More About Marwa




Marwa is a revolutionary, Egyptian dreamer. She holds a B.Sc. in Pharmacy from Alexandria University, and a Master's degree from Bath Spa University (2012). 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 major 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 second 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 several 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, travelling, walking, baking (and trying new recipes), coffee, photography, taking care of her small garden, exquisite dark chocolate, vanilla cheesecake, watching good films and dramas (especially starring Kate Winslet or Michelle Williams), analysing human nature, and exploring it in her writings.

She is often late for appointments and meetings and has no clue why. She is also an introvert, in every possible meaning of the word, more particularly an intuitive empath. 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 famous 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.

“I'm that complicated, mysterious, yet content with the simple things in life. Don't try to understand me; you won't figure me out. But you're free to like me the way I am.” - Marwa Ayad