Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m from the Middle East, the world of ‘to be or not to be,’ where the third way, democracy, isn’t for mankind—at least for now it isn’t, and unfortunately now ISIS has controlled many cities in the Middle East.
I’m a graduate of the Art University in Tehran, and have worked for many newspapers in Iran.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My least book is Big Fish, my daughter inspired me to write the book. Now Big is #1 best seller in Japan. A fish could fly in the sky.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
When I would been pressed by a issue, I have to write about the issue because it has been changed a story to me, the process is so painful and fantastic. For this reason I use fantastic theme, character and elements to write the issue. Indeed I play with words and creatively mix our pain with fantasy.
Almost my academic friends say that fantastic theme can’t explain and light our pains in the world, but I think incorrect. For example, see the Dragon stories, Now in this stories, Dragons could fall in love with human, that’s so great because this is a beginning of an important change in our world; Even evil like human not only God and angels! there is thousands of years that God and angles have said human: only we like you, and evil want to kill you, so you must respect us, but with the great change, human have not to do a thing which he(she) don’t like it.
Therefore, through fantasy, we can challenge cultures to reach peace.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
My favorite authors are William Faulkner, William Shakespeare , José Saramago, Friedrich Nietzsche.
What are you working on now?
The Broken Line is my new book, a story about a Broken Line…
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Many reviewers and markets book, like http://pretty-hot.com help my books to reach readers.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Only reading and writing, read two words, and write a word…
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Socrates say that I know I know nothing…
What are you reading now?
Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche, I read the book three time, and I’m reading it again.
What is your favorite book of all time?
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
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