Today I am interviewing Samuel Ebeid, author of the new novel, The Heiress of Egypt.
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DJ: Hi Samuel! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Samuel Ebeid: Hi DJ. Thank you for interviewing me. Well, I like to introduce myself as a multicultural person full of many dimensions of diversity. I’m an American author with Egyptian background. I was born and raised in Egypt where I studied Political Science and published a non-fiction book, titled, “Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World”. After moving to the United States, I became a Community Solutions Fellow for the International Exchange Alumni program of the US Department of State. I currently live in Pennsylvania, with my lovely wife, Karen, and I manage a small hotel in Western Maryland.
DJ: What is The Heiress of Egypt about?
Samuel: The Heiress of Egypt is the story of Princess Merit who survives the bloody massacre of her royal family. To claim her father’s crown and take her true place on the throne of Egypt, she has to overcome impossible odds, and she goes on an epic journey full of aliens, mummies, living sphinxes, mythical creatures, supernatural gifts and extraordinary occurrences.
DJ: What were some of your influences for The Heiress of Egypt?
Samuel: Mainly, there were two things: my passion and my background. On one hand, I love fantasy books with rich environments, mythical creatures, a lot of actions and strong protagonists courageously fighting for what are rightfully theirs. For instance, I really enjoy George Martin’s A Game of Thrones. On the other hand, I know that there are a lot of readers out there who are interested in reading more about Egypt and its history. So, when I decided to mix my passion with my background, a light went on, and an “action-packed fantasy thriller” novel set in Ancient Egypt bloomed from that.
DJ: Could you briefly tell us a little about your main characters? Do they have any cool quirks or habits, or any reason why readers with sympathize with them?
Samuel: First, we have Princess Merit, the legal heiress to the Egyptian throne who has to overcome impossible odds to claim her father’s crown. Then, we have Romaroy, known as Roma, a soldier under the murdered pharaoh, who forms a rebel group to return the throne to the true heiress. Roma leads the insurgency along with his friends; Moeris, a warrior who can only fight whilst intoxicated; Nefer, a former prostitute who is fated to become someone completely different than she had ever imagined; and finally, Amasis, a young, naive priest and the only living son of the deceased high priest.
On the other side of the fight, there are the usurpers; Varis, who takes the throne of Egypt for himself; his foreigner wife, Keya, who has a motive of her own; and his two children, Gapi and Hamees, who all open the door wide for Egypt to be torn apart by a brutal civil war, subjugated by foreign powers, and gripped by a devastating famine.
DJ: What is the world and setting of The Heiress of Egypt like?
Samuel: The Heiress of Egypt presents the realm of a fantasy version of ancient Egypt which was nurtured to existence by celestial beings. It’s the fantastical Egypt which is populated with heroic soldiers and gifted priests, as well as mythical creatures, such as griffins, serpopards, ammits, and giant spiders, scorpions, and crocodiles.
DJ: What was your favorite part about writing The Heiress of Egypt?
Samuel: It’s always fun to create a whole new fantasy world. Yet, I think what’s more fun is founding a fantasy world where real history meets legend. That’s why you will find in “The Heiress of Egypt” several factual names, gods and places derived from the Ancient Egyptian civilization.
DJ: What do you think readers will be talking about most once they finish it?
Samuel: I think they will be talking about the main characters and their struggles. My ultimate goal of the novel is providing the readers with hope, by introducing some strong protagonists bravely fighting for truth and justice.
DJ: Did you have a particular goal when you began writing The Heiress of Egypt? Was there a particular message or meaning you are hoping to get across when readers finish it? Or is there perhaps a certain theme to the story?
Samuel: My initial intention when I started writing “The Heiress of Egypt” was to tell a good story with characters that hopefully entertains the readers and whisks them away on a fantasy adventure; but as the book developed, I wanted to provide the readers, especially young women, with hope, energy and encouragement when it comes to fighting for their rights.
DJ: When I read, I love to collect quotes – whether it be because they’re funny, foodie, or have a personal meaning to me. Do you have any favorite quotes from The Heiress of Egypt that you can share with us?
Samuel: In chapter three of “The heiress of Egypt,” the high oracle offers a prophecy which says, “The short age of the illegal dynasty is drawing to a fast close, and the age of the legitimate heiress is dawning.” I believe this is my favorite quote because it’s a message of hope which brings joy to the hearts and souls, changes lives, and will triumph over all difficulties and impassable odds.
DJ: Now that The Heiress of Egypt is released, what is next for you?
Samuel: I think it is worth mention here that “The Heiress of Egypt” is the first in a series. As you read the novel, you will find a cliffhanger in its final pages which sets the stage for the second book, tentatively titled “The Celestial’s Battle”.
DJ: Where can readers find out more about you?
Author website: www.samuelebeid.com
Novel’s trailer: https://youtu.be/5RBoxA3IDT8
DJ: Before we go, what is that one thing you’d like readers to know about The Heiress of Egypt that we haven’t talked about yet?
Samuel: I would like the readers know that the tale of “The Heiress of Egypt” is one of adventure, rebellion, fantasy, romance and war all in an attempt to pave the way for Merit to take her true place on the throne of Egypt. It presents a vivid world of Ancient Egypt, in which it successfully blends history and fiction, tosses in sci-fi elements, and adds a dash of romance and thriller into the mix for extra spice.
DJ: Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to answer my questions!
Samuel: Thank you, again, for giving me this opportunity.
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Egypt, a land so rich in myth, its origins are not fully known. But there are stories—stories that the earliest Egyptians were taught civilization by celestial beings.
Thousands of years later, at a time when the Great Pyramids of Geza were still shiny and new, legendary creatures flourished, and high priests still controlled the magical substance left by the Celestials called Kairemi. But it’s also a time of treachery as one Pharaoh is brutally overthrown, and his entire family slaughtered, save one young daughter, Merit, who escapes into hiding. The hedonistic new Royal Family have their own struggles, with King Varis maneuvering to place his daughter, Hamees, on the throne after him, setting aside his own son.
It’s also a time of heroes, like Roma, a former palace guard turned defender of Princess Merit. He receives a great prophecy and must use it to determine Egypt’s fate by pooling all her legendary resources to ensure the throne, and control of the Kairemi, goes to the correct Heiress of Egypt. But is that Merit or Hamees?
About the Author:
Samuel Ebeid (born October 1, 1982) is a novelist in the fantasy genre, most notably The Heiress of Egypt (2019). He also has another non-fiction book, an Arabic translation of the National Intelligence Council Report, titled, “Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World.”
Samuel grew up in Sohag, Egypt, where his parents (Ramses and Martha) surrounded him with books since he was a young child.
At the age of 16, he moved to Cairo, where he studied Political Sciences, in the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration, Helwan University; and served in the Egyptian Armed Forces.
In 2007, Samuel began his career as the Head of Specific Forum Programs for the Forum for Intercultural Dialogue, the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services. In this job, he found himself in a very multicultural environment, which encouraged him to read so widely outside his profession, background, and speciality.
In 2012, he was chosen as an international fellow in the Community Solutions Program, IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board), and he became an International Exchange Scholar Alumni of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State. As a fellow in Washington, DC, he gained access to a wide variety of libraries, bookshops, and cultural events in this metropolitan city.
In 2014, Samuel met his other half, Karen, and he instantly fell in love with her. After getting married, Karen and Samuel moved to Pennsylvania, where they bought a small house and are enjoying the semi-country life.