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    Interview with Rihan Mustapha

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    Interview with Rihan Mustapha

    Interviewed by Δημήτρης Μπονόβας

    You admire her for her writings. If you meet her also, you will definitely love her character.

    In today’s world it is easy to find a good author. But, it is difficult to find a good person. Well, she is both. Her books are captivating not only because she uses the language so masterfully but also because they speak about things that she personally experienced, about feelings she has for her characters that are not only figures in a story but people she knew and loved. Her character is again captivating just because she does not use the feelings only on her writings but goes on with them in her life also.

    Honestly, I could just stay and talk about Rihan Mustapha in many pages but, I think it is better to know the story in her own words. So, let’s get to know her!!

    Interview

    What was the spark that got you started?

    R.M.: I have always cared about reading poetry in both English and Arabic, but I was not into composing poetry. A dear friend of mine and brother, MG (I’ll refer to him using his initials) added me on Facebook in 2013. When I checked his Facebook page, I was impressed with a couple of poems he posted. I told him “These poems are so beautiful! Did you write them?”  He said “Yes” and my reply was “I want to write too.” Since that day I started experimenting with words, lines and rhymes. MG did not only inspire me but also helped and encouraged me to write.  I am very grateful to him and wish him all the best in his life.

    What are your influences?

    R.M.: I think I am influenced by how I positively or negatively feel towards people, things, concepts or places. Having strong emotions is always the key. 

    How easy or difficult it is for you to express your thoughts on a piece of paper?

    Rihan MustaphaR.M.: It is neither easy nor difficult for me to type my ideas or to place them on a piece of paper; it is something in between. Although I try to keep writing poetry simple, I enjoy challenging myself to get my message across while keeping the lines rhyme.

    Interview with Rihan Mustapha

    Whenever I get a writer’s block, I take a step back and return after I get enough rest of the mind. Surely, I do not come back alone. I bring my best friend, Mr. Coffee, with me. He is my best companion when things get tough in writing.

    Which thematic holds the main role in your writings? Feelings or logic and why?

    R.M.: I usually like my mind and heart to write something that they both agree on. Honestly, at times when I am overwhelmed by very powerful feelings, just like the time when my dear father passed away, I am driven by the power of the heart.

    Mention three characteristics of yourself that you are proud of and three that you are not.

    R.M.: I am proud of:

    • being open and understanding to other cultures
    • considering good friends as family
    • trying hard to develop my skills

    I need to work on:

    • being sensitive (not under control all the times)
    • ignoring my health at times (too much caffeine & sweets, insufficient sleeping hours, etc.)
    • spending less time with my family (mom, siblings, etc.)

    Tell me the worst nightmare that you are afraid of and the most beautiful dream you have about your career.

    R.M.: I just want to clarify one thing: Teaching is my career, I do write, especially poetry during my free time.

               The nightmare: to stop writing for any reason.

               The dream: to be an internationally recognized writer.

    Do you think that the circumstances are good for writers in Saudi Arabia?

    R.M.: Yes, I do. The Saudi government strongly encourage, support and help writers and talented people to do their best. For example, Ruba Khaled, a Saudi young lady who I taught at the PY last year, had her book published and it appeared  in the International Book Fair in Riyadh in March, 2018. I am really so proud of her.

    If you could change something – in the literary field – what would that be?

    R.M.:  To officially add ‘literary therapy’ to the medical field. It may be helpful to raise spirits of  those who lost someone dear or to others who fight long illness battles.

    Rihan MustaphaIf you could give an advice to all that writers and artists out there, what would that be?

    R.M.: Some tips that work for me. I hope they will work for others:

    • Before writing any piece of writing, let the heart speak and the mind listen. When they are on the same team, you find clarity.
    • Whenever you are stressed out, angry, sad, etc., I try to write to get rid of the negative energy. At times, these are your best pieces.
    • Find inspiration. It can be anywhere J (smile of a child, a good cup of coffee, a nice chat, and the like).

    What can we expect from you in the future?

    R.M.: I am not so sure, but I thinking of collaborating with good friends and wonderful poets to write a joint work (be it a book, long poem, webpage, etc.) in the near future. Also, there maybe a third book in the horizon.

    Thank you very much Rihan for the time you spent with us and we wish you all the best in your literary career!!!

    R.M.: Thanks a lot for taking the time to interview me. It was my pleasure discussing with you the poetic side of me. I wish you guys more success and prosperity and all the best with your magazine’s future endeavors.

    Interview with Rihan Mustapha

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