Meet M.F. Moonzajer, Author of The Journalist
MFM: I am M.F. Moonzajer, a former intern for the United Nations Secretariat in Bonn, Germany, an International Development Research Center of Canada scholar, and the current editor of the International Scientific Journal of Issues, Research and Essays (JSRE). I am also a former correspondent for the Journalism in Crisis Coalition of New Zealand, a coordinator for the International Media Support of Denmark, a fellow for the Sustainable Development Policy Institute of Pakistan, and currently, a policy maker for an international NGO in Afghanistan. I have BA in Journalism and a Master’s degree in Development Studies.
BBB: What inspired your book, The Journalist: Attack on the Central Intelligence Agency?
MFM: Well, I have had written many books before, but all of them were non-fiction. The Journalist is my first fiction novel. I am from Afghanistan, and in our country, we have many stories to tell. The Journalist is somehow close to a historical fiction, in thriller and espionage form. The death of Mike Spann, the first CIA agent killed in Afghanistan, in 2001, undeniably inspired me to write this book.
Mike Spann was a hero, and he lost his life to bring peace in my country. I love his heroism and I have dedicated this book to him.
MFM: I think, what makes The Journalist a unique novel is the messages in the book. It is not only a fiction novel; it has many facts, historical facts. It tells readers about Afghanistan culture, heroism and love, through a fiction story. After reading this book, you will have a different picture of Afghanistan, unlike the one, many has perceived through media. I believe the Journalist is also the first espionage novel written by an Afghanistani. I do not know that whether readers feel angry, upset or happy, once, they finish reading the book, but I can assure that the story will stay in their head for weeks.
BBB: What are you currently working on?
MFM: Well, I am working on two books simultaneously now. I am working on the second series of the Journalist, and it would definitely take a year to be properly drafted. I am also translating a historical fiction novel from Persian to English, written about one of the Afghanistan kings. The second series of the Journalist would be a very interesting novel compared with the Journalist: Attack on the Central Intelligence Agency, since the second series will have many emotional stories and scenes.
BBB: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
MFM: Thanks to Google for their (her) generous indexing, I think things have become easier today. People can search my works, not only for the fiction novel, but also for my non-fiction books, research papers, and columns. The Journalist: Attack on the Central Intelligence Agency is available on more than 19 sale channels worldwide. I have also a website (www.Moonzajer.com), which they can visit and read more about my works.