Part two in “Author Interview of Dixiane Hallaj”

Born a Refugee by Dixiane Hallaj

Born a Refugee by Dixiane Hallaj

Hi Friends,

This post is part two of an interview with Dixiane Hallaj, an author from my writer’s group. It continues our discussion of her two books, Born a Refugee and Refugee Without Refuge.  If you missed part one click on the title on the left that tells you the last post and it will wiz you through cyberspace to the post. This is an interview too good to miss. I broke it up into two parts so we could get all the information about this talented author, and not miss out due to brevity. The information that Dixie tells about is not to be confused with all that is going on in the Arab world today. This has to do with Israel and the West Bank. There are no peace talks and that is an ominous sign for Israel and Palestine

Refugee Without Refuge by Dixiane Hallaj

Refugee Without Refuge by Dixiane Hallaj

because it means the struggle for refugees is going to go on for many more years. 

3–Tell us about your dissertation. How much of your dissertation is in the first book Born a Refugee?And the second Refugee Without Refuge?

My dissertation deals with women’s illiteracy in the refugee camps.  It brings out the facts that getting an education while living under the harsh conditions of military occupation is not always possible.  Violence often truncates education, either because the child is afraid to go to school or the parents are afraid to send the child to school.  The harsh conditions can also lead to young people becoming politicized and seeing education as less important than trying to gain freedom.  Even though schools are free, the school supplies and uniforms are beyond            the reach of some families.  Boys of high school age and above are often anxious to relieve the                    financial burdens on their families and insist on leaving school to work.

While I was in Palestine I taught at Birzeit University and witnessed many of the hardships faced by            Palestinian students.  It was often difficult to get to class due to road closures, checkpoints, or curfews        imposed by the occupying forces.   At times the University was shut down for days, weeks, or even          months as one form of collective punishment.  Students who managed to graduate in spite of all of              these problems, were faced with very limited employment opportunities due to the dismal economic            situation,

All of these problems are mentioned in my novels.  The different priorities concerning education often          form a conflict within the families in the stories, but it is the family situation rather than the educational          issues that is the focus of the story.

4–You self published these books. Can you tell us why you didn’t’ go the traditional route of getting an agent or submitting to publishers?

I spent more than a year sending inquiries and getting very encouraging personalized letters of                    rejection.  After more than one agent offered to read other works I might submit, I realized what most        authors who write from a Palestinian perspective learn—agents and publishers rarely accept books that      portray Israel as an aggressor.

Both books are available from in both paperback and Kindle editions.  Refugee Without Refuge is also available in a Large Print edition.

More information can be found on my website along with short descriptions of my other publications, including the works in progress.

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Interview with Author Dixiane Hallaj

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Journal writer. Author of "Annie's Special Day" And coauthor of Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story." Proud mother and grandmother of wonderful kids. Wife of brilliant husband. Servant of two cats. Member of Pennwriters and SCBWI.
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7 Responses to Part two in “Author Interview of Dixiane Hallaj”

  1. Widdershins says:

    Publishers and editors are risk takers, but only up to a certain point! it’s an interesting and certainly frustrating exercise to discover just exactly where that point lies. Enjoyed your words and thoughts Dixie.


  2. D says:

    Thanks. It is a good feeling to know there are people out there who actually listen and hear the message.


  3. D says:

    The thank you was from Dixie. Sorry, I did not realize my name would not appear on the comment.


  4. nrhatch says:

    Good luck with your books, Dixie!


    • D says:

      Thanks for your good wishes. Of course an author always wants his or her work to be read and appreciated, but you have to enjoy the process of creation as well.


  5. Widdershins says:

    LOL … thought it was you!


    • clarbojahn says:

      Yes, it is confusing to have an interview, It’s been an honor to have Dixie give an interview. Thank you Dixie.
      And I appreciate your stopping by Widder and Nancy. Thank you for your comments.


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