Shabnam Curtis, the author of My Persian Paradox, was born and raised in Tehran, experiencing the Iranian Revolution of 1979 firsthand. In 2004 she immigrated to the United States, where she now works as a project analyst by day and a passionate writer all other time. Shabnam teaches memoir writing workshops and has been performing lectures to colleges and universities about her book and the concept of sharing stories. She actively practices variety of storytelling workshops to help people develop deeper empathy towards each other. She is working on her second memoir (sequel). Her articles and excerpts of her memoir have been published on The Write Launch, Views & News, The Canadian Business Daily, The Abstract Elephant Magazine, and Eat, Darling, Eat network. She lives in Virginia with her husband and two dogs.

 Her motto is, "We all have a story to tell. Share your story, listen to others' stories. Create more EMPATHY & LOVE!"