About Brenda Mohammed:
Brenda Mohammed is a former Banker and Insurance Professional who turned to writing. Brenda lives in Trinidad and Tobago. She wrote her first book in 1989 while she was still working at the bank as a bank manager. It was called “Memoirs of Dr. A.M. Khan” and it was about her father who was a great Educator. The book was very popular among her father’s friends and relatives in Trinidad. She took up writing again in 2013 and to date she has published seven paper back books and nineteen kindle books, fifteen of which are in the short story category. She has written her own autobiography in two phases.. Brenda loves to travel and has traveled to several places throughout the world. One of her Kindle books is about her Travel Memoirs. Besides writing and travelling, she loves going to the movies and playing with her four grand- children.
What inspires you to write?
I am inspired to write mainly on topics I am familiar with. I love to write autobiographies of people I know, and to tell true stories. .I believe that people can learn from the experiences of others. For example, I have written a book about my bout with cancer in the hope that my experience can help someone or even many people . I tried my hand at writing some fiction too, and also on spiritual and religious subjects and so far those books have received good reviews. I even write poems when I feel like it and have published some.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am not an outliner. I get on my computer and start typing whatever comes to mind. I go through after each paragraph to make adjustments or changes to characters that are necessary. I write in my spare time which is about four hours every day. Some days I may not write at all. I am a very determined individual however, and persevere until the finish line. I am not at all satisfied until I complete my manuscript, and then I wait for a few days to see what thoughts come to my mind to make suitable changes.or additions before submitting it for editing and eventually publishing, I love to design my own book covers, and my print on demand publisher has all the necessary tools for me to do so.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
When writing Fiction, I suppose I do listen to my characters unconsciously. On occasions when I wrote certain books I felt every thing that the main characters were going through. I felt love, fear, anger, hurt, unforgiveness, and forgiveness.
Sometimes I dream that I am a character in my book and it feels so real.
What advice would you give other writers?
My advice to other writers is to keep writing whatever you feel like writing. Someone once said that a writer really writes to himself. A definition of a writer on the Internet is as follows:”A writer is a person who uses written words in various styles and techniques to communicate ideas. Writers produce various forms of literary art and creative writing such as novels, short stories, poetry, plays, news articles, screenplays, or essays.”
We writers express ourselves in different ways. My way may not be your way..Just do your best.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I found it was very easy to publish with Amazon Kindle Publishing.I submitted my very first story to them and they did a fantastic job in Kindle Edition. Book Covers are also available free.. Amazon publishes your books worldwide.. Through Amazon I learnt of Create Space which publishes paperback copies of your Kindle books and I used them to publish seven paperback books. Create Space also markets your books to bookstores throughout the world. I have seen my name, and books advertised in Google search by many book companies that have a connection with Create Space. It costs nothing to publish your books with Amazon Kindle Publishing or Create Space. You can however buy your paperback books at a very low cost from Create Space and sell them yourself.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that because of the high cost of publishing in some quarters, most authors will find refuge In Amazon and Create Space.. Struggling authors cannot afford to spend huge sums publishing their books and then find that sales are not compensating for the cost of publishing.
What genres do you write?: autobiographies, memoirs, romance, fiction, mystery and suspense thriller, non-fiction, children’s stories, travel
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print