M brunette looking downI was born in the former USSR and immigrated to Brooklyn, New York when I was four. I’ve been writing ever since I coerced my parents into buying me a Hello Kitty diary when I was seven.

I majored in Creative Writing at Emerson College. After graduating I moved to London, because why not, and lived there for a year-and-a-half. When I returned to New York, I worked at a literary agency (Trident Media Group), then at HarperCollins, which helped me accumulate a staggering collection of books. Later on, I held positions as social media lead at Marvel, Google, and MRY. In 2014, I decided it was time to follow the Big Dream and pursue writing full-time. After getting married in Vegas by Elvis (true story), I quit my job and moved out of NYC to the suburbs, where I now live with my husband. I’ve worked on several novels since then and have have plans for many more. I have a personal blog in which I transcribed my old diaries, which caught some national TV attention in 2015. I’ve also blogged for Quirk Books, xoJane.com, Marvel.com, and Google. Currently, I’m a book coach/editor at Author Accelerator.

I write upmarket/literary fiction that tends to be left of center and flirt with multiple genres. I love all things dark, strange, and surreal, but I’m also optimistic—verging on quixotic—and a pop culture geek, so my work tends to incorporate all those elements to varying degrees. My first novel, Asleep from Day, will be out January 10, 2018.

When not writing, I enjoy tackling that ever-growing book collection, hiking with Cooper, our diva White German Shepherd, listening to podcasts, knitting, and managing my overflowing Netflix and DVR queues.