Khaled Hosseini is most famous for writing The Kite Runner. That book has recently been made into a motion picture.
Hosseini has a website and blog.
Hosseini actually was born in Kabul, shortly after Mariam would have been born. Hosseini was born in 1965.
It would be easy to think that The Kite Runner was autobiographical, but (thankfully) it sounds like that's not the case. Hosseini's dad was an Afghan diplomat. His life is similar enough to The Kite Runner in that Hosseini's family was granted asylum in 1980, after the invasian of Afghanistan by the Communist army. The family moved to San Jose in 1980.
Hosseini got a medical degree, and was actually a practicing physician until The Kite Runner was published, and became such an unbelievable success.
Since then, he's become the Goodwill Envoy to the UNHCR (The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees). In that capacity, he has visited Afghanistan many times, to witness the conditions there.
Hosseini still lives in northern California.
If you had written a wildly successful book, which was made into a movie, would you quit your job?