Afshar was voted "New Author of the Year" by the FamilyFiction-sponsored
Readers Choice Awards in 2011 for her novel Pearl in the Sand. Her second book, Harvest of Rubies, was nominated for the 2013 ECPA Christian
Book Award in the fiction category and chosen
by World magazine as one of four notable books of the
year. Her novel Harvest of
Gold won the 2014 Christy
Award for historical fiction. In
the Field of Grace, based on the biblical story of Ruth, was nominated for
the Grace Award.
Tessa was born in Iran to a nominally Muslim
family and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life. She moved to
England, where she survived boarding school for girls and fell in love with Jane
Austen and Charlotte Bronte, before moving to the United States permanently.
Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life
forever. Tessa holds an MDiv from Yale University, where she served as cochair
of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School. Tessa has spent the last
seventeen years in full-time Christian work in New England and the last
fourteen years on the staff of one of the oldest churches in America. Visit her
online at www.tessaafshar.com.