Regina Timothy is the author of “Full Circle” where she tells the story of Samia-Al-Sayyid, an Iraqi refugee living New York City.
1.What first inspired you to write?
I’ve always loved stories that have a strong female protagonist.I also find myself drawn to issues affecting the society especially issues affecting women in modern-day society. I wanted to be one of the people bringing these issues to the forefront. This is how Full Circle came to be. A story that explores the lives of three strong women who are from different backgrounds but are brought together by similar concerns.
2. What makes your book so special?
This book is about hope and forgiveness.It also tackles some tough topics such as religion, terrorism, war in the Middle East, immigrants, and rape which we find ourselves confronting more and more due to the events all over the world.
3.How do people react when you tell them you’re an author?
Surprised and excited. They also insist on buying and reading my book which is pretty much awesome. Plus the positive feedbacks I afterwards get are heartwarming.
4.Which authors inspire you?
Wow, that’s a tough one since there are so many. But if I try to narrow down to a few I’d go with Khaled Hosseini, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Maya Angelou – in no particular order.
5.What is the best book you have read recently?
Shonda Rimes’ a Year of Yes – I’d just watched her TedX talk and I was blown away. I immediately rushed to get her book on Amazon – A year of Yes and I don’t regret my decision. Her narrations are just beautiful. But what would you expect from someone with four popular shows airing on Thursday prime time? Maybe we could come up with some interesting shows when stranded on the island.
6.What did you research for your book?
As I mentioned, my book revolves around events taking place in the society right now and I had to do a lot of reading on this and stay current on breaking news.
7.Do you read all of your book reviews and, if you do, how do you react to them ?
I try to. I like finding out if readers engaged with the characters and took away from the book what I intended to do – which is wrote a story that inspires.Thankfully, most of the reviews so far have been positive which is great. They are a couple of average reviews. The first time I got an average review I was pretty much bummed but now I’ve somewhat gotten used to it – though it still sucks a bit. Overall I try to appreciate all my reviews:both the good and not so good.
8.Do you have anything to say to your readers?
I love reading feedback on my work and get excited every time a new comment is posted by a reader who finds the story inspiring. I love connecting with the readers and finding out what they loved about the story, and what stories they would love to read in future. So please read my book, leave a review and connect with me on social media. You’ll have made my day.
9.Can you describe your book in three words?
Full Circle is a book on friendship, hope and forgiveness.
10.What is one of your favorite quotes?
Your dream doesn’t have an expiration date. Take a deep breath and try again.-Kathy Witten