Sunday, February 23, 2014

THE LIBYAN will be going to London...

My agent, my editor, and myself, on three different continents, will be working very hard this week.  The deadline is the 27th, and if all goes as planned, THE LIBYAN will be submitted at The London Book Fair.
When I started writing THE LIBYAN, I had no idea the road I would be going on after the book was finished. For two years I wrote day and night.  I relied on my own experience of having lived in so many different countries and meeting so many fascinating people. I finally decided the best way to introduce the rest of the world to Libya was through the eyes of Lina. Through Lina, we meet Kamal, the Libyan. 
Kamal is the product of many Libyans I met, both here in the U.S. and in Libya.  He is traditional, handsome, loving, generous, well-educated, stubborn...and very complex
I have been humbled and very encouraged by the reviews I have received.  However, I also realized that if I wanted to bring my book to the next level, I needed the help of an agent.  I didn't think I could find one I would like enough to share my book with, or one who believes in my book as much as I do.  Then, completely by chance, I met her, my perfect fit for an agent.  She has educated and prepared me for the world of publishing, and I am so excited to be going on this new journey.
THE LIBYAN will first be sold for English rights, then Foreign, then Arabic, then Film...

Friday, February 21, 2014

Ted Nugent, take a good look at yourself...

I find it repulsive, in the most culturally diversified country in the world , that there are people like Ted Nugent. At such moments I feel ashamed and disgust for Americans who think like him. Calling the President of the United States a sub-human mongrel is not only disrespectful and offensive to the Presidency but more, to the ideals of democracy on which this nation is built.  Mongrel refers to the president Obama being of mixed am I, as are my children. I absolutely celebrate my mixed heritage! As for you, Nugent, take a good look at yourself in the mirror. What you should see is a  bigot who should at the very least, shut your mouth. 

Friday, February 14, 2014


To be deeply loved gives you strength,
While to love deeply gives you courage.
- Lao Tze -