This was an interview conducted by Undiscovered Publishing blogger Thomas Neil with author and organiser of the upcoming writing community newsletter, Rahf AlRashidi.
Thomas: So first off, tell me about yourself?
AlRashidi: Well, it’s my pleasure to introduce myself to you! I’m Rahf AlRashidi. I’m a medical student and a published author from Kuwait. I love writing and I have been writing ever since I was a child. I also have a lot of interest and hobbies as well.
Thomas: If you are a writer tell me a little about what you write? And where people can find your work?
AlRashidi: I’m a multi-genre author but I mainly write autobiography and poetry. You can find my first book ‘The Clouds Beyond Us’ on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and also Waterstones.
Thomas: How active are you on social media? And feel free to share links?
AlRashidi: Very active but only on Twitter @tcbu2018
Thomas: Tell me about some writers you really like and/or admire?
AlRashidi: Paulo Coelho.
Thomas: What advice would you like to give writers who are struggling with their first novels?
AlRashidi: DO IT! Writing a good book is not easy at all, but it is worth it. It will sometimes feel like a mess, but this beautiful mess will turn into an awe-inspiring book one day.
Writing, like all art forms, is subjective. Not everyone is going to think your baby is cute. Therefore, you have to know that writing will take so much effort and maybe you will feel like giving up, but you should know that this is the time to keep going because this book will be the reason you believe in yourself, and the reason you will dream big.
Thomas: What made you think to do a #writingcommunity newsletter?
AlRashidi: I had this idea ever since I joined the Writing Community on Twitter but surprisingly, me and Hill tweeted this idea of starting a newsletter at the same time on Twitter. It was kind of weird at first but then we managed to work on this together which was really awesome.
Thomas: What things do you plan to include in the newsletter?
AlRashidi: Everything the Writing Community will enjoy from advice, new publications, to book of the month.
Thomas: When is the first newsletter scheduled to go out, and after that, how often can subscribers expect a newsletter?
AlRashidi: On the 1st of May! It’s a monthly newsletter, so every month. Stay tuned!
Thomas: Is it just you working on it and if not feel free to tell us about some of the others making it happen?
AlRashidi: It’s a whole team. We also have other authors working with us.
Thomas: Lastly, what do you like about the #writingcommunity on Twitter? And has that influenced your desire to make this newsletter?
AlRashidi: I love how supportive and creative the community is. I never met so many talented people in one place, and I just wanted to make something that this lovely community would be able to enjoy or look forward to. I want to make sure no one is neglected, and that every writer/author/blogger and book in this community matters!