Q1: Who is Evie Fox?
Evie Fox is a fierce, sassy and sophisticated woman with a steel core dedicated to making the world a better place. She is not opposed to taking risks and enjoys out-of-the-box experiences. Evie is a fighter for equal rights for women, not just in the U.S, but also abroad. She is hopeful that her book with creating new dialogue in addressing the perils of women in foreign countries. She wants to be the voice for those who have none.
Q2: What motivated you to accept a position in Saudi Arabia?
I thought it would be a daring adventure that would ultimately benefit both my resume and international travel goals.
Q3: Were you ever fearful during your stay in Saudi?
I can honestly say that I was never fearful…or clearly very good at compartmentalizing.
Q4: What would you say is the major difference between living in the U.S. as opposed to living in Saudi?
The restrictions as a female living in Saudi were frustrating and demoralizing. I felt as if some of my freedoms were taken from me as a U.S. citizen. Oh…and I will never wear an abaya again…not even as a Halloween costume!
Q5: Was the weather really that hot?
Yes…it was really that fucking HOT…reason for the name of the book!
Q6: What was your favorite place to eat while living in Saudi?
Surprisingly, most restaurants in Saudi Arabia are American chain restaurants. There did not seem to be restaurants offering “local fare.” Five Guys made a lot of money off of me during my two-year stint.
Q7: Did you really make your own wine?
Yes…yes I did! It would rank well in Wine Spectator, but it definitely did the trick.
Q8: How difficult was it to get your two dogs, Augustus and Wolfgang to Saudi Arabia?
I have an entire chapter on that ordeal…read the damn book!!!
Q9: How was the dating scene on the compound?
As my wise boss stated….”the odds are good, but the goods are odd.” PERIOD!
Q10: In all seriousness, what is your one takeaway from your experience in living and working as a blonde, American businesswoman in Saudi Arabia?
I found my voice and a strength that I never knew existed inside of me.