A.X. Ahmad is an architect, writer, and teacher.
He grew up in India before television was invented, and learned to amuse himself while everyone else was napping.
He designed and built buildings in Singapore and the USA, and used to work 14-hour days. Three years ago he quit full time work and started writing. Since then he's published essays, short stories, and magazine articles.
His first novel, THE CARETAKER, will be published by St. Martin's Press in 2013, and the sequel, BOLLYWOOD TAXI, the following year.
Learning how to live a creative life has been an on-going process...
I came across a great series of blog posts about drawing in the New York Times, by the commercial artist James McMullan. In one post, he talks about his process in designing a poster for a play at Lincoln Center. … Continue reading →
After the Bettye LaVette concert last Sunday night in DC, Ms. LaVette, the great soul singer changed out of her black jumpsuit and returned to talk to the audience. She sat at the edge of the stage, clad in jeans, … Continue reading →
Kids are really amazing. As part of my writing workshop, I tell the students that we can talk about anything they want to. One really smart 12 year old raised her hand and asked, “Why are writers alcoholics? Why are … Continue reading →
I have good friends that I’ve never met. Others whom I meet only every three or four months. We email each other regularly, exchange writing, get on Skype and talk about our work and our lives. One of my friends … Continue reading →
The writing workshop that I teach for eight year olds was not going well. One bespectacled boy had decided he didn’t want to write any more. He left his laptop computer, thrust his face into the trash basket, and shouted, … Continue reading →