Mandana Towhidy


Mandana Towhidy is a writer, editor, and art director whose work has been featured in pop culture magazines Dazed&Confused, Tokion, Oyster, and numerous other print and online publications. Mandana was mystified as a kid and teen by the fashion and music scenes in the Los Angeles. She writes daily with her little Chihuahua, Lotte, sleeping by her side.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Los Angeles, though in my teeny years, I lived a couple of other places. But most of my life from elementary through college was in LA. Of course it was easy to get influenced, by the scenery, by music, by going to Hollywood at a young age. A lot of people I grew up with were either in the music and/or film industries or else they were the little brother or sister or son or daughter of someone in these industries. So I always knew a lot of insider info, private shows, etc. It was also a good mix of peaceful fun bonfire parties at the beach as well as crazy drunken nights on the Strip (Sunset Strip). We didn't have internet or cell phones, so most of the entertainment came from watching MTV or going to shows to see bands or partying. When you're young, you think EVERYONE grows up like this...later in life, you realize how different it was from a lot of other people and their teen years, etc.
When did you first start writing?
The very first book I actually wrote for a contest was in second grade. The winner got to have their book in the library for a year. I didn't win and I remember being very upset about the girl who won because she had monsters in her book and at the time I thought that was kind of dumb. :) I wrote a book called THE GIRL WHO LOVED SPRING. It was written and illustrated by me. And, even though I didn't win first prize, it was still placed in the library. I still have it. I think after that I continued to make little books. I just know that I LOVED library day more than recess and I just wanted to have a book in the library.
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Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 51,870. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Chick Lit
Populated by rockers, Deadheads, misfits, skinheads, Goths, surfers, preppies, cheerleaders, and jocks, ARCADIA by Mandana Towhidy is a Fast Times at Ridgemont High for the Metal years. And in the world of Hollywood where more is all you need, Ronnie discovers happiness in Metal and friends and learning to see through the games and the "perfect-ness" of it all. Long Hair Rocks...Again!

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