Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Workshop through the Houston Writers Guild

Join me to discuss Rhetorical Devices as part of the Houston Writers Guild fall/winter seminar series on Thursday, Oct 26 from 3 -5 pm. No registration required. Free to all Houston writers. Click here for details.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Workshop Update


Let's help out Houston residents in these difficult times. All proceeds from my workshop will be donated to the hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Starting date is pushed to September 16 to accommodate participants. Registration is open now. For more info, please visit The Fig Writer's Studio 

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