Reza Mashayekhi in his own words:I was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. After high-school, I first attended the American University of Beirut, and later the University of Michigan, where I received my aerospace engineering degree.I have been a consulting engineer here in San Diego, but my true passion now is writing and directing. The fact is, I’m sometimes frustrated by the practical limitations of engineering. I therefore use fiction as a far less constrained medium of expression to help me give life to my thoughts and far-reaching imagination. I am presently working on a script for a movie based on some of the short stories I have written.My writings are mostly inspired by true events. Some of these have actually happened to me, but most are events that I’m aware of without any personal involvement on my part. I start writing about them and then let my imagination take over. You can read more about my books on my website.