In 1997 Saudi Arabia, American teacher Arden Armstrong and Saudi archeologist Faisal Abdul Aziz aren’t even supposed to look at each other, let alone admit any attraction, but their separate struggles for progress in the Kingdom bring them into an unlikely – and dangerous – alliance.
Targeted Age Group:: 15-80
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I lived in Saudi Arabia for many years, and was shocked – after 9/11 – into remembering my strong impressions of the Kingdom and its unique culture and history. I wanted to know why Faisal, a member of the ‘intelligentsia’, would become radical. Since I knew I wasn’t equipped as a writer to actually enter his mind, I was visited by a character – Arden, the naïve young ESL teacher – who could enter his heart.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Arden and Faisal came up with me as their vehicle to give language to their lives.
About the Author:
Award-winning writer Emma Gates was born in New York. She earned a BA in Spanish/Latin American Studies from Indiana University Bloomington, and an MBA with concentration in Arabic/Middle Eastern Studies from Thunderbird. She worked for three years in Mexico and five in Saudi Arabia. She is an international business and telecoms specialist currently living near Chicago with her family and a pair of inscrutable cats.
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