Dana K Haffar


Dana K. Haffar was born and raised in Beirut. During the Lebanese War, she obtained a BA in English Literature from the American University of Beirut and an MLitt in English Literature from Oxford University, UK. Since, she has led a peripatetic existence. She has lived in Greece, Spain, different parts of England and South Africa.

Out of a love for books and languages, she chose a career in writing and editing for various academic and commercial organisations. She has worked on coffee-table and travel books in English and French. She is co-editor of Lebanon: A History of Conflict and Consensus (IB Tauris, 1988).

Her novels explore human behaviour under extraordinary circumstances and the struggle in surmounting them. She has written two novels besides LEAH. BEIRUT IN SHADES OF GREY (Ameera Publishing, 2007) and more recently THE MEMORY OF LOSS (Kindle Press, 2017). Short works have appeared in Woman&Home Magazine (SA) and Travelmag.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
I often start off with a rough plot (a beginning and an end) but with a detailed biography of my characters, their backgrounds, their likes and dislikes, and any event in their lives that may have influenced them. As my characters drive the story, I need to be acquainted with them fully. From that point on, whichever way the plot develops depends to a large extent on the characters' actions and reactions.
What do you read for pleasure?
Historical fiction and women's literary or commercial fiction in the main. I thoroughly enjoy novels that shed light on different cultures or historical events, especially those I'm not familiar with. I admire writers such as Khaled Hosseini, Aminatta Forna, Isabel Allende and the like whose stories reflect the reality of their country and their people. I also enjoy fiction that breathes life into history with plots and characters born out of the author's imagination.

Sometimes, I revisit a classic I had read some time ago. Re-reading a novel at different stages of one's life tends to bring something new to the experience.
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Where to find Dana K Haffar online


Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 93,950. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
On the remote island of Puerto Franco, young Leah wades into the sea and disappears. Her body is never found. Thirty years later, visual artist Mar arrives on the island with her daughter, Lemay. She anticipates a haven where she can work on her craft, away from her controlling husband. Instead, Mar finds herself in the midst of a close-knit community haunted by a curse three-decades old.

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