I need your support with the publishing costs of my first novel, Burning Cigarette, about the taboos of politics, religion, and love, set in the heart of Cairo, Egypt, post the Egyptian Revolution Period .
The story is about a woman, who had to give up everything to be with the man she chose to continue the rest of her life with, whose only problem was not being born a Muslim, unlike her.
As their love story develops, they are encountered with eye-opening incidents that show them the true colors of family traditions, societal bigotry and inherent religious violence. The story touches on some encounters with the Egyptian Revolution.
The plot takes multiple twists in unforeseen ways, pushing them to leave everything behind & start from scratch elsewhere, just so they can be together and lead a peaceful life away from hypocrasy and hate, only to find themselves haunted by their traditions.
With so much to gain and so much to lose, they wonder why choices have to have such grave consequences!
The story poses questions about the morality of everyday decisions that are considered acceptable. It is about loss, pain, love and self-discovery. But really it is about the pursuit of happiness.
There are no superheroes in this novel, just like there are none in the real world. Only humans, who have the good and the bad (yin and yang) in them equally. No pretence or make-up. Just ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.