What inspired you to write your memoir?
Living in an Islamic society in Cairo, Egypt, and working at a Muslim school, all for the first time, gave me a lot of material to write about. I learned and saw a great deal, all while working with Egyptian Muslim children and teachers. The school was very different; students learned the Koran and were given time for prayers in the mosque, which was located in the school. There were things I liked and didn't like about the culture, and I made many cultural faux pas, but I adapted. My memoir is about my perceptions of the schools, culture, and people, and what it was like to live in Cairo for two years.
About your Book:
Traveling across the globe to work in an international school in Cairo, Egypt, was not exactly the glamorous lifestyle I thought it would be. I cherished my travels to the Red Sea, delighted in visiting the Pyramids, and appreciated the natural wonders of the Nile River. However, I also spent days without electricity or internet, was leered at by rude Egyptian men, breathed in Cairo’s cancerous black smog, and coaxed school work from rich, apathetic students. Why the heck did I do it? So I could experience the unexpected, explore the extraordinary, and bask in the thrill of adventure! Whether you’re a traveler or not, you will be astounded at this honest and riveting account of learning to live in an Islamic society, while confronting the daily challenges of being an educator in a Muslim school.
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I published this book through Create Space and KDP. My previous book was published traditionally, but I liked the idea of completing the entire process on my own. Everything from the book cover, to the photos, to formatting, etc. was done by me. I also like the idea of seeing where my book is selling and my royalties immediately.
How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
When writing a memoir the bulk of it is considered true and personal. That in itself is different from other books. A memoir includes both good and bad and the author lets it all out in his or her writing. Writing a memoir can be embarrassing at times, cathartic for the author, and a learning experience for the reader.
Jill is an international educator and published author who writes about her experiences living and working in schools and countries around the world. She currently lives in her seventh country, Honduras, with her husband, Dan, and her Yorkie-Poo, Mickey. While working as an elementary principal, Jill also travels, does scrap booking, reads obsessively, photographs the beautiful countries and people of Latin America, and muddles her way through the Spanish language. Jill loves her life as an international educator, and most days, feels like she is living her dream.