I live in East Sussex, England and am the author of two novels and a book of short stories. My first novel, 'A Bird in the House' was published in 2011 and is set in Libya during the fall of Qaddafi, and in an English country garden. My second novel, which came out earlier this year, 'Here Casts No Shadow,' tells the story of Mira, a young woman who is forced to leave her country. My book of flash fiction and shorts, 'Not Here, Not Us - stories of Syria' came about because of my work with Syrian refugees. My flash fiction has been widely published. When I'm not writing I love to take photographs of leaves and flowers, or potter about in my garden. I also love to visit deserts.