Monday, June 19, 2017

Workshop with Lilas

So You Have the Burning Itch to be a Novelist? 

Let's work together. Registration is open for a workshop I'm giving on novel writing in Houston this September.  Registration and more information at the Fig Writer's Studio




Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Proud to announce that Bitter Almonds won the 2017 International Book Award in the Fiction-Multicultural category.



Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Recent review of Bitter Almonds:

"[P]age-turning, heart-worming plot." Women's Review of Books magazine Vol33, No. 4, July/August 2016


Thursday, September 1, 2016

NAAWA Person of the Month

I'm honored to be chosen Person of the Month by the National Arab American Women's Association NAAWA for the month of September 2016:

"Her books marry all her experiences, as do her enchanting characters bringing Syrians, Americans and Palestinians together and through them raging against the frustrations, oppression and wounds that cause so many tragedies." Read full article here.

Friday, August 19, 2016

The Monster Above the Boy's Bed

Boom! I am a monster, bellowed the monster above the bed
     I am not afraid, says the boy with dry eyes
But it's my job to scare you, says the monster
     Who gave you this job? Asks the boy
My creator, answers the monster. He made you, too.
     Why? Asks the boy
So I would have someone to scare, answers the monster
     Who did He make first, me or you? Asks the boy
Me, of course, huffs the monster. I am mighty. I am older and bigger than you.
     But you do not scare me, says the boy. Your job is useless.
Why do you not fear me? Asks the monster
     Because He spoke to me, this Creator, answers the boy
When? Asks the monster
     When you turned my home into dust and mixed it with my blood, answers the boy
What did He tell you? Asks the monster
     He said once I have seen who is stronger than you, I should not fear you, says the boy
Who is stronger than me? Huffs the monster
     Him, cries the boy

Friday, June 17, 2016

Bitter Almonds has a new look! Now available in paperback in the UK, Middle East, India and Australia.