Author Name: Aisha Urooj
Book Name: My Dear Ellie
Book genre: YA
Aisha Urooj lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She grew up loving classic books and getting lost in the intriguing characters and compelling stories. She writes mostly as a hobby along with painting and photography. She hopes that those that read her book will enjoy it as much as she did writing it.
Aisha loves her multicultural city. Her novel My Dear Ellie is book one in the love and friendship trilogy. She is currently working on the second novel in the series titled Eleanor’s Travels.
What would you do for your best friend? Cassandra Grace will do anything. This is a coming of age story about two beautiful best friends Eleanor James and Cassandra Grace. Eleanor James, or Ellie, is a aspiring actress who dreams of being a superstar and her best friend is there to support her all the way. What could come between their friendship? Cassandra, or Cassie, narrates their life story and tells us about their special friendship with a bond strong enough to last a thousand years.
‘My Dear Ellie’ is Aisha Urooj’s debut novel and is the first in the Love & Friendship trilogy series. She is currently working on her second novel ‘Eleanor’s Travels’ which will chronicle Ellie’s once-in-a-lifetime trip around the world, a extraordinary present given by her parents on her twenty-first birthday. Read ‘My Dear Ellie’ to learn about the two best friends and the two extraordinary girls, Ellie and Cassie. Join them in their triumphs, their struggles, their adventures and misadventures, and most of all join them for the love and friendship shared between them growing up from little girls to young ladies.
Could you tell me a bit more about your book?
I wanted to write about two best friends that are there for each other through anything. The book tackles a lot of issues that teens might be dealing with, like the pressures of trying to be famous, dark side of being too reliant on likes and other peoples opinions especially on the internet, choosing what you want to be when you grow up, just general uncertainties that life throws at you. We see that both the main characters are not perfect but the love and friendship between them is inspiring.
What inspired you to write the book?
I just really enjoyed writing. I would be struck with inspiration and be compelled to write something down. The book was also a wish fulfillment of sorts about some of the amazing things Ellie gets to do: being on a famous talk show, attending the Oscar, writing a musical, being adored by a famous K-Pop popstar.
What was your process of writing the book?
I have the overall message in mind but the plot comes in pieces and in moments to me. Sometimes I see it as a dream (just like Cassie) or I am inspired by a picture or conversation. I don’t write in sequence for instance, it cam be quite random at times and I just love that I can be creative.
Why should people read your book?
I try to include important issues, sometimes the book gets darker when dealing with issue such as drug abuse but there are light moments interspersed throughout. Just like in life.
What is so special about your story?
It is going to be a trilogy. I haven’t come across too many best friends story, especially between girls and I wanted to write it.
Who is your ideal reader?
My ideal reader would look for the gem in every book. This is my debut novel and I am not claiming to be Shakespeare. I think there are little moments in the book that will touch you and move you so my ideal reader is anyone who just loves to read.
How did you celebrate finishing writing your book?
I did a woohoo and got myself a sweet pastry!
Who is your favourite character in the book?
I like all of them but my favorite is Buddy because I just love animals and Buddy is the cutest puppy in the world.
If your book would be made into a movie – what actor would you want to play your main character and why?
I would want it to be someone new. Just like Ellie is trying to break and make it in the acting world, I would want the role to go to an inspiring actress needing a breakout role who has loads of natural talent.
What is your favourite book?
I like the Lord of the Ring by JRR Tolkien. It talks about fellowship and friendship as well but set in a fantasy.
What author do you look up to?
I think of JK Rowling. She created a magical world that brings a lot of people so much joy and comfort. I want to be able to do that too through my writing.
What would you do if your book became an international bestseller?
I would keep writing more. It would just inspire me to keep working on it and improving myself.
Anything you want to share with my readers?
I am happy to be able to share about my novel to you all. I hope that you enjoy My Dear Ellie and stay tuned for the other two books. I look forward to writing and hope that it can inspire people to chase after their dreams.