What inspired you to write your memoir?
My experiences as an English teacher in the countries of Oman and Saudi Arabia in the weeks, months and years following September 11th 2001.
About your Book:
Book 1 My Year in Oman
What do you do when you find yourself alone in Arabia during the beginning of the War On Terror? A month after the September 11th attacks, the somewhat skeptical teacher and ex-paratrooper decides to take a job teaching English in the Sultanate of Oman. In spite of the warnings of friends, family and the U.S. State Department, the author arrives in Oman to find the country is nothing that he had imagined.
Book 2 Another Year in Oman
What do you do when you are a lone American in Arabia during the War On Terror and you fall in love with an Arab woman?
In the second of a three book series describing his life in the Middle East after the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, the author finds he is alone again in the remote regions of Arabia. To make matters worse, the U.S. is gearing up for an invasion of Iraq to the north and everyone is looking at the author, the only American in the region, with even greater suspicion. In the middle of it all he finds himself involved in a surrealistic, clandestine relationship.
But is it real, or is it just a dream? It’s up to you to decide.
Book 3 Killing Time in Saudi Arabia
What would you do if you found yourself in the middle of the War On Terror, without knowing it? What would you do if you worked for a company that didn’t care if you lived or died?
In the third book of his American Experiences in Arabia During the War On Terror series, Matthew D. Heines takes a job as an English Instructor training National Guard Officers for the Saudi Arabian military. After his arrival, thanks to Iraq and Abu Ghraib prison, the heaviest fighting erupts in Riyadh during the years 2004-2005. For eighteen months, the author experiences life in the Middle of the War On Terror. It’s crazy, funny and tragic, all at the same time.
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I could not find an agent who knew where or what the country of Oman was, and when I finally did, she sat on my manuscript for a year. Once I found out I could publish myself and not have to write to fit some publisher’s niche, I couldn’t get my first book out fast enough. Unfortunately, the publisher was more interested in money than my success. It was not until I finally published the book, to include formatting, editing and design that I was finally happy and pleased to offer the book to you.
How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
It is much more difficult.
Matthew Heines is a teacher and a writer. He has taught from Anchorage, Alaska, to Washington State in the U.S. He has also taught English for seven years in the Sultanate of Oman and four years under military contracts in Saudi Arabia. He is a graduate of Washington State University and the University of Alaska in Anchorage. To pay for college, he served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, United States Army.