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Ameena Hussein, one of the well known names in the Sri Lankan Literary Sphere, is publisher at the Perera Hussein Publishing House, and a writer. Influenced by her work in sociology, Ameena began writing short stories and eventually published her first book Fifteen in 1999. It was short listed for the Sri Lankan based Gratiaen Prize but was labeled ‘man-hating’ by the judges. Her second book of short stories Zillij appeared in 2003 and won the State Literary Prize. Her first novel, The Moon in the Water,published in 2009, was long listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize. She is currently at work on her second novel.
TGBC:-The best compliment and the worst criticism that has come your way?
AH:-Best compliment when readers who were adopted thought that I had written The Moon in the Water in a very authentic manner; worst criticism is that I am more a Sociologist than a writer when I write.