Who doesn’t love a good pirate story, right? Today’s featured indie author is Nabila Fairuz with her book, The Chronicles of Captain Shelly Manhar.
The youngest of three siblings, Shelly’s childhood tragically ended when her family disappeared under cryptic circumstances. Shelly and her sister embark on an epic journey to find them, only to face more hardship.
Witnessing the death of her only sister hardened Shelly more, and she was left with facing the bleak reality of continuing the mission alone. It affected her deeper than she imagined, and fueled her every move. It made her become the pirate captain whose name would eventually be feared everywhere. She gathered a crew and despite all odds always managed to come unscathed from any of her crazy exploits.
Along the way, she bumps into her brother who is now charged with arresting her, reconciles with her father who is hiding his own secrets, and frees her mother from the clutches of a power hungry Admiral of the English Navy. Will the fearless Captain Shelly Manhar manage to evade the hangman’s noose, or be forever lost in Davy Jones’ Locker?
What’s the most constructive criticism you’ve been given in your writing career?
The most constructive criticism that I received in my writing career was given to me by my publicist, and it goes (more or less) as follows: “Get a better editor.”
Needless to say, editing is not one of my stronger points and I need ALL the help that I can get.
What do you wish you’d known before you were published?
I’d wish I’d known what a tremendous amount of marketing I’d have to do. Writing the book is probably only a quarter of the actual work. Getting it recognized by people takes up about 80 percent of the time, and even then, it seems to me that it is never enough! I wish I had known that sooner.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
I’d tell her to never give up. I can’t tell you the number of times I had come so close to giving up writing and not finishing my manuscript. Now that I actually hold my book in my hands, I bask in the pure joy of my creation. I just wish I had not been so negative about my writing in the early stages.
What’s the last thing you watched on TV/Netflix?
Firefly, and the movie sequel of the series, Serenity. I can watch that series over and over.
A penguin walks through the door wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
“Noot, noot, amigos!”
(I am guilty of occasionally enjoying watching Pingu. There, I said it.)
How would your best friend describe you?
Makes really horrible and lame puns. Beware.
Nabila Fairuz is an upcoming writer making a debut in the world of fiction. Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, she moved to Ottawa, Canada in 2009. Nabila has a deep passion for reading, and this habit was developed at a very early age. It grew in her an intense urge to venture into the field of writing. She has written a number of poems, stories and articles, and maintains her blog, My Own Little Corner, to keep her writing habits going strong.