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. Italian Alps

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. As the kids got older (way too fast!), I spent more time freelancing, editing and interning for a literary agency, looking to build a new career, writing, writing, writing all the while.

Teaching high school English in Camden, New Jersey, got me started on another career I love. Now I teach 6th grade in Washington, D.C., and every day continues to be an adventure. I  still write for young readers, every day. And I still believe in magic.

I have an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. 




  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

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: