How did you know you wanted to be an author?: I traveled extensively as a young person and one of my constant companions was my books. I think I understood, even if I couldn’t verbalize it, that books have a certain magic about them. I understood that they have the power to motivate and change a person’s way of viewing things. I wanted to be able to do that. So, I can’t really put my finger on a “presto” moment when the heavens parted and I decided I wanted to be an author. I think somehow from an early age it was something I had decided I would do.
What is your advice for aspiring authors?: Just do it. I know that sounds like a terrible cliché, but it really is a matter of making yourself sit down and write the book. Just get it down on paper. Breathe life into it. Then, you can go back and revise and get help with it if you need to. But getting started, making yourself put something down is the best advice. It’s like any other muscle; it gets stronger and better the more you use it and do it.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices?: I like to write in the wee hours of the morning, those very still times when no one else in the house is awake. I think the best, then, and am more creative at that time.
What message do you want readers to remember?: That even though they are children, they can become involved and do their part to make the world a better place, even if it is only in their own back yard or community.
How can fans get in contact with you?: Connect with Nabila Khashoggi by visiting her website at: www.spartanandthegreenegg.com