Nazri, the best seller author from KK and my friend
I’ll be honest, I haven’t seen Nazri Noor in probably more than a decade, maybe even two. But that is not really important. The thing is, like all (well, most) my friendships, re-connecting is so easy, and it is the same with Nazri.
We used to work at the New Sabah Times. He was seated in front of me, and I would sometimes stare at him for inspiration. It was a strange habit on my part and some people have told me it is rude to stare. Anyway, he was stylish back then (and probably still is). with his cowboy boots. With my over congested memory bank I can remember how he looked like, and his boots and pulling his hair, but don’t ask me what type of shirt he likes and all that. I won’t remember. What I do remember is his ability to weave words together and mesmerise his readers. I was definitely one of them. I remember reading his first story in the New Sabah Times — a story about roaches, or more specifically how Nazri squishes and squashes them into extinction. I often skip a story after reading the first paragraph, especially the boring ones. His was, despite the subject matter, interesting. I thought he was very skillful in his use of words. I thought he would go far as a writer. Probably I was even envious of his mastery in weaving words and sentences and turning them into poetry, but envious or not, I felt that Nazri, who was then just young man (he was in his 20s and I consider that still young) was/is a one-of-the-kind writer — one who could make you eat what is otherwise just so-so because his words made them so delectable that you simply must have a bite of whatever he wrote about or else die forever in a state of craving. He was that skillful.
I remember he was loved, particularly by restaurateurs because he made their food sound delicious (I loved him too because he lets me pull his hair and didn’t mind my staring at him).
It was thrilling therefore when I found out that he has become one of Amazon’s best seller author with his Darkling Mage series.
Again, I don’t think it was surprising. He is a good writer. If anyone could make me finish reading an article about roaches, it was him. I remember another writer grumbling about the roach story, but the thing is she finished reading the story too. In my book, if a writer is capable of making a reader consume his story right to the end, he is a very good one. Nowadays, boring books are my best medicine for insomnia. But I am sure Nazri’s books won’t be one of them.