Tessa Afshar was voted New Author of the Year by the Family Fiction-sponsored Reader’s Choice Award 2011 for her novel Pearl in the Sand. She was born in Iran, lived there for fourteen years and attended an English boarding school before moving to the United States. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds an MDiv from Yale University where she served as cochair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School. She has served in Christian work ever since.