I’m delighted to be welcoming Regina Timothy to my hot seat chatting to us about her novel, Full Circle.
Find out about the characters, Regina Timothy’s inspiration, scenes that were easy and difficult to write as well as her favourite book and her most creative time of day. Regina is also kindly offering a e-copy of Full Circle in a giveaway.
Here’s more about Full Circle:
Eight years after the 9/11 attacks, Samia-Al-Sayyid an Iraqi immigrant is living a quiet life in New York City after she fled her home to avoid imminent death.
She works hard for her cold, heartless, high-strung boss, loves her seventeen-years-old-son, and cherishes the close friendship she has formed with her best friend Susan.
Nothing can go wrong, or so she thinks – until the estranged brother she left back in Iraqi shows up on her door step. Then she finds herself in a cab, on her way to the hospital to identify her son, a terror suspect who has blown the city, and with it her boss’ husband, and her best friend’s son. With everything lost, she is forced to flee to Iraq where she confronts her past. Will she make peace with her past? Can she get forgiveness for all the damage she has caused?
Full Circle is a contemporary fiction tale of friendship, family, and hope. It explores the devastation of loss, the great capacity to forgive and the lengths our loved ones will go to protect us.
What readers on Amazon are saying about Full Circle:
I felt that the main character was very strong and forgiving despite all the obstacles she had to face in life. Samia is an inspirational character that women can look up to.
I found the story to be very touching. In order for the storyline to have a nice impact on its reader, the author had to create a compelling personality for the main character. Her ordeal and life encounters were truly heartbreaking and what existed was a remarkable representation of hardship, peace, and forgiveness.
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Welcome to Jera’s Jamboree.
Please summarize Full Circle in 20 words or less.
Full Circle is a tale of friendship, family, and hope. The book follows Samia-al-Sayyid an Iraqi immigrant living in the U.S with her son and the relationships she creates with two women – her employer and her best friend.
What was the idea/inspiration for your novel?
A great source of writing inspiration for me is what I observe around me. People, events, and sometimes things get me thinking.
I’ve always loved books and movies with a strong female leads. I wanted to be one of the million voices in the world that gives a voice to these remarkable characters.
If you could choose to be one of your characters, who would you be Regina?
The women in the book go through a pretty difficult and emotional time. Despite all the difficulty they experience the all show empathy and forgiveness.
Samia the main character has an especially tough life from when she was a teenager until her adult life. She shows great strength through it all and I’d like to possess her strength.
Please tell us more about the characters in Full Circle.
The three main characters of the book are women.
Samia-al-Sayyid is a thirty-three year old Iraqi immigrant living in the U.S with her son seventeen-year old son Aazim she got as a result of rape in her teens.
Samia works for Melisa as her house keeper.
Melisa is a successful fashion designer whose character is aptly described by two words – cold, heartless, and high-strung. On the surface, she seems to have it all, but deep inside she is struggling with a failing marriage, and a brother who is stuck fighting in Afghanistan.
Susan is a single mom of two who works as Melisa’s assistant. She has a unique perspective on what Melisa is going though since her husband who served in Iraq committed suicide as a result of PTSD.
What scene did you enjoy writing the most?
I had fun writing most of Melisa’s scenes. Her antics are quite hilarious and I found myself smiling halfway through the scenes. But the scene where she gives Samia a drunken confession was my best scene. You get a look at the real Melissa and her tone is so refreshing.
… and the hardest?
The prologue was very difficult to write. It touches on the 9/11 bombing, and doing the research and writing that particular scene brought about a lot of emotions. I was very conscious of how devastating the 9/11 attacks and it was quite tough.
Another scene I found tough was the second bombing, where Samia learns her son is responsible for the bombs in the city. Her reaction to the whole situation was heartbreaking.
Can you tell us more about the social barriers in Full Circle Regina?
My book covers quite a number of issues including bullying, rape and gender-based violence, religion, effects of drug abuse, war and terrorism. I know it’s a lot to take it all in but the characters tell their stories by highlighting all these issues beautifully.
Do you have a most creative time of day?
Yeah, I consider myself a nocturnal. I am most productive at night and I sometime end up writing up to five chapters.
Is there a favorite place you go to for inspiration or a favorite activity Regina?
Not really. Most of my inspiration hit late at night when I get in bed or early in the morning just before I get out of bed, which can be a bit frustrating. Then I’m forced to either spend an extra hour awake, or cut short my sleep by an hour.
Panster or plotter?
When it comes to writing I would consider myself a panster as opposed to a plotter. For most of my writing, when starting out, I normally have a general idea of what I’d like a story to look like or what I’d like to cover, but I usually don’t have a fixed idea about who I’m going to meet or what’s going to happen. The minute I begin writing the story my imagination runs wild and the story evolves in ways that sometimes surprise even me.
Do you have a favorite book? If so, what is it about that book?
The River and the Source by Margaret Ogola was one of the first books I ever read and one that influenced my writing a lot. It is a feminist book that puts women on a pedestal and depicts them as important members of the society.
Despite Africa being a patriarch society at the time, the author based the book on matriarchy and takes us on a journey through three generations of women. The story is set in colonial Kenya and highlights the generational changes and influence brought by the arrival of the Western Culture in Africa.
This remarkable story of three generations of Kenyan women and their offspring, spanning over 100 years, takes the reader from a nineteenth century rural village in Western Kenya to the end of the twentieth century in modern-day Nairobi. I loved the writer’s style of writing and her attempt to address pertinent issues in the society.
Has there been a particularly difficult part of your writing journey?
Marketing the book has been especially challenging, but I’ve taken it all in stride, and learnt a lot in the process.
Finally Regina, can you share with us the best part of your writing journey?
I’ve learnt a lot about myself and writing throughout this whole process. I’ve also met and connected with a lot of wonderful people and the experience has been amazing. Plus there is no feeling like someone coming up to you and telling you how much they were inspired by your story. It makes your heart tingle with joy.
Thank you very much for having me. I’ve had a lot of fun.
Thank you for being my guest 🙂
Regina lives in a picturesque village in Kenya where she enjoys amazing landscapes, exotic wildlife, and beautiful sunsets and sunrises. She always had active imagination. By chance, she started blogging in 2010, which rekindled her love for writing and telling stories. When not writing she enjoys watching classic movies (she’s a movie buff), going to the theater and auto shows.
Connect with Regina Timothy
Regina Timothy is kindly offering a giveaway of an e-copy of Full Circle to one of Jera’s Jamboree readers. Easy entry via the Rafflecopter below.