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In A Labor of Love and Inside Scoop, I describe the catastrophic delivery of my son.

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Broken: Diary of a Muslim Woman is about a young woman named Nadia. She was born and raised in California into a Muslim family. By any account, she has a privileged life. Yet a tragic event unravels her.

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You’ll notice the names of the characters are the same in both ebooks – as are some of the details:

Nadia’s mother has passed away in a car accident. Nadia has cheated on her husband. Aydin is trying to forgive her.

Here’s how my current novel evolved:

  1. I had a traumatic delivery experience.
  2. I thought it was a good idea to write about it & took a stab.
  3. I ended up writing a novel – and I mean an entire novel. 344 pages.
  4. Then I shelved the book. Why? Because the story doesn’t work as a novel. It needs to be told as a real account.
  5. Years later, I finally have the distance I need from the traumatic delivery experience to write about it as my experience.
  6. I basically divide the one book into two: I take out everything that has to do with my delivery experience and set it aside. Although I won’t use the material in its current fictional form, I will certainly use the details (which are true) to help inform my memoir about HELLP.
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