Guest author: Laleh Chini ~ Keep dreaming

I always loved writing and being an author was a dream. When I was a little girl and grew up with a very hard life witnessing my dearest ones being in such painful life, made me dream of being a writer.

I knew that the best way to pass the message and life lessons, was through writing. Writing made all my sadness and madness drive away from my mind.

“Climbing Over Grit” is a true and sad story of my mother who married at the age of 11. This book is a symbol of a patient, hard working, unbeaten woman. I am also working on my next novel.

Climbing Over Grit was published by wise house publishing in October 2018 and won Canada Book Award in December.

I learned how to be a fighter in life and how important it is to not to give up, no matter how many times I fall. I hope this book would teach others same great values.

Never give up and keep dreaming.❤️

About the author

Marzeeh Laleh Chini was born in October 14th 1968 in Iran. She first came to USA when she was 16 years old, was married in 1987 in West Virginia and moved to Canada. She has two children, a son and a daughter.

She says of herself: “I’ve always loved writing, when I was young I used to write newspaper articles for Iran. But I’ve always wanted to write books, it’s been a lifelong goal of mine. After many years, I have finally finished my first novel “Climbing Over Grit” and can’t wait to work on many more. Climbing Over Grit was Published by WiseHouse Publishing L’aleph and I am proud to say it won the 2018 “Canada Book Award”.”

Find and follow Laleh Chini

Amazon author page     l’Aleph author page    A Voice from Iran    Facebook

LinkedIn     Twitter     Instagram: avoicefromiran

Climbing Over Grit

Marzeeh Laleh Chini and Abnoos Mosleh-Shirazi

The year is 1957. Though they were from a wealthy and well-respected family, Najma‘s parents decided to marry off her sister at the age of nine. While crying for her and pitying her, Najma knew little that she would be next. Six years later, eleven-year-old Najma is resentful and unforgiving because her parents married her off at age 11. But the harshest moment of her life is when she inadvertently shapes a similar destiny for her daughter Jaleh.

Being a child bride, Najma suffers through all forms of abuse before she can convince her violent husband that she deserves better and would continue her education regardless of his beating. But life the way she knows it changes forever when a revolution happens and an Islamic group takes control of the Iranian government in 1979. Mass arrests and execution of the opposition frightens Najma and her husband who have to make a decision to save her ‘too-curious’ daughter from a brutal government. Climbing Over Grit follows the odyssey of Najma‘s family winding through the dangerous Bousher-Shiraz roads, during the eight-year war with Iraq, recounting the story of a family that has to pay a huge price for having made a mistake while trying to protect a loved one.


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7 Responses to Guest author: Laleh Chini ~ Keep dreaming

  1. joylennick says:

    We are all so ‘at the mercy’ of countries, parents, religions and governments at birth. We can all choose to call it luck/destiny/fate, or whatever, but all need a huge amount of hope! A most interesting profile of Laleh Chini. Thank you. x

    Liked by 3 people

  2. I’m glad you found the strength to share your story. It’s one many of us can barely comprehend- all the more reason it needs to be heard {{hugs}}

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Jacksonville says:

    Am glad you finally made it

    Liked by 2 people

  4. willowdot21 says:

    I am full of admiration, well done , keep writing.💜

    Liked by 2 people

  5. dgkaye says:

    Sounds like a riveting read. It was lovly to learn about Laleh and her writing. I’m going to have a look at the book. 🙂 ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Lovely to meet Laleh, Sue. This story sounds heart wrenching.


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