Soheir Khashoggi (سهير خاشجقى) was born in Alexandria Egypt. Her father Mohammed Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia’s first physician and pioneer in bringing electricity to the country, moved his wife and children to Alexandria to further his children’s educations in English schools.
By the age of 14, Soheir was fluent in Arabic, English, and French, and was an accomplished artist. Lauded for her literary as well as artistic talent, she continued to win many prizes for her short stories, drawings and paintings during her teen years.
She attended college at San Jose State in California for one year before relocating to Beirut, Lebanon where she continued her studies at the American University of Beirut. She then completed her degree in art and design at the Interior Design Center of Beirut, and later began a career as an interior designer as well as a fine artist. She had her first show in Beirut in 1969, and also illustrated several book covers for her late sister, who wrote several well published Arabic novels.
Mirage, published in 1966 in the US and in 20 languages is a magnificent saga of the loves and losses of three generations of women. Mirage takes you behind the veil of secrecy to expose the real lives of women in today’s harems and into the hidden world of the Middle Eastern aristocracy.
Her second book Nadia’s Song, published in the UK and other countries, is a captivating story of triumph and tragedy, a powerful but forbidden love based in Alexandria, Egypt.
Soheir Quotes:”My favorite memories are from my childhood in Egypt. The wind, the sand, the sea and the flowers all seemed to posses such exotic beauty and mystery. My memories burst with feelings that I needed to express.”
Soheir has participated in conferences worldwide and was a speaker at the International Women’s World Forum against violence, an organization founded by Queen Sofia of Spain. She has used her influence to highlight the plight of women across the Arab world. She is in the board of an organization from Washington DC called “Women For Women” where she helps with fund raisings.
Her last novel, Mosaic is published in the UK and other countries, soon in the US.
She has four daughters and lives in New York city.
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)