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Author’s Name:   Anne-Rae Vasquez

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Email:  admin(at)anne-raevasquez(D O T)com

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Anne-Rae Vasquez wrote the novel and screenplay Almost a Turkish Soap Opera, an award winning feature film and series produced by Joseph Khalil, Sababa Emporium Film Productions ( which is also her directorial debut. Details of the film production can be found at Her other projects include Salha’s Secrets to Middle Eastern Cooking Cookbook, Gathering Dust – a collection of poems and Teach Yourself Great Web Design in a Week, published by (a division of Macmillan Publishing).

Note from the author:
“The popularity of Turkish soap operas or TV series’ in the Arab speaking world, Europe and Asia is not well known here in the West. The Turkish TV series’ storylines are packed with jealousies and misunderstandings in family life and marriages, mafia encounters, economic problems and societal pressures, which all make for great drama. What I find fascinating in watching Turkish soap operas is how the Middle Eastern culture is woven into the modern way that Turkish people live which has influences from the Western and Eastern societies. I thank our producers Sababa Emporium Film Productions for allowing me to retell the story with so many different lenses – as a feature film, a short and as a series.” – writer/director/associate producer, Anne-Rae Vasquez

Aside from her artistic work, Anne-Rae Vasquez also manages a web design, production and learner support team, specialized in distance and blended learning at a prestigious university. Her expertise in HTML authoring, Web and multimedia design, and project and database management has provided her with the opportunity to work with many talented people in the industry. She has over 14 years of experience in distance learning and her expertise is in producing and delivering online courses at university level standards.

Title of her recent book:  Almost a Turkish Soap Opera

Kindle Edition

Genre:   literary fiction, cultural heritage, romance, drama

Publisher:  AR Internet Site & Publishing Inc.

Publication Date:  September 24, 2012

Read excerpt of Almost a Turkish Soap Opera at:


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Availability for podcasts/interviews:   Yes, must be scheduled 5-10 days prior

Short Synopsis of book:
Adel and Kamil, two young good looking Turkish men use arranged marriages as the ticket to immigrate to Canada. Betrayals, affairs, turn their lives into a Turkish soap opera.

Longer detailed synopsis:
Adel and Kamil, two young good looking Turkish men try to immigrate to North America. Adel’s ruthless grand uncle arranges him to marry Yonka (his spoiled obnoxious cousin) in exchange for his immigration status in Canada. The problem is Yonka and Adel hate each other. The drama heats up even more when Adel has an affair with Nora, his beautiful English teacher which ruins Yonka’s plans. And to add to this, his best friend Kamil has a big secret of his own. How did his life turn into a Turkish soap opera?

Topics author can discuss:
Turkish soap operas – big fan base of Turkish tv series. Check facebook page to see how many fans and the different types of Turkish tv series people all over the Middle East/Asia and Eastern Europe discuss /share their favourite series. Addiction to Turkish Soap Operas dubbed in Arabic and other languages.

Other topics author is very familiar with are: Indie film making and distribution, Self Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing; English as a Second Language Students, hardships for people wanting to immigrate to USA and Canada, arranged marriages; Distance Learning, E-learning; juggling full-time career with film making and writing and motherhood.


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