Interview with Mihad Ali – Poet, Candle Maker & Scriptwriter
Mihad Ali is not only a woman who knows how to use words to form beautiful phrases and quotes as a Poet that touch your heart but also the founder of Radiant Romance, a luxurious candle line, and recently submitted her first script as a screenwriter.
I am excited that I was able to ask her questions about herself, her love for words and find out many other interesting facts about her life as an artist.
Who are you and what do you do?
I’d like to think that I am a human being first and foremost. I am a soul who loves to create. I’ve created a product that will help couples celebrate or rekindle their love and am trying to get that added into hotel offerings, cruise packages, restaurants and the like.
Why do you do what you do?
Writing is ingrained in me and has been since I was 15. I wake up thinking about writing whether it be a quote, a set of lyrics, an idea for a TV episode or book. As a child, I was always attracted to simply creating. It’s something that like writing is simply within.
How do you work?
I usually get up at 6am, have breakfast, check emails, watch a little television or listen to music and then start writing on something that intrigues me.
What’s your background?
My parents are Egyptian. I was born in New York City and bred there, in neighbouring New Jersey and across the world in Melbourne, Australia.
What art do you most identify with?
As a writer, I adore the written word. That has always been my form of expression I relate to most. As a fan of art, I love abstract paintings and drawings. I also love words and photography on things such as t-shirts, pillows, mugs etc. When I don’t write I photograph. Photography is a fun medium to explore. A picture is worth 1000 words after all!
What work do you most enjoying doing?
As long as I’m creative I’m a very happy woman. If someone had the ability to take my creativity away from me I’m not sure what I would do.
Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?
My mother’s passing at 10 was the catalyst for writing entering my life.
What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
I’ve always been an artist. Whatever I was doing whether it was being a pharmacy assistant, a telemarketer or something else I would always write on the side.
I’m not sure why art. Before writing came into my life, I used to sing. Art has always been around in some capacity. I’m not sure whether it chose me or I chose it or we both chose each other but I couldn’t imagine my life without it.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
For some reason the mind – or at least mine – steers toward the negative. I still remember the first negative response to my first poetry book a decade or so ago. It was an online response where Questions was given 1/10. The last line was something like “the poetry aficionado should avoid Questions”. Other than that a lot of them have been lovely and positive. I love that my quotes get tweeted and retweeted on Twitter. As an artist that is all I’ve ever wanted. It shows that my words affect people and using the written word as my outlet is truly my path.
What food, drink, song inspires you?
I love Sting and one of his songs “Fragile” gets me every single time both in lyric and melody. Rosemary Clooney has a song called “Always” and her vocal especially on the second verse brings me to tears. I once wrote a poem right after watching George Michael’s video to “Fast Love”. A singer by the name of “Eva Cassidy” who passed away in 1996 sings a beautiful version of Sting’s “Fields of Gold”. Songs and other artists inspire me so much.
Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?
It can be. It depends on the project I’m working on. If it’s my own creation such as a Gift Book which is what my latest book “Radiant Love” is then yes for the most part. A good way to counteract that is to collaborate with others. I love doing that with others especially in a creative environment.
What is your dream project?
There is no one dream project for me. I have so many dreams but at the moment one of my dream projects is getting the script from a book I optioned into production. Although it isn’t my decision I hope it comes to fruition. Another dream though is to write an episode for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and see it on the screen. An ultimate dream would be to write with Mariah and Prince.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Bethenny Frankel from the Real Housewives of New York always says to use what you have. She was speaking on her work as a chef but it really transcends.
Professionally, what’s your goal?
Currently the dream is to have the script get made into a film.
.Mihad currently resides in New York, USA. You can connect with her via one of the following channels: