“Writing a good book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” –George Orwell


I was born in the German Democratic Republic to a military family. I am a graduate of the Moscow State Institute of History and Archives and also graduated from the Moscow Institute for Foreign Languages as a German language interpreter. I worked for a Soviet Governmental Department in the section of International Affairs, then for various German and Austrian firms. Extensive travel to these countries gave me a chance to become intimately familiar with the lands and the people.

In 2001, I immigrated to the United States then, in 2018, made my home in Vienna, Austria.

Before publishing The Cruel Romance (Historical Fiction), I have written two other books, The Garden of Weeds and Katyuscha.

My new book, How Dare The Birds Sing, also in the genre of Historical Fiction, is published in January 2019. It is Book 1 in the Love and Fate series.

Book 2 is related to the underground movement in the occupied Byelorussia during WWII (working title, I’d Got to Know Who I Am) and is connected to How Dare The Birds Sing through three characters.