A forgotten past…
Could pave the way to forever!
When millionaire Mansur Ali is called urgently home to Somaliland, he’s shocked to find that the woman who broke his heart needs his help. After an accident, Amal has lost many memories…including Manny’s marriage proposal and her rejection! Manny will help her seek treatment in Addis Ababa, but he’s resolved to keep his heart firmly off-limits. A promise that is tested when their journey brings them closer than ever before…
– When and where do you prefer to write?
I write in my bedroom “office” (a.k.a. a desk across from my bed). My best hours of productivity are in the morning, but I don’t always get to write then.
– Do you have a certain ritual?
Lately I’ve been lighting a candle. Autumn scents like pumpkin, cinnamon, and apple are giving me the right writing vibes this season.
– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
I usually just drink water, but it’s pumpkin spice latte season so I’ve been changing the water out for my morning/early afternoon latte. 🙂
– What is your favourite book?
Do I have to choose just one? Lol. Okay, my favourite book right now is a chapter book series, The Haunted Library series by Dori Hillestad Butler. The books have everything my childish heart loves: a library, ghosts, mysteries, the cutest illustrations ever!
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
I do, and I have dabbled in paranormal romance in the past, both adult PNR and young adult PNR. I’d love to write a paranormal and/or urban fantasy series someday.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
I’ve never based a character on someone I know directly (that’s a big ‘no-no’ rule for fiction authors), but I might add something someone has said or done into a book. For instance, in my debut Harlequin Romance/Mills & Boon True Love, Second Chance to Wear His Ring, my heroine Amal is an architect. My sister has an architectural background, and it inspired the career choice for Amal.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
Instead of a notebook, I use my notes app on my phone or Google Docs to jot down ideas that I think are too gripping to forget.
– Which genre do you not like at all?
I love most genre fiction, but I’ll admit I avoid bloody horror fiction. I can’t handle too much gore! That goes for squeamish films and TV shows too.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
Co-authoring a book would be hard! Props to authors who can do it. If I had the chance to co-write a book, I’d do it with the goddess of vampires, shifters, and fey, Laurell K. Hamilton. It won’t ever happen but writing a paranormal mystery with her would be fun.
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
For my Harlequin Romance/Mills & Boon True Love debut, Second Chance to Wear His Ring, I used my trips to Somaliland as inspiration. Next, I would love to visit Switzerland one day soon and write an international-set Harlequin Romance there. Zermatt here I come!
Thank you, Hana Sheik and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
Hana Sheik falls in love every day reading her favourite romances and writing her own happy-ever-afters. She’s worked as a data entry operator, customer service rep, telemarketer, and ghostwriter—but being a romance author is without a doubt the best job ever! Born in Somalia, she moved to the beautiful capital of Canada as a toddler, and still lives there happily with her family.