1) Do you have an imaginary friend? Can you describe him/her?
I must have had an imaginary friend when I was young but can not remember much other than it was a girl. But my daughters do hear me talking to myself sometimes when I am driving and another driver suddenly cuts off in front me of me, and ask me whether I am talking to an imaginary friend!
2) How many languages do you speak?
I speak Arabic, French, and English.
3) Now, in which language do you think?
I used to think in Arabic first. When I went to a French school for 15 years i started thinking in French. Later when I went to American and Australian universities for 10 years I started thinking in English. Who knows what’s next...
4) Who do you talk to when writing your stories or drawing your paintings?
When I am excited about a new story I love talking about it to my daughters and husband. Hearing myself talking about it helps me view it from another perspective and provides me with fresh ideas.
5) What does “wonder” means to you?
Wonder makes me think of something amazing, eliciting the feeling of Awe, just basking in the inherent beauty of nature (a beautiful forest, a river, a mountain...), in the essence of being, and the goodness of the universe, as I focus on the present moment.
6) Be honest, why do you write?
I compare writing to relaxation. When I write, i can literally feel the “feel-good” hormones flowing through, helping me relax, and bringing in a feeling of pure happiness.
7) What is your earliest recollection of a book you enjoyed looking at and listening to as a family member read it to you?
My earliest recollection of a book was the “wizard of oz” in Arabic. I must have been 6 years old and remember looking at the illustrations over and over again without ever getting bored of it.