I started blogging in 2006 with an urge to talk about social issues that wasn’t addressed properly in the traditional media in Jordan, issues of gender and sexuality that had big effect on the lives of people around me yet neglected by mainstream media.
With time, this space started to be more of a space for myself to communicate my thoughts and ideas that challenge norms and help me understand my surroundings better.
With the amount of posts and thoughts I put through the years in this blog, I was able to come up with some good stories and connect them together into a novel. The bride of Amman (عروس عمان) is my first published novel by Jabal Amman Publisher. It addresses issues of gender and sexuality in Amman, highlights social obsession in marriage and takes us on a journey with characters who fall off the boundaries of this important institution that is still considered to be the gate for any Arab society.
Since its depute, Aroos Amman generated much success. It has been in Jamalon’s top 10 best sellers of 2012, a best seller in Readers bookshop though 2013 and recently a best seller in Virgin Megastore in during Feb/March 2014. It is even generating more interest now after more than two years. The 3rd print of the book is currently in the market. We are also working on an English translation that is set to be published worldwide in the 3rd quarter of 2015.