Magi Camaj is a well-known Albanian Writer that has written many books so far. Besides writing books, she is also an Attorney, Author, Artist, Editor, and a songwriter. Camaj grew up in the Bronx, New York and she’s been writing ever since she was a little girl, starting at around 7-years-old.
1. How did you get into writing? What inspired or motivated you?
I’ve been writing ever since I was a little girl, starting at around 7-years-old. Lyrics in music and different emotions have inspired me to pick up the pen. Writing and music were always my outlets in expressing myself and my emotions.
2. Tell us more about your genre & your books you‘ve published so far
I have published books in many different genres of literature. I have published, Novels, Science Fiction, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Children’s Books, Self-help books, Spiritual books, and now an academic book in Philosophy. My writing is diverse and I like to write about a wide range of topics. However, I particularly love writing about love. I can never get enough. I currently have 13 books published. He Will Exist, Souls Up, Words Can’t Explain, Only You Know, FEEL, A Beautiful Human Heart, In Case You Need A Reminder, How To Heal In One Day, I Love: Unë Dua (written in English and in my native language: Albanian), Run To God, and The Examination of Real Love, will give the reader access to the inner workings of my mind and heart while they search for their own soul. Where is Love? and Open Your Mind, are two books that I wrote for children in order to give them an opportunity to introduce them to their inner powers before entering the real world.
3. Where can we buy your books?
You can buy my books essentially everywhere, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble. My books have sold internationally and throughout the US.
4. What’re your future plans? Where do you find inspiration to write?
5. The tradition of women writing has been much ignored due to the inferior position women have held in male-dominated societies. How can we change this perception?
Keep writing. Women have to take control and just keep doing what we are doing. Keep pouring our soul into words and others will have no choice but to feel our power. Women are so beautiful and so strong. Besides, those who are underestimated always win in the end.
6. Did you face any complications as a woman in the field of literature?
Many people use the phrase, “Women should empower other women.” And, that is so beautiful. I, wholeheartedly, agree. But, I have seen some people use that phrase and be completely hypocritical with its use, usually coming from our own community. We should do better. I have seen some people preach feminism, but then turn around and try to attack someone’s character and work, who they don’t know, because of whatever internal reasons. Other than that, I am truly blessed with the support that I have always received and it fills my heart when others, especially, young girls, are inspired. This is for them, especially for the Albanian girls.
7. Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication on the Rights of Women (1792) is a landmark treatise that paved the way for many women after her to not only publish their works but also to engage in the overall critical discourse surrounding the issue of women in literature. Are there any women writers that have inspired you to keep writing?
Lauryn Hill. Her lyrics are poetry and have highly inspired me as a young girl. I grew up listening to her. My favorite is, “How you gon’ win when you ain’t right within?” It forces us to look internally instead of just focusing on the external. Our souls are worth more than gold. Additionally, Emily Jane Brontë has also greatly inspired me. Her book, Wuthering Heights, is my favorite novel to this day. I have read it too many times to count. The love in that novel has left an immense impact on me. My favorite quote is, “He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same; and Linton’s is as different as a moonbeam from lightening, or frost from fire.” “My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods: time will change it, I’m well aware, as winter changes the trees.”
8. And finally, what’s your advice to Beat Sexism supporters?
Don’t look at the surface. Don’t preoccupy yourself with judging how anyone looks. It is all about the soul. The spirit. The aura. Keep your focus there.