The Islamic revolution of 1979 changed our lives, all of us, both in Iran and abroad. I lived in the U.S. during the revolution, but followed it closely. Then I began to read books about it, history books by the dozen. All the books told me what happened. As a writer I was interested in how it felt? I think only drama can tell the story of feelings. What was is like to live there and experience it daily? Although, I did two years of research before starting the book and there are lots of facts in the story; still, I hope “Tokens of God,” captures Kaveh’s and his family’s feelings. The revolution and its aftermath happened in the background. The family lived in the foreground.
My favorite writer is Salman Rushdie. I particularly like his last two novels: “Ground Beneath Her Feet,” and “Shalimar the Clown.”
My favorite poets are both Persian: Hafez and Rumi.
I just finished writing and producing my first feature, “Futbaal.