Join (free) | Login  

   Your Online Literary Community! 
 Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
Where Authors and Readers come together!

Signed Bookstore | Authors | Books | Stories | Articles | Poetry | Blogs | News | Events | Reviews | Videos | Success | Gold Members | Testimonials

Featured Authors:  nancy rossman, iKH LeMoyne, iLonnie Hicks, iMel Hathorn, iRichard Sharp, iDavid Seaburn, iMichael Thal, i

Home > Author > Dana K Haffar
Dana K Haffar

· Become a Fan
· Contact author
· Books
· 2 Titles
· Add to My Library
· Share with a friend
Member Since: Oct, 2008

Dana K Haffar, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.

  Dana K Haffar           

Share  Save   [ Subscribe]        

Lived to tell the tale.

Background Information


Born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, I grew up in the family of readers and survivors.  For the most part, our lives were governed by a seemingly endless war, one that we thought would be over within days and stretched to 25 years.  The classics ( Dostoevsky, Somerset Maugham, Hemingway, Maria Remarque, Steinbeck to name a few) were my virtual escape from constant threat, no electricity and water, incarceration and downright terror.  At the time the world, by and large, was at peace and the lack of 24-hour news coverage meant that the plight of the Lebanese was rarely at the forefront of international affairs.

Literature became my outlet and I managed to complete a BA at the American University of Beirut.  Subsequently I went on to read English Literature at Oxford.  The war in my home country was ongoing, yet I went back on holiday visits.  My work as editor for various academic and economic institutions landed me at the Centre for Lebanese Studies where I co-edited 'Lebanon:  A History of Conflict and Consensus.'    I carried on with freelance work in French and English in South Africa where I settled with my husband and three children. Further travels saw us settling in Majorca where I took up writing.

There, the idea of Beirut in Shades of Grey was born.  At the time, few works of fiction in English had been written on Beirut  while historical accounts abounded.  The questions I was constantly asked abroad and which I felt needed addressing were: 'What is it like to live in a state of war?' and 'How do people cope?'

Beirut in Shades of Grey is  the story of a victim of the war, Rasha, and her impossible and forbidden love for Luke, a British photo-journalist, who sees conflict in dispassionate and professional terms.  The novel was published last year.   Publishers Weekly called it 'a vivid portrait of a country in turmoil' and Rambles said it was 'an insighful and sometimes terrifying glimpse into the life of one woman ; it humbled this reader while at the same time providing a gripping read. There is no doubt Mills is a gifted storyteller.'

I still have family in Beirut to whom I return regularly.  Am I an exile?  How can I be when I will always have a home to go back to.  

Birth Place
Beirut,  Lebanon

BA, English Literature, American University of Beirut.
MLitt, English Literature, University of Oxford, England.
Co-editor of 'Lebanon: A History of Conflict and Consensus' (IB Tauris, 1988)
Author of 'Beirut in Shades of Grey' (Ameera Publishing, 2007)
Author of 'Leah" (Smashwords Inc. and Amazon, 2011)

Featured Book
by Hank LeGrand

Children's ebook that will surely bring out their laughter--along with learning one of life's valuable lessons...  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Featured Book
When the Bullet Hits Your Funny Bone
by Billy Allmon

"When The Bullet Hits Your Funny Bone - The Essence of a U.S. Navy SEAL," takes the reader on an emotional roller-coaster ride of tragedy and laughter, giving the reader ..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us

Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.