Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a former photographer and journalist from Egypt. I worked almost 20 years covering Asia and the Middle East. I speak four languages fluently and have lived in many countries around the world. I have numerous publications in the printed media, regularly get commissioned for pieces in literary review magazines and have published three novels, five non-fiction works, all of which were commissioned by the Royal Danish Art Foundation.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Palace of Angels is based on a true story and is the last (or first) of three novels from Palestine/Israel. The
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
As I think in Arabic and write in both Arabic, English and Danish, I often write as said in one language – in the second language. It creates very humorous conversations with my editors.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Tawfiq Al-Hakim, Naquib Mahfouz and many of the great writers in the world but in particular the Middle East and Egypt.
What are you working on now?
I am working on the fifth volume of non-fiction books in the ‘Zaki’ series. However I am also taking a breather for a month, washing my clothes, cooking dinner and yelling at my children, for I have been in bootcamp for one-and-a-half years with the latest novel 🙂
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I spend more time writing, I should promote more, so here I am.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I find the best way to write is with your heart
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
To not fear death for thus it becomes impossible to live
What are you reading now?
Shookofeh Azar, The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree
What’s next for you as a writer?
To keep writing and to share my work and ideas with the world. Ideas of creating a new reality for ourselves and our children.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Books that have a lot of pages so I have enough paper to start a fire