Leaving Egypt with Paula Sadok

Roisin Spragg

Tell us something unexpected about yourself!

My favorite thing to do is show up in a foreign country with a backpack, a guidebook and a reservation for the first night. Then I just go where the road takes me.


What novels affected you the most growing up?

Gone with the Wind, the Pearl, The Good Earth. Anything that pulled at my heart and made me cry.



Where did the idea for your current book come from?

Right before my wedding, my mother, my grandmother and I were at the ritual bath preparing me for the ceremony. I looked at the three of us and thought about how different each of our journeys to this very moment had been. That was when I knew I wanted to write about mothers and daughters.



Do you think there’s any way you could ever run out of ideas for books?

No. I have several ideas. What to do with them once I have them though, is a completely different story.



What is your routine for writing and has this method changed over the span of your career?

I started writing my novel before I was a mother and before I had a full time job, so I had a lot more time. Now, I try hard to find and hour here and there and commit completely to that hour.



How important is marketing and social media for you?

In my daily life, not very, but as a way to connect to potential readers, it’s invaluable.



What advice would you have for other writers?

What is writing, if not rewriting?



What are you reading now?

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana.


What’s your next step?

Get the word out to as many people as possible!


Follow Paula Sadok on Twitter: @paulasadok

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