(This is a guest post by Sybil Powell.)
I lived in Saudi Arabia for ten years and as I always do when I live abroad I ignored the English enclave and set out to meet the natives, not an easy thing to do in a muslim country. However my husband was of the same mind and it was through him we came to become friends with some Saudi families, both Bedouin and what we might determine middle class. I loved it and even wore purdah when I went out with the girls, I lived with a family for some time while my husband was away and became fully integrated with their way of life and religious rules.
Before very long I became disgusted by the way most expatriates thought of the people I admired and vowed to write a book to help the westerner understand and appreciate the Saudi life style. The book I felt would not be acceptable in anything other than a novel, it is a love story that I hope covers most of the differing points of view between the middle east and the west. It was written in the days of portable typewriters and the book took several years to complete. Try as I may I could interest no publisher to consider my book let alone publish it, I think I had well over a hundred rejection letters, pretty depressing and I gave up.
We had been back in the UK for some time when self publishing came along and I was able to publish it myself through Createspace and Kindle. Now is the problem of marketing it. This is my current problem or should I say challenge because I now have another novel about ready to go this time about Yorkshire industrial life and the after effects of conflict on the individual.
Whilst I never thought of the trials and tribulations as goals. to me they were just difficulties to over come but in other parlance goals would describe them.