“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”
– Joshua J. Marine
We all want our life to be easy and we reach our destinations without any challenges. But God has different plans for us and the straight road that we imagine is filled with ups and downs which in-turn makes our life worth living.
Meet Ms. Duriya Kapasi, author of two published books – Once Upon A Genie & Neverfound Land and a teacher is a passionate reader and a complete foodie. Her second book Neverfound Land just released, and she is the perfect example of living up to the challenges of life. Her love for words was not diminished even when she was fighting cancer.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I never thought I could write until I discovered an app wattpad.com, I wrote two books there before getting my first published book Once Upon a Genie. Now writing is my life.
What is the inspiration behind your books?
The word Genie usually scares us off, so I wanted to change the concept. Instead of a scary, huge and blue genie. I created a handsome and soft-hearted Genie. In Islam, we believe in the existence of genies (jinns) and not all of them are evil, some are very pious. So this is how the inspiration came from.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I learnt in depth about the genies and their culture. I was really amazed when all my imaginations came out facts in my research about them. It gave me chills.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
When I am not writing I love reading, cooking and playing a game on the app and covet fashion.
What should they look forward to in your second launch – Neverfound Land.
This book is all about strength, friendship and faith. Solomon, the main character tries to give out a positive message every time in Neverfound Land.
Every writer expects to bring out the best from her/ his work, and as we grow up with our writing it turns more mature which I think very perceptible in this book of mine.