About Safia Moore

It’s best if you don’t speak to me before I’ve had a cup of tea in the morning. Just saying …

Turkey 400

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.

imagesCACKOKJU dulse vanilla ice cream

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.

Top of the Tent

Top of the Tent

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of published short stories, essays, interviews and reviews, plus some awards and prizes (see the tabs above), and an unpublished novel recently overhauled, renamed and ready to go out into the world again on submission.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: safiamadam@gmail.com

82 thoughts on “About Safia Moore”

  1. Well done. From NI to Dubai, you’ve traveled and seen quite a bit. I’ll be back to check on that novel of yours!

  2. Thank you – time flies, so it’s best to pack as much in as possible, eh? I came across this quote in my newspaper today: ”A woman has to live her life, or live to repent not having lived it.’ (From Lady Chatterley’s Lover)

  3. I think I might want to try the seaweed. I’m glad that you like tea more than coffee!

    • Coffee is not about liking – more to do with need. I’m afraid I do cave in and occasionally, when no other course of action seems appropriate, go for an Americano with a little hot milk on the side. I never enjoy it as much as a well-brewed Earl Grey, though.

  4. I’m a tea-drinker as well and have at least 30 kinds right now, ranging from blacks to oolongs to greens and whites and tisanes. I drink tea every day and if I’m flying (rare), I take my own tea in bags so I don’t have to have Lipton. Of course, the water’s never hot enough and it’s generally in a styrofoam cup, but…

    Cheers!

    janet

    • I regularly inform staff in cafes (politely of course) that the water must be boiling before it is poured on the tea. Isn’t it just the pits when a tray arrives with a cup full of hot water and a teabag (albeit expensive and exquisitely presented) sitting on the saucer?

      Chin, chin!

      • 🙂 There are teabags now that contain full leaf tea and are rather good, but like you, I prefer loose tea. I indulged a few years ago in an electric pot where I can set the temperature, so my greens and more delicate teas aren’t being boiled. Love it.

  5. Oh, don’t get me started. I went to a foody fare/expo in Dubai a few months ago and discovered some fantastic new tea promoters – have you seen the lovely little pyramid-shaped net bags – you can see and sniff the tea leaves so you know exactly what you’re getting. Most of the decent hotels here serve these now (not that I frequent them very often). Like the sound of that electric pot! Thank you.

  6. Hi! Thank you so much for deciding to follow my blog. I appreciate it very much. And, I appreciate it even more because your message reminded me that I hadn’t followed you yet! I’ve been meaning to hit the “follow” button for your wonderful blog for a while now, but I kept forgetting to do it. Sounds so ridiculous and stupid, doesn’t it? Ugh. Anyhow, I’m so happily following you now, and I can’t wait to read more of your adventures and wonderful writing!

  7. Welcome! Thank you for subscribing to follow my blog. I hope you are encouraged, inspired and enjoy the photos I take of life’s events as seen through the lens of my camera.
    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

  8. Thank you for dropping by and following Malcolm’s Corner.

  9. Hi Safia, I’ve nominated your blog for the Irish Blog Awards 2013 in the category ‘Best blog of the Irish diaspora’. I don’t know what the competition is like but what the hell – you’re doing something really original and entertaining here. Keep up the good work.
    (no need to reciprocate, my cousin beanmimo.wordpress.com has it covered)

  10. What a nice surprise! Thank you so much, Clare – I’m sure the competition is tough. I must check out your cousin’s blog as well (as if I don’t have enough to read).

  11. Ireland is one of my fav places in the world. Never been there but there is a love affair with that place and I can’t explain it. Nice to land on your blog. Following it now. Cheers.

    • Thank you, Eddie. I’ll be heading ‘home’ for a 6-week summer break soon so I’ll blog from my part of the Emerald Isle. Hoping to get a new camera before the trip, so look out for some photos with green stuff instead of sand in them.

