Naz Meknat's upcoming debut memoir, 7000 Miles to Freedom, details her journey growing up amidst a political revolution in Iran; how she survived her abusive marriage, and ultimately fled her home country to build a better life in the United States as a Hollywood stylist.
Thank you for taking this interview with us Naz! Could you tell our audience about the author behind the book 7000 Miles to Freedom?
I am a Celebrity Wardrobe Stylist and now an Author, based in Los Angeles. I immigrated to the United States 24 years ago to be with my family and battled many obstacles to get to where I am. In this book, I share with the readers the hardships and the triumphs of my journey and what it took for me to flee my country overnight. Could you talk about the team that helped you along the way to finally getting the book published?
While I had the support and encouragement of my friends and family during the writing process, there was no team behind me. I mostly did all the writing and when I was done I hired an editor to help me clean it up a bit more. I found the publisher on my own and had a clear idea of what I wanted the cover art to look like. With all that being said, the most important thing is having the love and support of those close to you that keep you going. What does it mean to be an author?
Being an Author means being a storyteller. It means giving life to something that lives inside of you, it means finding the right words to communicate your message to your audience. I am a visual artist by trade. So I have always used visual elements to convey my message. With writing, I had to find the exact right words to transfer to the paper in a way that it could be translated to the reader clearly. There is a responsibility that comes with being an author, in my case as a non-fiction author that responsibility was to be completely honest and authentic and to share even the most painful details of my story. How long has this book been in the works?
It took about 4 years from the day I decided to write a book to the day it was released.
How did you come up with the title of the book?
I was thinking about my journey and how far I had to literally travel from my homeland Iran to the United States and although from Tehran to Los Angeles is just a little over 7000 miles, I decided to name the book 7000 Miles to Freedom to show how far I had to travel to find safety and freedom. Were there any challenges to starting to write?
Yes, Absolutely. There were many challenges writing the book. Even though I loved to write poems and essays in my teenage years, I have never done any professional writing, So this was a completely new territory for me. Also, English is my second language. I finished high school ba