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Author Interview: Fola

Author Bio:

Poet, writer, and philosopher, Fola was born in 1984, in Egypt, the land of the Pharaohs. He spent his childhood in Egypt, then traveled to Switzerland and graduated from Hotel Institute Montreux, in Switzerland.

Montreux was the turning point in Fola’s life, back then he was never fond of writing, nor reading. Fola never intended to be a writer, but at the age of 20, he began recording his distinct thoughts down, for none could understand them.

Papers accrued, as Fola realized that it was meant to be, he combined all these thoughts, and began his writing voyage, with The Seed.

The Interview:

Can you share a little about your book with us?

The books is a journey, that will take the reader on a rollicking metaphysical ride that starts in ancient Egypt, moves to the Grand Greek Era, then to Rome, Arab Alexandria, on piratic High Seas, to Switzerland and circuses, into a Christian era interlude, then to modern Egypt (2007) and lastly, to a sort of Garden of Visionary Epiphany that will leave you on and past the brink of enlightenment…

How did you come up with the title?
In the Begging I called it “From a Seed to a Fruit”, but then decided “The Seed” is more appropriate, for it really sums up the IDEA itself, the source of the tree.

What inspires you to write The Seed?
Inspiration itself! Some times inspiration hits you like lighting, that’s when I write, ideas lead to others, till I reached “The Seed”

What was the hardest part of writing The Seed?
Whenever an idea hits my head, I try to capture it on paper. That’s how it all began, idea after idea; I began linking them. I thought these philosophies are colorless and hard to read, so I began forming historical stories around these philosophies painting historical colors in the reader’s head, like Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece & the Roman Empire, tailoring historical stories on these philosophies was the hardest part.

According to your bio you are also a poet, can you give us a few lines like a haiku to describe your book?
I can tell you how it begins & how it began…
It was just one thought & the thought fell on the ground,
Leading to two haves of a sentence,
To be or Not to be

Do you have a specific writing style?
I guess so, a dreamy philosophical one perhaps…

What kind of books do you like to read?
I never read a book before, to make “The Seed” as original as possible

What do you mean you don’t read a book before? Can you clarify it more? Don’t you have a required reading in school or something like that? I assume most authors are readers at one point. 

Well I don’t count school books, as they where a must, and I never really read them. I never read a book to make “The Seed” as original as possible, but one that I am done with it, I intend to read, especially for Khalil Gibran..

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
Persistence…

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
“The Seed” is really something different, as all readers said after reading it. Even an editorial house replied, “Upon reviewing your manuscript, we found the book to be so unusual & unconventionally styled, the evaluation process didn’t fit inside the normal standards since your book is something very different than the norm”.

If you’d like to know more about Fola and his books, check out his web page.

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