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Omar Farhad: “I came up with this interesting plot to point out the distance between the West and Afghanistan that is at least 500 hundred years behind from the rest of the civilized world.”

One of the most important facts that Omar Farhad wanted to point out in this short novel is the cultural distance between United States and Afghanistan.

He is working on a new novel called “Emotional Justifications” and it’s about new immigrants arriving from many corners of the world.

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By: Alberto Berenguer      Twitter: @tukoberenguer

Omar Farhad, an Afghan-American author

Omar Farhad, an Afghan-American author

Impressive debut novel, without a doubt” or “Riveting, gripping and definitely thought provoking” are some reviews from famous writers who recommend your first novel. Did you expect this great welcome from readers on your literary debut?
It is pleasure speaking with you Alberto. So far, I have received many warm welcomes from fellow writers and readers. I consider myself a droplet in the sea of great writers. Nevertheless, I was not expecting great comments from veteran writers.

You are receiving many nice reviews since you debuted, do you usually read them? If yes, which is your favorite?
Yes, I read each review on many websites such as goodreads and Amazon.com passionately. I also read in to it for advice, constructive criticism, and guidance from my readers and writers. To answer the second part of your question; each review bring out different emotions in my readers and it makes me happy that I was able to touch different readers on a different level. Each review is teaching me a new path in writing and therefore, I like each one for a different reason. Lee el resto de esta entrada

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Janna Lei: “My true inspiration came from ‘ghosts’ that have followed me all throughout life”

Sweet Dreams of Josephine is a compilation of dreams and poetry, with an erotic twist. It is a novel filled with drama, love, lust, magic and voodoo

The second book in the Josephine trilogy will be ready by January, 2015. It will be named, “Curse of the Blood Diamond”

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By: Alberto Berenguer and Frank Osei Nyame

Janna Lei Robinson

Janna Lei Robinson

The interview starts asking you to tell us how you realized you were ready to publish your first book. Did you have any doubt?
I realized that I was ready to publish my first book after 2 years and traveling across the country trying to run away from my horrible life. I always knew that I was a poet, but the written arts didn’t become quite as important to me until I went through some of the hardest times in my life. I was experiencing a really tumultuous time with my marriage and fell into a deep depression, where it seemed as though my only escape were words and dreams. I remember laying awake at night while the rest of the world slept, scribing my hopes, pains, wishes and dreams on loose leaf sheets of paper until my hand cramped and the wax from countless candles evaporated into the air of my desires. I’ve never doubted myself as far as writing or poetry is concerned,  but I had no idea that my words would reach as many readers as they have. When I published my book, I had big dreams of making money, but the more I learned about myself and life, the more I learned that money is the least important of my concerns.

And for those who still do not know your book, Sweet Dreams of Josephine, how would describe it?
“Sweet Dreams of Josephine” is a compilation of dreams and poetry, with an erotic twist. It is about a lady named Josephine, who idolizes (real life) cocaine Queen-pen, Griselda Blanco, who runs away from her abusive, international drug dealer husband to gain independence and become a madame. It is a novel filled with drama, love, lust, magic and voodoo. Lee el resto de esta entrada