From the Author
Gravity is a heart-warming story of two individuals from remarkably differing backgrounds that 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 was your favorite scene to write and why?
Ooh, this is a difficult question to answer because I enjoyed writing this book so much. If I have to pick one scene it would be a scene half-way into the story where the hero, Aiden, has to apologize for making a terrible mistake and hurting the heroine, Leila. The scene takes place on a rainy morning on the beach. It is early in the morning and the beach is empty. The waves are angry on her behalf and the rain is steady. Aiden sits in the sand, head down, shoulders hunched, contemplating how to explain to her his actions. Leila steps out onto her deck and finds him sitting there and she can sense how distraught he is. Despite her pain and anger, she makes her way to him with her heart aching unable to stay away ….Gravity!
To find out what happens, you must read the book __
How old were you when your wrote your first book/story?
I started writing academic text books in my thirties and then fiction in my forties. I first wrote very spicy fiction under a pen name and then turned to women’s fiction with romantic elements shortly after. I am much more comfortable writing stories that require deep characters and stories that tug at the reader’s heart and leave a lasting impression. No book I write is like the last. Each is unique and captures the reader’s heart and mind.
He smiled, took a step back, and met her gaze. “I’m a fairly easy going guy, but I have my quirks. One of them is my persistence. When I see something I desire, I go after it with relentless tunnel vision and focus. I chase the elusive. Often, others can’t see what I do, or they’re simply not brave enough to take risks, defy gravity, and uncover and unleash what’s hidden. But do you know what I find each and every time I trust my gut, put in the time, and do the work?”
“What?” she whispered, entranced by his voice and his molten eyes.
“Heart stopping, raw, wild, and unimaginable beauty.” Aiden grinned. “I’m a landscape photographer. Photography is not only what I do. Photography is also who I am. Through the lens of my camera, I see what others think only exists in dreams and
movies. I believe. I commit. If you decide to come inside, I’ll show you what I’m talking about.” He spun and strode the door.
Aiden said his piece and issued a challenge. Leila could walk away or cross the threshold and take a chance, praying this time her heart wasn’t trampled. She chewed on her lower lip. Even if she walked away, Aiden wouldn’t. The man would track her down.
Standing, Leila paced. She was out of her element––stuck between two worlds. Too Americanized, she didn’t fit into the Egyptian culture. Yet, she wasn’t American enough.
Gravity: A force pulling together people and hearts.
After being shunned by her Middle Eastern family, medical assistant Leila Solomon struggles to build a life for herself and her child. Landscape photographer Aiden Stone built a career seeing what others miss, and the second he meets Leila, he is drawn to her unassuming beauty and fragile strength.
Leila cannot defy the gravitational forces pulling her toward Aiden and to the family who cast her out. To build a future with Aiden, she must face the past but is she strong enough to resist being pulled back into the family fold?
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.