We are pleased to announce that our Jordanian-American author Hadel S. Ma’ayeh and her book of poetry, haikus, and sayings titled From the Heart: A Journey of Love(2014; Hope & Life Press) have been featured in the October issue of VEMA, the monthly newspaper of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, and the “oldest circulating Greek newspaper outside Greece.” Ma’ayeh who is also a Huffington Post Passionista was interviewed for this feature by Chris Vlahonasios of Transfigure Media. To read this fascinating interview whereby Hadel talks in depth about how she came to develop her poetry and sayings, please click here or on the above photo, and download the newspaper in English or Greek. The interview is on page 15.
From the Heart: A Journey of Love contains poems that are haunting and timeless, innovative and jazzy, exquisitely balanced, with the ability to invade one’s soul. In them Ma’ayeh’s poetic voice paints an extraordinarily realistic picture of life in our postmodern age. The sensory words and emotions she uses effectively transport the reader to the settings described. The composition of the poems is sufficiently complex to provoke the reader into filling the blanks with their imagination, while being left wanting more.
Below is an interview we just had with one of our female authors, the Jordanian-American poet and Huffington Post Passionista Hadel S. Ma’ayeh. Ma’ayeh is the author of From the Heart: A Journey of Love(2014, Hope & Life Press), a book of poems, haikus, and sayings available in paperback and ebook editions from major booksellers worldwide and directly from ourselves at Hope and Life Press.
Q: Hadel, when did you first start writing?
I started to write poems at the age of nine. I was reading assorted works by poets such as Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allen Poe, Khalil Gibran, David Frost and many more. I was intrigued so much by their emotional effects and descriptive words that it influenced me to write my own poems. I have been writing ever since.
In all honesty, this book of poems and haikus is a collection from my journals for 20+ years. I am inspired by my surroundings as well as my family and friends. I jot down in my journal a particular event or moment in life that emotionally touched my heart and soul, whether happiness, sadness, anger, frustration, or humor.
Q: What motivated you to become an author?
I was lucky enough to receive encouragement by family and friends, and by visitors online. I shared my personal poems online for the love of poetry and writing in general, and the outpouring of positive words pushed me more to become an author, but mainly a writer/poet.
Q: What is the greatest joy for you in writing?
If I could inspire even one person to affect their lives in some way or another, then I accomplished my goal in writing my poems. This, in return, gives me enjoyment to continue to write poems and other assorted works.
Q: Do you remember the first thing you ever wrote? What was it like for you?
My first poems Life and Souls were published in the local paper after having been submitted by my then high-school English teacher, Richard McNally (God rest his soul). That was the backbone of my motivation and encouragement to write poems. It was an amazing feeling and a positive support that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
Q: Where did you grow up? How did that influence your writing?
I was fortunate to be raised in Madaba, Jordan until the age of four, then again at the age of six. Most of my childhood and adult life, I was raised, educated, and worked in the United States. Of course, having both cultures influenced my writing to a great degree. I am capable of expressing my memories through my senses from a particular moment in life that might have been dramatic, such as wars or celebrations.
Q: How do you spend your time when you are not writing?
My first love in life is dancing so I continue to dance, to keep myself motivated and fit. I also enjoy reading books, fiction and non-fiction. I must confess that I am a Sci-Fi geek, so the weekends are for catching up on my favorite Sci-Fi shows and/or movies.
Q: What do you read for pleasure?
Similar to my musical taste, I have an eclectic taste in books. I enjoy reading mysteries, thrillers, and supernatural as far as fiction books. Non-fiction, I like to read biographies, historical events, religion, politics, and poetry.
Q: What are your plans for the future?
To travel more and see more places for inspiration through cultures and wonderful, diverse group of people.
Hadel spoke about her book of poems, haikus and sayings titled From the Heart: A Journey of Love, published by Hope and Life Press in October 2014. She also narrated a few lines from one of her poems and spoke about how being Jordanian, with personal ancestry dating back to the Crucifixion, she experiences the current plight of the persecuted Christians in the Middle East. From the Heart: A Journey of Loveis available in paperback and ebook editions from Amazon and major booksellers.
Earlier this month, our Jordanian-American poetry author Hadel Ma’ayeh was also interviewed and featured in Arab Women Magazine. Titled Hadel S. Ma’ayeh – A Woman of Many Talents, please click of the aforementioned link to read Hadel’s interview.
From the Heart – A Journey of Love by the Jordanian-American author and HuffPo Passionista Hadel S. Ma’ayeh (Hope & Life Press, 2014) is now the #4 Bestseller in Middle Eastern Poetry books in Canada. From the Heart is available from major booksellers worldwide in paperback and ebook editions.
Hadel Ma’ayeh’s book of poems, haikus and sayingsFrom the Heart – A Journey of Love(Hope & Life Press, 2014) has just been selected by Austin Roarers™ as a “great recommendation” for readers on Goodreads. Powers said that Ma’ayeh’s book was “one of the most fantastic works I have had the honor to read, rate and review.” From the Heart – A Journey of Love can be obtained in paperback and ebook editions directly from ourselves, Amazon globally, and major booksellers.
Hadel S. Ma’ayeh, our Huffington Post Passionista and Jordanian-American author of the book of poetry, haikus and sayings From the Heart – A Journey of Love, has been featured in the Mundelein Review. From the Heart made Amazon’s list of Hot Releases in Middle Eastern Literature. It was released in paperback and ebook editions by Hope and Life in October 2014.