I was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. My background, like many other Iranians, has been filled with ups and downs, drama and tragedy but plenty of love, humor and laughter too.
When the 1979 revolution happened, the Islamic regime prohibited my father, an executive at one of the major banks in Tehran, from traveling for fifteen years and stripped my family of their wealth and position. The authorities then proceeded to execute my relatives who weren’t lucky enough to escape. As many of you might know the legal system in Iran isn’t fair so no one really knew what their crimes were or if they had done anything wrong at all.
Growing up I went through a revolution and a war and was the first in my family to immigrate to the United States in the 1990s at the age of sixteen. I didn’t have much help financially so had to make it on my own. If you want to know what my life was like, you can watch the animated movie Persepolis. There are too many parallels.
I’m also a women’s rights activist (it’s hard not to be one when you’re raised in a country where the laws are so anti-women). I have been on many shows including NPR and Coast-to-Coast AM but I’d much rather keep my privacy.
I wrote Cemetery of Dreams when I was fourteen and still in Iran. A few years ago I went back to it, to rewrite and revise it. It’s a political thriller but based on true stories that I experienced growing up in Iran. It also covers the American hostage rescue mission, code name Eagle Claw, from the perspective of Iranian officers on the ground who claimed to have helped the CIA with the mission and gave a different story as to why the mission failed. You can read more about the research here.
For a summary of the novel you can click here.
If you’d like to book me for an interview, you can contact:
Ms. Anja Majcen
The PR Group
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Clearwater, FL 33755
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