About Marwa

Marwa is an Egyptian dreamer. She holds a B.Sc. in Pharmacy from Alexandria University, and an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. She has always been passionate about writing and the English language. She has worked as a pharmacist, an English-language instructor, Internet Consultant for Google and (later) Microsoft, Publisher's Assistant for a UK bookseller, Educational Editor/ Curriculum Developer for Booz Allen Hamilton, as well as a freelance writer and editor. She is also currently working on her first horror novel.

Her debut novel The Years of Silence was published in 2009 in Egypt; it was a national bestseller.

Marwa has been writing in English since childhood. A few poems of hers were published in American anthologies many years ago. She mainly wrote poetry until years ago when her Poetic Muse suddenly disappeared. While searching for her, Marwa started working on a few drafts, until the right plot started shaping itself somehow, and she was able to finish writing her first novel - by herself - without the help of workshops, or tutors. 

Her Poetic Muse shows up now from time to time.

She loves reading fiction, listening to music, looking after her cat, travelling, walking, baking (and trying new recipes), coffee, photography, dark chocolate, vanilla cheesecake, watching good films and shows, analysing human nature, and exploring it in her writings.

She is also an introvert, in every possible meaning of the word. Oh, and she is terribly allergic to dust, smoke and fake/toxic people in any way, shape or form. 

Her sun sign is Aquarius; and according to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator she is an INFP (idealist/dreamer). Intuition, psychology, spirituality, love stories, dreams and the subconscious mind are among subjects she is very interested in.

She enjoys her times of solitude and hopes one day she can time travel. Even though she has seen more than her share of ups and downs, she remains hopelessly optimistic.

She read Anna Karenina when she was fifteen, and it changed her life.

Patrick Watson - Lighthouse

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