August was a busy month filled with different places, family, and lots of love. Now that September is here, I am looking forward to the release of my book next week, on Thursday, September 12th. It feels somewhat like watching my toddler go to her first day of school, or seeing my children bravely leave home to face the world without me to guide them.
In a way, I had been nurturing "THE LIBYAN" since I left Libya. After returning to the United States, my family and I consistently received death threats for years from Ghaddafi's paid thugs, both Libyans and Americans. As the years passed and I became more divorced from my Libyan odyssey, I never forgot the wonderful family I left behind and the nightmare of living in country dictated by a man who looked like a clown and behaved like a monster. He killed his people, raped young girls and plundered the wealth of an oil rich country for himself and his family.
I had always wanted to write "The Libyan", and with encouragement from my friends and family, I finally started writing the day I first saw the protests in Benghazi on CNN.
Now that my journey with "THE LIBYAN" is over, I will release him bravely into the world. I sincerely hope that in doing so, I will introduce my readers to a fascinating country, and put a face on Libya.
Benghazi is not just about the assassination of Americans at the consulate. It is also about an American ambassador who loved the Libyan culture and its people, for basically the same reasons I did.