Coral Springs children’s book author publishes hit Halloween tale • Coral Springs Talk
By: Jen Russon
September has been a busy month for author Dr. Darya Hodaei, an Azerbaijani Turk from Iran. The pharmacist and mother of two lives in Hidden Hammocks Estates and recently published a multicultural book, Jirtdan Halloween, was the number one new release from Amazon.
The story tells the story of a little boy and his companions who venture into Disney World. They get lost and, to make matters worse, are captured by an ogre.
Darya said her book is a variation of a timeless tale and the ending is sure to surprise and delight her readers. This was certainly the case for her children, Kai and Ken, aged just four and three.
Darya’s husband, Dr Keyvan Yousefi, a clinical researcher of Kurdish descent who has also experienced linguistic suppression in Iran, fully supports her activities and praises her determination and hard work. He believes Darya has a significant impact on identity awareness and diversity.
“I use my books to raise awareness about inclusion and cultural diversity. I was born in a country where I was subjected to ethnic and linguistic oppression. I never had the chance to go to school in my own mother tongue, Azerbaijani Turkish. said Daria.
She added that it had been six years since she immigrated to the United States.
“Coming here and absorbing the culture quickly proved that others were interested in knowing more about my Azerbaijani heritage,” she said, adding, “I know the beauty of my own culture and folklore. I decided to turn my pain into beauty by writing books and spreading the beauty of culture and diversity.
Darya’s next book, Fun facts about animals; A multilingual pictorial in English, Azerbaijani, Turkish and Farsi, will soon be available for purchase on Amazon. Subscribe to it Youtube channel for more.
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Jen Russon has been a writer for Talk Media since 2018. She is also a novelist, writer and editor at Swallow Publishing, LLC.