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IR Approved Author Nejoud Al-Yagout: “This novel is my bow, my curtsy, my waltz, to freedom of speech.” 

When the Haboob Sings received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title.

Following find an interview with author Nejoud Al-Yagout.

What is the name of the book and when was it published?

The book is titled When the Haboob Sings. It was published on May 20th, 2019. 

What’s the book’s first line?

How did I get here?

What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”. 

This is a fictional story about a daring Middle Eastern female writer who is penalized after she publicly challenges the patriarchal and ideological status quo. 

What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event?

This novel is my bow, my curtsy, my waltz, to freedom of speech. 

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book? 

To salute the avant-garde, noble writers and journalists who risk their reputations to transform our world. Isn’t it time we stop feeding our sensitive egos and let the work of love permeate our communities across the globe?

What’s the most distinctive thing about the main character?  Who-real or fictional-would you say the character reminds you of? 

Dunya is a testament to our ability to transcend dogma without harboring grudges for those who embrace it. She reminds me of any woman in the world who, though provocative and controversial, can continue to cherish and live amongst members of her society even after having risen above their antiquated thought matrices. 

When did you first decide to become an author?

In 2014, after a beloved left our planet. I understood life’s transience and grasped that the temporal realm is an illusion. 


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