Margaritë Camaj, also known as Magi, grew up in the Bronx, New York, but has Albanian roots that go deep into her being. She is a New York State Attorney. Her passion is music and words, which is why she loves songwriting and Entertainment Law. Magi is an Author of 7 self-published works of literature and and has been writing since she was 7 years old. She is a lover of knowledge and versatility, which explains her Bachelor’s degree in History, Spanish, and Theology.
Her works of literature range from novels to poetry to children’s books. He Will Exist, Souls Up, Words Can’t Explain, Only You Know , and FEEL, will give the reader access to the inner workings of her mind and heart while searching for your own soul. Where is Love? and Open Your Mind, are two books written for children to give them an opportunity to introduce them to their inner powers before entering the real world.
She calls writing, “her survival method.” “It is my escape,” she says. Her favorite topic to write about is her theory on love, which she believes to be the most powerful and immortal thing to exist even though humans are flawed.
Margaritë is a humanist. Being a daughter of immigrants and an immigrant herself, gives her the drive needed to unite the Albanian community and open up doors of opportunity to today’s Albanian-American generation. Being a NYC native coming from a low-income neighborhood, it drove Magi, in her adulthood, to bring to light the issues present in the underprivileged areas in the boroughs of NYC. She calls the children who grow up in these areas, “The Rare Roses of New York City.” She says, “What many may view as a disadvantage to these children, turns out to be an advantage if they remain focused.” She spreads this message through writings, mentoring children, and by using social media as an outlet. She thinks that everyone should know her simply by how she makes them feel through her words rather than by her credentials. Magi believes that if you connect with her words, that is enough.
NY Elite Interview with Author Margaritë Camaj
NY Elite: What projects are you currently working on?
Margaritë Camaj: I am always writing. I have just written a song in English and Albanian for Elsa Dedi titled “Nuk Mundi Pa Ty.” My passion is writing and I try to utilize it in every way possible.
NY Elite: What books have you written thus far?
Margaritë Camaj: I have published 7 works of literature. They are titled: “He Will Exist,” “Souls Up,” “Words Can’t Explain,” “Only You Know,” “Open Your Mind,” “Where is Love?,” and “FEEL.” They are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and they have sold internationally as well. I have written poetry, novels, and two children books. They all have different themes, but they all share a message that will resonate with the soul. I am a big advocate of love and of the mind. I try to fit that in everything.
NY Elite: What genre are your books?
Margaritë Camaj: I write poetry, novels, fiction, and nonfiction. I think that every single genre has something special about them.
NY Elite: What draws you to this genre?
Margaritë Camaj: When I write, I don’t think of what genre to incorporate my writings in. I just write and then it fits into whatever genre it ends up fitting in. All of my writings come from the soul. It is the most sacred place to me where I can share rawness with others. Hopefully people can relate and find a different part of their soul that they didn’t know existed, when reading mine.
NY Elite: What are your biggest accomplishments thus far?
Margaritë Camaj: Becoming a NY Attorney and publishing my books.
NY Elite: What is your writing process like?
Margaritë Camaj: I get this rush when I write. It is like a spark. I have to write whenever something comes to me or else I will feel like I will lose it forever. It really feels like a part of me has become lost. When I get that rush, it gives me life because it is proof that I am alive and that I am in touch with my soul. At the same time, it is draining because I feel too much. I don’t know what it is like to just get through life without digging deep into your own soul and the soul of others. To me, every single thing is inspiration. Writing is my release, but the process comes with pain. Then again, every blessing does.
NY Elite: What three social topics/theme do you care mostly about and why?
Margaritë Camaj: I care about the unprivileged children of New York City: regarding poverty, education, and just opportunity in general. I grew up in a very poor neighborhood and having experienced different sides, I know that there is little to no opportunity in those areas. I firmly believe that if they remain focused, they can turn their disadvantages into advantages. However, I do believe that education should be equal no matter where the school is located—and unfortunately, it is anything but equal.
NY Elite: What are your top three favorite books/scripts?
Margaritë Camaj: My favorite book of all time is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I have literally read that book hundreds of times—and I find something new in it every single time. It holds some of my favorite quotes. I love anything by Pablo Neruda; he is my favorite poet. I also love reading songs in general. I like to pick the lyrics out and read them without the music sometimes—they tell a story themselves.
NY Elite: As a writer, what is the most important aspect of building a character?
Margaritë Camaj: The most important aspect of building a character is to envision the character and put your own self in the character’s footsteps. Your imagination is important here.
NY Elite: What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Margaritë Camaj: I just want to continue writing from my soul. Wherever that takes me will make me happy.
NY Elite: Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
Margaritë Camaj: Jennifer Lawrence. I love everything about her and what she represents.
NY Elite: Do you express yourself creatively in any other ways?
Margaritë Camaj: I play the piano. I also think that just living could create—if you look at the world through certain eyes.
NY Elite: Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
Margaritë Camaj: I always listen to songs that I love or go to certain places that give me the most inspiration. Sometimes, however, I learn that writer’s block usually comes from not being in touch with what is internal. When you fix what is internal, it manifests externally as well.
NY Elite: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Margaritë Camaj: Dig deep into your soul and just write what you feel. Nothing can ever be more real.