Brook Cottage Books has been sent this great article from Publishing Push to share with the readers of the blog. I hope you enjoy.
Orjuana Khudari grew up in Saudi
Arabia, with Arabic as her first language. She has since moved to England with
her family, learned the challenging language and successfully published a book
in English, Hazy Dusk: Yesterday Morning the Sun Shone Bright, Today Earth Saw
No Light. Having written Hazy Dusk at the juvenile age of seventeen, Orjuana
has a long career of writing ahead of her, that she is hoping to pursue in the
The novel comes under the genre of
science fantasy, specialising in astrophysics. Readers will learn the life of a
star, precisely the sun, as well as Orjuana's made-up version of the inside of
the sun. Also, readers will live through how earth would be like if the sun
were to disappear. A summary of the novel is as follows:Without the sun, the earth would be nothing
and humanity would not exist. So what if one day the sun suddenly collapses?
And humanity is challenged? Seventeen years old Roxie Williams lived through
the change and discovered her new abilities which she once believed were only
in books and movies. But more discoveries were on her way with the fading of
warm spring days. The icy air and snow blankets of April rose questions of
following the wrong calendar and the differences between time zones but the
truth was beyond the imagination of humanity. The truth challenged the
intelligence of everyone.
We interviewed Orjuana to find out
how and why she wrote such a successful debut novel. She told us all about the
challenges she faced in the writing process, including moving across countries,
starting new schools and taking many exams! Though no matter how much life may
have disrupted the process, Orjuana's passion for writing encouraged her
pursuit. She has been writing since she was eight years old, at this time it
was mostly song lyrics. We asked Orjuana what the most rewarding aspect of
writing is to her, she told us... "I think one of the most rewarding
aspects of writing this novel was re-reading. Whenever I re-read what I've
written, I get surprised of my work. Surprised at how good it sounded at times
and that was nice. Another rewarding aspect, was writing under genre of science
fantasy. A genre I love mostly because of how, as both an author and a reader,
I can fantasise and make up little details which are imaginary but some
scientifically possible or unknown".
She found inspiration from
documentaries by the well-known English physicist, Brian Cox. This together
with personal research and some physics lessons at school allowed Orjuana to
create a scientifically accurate and interesting novel covering the realms of
science, an achievement we may not always expect from a teenager.
There are many themes touched on in
Hazy Dusk including friendship, forgiveness, ignorance, bravery, family,
revenge and many more. Whilst Orjuana tells us that she hopes for each one of
these to deliver a message, her main message is how we don't notice all the
changes around us nor do we question them, when we probably should.
We also asked Orjuana why she
writes and what it means to her, she told us... "To me, writing is
everything: my way of expressing thoughts, my voice and true love. I was young
when I started, but my passions for both writing and reading grew up with me. I
started off with Arabic. I then learned English during my teenage years in
England and began writing in English too. I fell in love with English
literature right away, as well as poetry.
For readers that are not educated
in astrophysics, the existence of a possibility for the sun to disappear or
collapse may be a surprising find in Orjuana's novel.
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