Sara Omar. Writer. Sonneteer. Wife.
Sara Omar (born 21 May 1993), is an Egyptian novelist and sonneteer born and raised in the U.A.E. She majored in English Literature and Translation at the University of Sharjah, U.A.E. and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in the Arts of English Language, Literature and Translation in January 2015. She has since then embarked on a challenging career in writing novels and poetry, all of them published on Amazon Kindle. The following interview helps her readers and fellow writers get to know the author on a personal level, as well as understand her methodology when it comes to writing.
What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
Finding the right time when I’m both emotionally charged and have some time on my plate to write scenes the way I imagine them in my head. I have a very busy daily schedule, so I should always have a notepad and a pen nearby when I get these bouts because I always seem to write better when I’m emotionally charged … positively or negatively.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
I’d say about a year. I have this process where I write a couple of chapters, forget about the book for a while then get back to it, read the chapters I wrote and then go on from there. That gap in between helps me understand just how satisfied I am with what I’ve written, and notice any anomalies or ideas that may be interpreted in a way that might not make much sense to the reader.
What was your hardest scene to write in The Wedding Issue?
Without saying too much to reveal any spoilers, there was a particular scene in chapter twenty where Killian, the male lead, was going through a kaleidoscope of emotions that he just couldn’t handle all at once. The tricky part about that scene though was finding the equilibrium of all these intense emotions so that they seemed plausible yet dramatic enough for that particular situation.
Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Yes, I do. There are some situations or things characters would say to each other that some people will definitely get while others would simply go over.
How do you select the names of your characters?
I usually associate character traits with the meaning of the name. For example, the name Killian means strife or fierce, and we can definitely associate that with his fierce nature and how he seems to be battling something new every day.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Falling into routine! It sucks the creativity out of me. I get bored easily so I have to do something different every day otherwise I get into this gloomy, depressed mood and it doesn’t help my writing at all.
Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
There are some characters between The Wedding Issue, and my next project, Glorious Heights, that are definitely connected to each other, however the story plots and storylines are completely different from each other.
As a writer, what would you choose as your spirit animal?
I think my spirit animal would definitely be a cat. Definitely a cat.
Does your family support your career as a writer?
Yes, they have since day one. I am so grateful for their support.
If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?
I’d probably explore the culinary work. I enjoy cooking and coming up with healthy, calorie friendly recipes that are equally delicious and nutritious. If I’m not busy writing, you’ll find me in the kitchen cooking up a storm.
What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?
My day job as a telesales agent. If I had enough resources and financial stability to quit and focus on my writing, I would do it without blinking twice.
If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?
I would definitely focus less on boys and teenage drama and focus more on how to develop my writing skills.
Have you read anything that made you think differently about fiction?
Reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho definitely left quite an impression on me. The suspense and rise and fall of emotions inspired me personally as a writer and spiritually as a human being.
Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?
I believe that all writers are deeply in touch with the spiritual part of what it is to be a writer. I do believe that it is a spiritual practice in the sense that it makes the writer and hopefully the reader explore those hidden parts of themselves that don’t usually make it to the light.
And last, but not least, if you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
I’d tell her to keep going on and never lose faith or give up hope on her stories, because one day these stories might just inspire other people to follow their hopes and dreams.