When Wings Expand. (all published by Kube Publishing, Ltd)

Synopsis: Writing on the pages of her journal, Nur, a teenage girl in Canada, charts the onset and advance of her mother’s cancer. Nur watches her mother’s body begin to shrink and her mood begin to darken. And when family and friends begin to encroach, Nur must face the prospect of her mother’s looming death.

CLICK HERE to visit her official website.

Wassalam