Christians, Jews, Moslems, and Pagans all share an ancient dream of possessing
the land that lies between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea which they
hold sacred.

In 1956 an Egyptian spy, Ishmael  al Mohammed, is determined to gaiin information which will reclaim the infant  state of Israel for the displaced Palestinian Arabs, one of whom is his mother. 
While on a secret espionage mission posing as an Israeli, he falls passionately
in love with a Jewish woman, Rebecca Silverman.  He must decide if he will
betray the only person he will ever care for or be true to Islam, Egypt, and his

A Christian, Danny O' Halloran, has always dreamed of
walking the Stations of the Cross in Jerusalelm, while a pagan donkey goddess
named Pales dreams of being worshipped again by the original inhabitants of
Canann, which was renamed Palestine in her honor.

Israeli politicians dream of making their  coutry a nuclear power while Britain and France conspire to regain the Suez  Canal, which the President of Egypt Gamal Abdul Nasser nationalized.

Against the backdrip of circumstances leading to the 1956 Suez war between Israel and Egypt a love story
which encompasses the forbidden romance of Romeo and Juliet, Delilah's betrayal
of Samson and Britains"s MI6 double agents unfolds as Ishmael and Rebecca's
story spans three millenni 

What  is the (working title) of your book?
The Conspiracies of Dreams

Where did the idea come from for the book?
My sister-in- law told me that a spy stalked her for 23 years.  When he finally identified himself to her, she told me why he followed her, and I thought I could make  an interesting novel about his love for her. 
What  genre does your book fall under?
Historical Fiction

Which  actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie

Javier Bardem as the spy and Penelope Cruz as the older Rebecca, and Natalie Portman as the younger Rebecca.
What  is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A love story  of forbidden love  struggles against European and Middle Eastern treachery with haunting and poignant results.
Will  your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

It is published by Inwater Press
How  long did it take you to write the first draft of your  manuscript?
It took ten years to complete it.
What  other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Romeo and Juliet, Samson Agonistes, and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

My sister in law's awe that a spy had loved her for 23 years without her knowledge
What else about your book might pique the reader's  interest?

I describe The Protocol of Sevres which details France and England's attempt to regain control of the Suez Canal and the bribe they gave to Israel to do their dirty work for them.

Answers  to the questions for the Blog Hop



    Sandy Didner teaches English Literature at Palm Beach State College when she is not playing tennis or walking her dogs or reading three books at one time.


    November 2012