The Minefield Girl

Hi everyone. I just wanted to let you know that my first book, The Minefield Girl, is now live on Amazon

The book tells the story of my experiences as a young woman in Libya, when the country was still under the absolute rule of Muammar Gaddafi. Back then I was naïve, yet ambitious. My mission was to present Libya to the Western world of big business via the pages of the Wall Street Journal’s magazine SmartMoney. However, I found myself facing one setback after another as I learned to navigate Libya’s military dictatorship, where nothing was what it appeared to be. I discovered that I was watched at every turn. A love affair proved to be both thrilling and dangerous, as I gradually realized that the country’s most powerful men had ways to control even people’s personal lives. But I was determined to succeed and to be part of something bigger than myself. Still, I remained blissfully unaware of the minefield I had walked into.

In a sense, my book is really two stories intertwined; the first a personal tale about growth, entrepreneurship and trying to make it work against all odds. The second story is about Libya; living in a non-western culture, forbidden love and the extreme hardship that the Libyan people endured during decades of dictatorship.

If you get a chance to read it, I’d love to hear what you think, so please rate it on Amazon and Goodreads.


Sofia Ek