I’m returning to the world of living, also known as social media! After a two year hiatus, and becoming an almost English Literature graduate (Summer 2019), I am ready to begin sharing my stories and travels with you again.
To find out what direction I was heading in, I needed a break offline to work out what that was. During the time away, I began a sequel to my novel, Jasmine Falling, (for those of you who have followed me before, you will know that I wrote Jasmine Falling, a fictional story based in my heritage homeland of Palestine). But writing the sequel wasn’t as easy as I thought. It wasn’t about the technicality of writing or a lack of storyline. It was something deeper. I couldn’t capture how my feelings have changed, how the Occupation is making me see my character’s through different eyes and ultimately I wasn’t sure how to translate that to fiction in a setting so close to my heart.
So I took a break from all the expectations. I began a writing journal, explored more, spent time in the souks of Jerusalem, the rainforests of Borneo, exploring life in the UAE and back home on the streets of London. What I realised from the break was that I love getting lost in my travels.
I find stories in photographs, conversations, a shared story, a scene, a sight and so begins another story in my writing journal; another point of view to share. I also find we change, we grow up, priorities shift and so the time comes when a new book, what starts as a seedling is nurtured into something bigger.
I want to share the world I see through the eyes of a wandering novelist. My main focus is now sharing my travels, my stories, writing advice, diverse literature and book recommendations straddling the East & West.
I hope to write to you soon & hear your points of view as you join me for the journey.