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. Then I stayed home with my two kids and got started on what would become a very winding writing journey.
Teaching high school English in Camden, New Jersey became the beginning of another career I love. Now I teach 6th graders in Washington, D.C., and every day continues to be an adventure. I have an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
My debut novel, CASTLE OF CONCRETE, is forthcoming from Young Europe Books in June, 2019.