Please tell readers about your current book.
City of the Sun is a romantic thriller set in Egypt in 1941. It follows an American journalist who came to Cairo to report on the war in North Africa. Mixing true historical events and characters with a fictional story of love and espionage, the novel deals with a little known, yet pivotal moment in history. I wanted the novel to entertain as well as to inform.
Who or what inspires your writing?
I was born in Egypt, but expelled from the country during the Suez Crisis when I was a child. I wanted to understand my Egyptian Jewish roots, so I delved into it and was so fascinated with what I learned that I had to write about it.
When did you know you would be a writer?
I wanted to be a writer since I was 7 years. I loved storytelling and being transported to another world. I also wanted to change the world. So I became a lawyer! Now I found my way back to writing... and I still want to change the world!
How long did it take you to write your first novel?
13 years! The research was huge and never ending. But I loved every second of it.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
That you have to shut yourself off from the world.
Do you have any writing rituals?
I like to write in the morning, have a cup of tea next to me and try to shut off the phones!
Have you written anything else?
I wrote a couple of screenplays. Also as a college student I wrote a play.
Any advice to aspiring writers?
You must be passionate about writing, or do something else.
Who are your favorite Authors?
I grew up in France and must admit to a bias toward the French classic authors. I love Balzac, Goethe and Victor Hugo for the romantics; Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir for the existentialists. But I also love Michael Crichton. His writing is so visual.
What are your favorite books, or which book has impacted you the most?
"The Stranger" by Albert Camus had a huge impact on me. It is in many ways a chilling novel. It is totally devoid of sentimentality, but ultimately shows you how one should not judge our fellow men.
What are you currently reading?
I'm reading Alaa al Aswany's new novel: "The Automobile Club." Al Aswany is a master when it comes to describing Egyptian society, and the human condition in general.
A NOTE FROM JULIANA
I wrote this novel hoping to transport you to another world. An exotic and fascinating world, a world I fell in love with. You'll be surprised at the riches awaiting you there. Come take the journey...
AND NOW THE GIVEAWAY
2 copies are up for grabs if you live in the US!
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