Gravity is the heart-warming story of two individuals from remarkably differing backgrounds who are inexplicably drawn to one another, forming a strong friendship and falling in love—despite the odds against them. The story depicts the beautiful Middle Eastern culture I was raised in and its many traditions as well as some of its challenges. Readers will identify with this story, no matter their background because it speaks to and awakens the human heart.
Gravity is about tolerance, acceptance, understanding, and forgiveness. Finally, it is a story of love and hope. When I started writing Gravity several years ago, I couldn’t have predicted how relevant it would be today. At the end of the day, I want readers to understand that although we may be different, as members of the human race, our similarities out-weigh our differences and love is the universal language that binds us.
What inspired this story?
I was born in Cairo, Egypt and immigrated to the US as a child. Still, I was brought up in a very traditional home. I had a strong family unit and a loving family, but I always felt torn. I was neither fully Egyptian nor American. There are many misconceptions about the Middle Eastern culture, and I wanted to write a story that shed light on many aspects of that beautiful culture from a fictional point of view. I am a romantic at heart, and thus, I couched what I wanted readers to know in a beautiful, heart-warming story with many twists and turns.
What makes your book unique?
Gravity is a women’s fiction novel with strong romantic elements. It tells the story of a young Middle Eastern woman who is shunned by her family and has to learn to live on her own, building a new life and discovering who she really is. For readers who are interested in learning about another culture as well as enjoy reading romance fiction with complex characters and story lines, this novel offers all that and more. In today’s environment this story, I think, is very relevant as it speaks to the human heart and the power of love and forgiveness.
I enjoyed writing this book because I am Middle Eastern and understand the culture. Although I was born in Cairo Egypt, my family immigrated to the United States when I was a child. However, like the main character, I was raised in a very traditional home, and therefore have an insider’s view into the culture.
I think this novel puts an interesting spin on dating, which may come naturally in many cultures, but is definitely viewed differently in the Middle Eastern culture. Leila, the heroine, was raised with many taboos about dating and men, but when she meets Aiden, she has to reconcile her childhood teachings with what she really wants in a relationship, starting with dating.
Leila wants so much to be in a relationship and to have the man of her dreams, but she is ruled by fear and lack of experience. Dating Aiden means warring with herself and pushing away old memories and cultural restrictions that no longer make sense. Aiden and Leila’s story is unique and filled with ups and downs as well as romance and love. When it comes to men and dating Leila learns to trust her heart and trust Aiden with it.
What do you want your readers to take away from your books?
This beautiful story touches on the topics of cultural differences, understanding, tolerance, forgiveness and love. I would like readers to understand that women are strong and resilient. They can overcome much more than they think possible. Even under the most difficult of circumstances, women hold families together and raise children while working long hours and taking on the many pressures that come with family and parenthood. Also, I would like readers to understand that although we may come from different backgrounds, our similarities outweigh our differences. If we allow love and grace into our lives, anything and everything as possible.
Excerpt from Gravity
Aiden stopped pacing. His brain once conjured an image of the perfect family––his family. He first pictured them as he sat on the beach with Leila, asking for her forgiveness after he stood her up. He searched his memory banks, recalling the image. His breath hitched as his brain hiccupped and the picture focused with such clarity his hands shook, and the crystal tumbler slipped from his fingers, shattering on the deck and spraying scotch across the wood.
Leila stood on the beach laughing with her gorgeous midnight curls flowing down her back, holding their boy’s hand. AJ’s green eyes danced as he grinned. With his free hand he grasped his little sister’s tiny palm––her wispy blonde hair tousled by the wind. Aiden closed the circle, holding Leila’s hand in one of his and Mia’s in the other. Each member of his family was unique. They didn’t resemble each other, but that fact didn’t matter because their hearts were in sync. The ties that bind were invisible yet strong as steel.
“Aiden? Are you there? Are you okay?”
As the image receded, Aiden blinked. But before the photo completely dissipated, a strong wind battered their circle, and the smile slid off Leila’s face. Their hands were torn apart, breaking their circle and fissuring their foundation. Blinking again, Aiden focused on the shards of glass surrounding him. He gasped for air.
No matter what either of them did, or how hard they resisted, gravity drew them together. But could the awesome force of gravity be defied?
About the Author
Mona Sedrak lives in Cincinnati, Ohio and works as a university administrator and professor. Although she has co-published two academic books, she is now writing mainstream fiction and women’s fiction. She is an avid reader and is probably Audible’s best customer.
Writing and reading fiction is her escape from reality.
Mona lives with her husband of 30+ years, a geriatric maltipoo, and an Amazon Parrot named Pretzel. She binge watches too many shows to count and she loves fine brandy.
Where to Find Mona’a Books
Gravity was released July 15th
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Women’s Fiction, Sweet Romance