Meet Mehreen Ahmed, Author of The Blotted Line, Snapshots, Moirae and other stories
Her academic publications include book reviews primarily and research article. They appeared in many notable, peer-reviewed journals of her area of study, such as Computer Assisted Language Learning, Special Issue, Intelligent Call Systems, Lisse, Netherlands Vol 15 Issue 4, 2002. This was republished on Cambridge Journals, Language Teaching by Cambridge University Press, Vol 36 Issue 2,2003 http://journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S0261444803221935 and Taylor and Francis, Routledge, Vol 15 Issue 4, 2002. Software reviews were also published in On-Call, Vol 1 No 2 Sept, 1999 and International Society for Technology in Education,Vol 28 No 4, 2000-2001; a book review on Teaching and Researching Language Learning Strategies by Rebecca L Oxford, was published in Language, Learning and Technology, Special Issue, Vol 15 No 3 Oct, 2011, followed by a reproduction, for Independence Learner Autonomy Special Interest Group, 2012, University of Canterbury, Kent U.K.
She has two MA degrees in English and Computer Assisted Language Learning (Applied Linguistics) from Dhaka university and the university of Queensland, Brisbane Australia.
MA: I have written novellas, short stories and a travel book.
BBB: Where do the inspirations for your books come from?
MA: Inspiration for my books comes from many places. From the authors that I have read and still read. Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway for instance introduced me to stream of consciousness style of writing for the first time. It was my first encounter and my first love so to speak to this technique of writing, although I have presented it in a slightly different manner in Moirae, which is without punctuation.Ulysses, by James Joyce is a very gripping book, the language of which flows like sheer poetry. Other than these there are of course many, many novelists, poets and dramatist, Shakespeare, Marlowe being the primary gurus of all.
MA: Currently, I am working on a novel. It is about an Australian maverick whose clandestine behavior and controversial character is deeply entrenched into the notions of super-natural. Working title of this book is, Until the Evensong.
BBB: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
MA: Readers will find my books mainly on Amazon. However, COPAC and WORLDcat are other places to discover my work, if they want to borrow them from libraries.