Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Logo Gift

No that isn't a typo! For Eid I was gifted a logo by my son and daughter. I also have a new website to promote my book and my writing! It was quite a shock on Eid when my son showed me my website on his TV screen in front of everyone! Who knew what these kids were up to? Apparently they did it quite quickly too. You can check it out at Christine Dupuis .com. After that they told me that they had contacted Farhana Faruq (you may know her as Sketched Soul from her blog)  to design a logo for me. All I had to do was collaborate with her and ta da, a new logo would be created. I played with the idea of using my blog name here and a logo with a shoe but then I thought my readers wouldn't really find me as they now knew me by my real name because of my book  and plus with my new website too, I decided to use my real name on the logo. So, then, I thought about what design details I would want in my logo. Of course I chose a book, but then, I needed something to show how it was written. I told her to give me samples of different writing implements along with a book. I chose what appealed to me and then I thought I wanted to show something about my kids, since I wasn't using the shoe anymore, so I came up with the idea of stars coming out of the book. We kept tweaking it with different sizes, colours, positions, fonts and experimenting with 2D vs 3D until after consultations with my family I finally made my choice. So voila!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Sarnia ArtWalk -June 3/17

I know talk about last minute! Today I will be at the Sarnia ArtWalk in front of the library from 3-5 pm selling my book BREEZES,CURRENTS and SIGHS. At the same time my daughter will be doing Henna tatoos. Come out and see us at the Sarnia Muslim Association booth.

My last booksigning was an awesome experience at RamadanFest. Not only did I have a booth where I signed and sold my booth next to two other authors including my friend Huda, but I also got to go on stage and read a selection from my book, microphone and all! It was a great chance to share my writing with the Muslim community in Mississauga.

Hope to see you today at ArtWalk!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Ramadan Festival Book Signing

I had my second book signing which took place at the library as snow fell even though its spring. Small turnout made for a cozy reading. Family and friends showed up.  I read one story and one poem. The book is now available at the library.

My third book signing insha Allah will be in Mississauga, hitting the big times now by going to the GTA! Its all happening at the Ramadan Festival on May 21st from 12-8 pm. Won't you stop by?

Monday, March 6, 2017

I Wrote a Book!!!

I've been very busy launching my new book this year alhumdullilah. Its an anthology with six other authors which is a compilation from our writing club. We've been working on this for over a year and for the other members even longer as they were part of the group before I was aware of it. Its a local writing club and I am the only Muslim among them. Strangely they insisted I write my coming to Islam story and so that's included as well! masha Allah. Some of the stories are fiction but my section is all non-fiction and includes some poetry as well. The title of the book is Breezes, Currents and Sighs,chosen by one of the writers.  We had a book signing already and our books are available for sale from that venue and next month we will be having a reading and signing at the local library. I have also been selling copies to family members (don't worry I didn't charge my parents!) and friends. I have copies floating around all over Ontario, Canada now. The book is getting great reviews, masha Allah.

Here is one : "I have to say you are so talented,great writing. You should think about doing this for a living. The writing was so smooth and engaging. I definitely wanted to read more. Please send me more stuff when you can. I really enjoyed your work.  " JD

and another "a collection of stories and poems by 7 authors from Ontario,Canada. Some are fiction and some are reflections, true accounts of life that resonates with many of us no matter where we are, portrayed in good honest to goodness words"  YH

The book is not for sale at any book store or online but if you want a copy, they are selling for $15 (Canadian) plus shipping (to be determined by your location). you can contact me at omwits at gmail.com, you can pay by e-transfer.

Our writing club is busy preparing to write another book this year. Readers can't wait for our next edition!