Farah Kamal is a girl of many talents and when it comes to the arts, she pretty much has them covered. As a dancer, artist and author, she certainly knows how to express herself and how to bring her imagination to life.
Please introduce yourself to our readers:
My name is Farah Kamal. I am a 23 year old Kuwaiti girl, a ballerina dancer, an abstract artist that uses fire in her work, a professional special effect makeup artist, an author and I also have a business selling paintings.
Tell us about your education.
I graduated from Kuwait University in 2015.
Can you share your publishing journey from first draft to book shelf?
Originally, I wrote the ideas in one month. Then I wrote the full book in only three months. After that I took the book to the Publishing House and they agreed to take it as a new idea. They asked me to sign a contract so they could release the book on the first day of the International Book Fair. Finally it happened and they liked it!
Tell us about your book ‘The Imagination Believers’. What is the subject?
It’s about a girl who wants to create her own world; to have a world of her own creation in her mind far away from the reality that hurts her so much; where she can choose to create her own place and where lots of things will happen to her. We listen to the voice of our hero through the book chapters.
Was there anything in particular that inspired you to write this book?
Of course! Every author needs an inspiration; a strong one to create the idea that you can make into a book. I’m a girl who loves to dream and I love to imagine a lot. I was thinking one day that I could use my imagination as a message through this book, and I did!
What kind of research did you have to do for the book?
I did my research on how to write a novel for the first time and the most important steps that I should follow. I’ve learned how to enter the words in my drawings to make the book more exciting.
What are the main challenges you have found in your creative writing process?
The main challenge was how to attract readers and how to deliver the whole idea in my mind to the people that will hold my book in their hands.
What did you learn from writing this book?
I’ve learned that writing a book isn’t as hard as people think. I’ve also learned how to turn my ideas and thoughts into a book.
Do you have writing rituals like a particular location, a necessary hat, a specific time of day etc?
Sure. I like to write in the middle of the night in my office and I love to listen to special songs from special singers such as Drake, Coldplay and especially 80s and 90s songs.
What surrounds you when you work?
Lavender scented candles and music.
Sum up your book in tweetable length.
Mmm, let’s say: a girl’s adventures with her own imagination.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider as a mentor?
You are also a ballerina dancer, an artist and a professional special effect makeup artist. Can you tell us a little about each and how it happened?
I started ballet when I was twelve years old. I found myself attracted to ballerinas and their moves when I was a kid so I learned how to be a ballerina dancer.
I hated art at the start but in 2015 I started to draw simple drawings. After that I challenged myself to enter an art exhibition for the first time. A year later I learned a new style in art where I could use fire in my drawings. Some of my paintings have been featured in a luxury hotel in Dubai.
I’m obsessed with special effect makeup! I couldn’t resist learning how they do this kind of art in horror movies. After watching some videos I learned how to do it. A theatre here in Kuwait wanted me to work with them but I couldn’t because I was busy with my art and my work.
What are some of your all time favourite books?
Inferno by Dante Alighieri, Perfume by Patrick Suskind, Dan Brown novels and anatomy books.
What are you reading right now?
Origin by Dan Brown.
What is next for you?
To write another book (which will be totally different). Also, a new business is on the way!
What’s your best advice for another aspiring author?
Learn more about how to start your first book. Clean your mind, arrange your ideas, have strong self-confidence and show your writing to the people. Choose your words wisely and take the challenge to start your first book.
Your message for us at CP magazine:
Thank you so much for doing this lovely interview with me. I’m so honored to be part of your magazine.
To all the readers: don’t stop! You have to choose your dreams no matter how hard they are. Don’t listen to everyone just believe in yourself and in your talent. You have a gift and you have to take the chance to show it to the people that respect your talent. In the end you will achieve your dream goals.