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Interview with Sadia Khalid

Sadia Khalid

My Intention Wasn’t to Follow You


She is reciting in the life of a student, pursuing and lurking at the age of twenty-one. Having an exceptional love for books and reading, she stepped into the world of writing. She fancies to observe the things around and portray down the words lurking in her mind. She adores the theme of fantasy and endures the dream of becoming an established fantasy author.


Q.1 Tell us something about yourself, not many people know?

A. Well it’s a thing I not really appreciate about myself but at the same time, I don't want to change it. It is that I'm always into my own world of fantasy and I adore each and every facet of it. I don't like being all realistic. It’s like being in your own world fantasizing things and that's what made me a writer and specifically a fantasy one.


Q.2 When should we expect your next book? What will it be about?

A. It'll be out in a couple of years hopefully. I'm entirely working on it and on the things that endure inspirations regarding that. Well, it'll be standalone, I'll be writing to soothe my mind as I was all been caught-up in sorcery, by the previous one, I wrote. It'll be a Romance. Rest I want to keep to myself, I mean, what're the surprises for.


Q.3 What made you write My Intention wasn’t to Follow You?

A. It’s the question, I'm always in dilemma for what to answer, as many things inspired me to that. It is a love for fantasy that I wrote it. It is the inspiration through nature I've received since I was a kid that I wanted to portray out, having an amazing family and moreover an awesome sister, some phases of life, love for characters. It’s a mix-up for all those things in my life, coming out in words.


Q.4 Do you feel any competitive pressure from fantasy films? If not, why?

A. No, I literally don't feel any competitive pressure towards fantasy films. It is them that inspires me most. As I've already stated I'm a fantasy lover and every time I watch a movie of the same genre, I'm all hyped and each time my mind sustained all the alert points, forcing me to write and create.


Q.5 Among all the supporting characters in your book, which one is your favourite and why?

A. Among all the supporting characters, I've a secret place in heart for Adam Scotts, he's portraying Blaise's (the protagonist) best-friend and is a second lead. I put a bit partial touch to his debonair, making him more and more a personality, you'd fall for. He owned that flirtatious reputation and depicting a dashing combination of being infuriating and charming at the same time. I'd rather not begin with, how my best-friend had far already fallen for him.


Q.6 If you could be a member of any fantasy race, which would you choose and why?

A. Oh, I'm all troubled between taking my huge trunk and heading straight to Hogwarts and gathering all my charms and grace, stepping into the Hidden World of Shadowhunters. I love that domain of The Mortal Instruments, created by Cassandra Claire, it’s just amazing and beyond words. I had a huge crush on Jace Herondale, he's one of the protagonists of the story. I want to be a part of all that domain and being one of the closest to him. 


Q.7 What is the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

A. Well, it’s not like a difficulty moreover, a thing enduring enthusiasm to write. Being a girl, I'm more hyped towards writing a perspective of a guy, of what he might say or do in some situations if he might act rude or sweeter as compared to a girl or stay accurate. As my novel contains both protagonist's point of views, I had to be more thorough to write, portray, and state either of them.


Q.8 How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set formula?

A. The plot is entirely fictional. The story-line involves all the facets of a fantasy world. Getting all my inspirations through an aspiring family, who never cease to support me, on each of those things I do or volunteer all I received is encouragement. Besides that, I've always been a nature adorer, just leave me in someplace as such forestry and I'm up with entirely new plots and stories. It always filled me with ideas. And talking about characters, I always fancy interesting characters of novels. The Fictionals are the best, I always say. Loving the idea of style and charms, they all came out in my novels, owning their own debonair.

Q.9 How do you select the name of your characters?

A. Each name of the character in my novel are entirely up to their personality and their doings. I named them all in accordance to their whereabouts and styles. I was quite choosy in that. Like, the name Blaise depict flames and Giselle forms beauty, while Xire portrays anonymous, as you can see how relatable all those are. I loved the idea of having somewhat distinct as well as relatable titles to each character.

Q.10 What was the the hardest part of writing this book?

