I was honored last week by a request from the Washington Times Communities to write a weekly column. Interested reader can find me there weekly under "Looking For Luke".  My first article is an introduction to the issue of politics and religion. Having lived in the Middle East for so many years, the issue of politics and religion is one that strikes very close to home, and it was one of the driving force behind the novel. Open question - why are the two so inextricably intertwined?  I look forward to hearing your answers....
3/7/2012 02:43:32 pm

Welcome to The Washington Times Communities, Luke! It's great to have you. As a military child I temporarily resided in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. It's interesting to see the cultural intersection of an atheistic former Soviet Union and the Islamic capital of Central Asia. I wrote a little about this in an article for the 9/11 memorial column last year: http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/911-we-remember-how-terrorism-changed-us/2011/sep/11/911-generation-september-11th-10th-anniversary/

Nice to meet you!

~ Amanda Read from the column "Not Your Average Read"

3/8/2012 09:27:44 am

Dear Amanda, I read your piece and loved it. Thanks for sharing!!! Having lived for many years in the Middle East, I was able to relate to your perspective on sooooo many different levels. However, you'll probably never guess what struck closest to home... Hint: It was one particular sentence in your short bio at the end of the article. Thank you for your courage in that particular thing :-)

Although the novel is a contemporary thriller, it includes a healthy dose of history and politics. 9/11 was a wake-up call. Let's hope our country hasn't just hit the snooze button!

I wish you all the best and every success in your studies.


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