Tessa Afshar was voted “New Author of the Year” by the Family Fiction-sponsored Reader’s Choice Awards 2011 for her novel Pearl in the Sand. Her book Harvest of Rubies was nominated for the 2013 ECPA Book Award in the fiction category and the 2014 Christy Award. World Magazine also chose it as one of four notable books of the year.
Tessa was born in Iran to a nominally Muslim family, where she lived there for the first fourteen years of her life. She then moved to England, where she survived boarding school for girls and fell in love with Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte.
Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever. After moving to the United States permanently, Tessa received an MDiv from Yale University, where she served as co-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School. She has spent the last fifteen years in full-time Christian service in New England.