  12. Thanks so much for the like on my own blog, really appreciated. I know what you say about gated ex=pat communities. Isn’t it far better to be living in the real world. Enjoy. MM 👍

  13. Safia, thanks so much for the follow, it is really appreciated. I hope my posts provide further interest for you. Many thanks, MM

    • I had a good shifty around your blog last night and your photos are wonderful – those foxgloves! I will also be checking out the other photographers you recommend on your award acceptance page. I’m already a fan of Northumbria Light.

      • have a good look, some are a bit different and quirky. I also have a blogroll on my about page of the best blogs I follow (needs updating mind). Cheers for the feedback. MM

  14. ‘Tis the poetry that has decided to follow. More of that please. MM

  15. Khaula Nazir said:

    Must have been an adventurous life….

  16. Annecdotist said:

    Hi Safia,
    Glad I’ve found your blog after your helpful comments on my novel on YWO. all the best with your writing and in your new home,
    Anne

  17. Hello Anne, just visited your interesting blog to remind myself of which novel I reviewed – Sugar and Snails! I’ll never forget your extract – I think I scored it highly because it was so original and moving. I look forward to reading more of your work.

  18. Annecdotist said:

    Thanks for that. I also remember the generosity of your review – not just the high score but the very detailed accounting for it.
    just to add that I’m not a great tea drinker but that practice of a pot of boiled water and a tea bag on the side is enough to put anyone off

  19. Yep, a teabag on the side – not the world of Food and Beverage’s finest hour. 🙂

  20. Congratulations! You have been nominated for the Triple Award!
    http://wp.me/p3xMVq-2a

  21. Well thank you so much. That’s very kind of you. I’ll do my best to do the necessary – hope it’s not triple the work!

  22. I Love reading about you ! You are a Great lady 🙂 And beautiful too 🙂 Wish you all the very best ! xx

    • Och, you’re too kind. When I started blogging I wondered whether anyone would be vaguely interested in what I have to say, but then you stop worrying about that, don’t you? When you’ve got to write, you’ve got to write … and blogging is great because so much of yourself goes into it. All the best to you too, White Pearl.

  23. Dear Safia It’s an honor for me that a writer is following my blog. I can’t wait to read your book. It seems so interesting. Hope you are enjoying Dubai it’s a great place. Do update when your book is available. Good luck

    • Anyone who is blogging is a writer IMO and actually finishing a novel is just a step in the process of evolving and growing. Many thanks for dropping by – I was delighted to discover your lovely blog.

  24. Thank you for checking out my blog. Looking over yours and you got me with chickens and a 4 year old. I know it drives you crazy at times (I had 4 who are not adults) but all those questions is proof of a very intelligent child! We raised chickens when mine were young. I loved it! Hey, and travel and a novel? I can’t wait! Following!

  25. Just thought I should pop over and advise you that I have just nominated you for the “Versatile Blogger” award. Details can be found at:

    http://meticulousmick.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1795&action=edit&message=6&postpost=v2

    Best wishes, MM 🏆

  26. Thank you, MM – I’m honoured (blush, blush). Better check out what I’ve got to do before I say anymore 🙂 Psst … what about those blackberries? We’ve picked so many here my daughter’s starting to say, ‘I don’t fancy blackberries for dessert tonight’ before she’s even finished her new spuds!

  27. Like the new gavatar image.MM

    • I’ve posted on Seamus Heaney and used one of your lovely pics – thanks a million, MM – I really appreciate it. I’ll wait a wee while before doing the award acceptance post – I haven’t forgotten.

  28. You have a lovely blog. It seems we were in tune on 30th August. 🙂

    • Thank you. Yes – isn’t it weird that we were both planning to use SH’s ‘Blackberry Picking’ before he died though? It was just that time of year, I guess. The poem is so appropriate – like most of Heaney’s ‘nature’ poems, it deals with mortality, decay, change … Pleased you dropped by.

