Meredith Miller- Guest post

Hello,

Not Noor here!

My name is Meredith Miller, a self-published author from the Association of Merry Makers, for which I write free books of short stories like Hotel Hart. My life goal is to get sponsored as an author by Pizza Hut.

As someone who writes stories, a big question that comes up in my head is, “Why do people read?”

There are a bunch of reasons. Who hasn’t had a bad day and curled up with a good fantasy, or tried to solve the guess the killer in a mystery novel, or even felt the thrill of Pennywise giggling behind them?

But I think there’s something more important than these. To me, reading can be summarized in a quote from Atticus Finch, a good ol’ southern lawyer in To Kill a Mockingbird.

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“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”

There it is. That’s what it is. People care, people love, people want to understand others. To me, a novel is empathy put on paper, a way to understand yourself and others. And that is what I base my writing on, friends. I don’t know many of you, but I like to think of my stories as a hug.

I hope that if you feel like one of my characters is like you, they’re happy. If you feel personified by a sad, hurt character, I hope my stories offer hope and healing.

Did you know that in medicine, it seems that wounds that hurt while you heal tend to leave fewer scars? It’s something to do with the life in the wounded area. The pain means that the nerves afflicted with, say, a cut, are still alive and well, which means that the area is alive as well. Because of this, the cut will heal better. Pain is an indicator that we still feel, still live.

I’m sorry, I ramble. I’m glad you read this and I leave you with a short excerpt from Hotel Hart. I hope that you empathize with my work from far away. If you feel like this relates to a wound of yours, I apologize and hope the healing doesn’t hurt too much.

Thank you. I love you

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Hotel Hart 4

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“When you were trying, I was there to help. Being a tour guide doesn’t do much for money, but I helped a little. I was supporting and if there was any believing to be done, I was good at that too.

“And now you’re making it. It’s so incredible, and it’s scary because I’m just a poor tour guide.”

His stomach tugged because he felt like he was weighing a genius down.

“I can’t make the money that you’ll be making. Just this honeymoon stretched me like a rubber band. And you’ll have thousands of fans and critics.”

“And one husband.”

“Sure. It’s just… I can’t explain. You know when there’s a peach and you’re trying to cut it but it’s too ripe, so you try as hard as you can not to squeeze it to mush? That’s how my heart feels right now.”

“Oh, honey.”

He fiddled a little with the band of his old watch. “It feels like my life has led up to me being here for you and helping you become the amazing artist you are. I made the money so you could focus on the craft, telling you it was possible; loving you. And now you’ve reached your goal. I can’t help anymore. It’s so empty.”

“Hey.”

“Yeah?”

“I’ll always need you. And by the way? As long as you care about me, I never need to design another dress ever again.”

“But… you said that designing was like breathing to you.”

“It is. But I love you.”

“I love you too. And I’m proud of you. I’m happy being the artist’s husband. As long as I’m not holding you down. I could be an eventual stay-at-home-dad.”

“You’re not just that. You’re my muse.”

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Favorite books

Hi, my Name is Noor and I am addicted to books, I love books, in any type or shape, they bring me happiness and joy and trust me I am not exaggerating!!! I think I love my books a little way too much if you consider checking up on them every once in a while and making sure that my hands are clean before I touch them and my strict policy of NO FOOD OR DRINKS NEAR THEM but who can blame me? They are my “Precious”.

My love for books developed with my early love of stories, you see when I was 14, I used to go into internet forums to read the stories people write and I used to enjoy them a lot, that’s also around the time I started writing, well tried to if I am being honest here. Anyways, around the age of 15, I read the first book, I didn’t exactly purchase the book, but we were on a long bus ride and my mom bought a magazine and it had the book with it. It was the first book I ever read, it is called Vince and Joy by Lisa Jewell, I was a teenager with my first love story and I got so hooked, the book is still one of my favorite books I must have read it more than 10 times since then, I like rereading it which explains why my copy is in poor conditions. Since owning that book I started being a book hoarder, I get more books than I can possibly read since I occasionally reread books but then again I am so weak in front of the scent of a new book.

Here are few of my favorite books:

  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

I am so in love with this book, I can simply say that it changed the way I am and how I think. The moment I ended the book I felt that the world just went silent like I just wanted to pause and notice everything about this world and find the signs, I didn’t know what signs but I wanted to find them! Reading this books makes you evaluate your priorities and your life, I totally would recommend it to people.

 

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

First thing first, this books is why I love letters hands down. Secondly, the reason I would recommend the book because how Charlie “the main character” is basically writing letters to this anonymous friend which makes the reader somehow feels that the letters are addressed to him/her which is a smart way to get the reader interested in the story. Another thing I love about this book is the mentions of other books and the tapes that Charlie makes which somehow makes us connect with him, I remember listening to the playlists while reading. I loved seeing his character develop and sort of finds its self. The good news here, if you’re not into book and reading, the movie is great also.

  • 40 rules of love by Elif Shafak

First thing you need to know about this book is that this is not the typical love story, not the boy meets girls type of love but it talks about the journey that Shams of Tabriz takes to find his what I’d like to call a soulmate because the type of friendship he had with Jalaluddin Rumi is greater than to be called friendship.

This book took me on a spiritual journey and made me question my beliefs, it was as if I started reading the book and my mind was like a thousand pages’ book and when I finished reading, it all went blank, as if I was reborn and was given a new chance a new beginning.

This story talks about the small things in life that are sometimes we neglect but somehow it gives it more depth, it talks about forgiveness, love, redemption, remorse, religion and other aspects.

  • Diamond Dust by Murad Ahmed

First of all, I got to say that this was my first Arabic book and I really hesitated to read it because it was written in the Egyptian dialect. However my hesitation was not at its place, the book turned out to be very good, it’s a crime thriller story that didn’t bore me not even for a second.

I connected politics with the social life in a way that was smooth and not complicated, the author used an easy language, so that you didn’t need to be aware of a certain vocabulary group to understand what is going on, also the deaths in the story were not ugly and not repeated exactly which made it exciting. The reason I’d recommend this book simply because I am so proud that an Arab author managed to write a story that is so cinematic, it’s Hollywood material.

  • Vince and Joy by Lisa Jewell

This was the first book I ever read but I already talked about my history with it in my introduction.

What I loved about this book, is the simple idea of soulmates and how even if you were separated from your soulmate, eventually you’ll find your way back to each other. I know it sounds cheesy but I can’t but love it, I loved it when I was 15 and now at 23, I am still in love with it.

 

These are few of the books that I love, let me know the books that you love and any book recommendations are always welcomed.