I’m so pleased to welcome author Regina Timothy to Reads & Reels!
Today she will be talking about her book, “Full Circle” and what inspired her to write it. Thanks Regina for being here today!
Thank you so much to Shannon for having me. I’m really excited to be here talking about my latest book, a novel called Full Circle. It is set in Iraq and New York, and follows the lives of three women, the challenges they face and how they maintain their friendships through it all.
But first, a little introduction. My name is Regina and I grew up in Kenya. I’ve always had a wild imagination and find myself making up all kinds of stories in my head.
Growing up, I loved creative writing in school and I excelled at it. Despite encouragement from teachers it’s not something I considered taking as a career and when time came for me to go to college I chose something totally different – engineering.
It’s not until 2012, when I began blogging as a hobby that my love for writing was rekindled. I started writing on my blog, then for literary sites and blogs before I decided to write a novel.
I love reading and watching movies that highlight the plight of women in society. It doesn’t matter what themes are covered as long there is a female protagonist I’ll watch it. I’ll read it. So it was obvious when it came to writing I would write about what I enjoy – a story with a strong female protagonist. And just for kicks I added two other women who were just as strong.
So the idea was born, and as the story progressed I added new challenges for my main character to overcome and in each instance tried to examine how the society saw and treated her.
By the time the story was ending the main character had survived rape, discrimination, terrorism, a school shooting, loss of her son and family and war. But she had also gained a new family – two women who too endured so much loss but emerged stronger.
Full circle has received great reviews on both Amazon and Goodreads. Readers have deemed it an inspiration and a well–written, compelling story – and with words of praise like these I believe my work as a writer is done.
Full Circle (Release Date: December 24, 2017)
Eight years after the 9/11 attacks, Samia-Al-Sayyid an Iraqi immigrant is living a quiet life in New York City after she fled her home to avoid imminent death.
She works hard for her cold, heartless, high-strung boss, loves her seventeen-years-old-son, and cherishes the close friendship she has formed with her best friend Susan.
Nothing can go wrong, or so she thinks – until the estranged brother she left back in Iraqi shows up on her door step. Then she finds herself in a cab, on her way to the hospital to identify her son, a terror suspect who has blown the city, and with it her boss’ husband, and her best friend’s son. With everything lost, she is forced to flee to Iraq where she confronts her past. Will she make peace with her past? Can she get forgiveness for all the damage she has caused?
Full Circle is a contemporary fiction tale of friendship, family, and hope. It explores the devastation of loss, the great capacity to forgive and the lengths our loved ones will go to protect us.
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About the Author
Regina lives in a picturesque village in Kenya where she enjoys amazing landscapes, exotic wildlife, and beautiful sunsets and sunrises. She always had active imagination. By chance, she started blogging in 2010, which rekindled her love for writing and telling stories. When not writing she enjoys watching classic movies (she’s a movie buff), going to the theater and auto shows.