Those close to Saara Samin describe her as a dreamer and wanderer – for us she’s the girl who leads us into another world with her writing.
Saara’s first novel ‘In The Mirror’ is due to be published soon by Beyond Sanity publishing, and we got a chance to interview the novelist and ‘poet at heart’, as she calls herself.
While ‘In The Mirror’ will be Saara’s first book, her short stories have already been published. Hailing from Mardan, KPK and currently living in Abu Dhabi, she writes poetry and prose (and sometimes even a mix of both) as “obituaries of [her] thoughts.”
As we spoke about how she got into writing, she says,
“Writing came to me swiftly and unknowingly and then stayed until it became my first love and refuge.”
As a child, Saara wanted to be a doctor or a scientist. While she used to read a lot as a child, she never considering writing until one day her older sister refused to help her with a homework assignment.
“Burdened by her own work, she refused to help me and I did it all by myself that day. It became a hobby afterwards. It was that moment or when I failed to sketch a birdcage in my backyard that I started writing about the birdcage and then everything else I saw and encountered first in poetry, then prose and then both.”
As a child, Saara had read all the classics from Charles Dickets to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. As she grew up, she took on authors such as Leo Tolstoy, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and even Allama Iqbal. She draws her artistic influences from all the countless stories, books and writers she has read, “they change me every day, as they do the writer inside me.”
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When asked what writing means to her, Saara said she thinks it’s all about letting go of what one feels. Being a published author is a huge feat and she calls in an experience, “of being heard in a much louder world”, stating that the first anonymous comment she got on a story she published online, meant the world to her.
“I believed that sharing my work with people who might find my voice resonating with them could be an entire experience on its own”
As conversation moved towards her upcoming book ‘In The Mirror’ she says the book will be relatable as it does not have specific setting and names.
“I left the setting and names of the places that the story is based in to the mind of the reader. He can think of it as a story happening in his neighbourhood, or the house they pass by everyday in the morning without looking at the front gate, or the story of the person sitting next to him in a coffee shop.”
She says further, “I believe the characters are relatable in times when relationships are hard to keep and heartbreaks are common. We live in a world of confusion and I think that confusions and heartbreaks in life need some goal setting to subside,” adding, “The message in the simple story is about finding one’s inner passion which acts as a mirror to see one’s reflection in life and upon the people in one’s life. This mirror guides us through life and through tough times.”
She calls it “a walk down the memory lane, something [her] 11 year old self would love to read.”
When asked to encourage those who are not necessarily into reading, she says “book reading is a strange experience, like getting inside the mind of an unknown person… read once in a while if not always, while waiting in that long billing queue you resent so much, or waiting for the next bus or flight. Replace that hour of complaining with a good book and see positivity pave into your life. This world needs those positive vibes and you need it the most.”
On her way to becoming a published author, we asked Saara to share some words of wisdom with those who might be struggling writers and poets in Pakistan. In her poetic words, she said, “Write for the sake of love and the moment you are living in. Write for the next person you see. Write in the middle of the night and on early day break when your mouth is dry and eyelids drooping. Because someday, who knows, it might become your melody.”