My writing career began when I was seven years old. I had an amazing teacher—Mrs.Pridatt—who told me I was going to be an author and that she would look for my books some day. I used to call her over, just to breathe her in: She smelled like perfumed press powder and walked in friendly clip-clops, her clogs smacking the floor. Perhaps she had something to do with me becoming both a teacher and a writer but it was a move to the Middle East that prompted me to publish my work.
Together, with my husband and two children, I lived in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 2000 to 2005. I privately tutored, taught elementary school and journalism at a women’s college, and enjoyed almost every minute of it. From day to day living, through 9-11, the invasion of Afghanistan and the war in Iraq, journeying to a foreign land and crossing the chasm of culture and religion enriched, challenged, and ultimately shaped my view of the world.
I began freelancing for the national paper, The Gulf News, and was a regular contributor to the publication’s glossy magazine, Friday. I wrote research pieces for Liberty Magazine, an American publisher based in Dubai and contributed to Stitches, the Canadian Journal of Medical Humor.