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Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America and Laughing Without an Accent
1. How did you get your first book published?
"How I got published is a long story that I discuss in my speech. The short version is that I had many rejections from agents since no one felt that humor and Middle East went together. I finally found an agent when a new mom at my kid’s school sent my stories to her cousin in Los Angeles who, months later sent them to a friend who was an agent. You know, the usual story."
2. What authors inspired and/or influenced your work?
"My biggest influence was oral storytelling. My father is a gifted storyteller and I grew up listening to his stories. I was also influenced by my female relatives and gossip! I learned early on that some people really know how to retell past events, how to describe a person (or their unflattering outfit!) and keep the attention of an entire room with just words."
3. Who are you currently reading?
"I am currently reading An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alamedinne and The Sellout by Paul Beatty."
4. Without knowing who they are, what would you ask the next author coming to Sacramento Public Library?
"Who is the author, dead or alive, that you would most like to meet?"
5. Question from previous author, Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff (The Missing Kennedy):
What have you learned through the process of writing your latest book that you didn’t know before you began?
"Writing non-fiction is much easier than fiction."
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