Traveling through The Twelve Rooms of the Nile with Tampa author Enid Shomer

Before Florence Nightingale pioneered the field of professional nursing, and before Gustave Flaubert wrote Madame Bovary, both were struggling to find their place in the world. During this period of personal uncertainty, both happened to travel through Egypt along the Nile at the same time. While there is no evidence the two met, Enid Shomer reconstructs what their unique relationship may have been like in her historical novel, The Twelve Rooms of the Nile.

Shomer is an award-winning poet and short story writer who's written six previous books, but this is her first novel. I sat down with Shomer in her Tampa home days before the global release of The Twelve Rooms of the Nile.