Auntie Tata (a pseudonym) was born and grew up in Iran. Her parents were poor, had very little education, and were rather traditional. Her father passed away in June 1990, and her mother followed him four months later. That same year, she was admitted to college to study English translation. While a sophomore, she took French classes at a prominent institute, and was an honors student there. She has also studied Spanish, German, and Turkish. She lived in Malaysia for 7 months, and currently lives in Iran.