Sara Farizan is a graduating student from Lesley University’s MFA program focusing on Writing For Young People. She has heaps of interests, and shares them at Persian Rug Muncher.
1) What’s your elevator speech? Include any promotional links.
In Iran, homosexuality is deemed illegal by the government but the government will help pay for sex re-assignment surgery. My novel (which will hopefully one day see the light of day) is about Sahar, teenage lesbian who is losing her secret girlfriend to an arranged marriage and explores the idea of changing her gender in order to stop the marriage. My blog is http://persianrugmuncher.blogspot.com/.
2) What was your favorite character or story when you were growing up?
My favorite stories when I was young were mystery books by John Bellairs. I loved the Edward Gorey cover art, the 1940’s setting and many the winter/summer friendships Bellairs created. It was like having a Scooby Doo gang but with an elderly librarian and her teenage employee as the central protagonists.
3) What book can you not pick up without getting caught up and reading it all over again and why?
Oh goodness. I have a lot of those and if I do re-visit them I’d never get anything new read. I’m a sucker for anything set in the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s or 80’s. Examples of these are: Paris, a graphic novel by Andi Watson and Simon Gane, Striver’s Row, by Kevin Baker, Up in the Old Hotel, a series of non-fiction articles by Joseph Mitchell, The Last Picture Show, by Larry McMurtry, and The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon are a few examples.
4) What do you hate about writing?
I find the isolation writing brings to sometimes be a challenge. I like to be social and devoting so much time to writing can be a very lonely but rewarding experience. It’s definitely not a profession or hobby I would recommend to someone who is interested in instant gratification or immediate rewards.
5) Why do you keep writing anyway?
I keep writing because it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. No matter what job I have or where I end up, I am always going to be writing, if it’s for myself or for others.