Welcome to our Author Spotlight, where we shine a light on writers, authors, and literary wonders worldwide.
Today our spotlight is shining on Good Company Lit Magazine, a literary magazine for clean reads. Joining us are the magazine's founders Mouna Kacem, Rasha Alshafie and JS Adam.
First, tell us a little about your book/project?
Good Company Lit is a literary magazine for clean reads. Our content is family-friendly. We publish short stories, poetry, and creative nonfiction, and we plan to publish comics and illustrated stories as well. We just published our first issue this week! We're so excited about it.
What kind of research did you do and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
We try to set a theme for every issue we publish. We want our themes to be inspiring and meaningful. Our first theme, New Beginnings, was just fitting because we're starting this new journey, and we all went through some struggles in our lives. So this project is our new beginning, and we wanted to hear about other people's new beginnings. To answer your question, we brainstorm😁
If you could tell your younger writing self one thing, what would it be?
Mouna Kacem: Find your tribe. You need like-minded friends to help each other in your journeys.
Rasha Alshafie: You are good enough.
JS Adam: You’re not only talented in art and music but also in writing. Your writing is different, I wish you’d embrace your differences.
Can you tell us a bit about your writing space? Is there something you need to have when writing a book?
Rasha: Usually, I can sit down and finish a piece with ease. I see my stories like a movie in my head. I only need the idea to be strong enough to compel me to write it. The compulsion needs to be stronger than any fear I might have. Only then are my stories born.
Mouna: I don't have a preference because I learned not to wait for the conditions to be favorable. I just write on the go, be it in a place full of people or alone in my room. All I need is for people not to engage with me in long conversations.
JS Adam: I like to have my headphones on with nothing playing, and sit in my bed. Outside I like to sit in the corner of a café. It doesn't matter if it’s busy or not.
If you could be a character from any book for 24 hours, who would you be?
Rasha: Elizabeth Bennet - Pride & Prejudice.
Mouna: The only character I've ever wanted to be is a secret agent from a non-English literature, similar to James Bond but way cooler😁
JS Adam: Salme bint Said of Zanzibar (Emily Ruete) or Anastasia Romanov in a historical fiction
Check out Good Company Lit on their website and follow them on Instagram.