Middle South + Giveaway

Book Details:

Book Title Middle South by Maya Nessouli Abboushi
Category:  Adult Fiction,  215 pages
Genre:  Women's Fiction
Publisher:  Lanier Press
Release date:  March 8, 2017
Tour dates:  April 17 to May 5, 2017
Content Rating:   PG-13

Book Description:

Layla has recently moved out of her parents’ home in the Atlanta suburbs and into an apartment in the city to assert her independence. Between her job as a feature writer for a small newspaper and her social life, Layla has little time to think about marriage and children, much to the dismay of her Lebanese parents.

On a hilarious journey that takes Layla from the Southeast to the Middle East and back, she finds out a little more about herself and what she is looking for in life and in love.
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Meet the Author:

Maya Nessouli Abboushi is a Lebanese American born and raised in the United States. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and three children. This is her first novel.

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What inspired you to create the protagonist of your story, Layla?

1)      I was in my early twenties when I started writing Middle South, and Layla represents a person who was a little like me, but also the person I wished I could be. I was living at home, and it started with one simple thought, which was I wish I had my own apartment.

What was the most difficult part about writing your book?

1)      The most difficult part of writing the book was fleshing out details. I tend to be brief when I write, maybe because I come from a journalistic writing background. I always worry that being long winded will bore the reader.

What genre do you write and why?
1)      Middle South is women’s fiction, but I’m currently writing a memoir, so if I had to name a genre, I would say I have always gravitated toward slice-of-life pieces.
If you could put yourself as a character in your book, who would you be?
1)      If I put myself in the book, I would be Layla because she is doing what she wants despite what her culture dictates. She is trying to follow her dreams while staying connected to her roots.

What advice would you give to other young adults in Layla’s position?
1)      My advice to young adults is never let anyone tell you who to be or that you’re not good enough.

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