An Egyptian by birth, cosmopolitan by convection, Sherif started writing at the age of eight, and he didn’t stop since then, earning him several writing awards as his reward for his passion.
He always thought that our world needed a dash of magic, and this is what he always included in his writings.
Originally a medical doctor, but he decided to leave medicine behind to pursue his passion for the word since then he wrote three books.
The chronicles of Agartha: Book 1 – The Green boy, is his third book, his first was “The Door”, a magical realism thriller, and the “The Trinity’s Dream”, a contemporary fantasy about the end of days.
He is happily married and has two daughters, whom he adores.
What inspires you to write?
Everything that passes by my eyes, the dawn of a new day, a bird chirping by the window of my office, the giggle of my youngest daughter, a discussion with my eldest daughter, even the noises in the street outside my office, all prompt me to write, to tell their stories.
Tell us about your writing process.
When I have an idea for a story, I start first to plan it in a skeleton plot, then I start to build on that to reach a detailed plot with chapter outlines. Next, I research, I always try to make my fiction as close to reality as much as I can, even if I am writing about dragons, goblins, and intelligent mice.
I study their imagined bodies, their surroundings and then I start to write the first draft of five.
By the end of the fifth draft, I am ready for a professional editor.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
No, not really, they live and breathe in my mind, but I don't have to listen to them, because I know their thoughts, their choices and the way they will act. I am their creator after all.
Who are your favorite authors?
Neil Gaiman, Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan, Terry Pratchett … the list is too long actually.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I tried both self-publishing and going with a traditional publisher, either case had its uses and its reader base.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that soon, indie authors will form bodies of publishing, not unlike traditional publishers, hopefully, it will be nursing grounds for new authors to carry their work to new readers.
What genres do you write?
Fantasy, science fiction, and humor.
What formats are your books in?
Sherif Guirguis Home Page Link
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