Ahoy There! I'm Haneen Ibrahim, a mad Linguist, who teaches children, cheers for FC Barcelona and reads a bit too much.
I also mix all that in the goblet whenever I return from a voyage in a parallel universe by the TARDIS and come up with some crazy fiction, this I guess makes me a writer in the real world.
R is for Relationships. In my
books I realized something, two kinds of relationships almost take over
immediately as if it’s my default setting when developing a new idea, Parent
& child and friendship relationship. Not surprisingly the two play a focal
part in my life.
parent–child relationship is mostly plagued with tension and
conflict. In my first novel Nights and in the very first chapter Mark does
something terrible, the result is an early clash with his parents, their
relationship is pretty complex and depicting his feelings regarding them was a
challenge for me.
writing the scene (the confrontation with his father) I was in such a state of stress wearing on a
zombie face with teary eyes. Missalwayswhining came into the room and
was shocked, I pretty much kicked her out.
finished and was back to myself again I’m telling you it surprised me, I tried
to explain it to her afterwards. It was my first book to start in such a
heating moment, not action but complex feelings. I had no specific experience
for the emotional toll writing certain scenes could have on the writer. And can
my sister ever understand such a feeling? After all these are all imaginary
situations. That scene was important to me because Mark was speaking through
me, all he felt, the angst, the pain and frustration was seeping through my own
subconscious. It was awful but the relief I felt after it, worth it. As if it
was a healing session of some sort.
I knew about my character before this early scene was something and what I
learned about him after it was something entirely different. Mark wasn’t any
vampire boy to me, he was an over exaggerated male version of me. This in
itself was a great discovery.
relationship. You’d have noticed that I mentioned my
Intermediate school days a couple times on this blog and the explanation to this
is that those were the most important years of my life why? The biggest reason
is that back then I was surrounded by friends, cluttered to be exact. And all
of those amazing girls weren’t ordinary friends they were the best. I was so
protective of them, all of them, I saw myself as their mother and sincerely
wanted them all to be happy. Till today I look back to those days to extract
how to write this kind of relationship in my books. Friendship is sacred to me,
no matter what happens I do all I can to keep it solid.
I can’t have a protagonist roaming around alone for a long time. In
Extracted Chris, just like Mark, at the beginning of the book is a lonely boy, suffering from the not far away loss of his mother and an already established
conflict with his stepfather, but it doesn’t take long until he meets another
boy who will become the best friend of his life, just a while in and he meets
his second best friend. Chris’s life changes by so many experiences but the
driving force remains the strong influence they bring to his life. They provide
for him what my friends provided for me in my teenage years, loyalty,
encouragement and support and many more. Because of my personal feelings when betrayal wounds a friendship in my books it drives the complete plot, and I find it hard to let the relationship die
completely, problem but I'm working on it.
Now for a series of really cool cool people all imaginary save two :)