My latest contemporary fiction, Silent Heroes, looks at the War in Afghanistan from a different perspective: that of the soldiers taking part in it and of the Afghan people caught in it. Because there are always two sides to a story. Part of my research was listening to music. I’ll share with you a few songs that now remind me of the courageous Afghan people.Continue reading “Songs that Remind me of Silent Heroes: the Afghan people”
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a book cover surely tells an entire story, giving out clues to the unexpected secrets hidden inside the pages it guards.Continue reading “Secrets Hidden in a Book Cover”
Music evokes vibrant images and these three tunes are only a few of the songs that remind me of the fighting Marines, the main characters from my book Silent Heroes.
I mostly do my writing in a quiet space, listening to the words playing in my mind, but every so often I turn to music for inspiration, for its regular or progressive rhythm if I must describe a battle scene, or for the emotions it stirs when I am faced with a life-and-death situation.
Welcome to Rafik’s journey. The youngest character in Silent Heroes, Rafik travels from his Afghan village of Nauzad all around Afghanistan. It isn’t a journey made by choice, but out of necessity and bravery.Continue reading “Rafik’s Journey in Silent Heroes. An Afghan Village”
While researching for my latest book, contemporary fiction Silent Heroes, I discovered five secrets which I later revealed in my novel: one of them about the U.S. Marines’ true sacrifices. The other four secrets involve a hidden underground fortress, the hush-hushed holes in the military chain of command, a secret too dangerous to even be researched and shared, involving the Taliban, and one inconceivable in the 21st century, involving women’s rights.Continue reading “5 Secrets Revealed in Silent Heroes. The Humanity of U.S. Marines”
Sometimes, a truth so inconceivable in its existence during the 21st century, like women’s rights under Taliban, is overlooked by mass-media and only revealed in a book: Silent Heroes, When Love and Values Are Worth Fighting for.Continue reading “5 Secrets Revealed in Silent Heroes. Women’s Rights under Taliban”
Books that reveal stories shared in a whisper, confidential political decisions with a major global impact, or secrets in the military chain of command always excite me. As a reader, I tend to pick them from the shelf; as a writer, I create them. My first novel including such hush-hushed military secrecy is Silent Heroes.Continue reading “5 Secrets Revealed in Silent Heroes. The Military Chain of Command”
I love books with secrets. Especially enigmatic locations kept hidden from the general public. While researching for my latest contemporary novel Silent Heroes, I uncovered five secrets and revealed them: one mysterious fortress buried underground, one hush-hushed by politicians, one too dangerous to be researched and shared with the world, one inconceivable in the 21st century, and one heartbreaking in its humanity.Continue reading “5 Secrets Revealed in Silent Heroes. A Mysterious Underground Fortress”
13 unique books for thriller fans and the enthusiasts of the macabre or sombre comedy to read at Halloween time. If you like to sleep with your lights on, pick one book from my 13 for Halloween list.Continue reading “13 Books to Read at Halloween”
‘If you haven’t read Silent Heroes by Patricia Furstenberg, I urge you to pick it up now.’ (Amazon Review)Continue reading “Read the opening pages of Silent Heroes by Patricia Furstenberg”
Such a joy today to be celebrating the Readers of “Silent Heroes, When Love and Values Are Worth Fighting for” and Their 5 Stars Reviews. Thank you ALL!Continue reading “Celebrating the Readers of “Silent Heroes, When Love and Values Are Worth Fighting for” and Their 5 Stars Reviews”