Jamila Mikhail (Жамийла Михаил), or simply Meela for short, is a freelancer born in British Columbia in 1996 and now lives in Ontario. She's currently a hobbyist writer as well as a student studying law and human rights, her other passions besides writing. Meela began writing stories and poetry as soon as she could hold a pen and has been a member of several local writing groups at school and in the community over the years and her works have won her several small awards. She also collects postcards, loves building toy models and restoring thrifty action figures, and thinks that writing about herself in the third person is strange.
Frequently Asked Questions
Ever been curious to know how my writing gets done or what motivates me to write about certain topics? You can find out here! Feel free to ask more author questions on my Goodreads page!
How do you get inspired to write?
For me writing is really a way to relax after the stresses of life, whether it be just something that happened during the day, something I saw on TV that got a reaction out of me or even just something arbitrary that got into my head. Since I've lived with PTSD since 2012 writing is also very therapeutic for me so life in general is really my one and only inspiration to all of my stories.
How do you deal with writer’s block?
In short, you don't. It's just something that you have to wait out because creativity is not something that you can force. Creativity is something that happens on its own and although there are things you can do to boost that creativity or expand your talents, I absolutely don't believe that you can force a story when you're dealing with writer's block unless you really want it to sound forced.
What’s the best thing about being a writer?
Does being able to work in my pajamas count? For me, as a person with an interest in human rights and social justice, the best part of being a writer is being able to push accepted boundaries or challenge ideas through fictitious stories with real life implications. One book may not change the world, but a single book can definitely rock somebody's world whether it be by changing something about them or reinforcing something they believe in. There's nothing like hearing that you've inspired someone or that they could relate to what you wrote. I know from experience reading other books that I'm thankful to other writers for writing about what I couldn't say as well, so creating a lasting impact through literature is really the best thing about being a writer.