Tahereh Mafi is an American author who was born in Connecticut in 1988 to Iranian parents. She is the youngest of five children and grew up alongside her four older brothers. She went to high school in California and attended Soka University. During her time at university, she studied abroad for a semester in Barcelona where she learned to speak Spanish. This is just one of the eight languages of which she has a good degree of knowledge.
Tahereh Mafi is a huge fan of dystopian fiction. She has admitted to having read Nineteen Eighty-Four more times than she can count, and remembers that reading Lowry’s The Giver changed her outlook on life. She has also said that as a teenager she enjoyed watching Old Westerns and every film that Bruce Lee had ever made with her dad, and Jane Austen adaptations and The Secret Garden with her mum. Mafi has equally fond memories of both action and romance stories from her childhood, and said that she must have known deep down that she would end up writing a novel which incorporated both genres.
Her first novel, Shatter Me, was a New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel. She has since written two more novels in the same series: Unravel Me and Ignite Me. There is a chance that Shatter Me will be made into a feature film as 20th Century Fox have purchased the rights.
In 2013, Tahereh Mafi married fellow author Ransom Riggs. They live together in Santa Monica, California.