A Systems-Analyst-Turned-Writer’s Novel Idea Bears Fruit

Ali Hosseini of Hudson, Massachusetts, who came to the U.S. in 1975, quit his job four years ago to write a novel. Much belt-tightening later, The Lemon Grove is about to be published.

Did you always want to be a writer? I kept journals as early as college, but I became a computer systems analyst instead. It seemed like the safer career. I’d work in the office all day and write stories after work. Working part-time, I published a novel and two short-story collections in my native language in Iran.

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