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An Unpro­duc­tive Woman is the title of my first nov­el.  I wrote it sev­er­al years ago and the process of doing so was quite cathar­tic.  I learned a lot about myself through my main char­ac­ter Asabe.  Asabe is wise, patient, and has a will unlike any­one I’ve ever known.  Despite chal­lenges she always remains stead­fast and unflap­pable.

Peo­ple who know me and who have read the book often try to liken me to Asabe, sug­gest­ing that if we could be super­im­posed, we’d be the same per­son.  I con­sid­er that high praise, despite the inac­cu­ra­cy.   While writ­ing An Unpro­duc­tive Woman, I was con­scious­ly cre­at­ing a char­ac­ter that I would be proud to emu­late.

I pub­lished An Unpro­duc­tive Woman in 2008, about 11 years after actu­al­ly writ­ing it.  I’m cer­tain you can imag­ine that much has changed since then, both with me as a per­son as well as with  my writ­ing inter­ests and style.  That doesn’t mean that I love this book or the char­ac­ters any less though.

It has been sug­gest­ed to me in the past that because AUW is set in Africa and the char­ac­ters are Mus­lim, that these are the only pop­u­la­tions among which AUW could pos­si­bly have vig­or­ous sales.   I nev­er believed that.  Human beings are, well, human beings, and the vast major­i­ty of human expe­ri­ences are not unique.  AUW tells the sto­ry of a fam­i­ly, of life chal­lenges, hard choic­es, of faith and loss of faith, of love, of joy, and of life.

I’ve recent­ly tak­en steps to revamp AUW’s rep­u­ta­tion and image, increase expo­sure and hope­ful­ly sales.  I’m proud of the reviews AUW has received so far and hope there will be more in the future.  I want­ed to share the new cov­er.  Star­la Huch­ton did an awe­some job of it.  Check out the stel­lar write up she did of it on her blog.

I hope some of you will check it out online, down­load a sam­ple, hit the like but­ton at Ama­zon, buy a copy, or tell your friends about it.  It real­ly is a worth­while sto­ry.

  • sto­ries­by­williams

    It has been sug­gested to me in the past that because AUW is set in Africa and the char­ac­ters are Mus­lim, that these are the only pop­u­la­tions among which AUW could pos­si­bly have vig­or­ous sales.”
    I have to ask, who said this? That’s the stu­pid­est thing I’ve heard in days! If any­thing, it’s loca­tion and cul­tur­al dis­tinc­tive­ness would make it MORE pop­u­lar. At least that’s my opin­ion. I for one want to read it and I’ve got no ties to the sub­ject mat­ter. Where can we find it?

    • khaal­i­dah

      Hi there Matthew.
      Hope all is well on your end.
      Thanks for ask­ing.  AUW can be found at ama­zon. http://www.amazon.com/An-Unproductive-Woman-ebook/dp/B006JD1K2E