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I began writing when my husband and I were farming in a cabin in the Nile delta—there was a hand pump for water, no electricity, and Wi-Fi didn’t exist!

We moved back to Cairo to raise our family in an apartment overlooking Giza pyramids, and now have a farm in the desert.

Busy raising and educating four children, combatting Cairo traffic on a school run that swallowed much of the day, I juggled freelance assignments to fit around our kids’ education, often working in the middle of the night to meet deadlines, especially when editing and writing for the World Health Organisation.

Retired now, as well as editing, I write web content, paint, bake and enjoy my grandchildren.