It’s best if you don’t speak to me before I’ve had a cup of tea in the morning. Just saying …
I hail from Northern Ireland and grew up in a small seaside town, Donaghadee, famous for its lighthouse, ice-cream, and an edible seaweed called Dulse – no, you don’t want to try it. Do try the ice-cream from The Cabin though – available in any flavour as long as it’s vanilla.
I’ve moved around a bit since the age of 18 – Berlin in Germany, a hamlet in the Yorkshire Dales in England, County Mayo in the West of Ireland, the Green Perigord in France, Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. In January 2013, I moved to Ras Al Khaimah – Arabic for ‘Top of the Tent’ (have you seen the map of the UAE?) and feel I’m getting to know true Emirati life, after the ex-pat dominated world of a gated community in Dubai.
Married to a gorgeous Egyptian (beauty in in the eye of the beholder), I have an amazing
six seven-year-old daughter called Layla. She drives me crazy most days because she’s stubborn, opinionated, cheeky, and never, ever, stops asking questions like, “What would happen if we gave the chickens eggs to eat? Would we boil them, fry them or scramble them? Would they eat the shells?” No matter what answer I give, it’s inevitably followed by … “Why?” She keeps me on my toes and is the love of my life.
So, I gave up work and the chance of a glittering career in academia to raise my daughter. When
I could take no more she started nursery school, I found myself with almost 4 hours of freedom every morning and the whole of Dubai laid out at my feet like a tempting tropical sea, waiting for me to plunge in. So what did I do? I started writing fiction.
It was exhausting at times, frustrating at others, but most of all, I was in my element. The result is a long list of published short stories, essays, interviews and reviews, plus some awards and prizes (see the tabs above), and an unpublished novel recently overhauled, renamed and ready to go out into the world again on submission. I’m also collating a short story collection and plotting a second novel, determined to save some time second time around by not flying by the seat of my pants. Submitting short stories to the occasional competition is an ongoing activity and failure makes the successes all the sweeter.
Wish me luck – I think every writer needs a large dose of that.
Contact Details: Twitter:@SafiaMoore – E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org