A. The hardest point to write was, specifically the death of the characters. It was a troublesome phase for me. I'm an acute happy ending lover and I don't like it when a character dies in the novel, it’s a sorrowful point for me. Let alone, writing some in my own book. It’s quite a point I always loathe but as the story must go, I portrayed some.

Q.11 Outside of your family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author?

A. Oh Goodness, it’s that one question I'm desperate to answer. That one-person apart from my family who supported, or more like pushed me, towards writing, is my best-friend Ramsha Ansari. The one who always encourages scolds me to go on. I couldn't even remember a moment she didn't support me. I could recall those hours of talking on the phone about characters, I wrote. She's the biggest fan of that one character in my novel, Adam Scotts. I just want to thank her for those encouragements and appreciations.


Q.12 If you tell your younger writing self anything what would it be?

A. If I'd get any chance to tell the younger writer self of mine, I would definitely say to her that, "You're doing good, being all worth.... but you're capable of much more, buckle up a step further, and you'll be all flying toward your dreams." 


Q.13 Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with good or bad ones?

A. Yes, I read each one of those reviews provided to my novel. I love reading or knowing one's point of view on my work. When the review is good, there's no way to tell it’s an ecstatic point for me. I certainly and thankfully, haven't received any bad reviews on my book and God forbid if in future I will get, I'll appreciate each of those perspectives either good or bad. If it’s good, I'm glad and if bad, it only makes me more eager to portray the best.


Q.14 Do you have any unique and quirky writing habits?

A. Well, I can't say being unique or quirky, but I have a habit of noting down things whenever I feel inspired and it can be anytime or anywhere, I need to write down what's in my mind, some of those words that could remind me to complete further. I always write those strange incomplete phrases anywhere so that later I could recall to write them. I still remember once, I grabbed the restaurant's tissue paper to write the whole thing as I was afraid that it might slip away from my mind. I always have these writing cravings, and yeah, I need specifically a paper and pen to write, no phone, i-pad, laptop works for me.


Q.15 Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

A. There is certainly no future when I don't write. Writing is like a passion for me. And it will be until I take the breath towards last. Apart from that I really like the idea of being a musician. I adore music. And maybe I'd be into becoming a guitarist.


Q.16 If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

A. Oh Goodness! another question I'm more than glad to answer. That one actor I want to portray the lead if it’s becoming a film. It's none other than Chris Evans. He's more than perfect to play Blaise Reynor's character and I'm so very thrilled with the idea. It’s like a dream that he plays Blaise, being tall with those deep brown hair converting those greenish-blue eyes into carmine and putting on the formals. Like I said, he's all perfect to portray. Besides being my favourite actor. Hopefully sometimes in future.


Q.17 What advice do you have for aspiring authors?

A. I'd rather not say advice, it’s like a request to my favourite as well as an aspiring author, Cassandra Clare is that I'll request her to not do anything bad to all my favourite characters. Keep them all nice and alive. And I'll be all over her fan again.


Q.18 Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?

A. Well, it’s not any difficult thing to answer. I'm a huge, huge fan of Chris Evans and I are more than hyped to meet him. Though I never have any eager doings toward it. It’s just in my crazy wish-list to meet him someday. Talk to him in his awe-inspiring and crazy tone along with meeting Dogger (Chris's beloved dog) patting his head lovingly. And tell Mr Evans how awesome he is and I know the sweet and charming he is, he'll react with his dashing smile.


Q.19 What is your favourite book and why?

A. It’s a really troublesome question to answer, choosing among all those loved one of all novels I adore. But my favourite book is The Mortal Instruments, it’s a series by Cassandra Clare. I loved the way she created a whole new world of Shadowhunters. The writing style, the characters, I loved everything about it. The plot is really thrilling and a treat for a fantasy lover like me.


Q.20 Share the experience of your journey so far?

A. Certainly, it isn't there much to think before answering this, as it hasn’t involved many aspects to state. I'm still a student and totally, entirely devoted to writing. It’s like about all the appraisals and encouragements that sorted me to step into the world of writing. An aspiring family, the most amazing sister and those fantasizing dreams that are life are about for me and it'll always be.


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  1. She is my very good friend and most importantly she is very humble and down to earth❤️❤️❤️


  2. A fellow Shadowhunters fan... Excellent!!!