  29. Absolutely, good luck!!!

  30. Best of luck! I’m enjoying reading your blog posts in the mean time 🙂

  31. Hi! I nominated you for the Liebster Award, an award for up-and-coming bloggers. Please get the badge and instructions for accepting at http://eleanordorothy.com/2013/11/28/liebster-award/. Thanks for keeping a great blog, and best of luck for the future!

    • Thank you so much, Eleanor – I will check that out in the next few days to see what I have to do. You’re very kind and I assume you’ve received this award, so congratulations. I really enjoy reading about your life in Morocco.

  32. Safia, your blog continues to radiate and for that I thought I should nominate you for the Sunshine Award – please go and see http://meticulousmick.wordpress.com/2013/12/17/the-sunshine-blogger-award-another-image/ to pick up the gong. ~No problems if you have decided not to do awards, have a great day anyway, MM 🍀

  33. Oh, you naughty thing! I like those questions and the badge (see how easily swayed I am?) With the offspring at home for the school hols, it’s nearly impossible for me to do anything on the laptop, but come New Year … Thank you!

  34. Welcome to The Glen House! xx

  35. HI Safia, found your blog via the Ether newsletter. Good luck with your novels, one and two! SD
    http://www.sandradanby.com/

  36. Hi Safia, you checked it out and followed me, so thanks for that! Happy Sundays. SD

  37. Jenny Ballif said:

    Hi Safia, I’ve enjoyed following your posts the past several months, and I’d like to invite you to participate in a “Writing Process” blog tour. If you’re interested, I’ll tag you from my blog (TheWriteShelf.com) this Monday and then you’d post and tag three other writers from your blog the following Monday.
    Sorry to invite you by dropping a somewhat random comment on your blog. I couldn’t find another way to contact you. You can email me at jen ballif (all one word) at gmail dot com. Either way (interested in the tour or not), I’m glad to have this link through blogging and I’ve really enjoyed your perspective.
    Thanks,
    Jenny

    • Hi Jenny, and thanks so much for thinking of me! I like the idea of the writing process blog tour very much, but unfortunately, my writing time is very limited at the moment (school hols with a 5 year-old, need I say more?). I have some editing and a couple of short stories on the go and I’ve promised myself to give these priority over the blog. So, thanks again, but I’ll have to pass on this. Wishing you luck with it …

  38. Jenny Ballif said:

    Thanks for letting me know, and best of luck with your writing!

  39. This is a lovely blog, and so much of your story resonates with mine–chickens, writing, cheeky 5-year-old, seeking an agent…..I’m looking forward to seeing how your story unfolds, and want to read your book someday (hopefully soon!). Best wishes!

    • Thank you so much! The book has had quite an overhaul since I first wrote this ‘About’ page and just in the last few months, I’ve returned to short story writing – so many ideas, so little time to follow them up … And the 5 year-old just turned six! I must update this page … 🙂

  40. Thanks, Safia Moore,
    Desert writer – your clear sight,
    An oasis spring.

    A reader from NZ

  41. Good luck to you, Safia. Goodbye.

  42. Hello Safia, I’m interested in reading your stories but can only find them on Etherbooks, is there a pdf/word document I can put on to my ebook reader for example?
    Thanks!
    Natasha

    • Thank you so much for your interest in my work, Natasha. I haven’t published a massive amount of stories, but on the ‘Published Stories’ page (see tabs at top) you can find links for those that I felt were ready for eyes other than my own. I’ve submitted 2 more stories in the last week and am working intensively on fine tuning another at the moment – excruciating work, but heading towards a collection …

  43. Thank you for the follow Safia. Love that you summarise this opportunities. I seem to be about to be sucked into a story writing challenge spread over a year and this sort of this is gold dust!

    • Thank you, Geoff. I must admit to being a little hooked on competitions myself but it was the lovely Clare O’Dea (see above) who encouraged me to post a quarterly, personal selection Of comps on a regular basis.

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