Interview Dodie Cross
Topics of conversation:
- Experience as an American woman traveling to Iran
- Iranian women's reaction to her as an American woman
- Lessons brought back home about living in a foreign country
- Writing A Broad Abroad in Iran
- What Americans should know about how they are viewed by locals in foreign countries
Dodie Cross is a freelance writer and author of the award-winning memoir: A Broad Abroad in Thailand: An Expats Misadventures in the Land of Smiles, and just newly out: A Broad Abroad in Iran: An Expat’s Misadventures in the Land of Male Dominance. She was born in Glendale, CA, and spent the rest of her life moving from pillar to post around California. When she married her late husband, she began more extensive travels. She attended Cerritos College for Creative Writing and College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California, for Newspaper and Magazine writing, and has amassed online writing certificates. She is a guest reporter for the The Desert Sun, her hometown newspaper, a columnist for the Palm Springs Writers Guild and the National League of American Pen Women.
It's July 1977 in Iran, one year before the bloody start of the revolution, and two years before the U.S. Embassy take-over, when expatriate Dodie Cross finds herself and her family in a strange world, somewhere between the Old Testament and the Space Age.
She tries to acclimate to the soaring changes in temperature and altitude, culture and attitude. She suffers indignities as she's pinched on the bum at the bazaar; grabbed on the breast by a motorcycle passenger - who doesn't let go for a block; chased and rocked by
angry country dwellers as she sails down a river; and witnesses the stoning of a woman in the bazaar.
In 1978, she takes a job as secretary to the head of Security at Bell Helicopter International, and learns of the civil unrest in the capital as thousands of fist-waving radicals gather in the streets screaming for the removal of the Shah and death to Americans. When Marshal Law hits her small town of Esfahan, she has to make some decisions . . .