Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My name is Brenda Mohammed and I live In Trinidad. I am a former Bank Manager and Insurance Professional. I wrote my first book, Memoirs of Dr. Andrew Moonir Khan” in 1989, while I was still employed at the Bank. i did that book out of love for my deceased father who was a Great Educator.
His life was worthy of recording and I did so. I revised the book in November 2014 and it is the last book out of twenty seven Kindle books which I have written and published. Eight of these books are in paperback.
I started writing full time after I retired from the Bank and Insurance Company. I love writing and I am always finding time to write books.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
As I said above, the latest book that I have published is a revised edition of “Memoirs of Dr. A. M. Khan: A Great Educator.” I was inspired to revise the book because I felt there are many lessons that people can learn from Dr. Khan’s life story. He was born in 1905 to indentured immigrants in Trinidad and Tobago. It was a forbidding society in which the young boy Andrew grew up. Notwithstanding several challenges and a serious bout of illness which kept him away from school for four years, he rose to great heights and accomplished all the goals in his life.
He was appointed a school principal at thirty three years of age, and the school he headed won all the top prizes and continuously received good reports during his tenure.
His Government recognizing his sterling ability granted him a scholarship to attend the London University Institute of Education to pursue a course in Post – Primary methods, and he wrote a 589 page thesis on the subject, which was used in the development of modern secondary schools.in Trinidad and Tobago.
He was further promoted to Inspector of Schools, and Senior Inspector of Schools until his retirement..
His career was studded with achievements despite several odds against him. His students, fellow teachers, and superiors, all respected and admired him, and their sentiments are expressed in the farewell speeches which form part of the Memoirs.
As an ordained Presiding Elder in his Church, he preached many sermons, and extracts of three of these sermons are included in the book. These inspiring sermons which he preached are still applicable to the present day generation. I felt that although this great man lived more than hundred years ago, his story needs to be told again and again.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I do not believe that I have unusual writing habits. I sit in front of my computer and write whatever comes to mind. I then read, re-read, and make changes accordingly.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
When I was a student in High School, I read a book, “The Power of Positive Thinking” and that book has influenced my life in a great way. I feel that maintaining positive thoughts at all times help me in my approach to life, and my resultant success. i must mention too that the books of the Bible and its teachings have a great impact on my life.
What are you working on now?
I am not working on any books right now. My husband and I will be traveling to Miami at the end of the month on a small vacation to spend time with our daughter and her family.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I believe in Amazon and Create Space. They not only publish my books free, but they advertise them.
I also like AskDavid,com as they promote all my books for a very small fee of $15.00.
Goodreads is also a reliable website with free promotions.
Book Goodies.com and AwesomeGang.com are two wonderful websites that I have recently discovered. They provide superb service and publish author interviews for free. I love them.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
My advice to new authors is , “Do not give up.” There are thousands of authors out there, but there is always room for one more. Keep on writing. There are free services out there to get your work published, so just do it.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The best advice I have ever heard is ,”Do your best and God will do the rest.”
This is so true. This is something that I have applied in my daily life.
What are you reading now?
I ma not reading any books right now. I am looking for something interesting and motivational and when I find it I would read it.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I cannot say. I do not write for profit. I write because I need to occupy myself for part of the day when I am not watching a movie or playing with my grandchildren. I also love to travel a lot.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
In that case I will take the Bible. The Bible comprises of sixty – six books and that will be quite enough for me to read.