My debut novel, Finding Nouf, and two follow-up novels, City of Veils and Kingdom of Strangers, have been international bestsellers and have been published in 45 countries. Believe me, I am just as surprised as you are. The books were inspired by my life in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where I lived in a conservative neighborhood with my then-husband and his family, who were Saudi-Palestinians. If by chance you are any of the dozens of editors who rejected my first novel because "people don't like reading about Arabs," then I hope these successes will encourage you to think otherwise.
In 2006 I completed my Masters of Fine Arts in Fiction at Columbia University. While I am proud of this accomplishment, my hard-won advice for young writers is: save yourself a lifetime of student loan debt, stop supporting our culture's elitist fixation on pedigrees, and go out and make waves with your bad self.
I am currently working on four novel projects which will take a combined decade to come to fruition because that's how I roll. For press and publicity information, click here.