The short bioKatya de Becerra was born in Russia, studied in California, lived in Peru, and then stayed in Australia long enough to become a local. She was going to be an Egyptologist when she grew up, but instead she earned a PhD in Anthropology and now works as a university lecturer and a researcher. Katya is a short version of her real name, which is very long and gets mispronounced a lot. Her debut What The Woods Keep was released in three countries in 2018, with further international editions on the way. Her sophomore novel Oasis is forthcoming in 2019. In addition to her novels, Katya has authored and co-authored numerous academic articles, book chapters, guest posts and opinion pieces.
The long bioKatya de Becerra was born in Russia, immigrated to Australia in 2006, and now lives in Melbourne, where she writes young adult fiction and drinks way too much coffee. She was going to be an Egyptologist when she grew up, but instead she earned a PhD in Anthropology and now works as a university lecturer and a researcher. Katya is a short version of her real name, which is very long and gets mispronounced a lot. She is a permanent mentor with 1st5Pages Writing Workshop and loves working with and fostering new writing talent. Critics called her debut What The Woods Keep "a thoughtful and compelling horror fantasy" (BCCB), "a narrative that will keep readers enthralled" (Booklist) and "a new angle to the “small town with a secret” genre” (VOYA). What The Woods Keep is a Readings bestseller, BorrowBox Book of the Month, and a Buzz Book title as named by Publishers Marketplace in 2018. It was featured on Bustle and included in multiple "most anticipated" and "best of" list, such as Books that Made Our Skin Crawl and 100 great reads by Australian women as named by Readings, Choice reads for younger eyes as named by The Sydney Morning Herald and 13 Great Australian Speculative Fiction Releases of 2018 as named by Aussie Speculative Fiction. Forthcoming in 2019, Oasis is her sophomore novel.
Random thingsI’m Team Anthropology for life!
My slipstream poetry and short fiction appeared in various small presses publications.
When not writing, researching or teaching, I read a lot, spend way too much time on social media, and geek out at science talks and museum exhibitions. I love museums so freaking much!
I grew up reading Nancy Drew novels, the Narnia Chronicles and Tove Jansson's Moomin stories.
In my teenage years I worshiped Bulgakov, Borges, Salinger, Hesse, Orwell, Bradbury and Brodsky. I adore The Master and Margarita, and Woland and Margarita are my favorite characters.
Currently, my primary literary/artistic influences are Jeff VanderMeer, Andrei Tarkovsky, Leigh Bardugo, Nova Ren Suma, David Lynch, Tove Jansson, Marisha Pessl, Vadim Shefner, Ladytron, Eivør, Mikhail Bulgakov, Nova Ren Suma, Joseph Brodsky, Susanne Sundfør, Victor Pelevin, Jorge Luis Borges, Haruki Murakami, Mogwai, Kelley Armstrong, and the Strugatsky brothersI
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