About Nevien

Nevien Shaabneh

Nevien Shaabneh has been penning her own fiction since kindergarten. After quickly realizing books were far more interesting than reality, Nevien delved into the world of fiction. Her love of literature led her to pursue a bachelors in English Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Masters of Arts from Saint Xavier University.

After years of teaching literature to high school students, Nevien felt propelled to contribute to the Arab-American voice she saw missing from American Literature. This prompted her to write her novel, Secrets Under the Olive Tree. She espouses the intrinsic belief that “Great literature, real literature, moves people.”

When Nevien is not writing, she is enjoying her many cups of coffee, baking desserts, and challenging her family to a game of pool. She looks forward to releasing her second novel.

Secrets Under the Olive Tree by Nevien Shaabneh
We are a people who tell stories, Layla. You will have your own story to tell.
— Secrets Under the Olive Tree