The former Bay Street finance professional turned entrepreneur and A-list ambassador for Toronto, expects his book to do well. Salt Media originally met Massoud at Sundance '13 and noticed not only his rugged handsomeness, but his intrinsically poetic nature. We recently had the chance to catch up.
SM: Congratulations on such an achievement and if the novel is any reflection of that transcendent soul within you, this story will become a best-seller.
MA: Thank-you for that prediction. I'm excited about Seeker of Horizons. It's an inspiring tale. It's actually fiction based on dramatic events mined from my own life experience and a tribute to my late father.
Abbasi's protagonist is an Iranian journalist/activist who endures great persecution, torture and abuse in war-torn Iran, until finding respite in Turkey and then eventual sanctuary in Canada in 1989.The novel is a classic migration story including thematic elements like the quest for identity, overwhelming human struggle and dignity reclaimed.
SM: What's next for you, Massoud?
MA: Right now, I'm enjoying the moment but I'm also looking forward to the near future when Seeker of Horizons will be produced into film format.
Abbasi's novel is available on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble and Indigo.