Barnboksveckans gäster 2013 : Fatima Sharafeddine

Fatima Sharafeddine från Libanon är en av de mest framstående nutida författarna av arabisk barnlitteratur. Skrivandet är för henne ett sätt att uttrycka sig och hon beskriver det som att berättelserna flödar som vatten ur hennes pennor.

IB: Why did you become a children’s books author/illustrator? Where you interested in stories and pictures as a child, or was it your own child that needed stories, or is it a way to make the world a better place to live in?
FS: In fact becoming a dedicated children's author was not a conscious decision. It was rather a basic emotional need that was necessary for me. Writing is my own way of artistic expression. I discovered that late in my career life, but once it was there children's stories started flowing like water from my pens. 
IB: Do you write/illustrate also for adults?
FS: I recently started writing for young adults. I haven't ventured the adult world yet, but I have a lot of encouragement from around me to do so. It might happen one day.
IB: Do you believe that children’s books should be read by grown ups as well?
FS: I think that a good book has no age limit, and the successful children's book is the one that appeals to grown ups as well as children.
IB: Do you remember when and where your first text/illustration was published?
FS: It was in 2004 with Dar Asala in Lebanon, and the title was "The dance of colours"
IB: What are you working on right now?
FS: I am working a several series of books, one of them is a series of prominent historical Arabic and Islamic personalities. Ibn Battuta was the first (translated now to Swedish and English), the second is coming out soon, "Ibn Sina", and many more are on the way, Ibn Khaldun, Ibn Rushd, etc..
Another series I am working on is about the prophets, and a third is a collection of fairy tales from around the world. I am planning to start also a new young adult novel, but the idea of the story still needs to elaborate in my head before I start.