Omar Farhad was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. He immigrated to the United States in 1987 and currently lives in California. He holds an associate’s degree in aviation and a Bachelor of Science in Global Economics, both from US universities.
Interview with Omar Farhad:
Matthew Toffolo: What is the general theme and tone of your novels?
Omar Farhad: First off, I want to thank you for allowing me the opportunity to speak with you. My novel is political in nature. My intent was to point out the failures of the United States government and its policies regarding Afghanistan. In some ways, I feel the novel, that I wrote four years ago, has predicted what is currently happening.
MT: Why should people buy your novels?
OF: So they can be entertained while also being informed about Afghanistan and the complex nature of its geographic location, politics, and neighbors the country is dealing with and learn about a culture that the west is completely unaware of.
MT: How would you describe your novels in just two words?
OF: Realistic. Unpredictable.
MT: What movie have you seen the most in your life?
OF: Groundhog Day. My current job is very similar to the movie’s story line.
MT: Was being a novel writer something you’ve always dreamed of doing?
OF: I have always wanted to write for as long as I can remember. I am able to write, however, when I was younger I lacked the discipline required to sit down and write. As I matured in age, I gained the patience and discipline.
MT: Do you have an all-time favorite novel? Have you read a novel more than once?
OF: Caravans, a novel by James A. Michener. No, I do not read books twice.
MT: What motivates you to write?
OF: For one, it is a great way for me to decompress and escape my life for a bit. I am a deep thinker. Through my daily encounters of seeing something, hearing a piece of music or feeling strongly about an idea, I am drawn to write about it.
MT: What artist would you love to have dinner with?
OF: Robert De Niro. In my opinion, he is the most renowned actor that fits in any role.
MT: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
OF: I am passionate about humanity. I speak five languages. To me each language represents a culture. Without a deep understanding of other languages and cultures, many similarities about human beings are lost or misunderstood by many. Wish for more people to take the time to learn more languages and understand other cultures, it would help to erase racism, inequality, and mistreatment of people around the world.
MT: Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
OF: As a writer, I still feel an immature and think I still have a lot to learn. For those who are thinking of writing, I say, do not wait, let yourself go and say what you feel is important in your mind. Write something meaningful, something of substance that will leave people with a lasting memory of what you have said.
Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go to http://www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.