I am an author of two forthcoming Young Adult books to be published by Imprint/Macmillan: WHAT THE WOODS KEEP in which a girl inherits a riddle from her mother's estate that leads her to a strange Colorado town where her physicist father has been studying strange phenomena, and OASIS, a YA horror-adventure with a diverse cast set in Dubai.
My slipstream poetry and short fiction appeared in various small presses publications; and I also write literary critique: my essay on the poetics of exile in the works of Russian-American poet Joseph Brodsky was published in 2016 by Cordite Poetry Review-Scholarly.
Since 2008, I've been living in Melbourne, Australia, which is either perpetually rain-windy-cloudy or hyper-humid and mega-hot, fluctuating between its various states throughout the day.
My go-to writing mode is young adult fiction set in some peculiar place with mercurial atmosphere and where strange things go bump in the night. Once I start on a new writing project, figure out my protagonist and what she wants, I can't stop writing until I finish it. I get obsessive like that and rarely suffer from 'writers' block'. I wanted to be an Egyptologist when I grew up, but became cultural anthropologist instead - not the type who goes away to faraway locales but the one who sticks to the urban and the familiar and attempts to view it through a stranger's lens - think of it like erasing all familiar cultural codes and seeing things (or at least trying to) for what they are.
I grew up reading Nancy Drew books, Narnia Chronicles and Moomin stories; in my teenage years worshiping Bulgakov, Borges, Salinger, Hesse, Orwell, Bradbury and Brodsky. Now, among my influences I count: Leigh Bardugo, Haruki Murakami, Nova Ren Suma, and Kelley Armstong.
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