At 14, Zunaira Waheed, a student of The International School of Choueifat – Muscat, has not only written a novel but has also been successful in getting it featured on Amazon (both paperback and Kindle versions).
The 40-page That Night is a mystery book written from the perspective of a teenage girl who runs away from her home one night.
Speaking to Muscat Daily, Zunaira said she started writing That Night in the beginning of this year and ‘after a few months of proof-reading and editing it’s finally done’.
“I worked on the cover with a professional.”
Zunaira said, “I’ve been reading different genres for long but one that has always been my favourite is mystery. I love the way some of my favourite authors have written. So, naturally when I started writing, I wanted it to be a mystery novel.”
The protagonist, after fleeing her home, gets a fake identity. She does everything she can to make sure she isn’t found by the man whom she had seen on that unfortunate night. She is unaware of what he is seeking from her or what his purpose is. However, everywhere she goes, she can feel him following her.
An ardent writer of short stories and motivational articles, a number of Zunaira’s articles have been published in several countries – Oman, Pakistan, India and Malaysia.
“This year I got the opportunity to participate in a Bulgarian writing competition where I got the runners-up position in my age group. Earlier this year, my first work on poems Blessings of life in 2020 was published,” she said.
The editor of the popular online platform Monomousumi that promotes creative young writers hand-picked That Night and published it on various platforms including Amazon.com.
She added that her articles and short stories have been appreciated by people.
“Being featured in Amazon is a good achievement and I have received encouraging reviews on the platform. People have appreciated my achievement by sharing it on social media, and media institutions from different parts of the world have reached out to me asking me to narrate my journey so it can motivate others,” Zunaira said.
She thanks her parents and teacher Lorna Day for their constant support and motivation.
“I want to keep writing to make a positive change in people’s lives. I’m impressed by the United Nation’s initiatives helping mankind under its Sustainable Development Goals, especially spreading awareness about women’s empowerment in different parts of the world including Pakistan,” she said.
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