Huma Masood, previously a senior manager in market research, now excels as both a stock market trader and an author. With her strong background in analyzing market trends, Huma smoothly transitioned her skills into successful stock trading while nurturing her love for writing. She is the author of the poetry collection ‘She and Other Poems,’ available online.
She contributes to blogs, ezines, and anthologies. Her prior roles encompassed senior positions in an international Marketing Research consultancy, overseeing major brands like Burger King and Gulf Bank, and spearheading in-house marketing newsletters. Huma graduated from AMU and went on to do MBA in finance.
Q1 Hello Huma. Congratulations on being part of the blogchatter thriller anthology. How was your experience?
A. Hello Samata. Thank you very much for inviting me to your blog.
Being featured in The Blogchatter Book of Thrillers was a valuable learning experience and a wonderful opportunity to showcase my work to a wider audience. This exposure not only amplified my visibility but also allowed for feedback and interaction, contributing significantly to my growth as an author. The collaboration with Readomania Publishing marked a significant milestone, enriching the journey with added expertise. Moreover, I gained fantastic insights into book marketing that I’m eager to implement in my next campaign.
Q2 Fragments of Yesterday – tell us how the concept of this story came to your mind. Has a real-life story influenced your plot?
A. Fragments of Yesterday unfolded gradually in my mind. The premise and main character took shape during the Blogchatter Write A Page A Day track in February, initially meant for science fiction but eventually going into the thriller genre.
While my central plot wasn’t directly influenced by a specific real-life incident, it was likely inspired by the cases that occur in our society – instances of fierce sibling jealousy turning ugly, miraculous rescues from accidents, etc. These things linger in our subconscious mind until we go into the creator mode, and then they emerge.
My protagonist’s journey began with a tragic cliff fall resulting in her memory loss and consequential identity issues. To ensure accuracy, I delved into researching various amnesia types and treatments, aiming for a logical and realistic approach in fiction. Even though real-life events can be strange, fiction should be governed by cause and reasoning.
Q3.If a chance were given to select an Indian actress for the characters of twin sisters of your story… whom would you choose?
A. Having a filmmaker select my story for a movie would be a delightful twist of fate.
While it may be a dream come true, to answer your question, an artist with versatility and expressive depth, capable of portraying two distinct personas convincingly, would be well-suited for the roles of twins.
We have numerous talented actors (like Priyanka Chopra, Vidya Balan, Konkona Sen Sharma, and more) adept at portraying both glamorous and ‘plain Jane’ characters seamlessly.
Additionally, a makeup artist proficient in transformations would be crucial for this project.
Q4. When did you start writing?
A. I embarked on my blogging journey with Blogchatter’s A to Z track in 2018. Before that, I had composed market research-based articles for an in-house newsletter at my workplace.
Over the past few years, I’ve engaged in multiple writing tracks with Blogchatter. My poetry collection, She and Other Poems, debuted through the Blogchatter ebook carnival and is now available in the Blogrolls library.
Q5. What tips would you give to aspiring authors?
A. Writing often feels like a solo journey, yet connecting with a writing community can facilitate their path and smoothen their creative journey. Reading the top novels of their genre will help them discover what works in that genre and what their potential readers like.
Q6. Who is your favourite thriller author?
A. Sidney Sheldon was the first thriller author that I read in college and I went on to read many of his novels.
Q7. What are your other passions in life?
A. Besides my passion for reading and watching thrillers, I have a dedicated space for my library, steadily expanding my collection of books.
Currently, my primary commitment lies in my writing goals.
Q8. Is there something in the pipeline for your readers?
A. I’m working on a novel. But before it’s complete, I might put out some short stories.
Q9. Who are your favourite thriller writers?
A. I enjoy reading various writers of this genre, although I do have a distinct fondness for Mary Higgins Clark, Sidney Sheldon, and Jeffery Archer.
Q10. How do you rate yourself as a writer?
A. I consider myself a writer who’s continuously learning and evolving.