Katia Raina

The Magic Mirror

About Katia

When I was a little girl, I wore a pioneer scarf around my neck and believed in communism.

I also secretly believed in magic mirrors. Even as a shy little Soviet girl, I dreamed that across the magic glass someplace there was another land, one of skyscrapers reaching into the clouds, and giant bridges of steel that hung from the sky.

I reached that land as a teen in 1993, when I stepped out of the JFK airport in New York City. I found my real home, met a man of my dreams, fell in love with the English language, moved into the Jersey suburbs, and got myself a beautiful, complicated American life.

After college I became a newspaper journalist and had quite an adventure chasing stories, keeping tabs on local officials, or just poking my nose everywhere it’d fit.

Now I am raising my two very American kids, while writing poetry and novels for young adults, and pursuing an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Writing For Children And Young Adults – along with a career in publishing.

4 Comments »

  1. Wow. That’s the best “about me” I’ve ever read.

    Comment by tara | November 25, 2009 | Reply

  2. I absolutely love this picture! I also believe in magic mirrors and as a child wrote stories about them.
    I really admire your talent and motivation!
    You do have to add one thing to this. What a wonderful dog trainer you have become!

    Comment by Debbie Clarke | January 13, 2010 | Reply

  3. What a great picture! You should take a pic of yourself as an adult in a similar pose. You have a beautiful About Me!

    Comment by Linda | February 5, 2010 | Reply

  4. Katia, I am totally impressed with this “About Me,” it is so beautiful, so evocative and well complemented by the photos. What a nice blog, I am impressed with your longevity and staying so true to your theme!

    Comment by Fred and Ginger | May 28, 2010 | Reply


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