Moustafa M. Soliman is an Egyptian American. He attended Cairo University, and received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Until recently he managed the US Government energy collaboration with Middle Eastern countries, including Egypt, Israel, and the Palestinian Authority. His extensive travel, and frank one-on-one discussions with senior politicians as well as with the average man on the street give him a keen sense of the hopes and aspirations of the people of the region and has inspired him to write this fiction. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Lynn Skynear.