I grew up in New York City and began writing short pieces of fiction as early as elementary school. I became more serious about it in high school, but it still took me many years after that to do more than write a novel and never look at it again.
I began writing seriously in college, where I wrote articles for my school’s newspaper. I even applied the creativity to my undergraduate thesis. I wrote about free trade and its effect on America, but in order to have fun doing it, I wrote it as a screenplay featuring America’s highest officials. After graduation, I wrote professionally for newspapers like “Newsday” and magazines such as “Financial History Quarterly.”
In 2009, my first book was published. "The Russian Riddle," was the first nonfiction biography of the Grand Duke Serge Alexandrovich of Russia, uncle of Nicholas II. In 2017, my first short story, "Rumors of War," was published in The Copperfield Review. This story is also about the Romanovs, and featured the Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich and his sons. My second short story, "Before the Fire," was published in Helix Magazine's Spring 2017 issue. "Before the Fire" imagined a meeting between the Grand Duke's third son, Prince Konstantin, and Princess Pilar of Bavaria.
My next publications took on different subjects entirely. My first novel, entitled “The Last Battle,” was published in 2017. It was one of the first novels to feature a female veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars as the main protagonist. My third short story, "Dark Night, Bright Sky," was published in the Sandy River Review in March, 2018. This story examined a Catholic priest in the throes of a crisis of faith. My next short story, "A Promising Officer," was published in Foliate Oak in September, 2018. This story, set in the post-Civil War South, follows Lt. Colonel Robert Graypool as he struggles to find meaning in his life after the deaths of his wife and daughter.
My second novel returned to the Romanovs. "Triumph of a Tsar," published in January, 2018, is an alternate history. The Russian Revolution is averted, and the hemophiliac Alexei, son of Tsar Nicholas II, comes to the throne.
My third novel continued this theme. "Through the Fire: An Alternate Life of Prince Konstantin of Russia" examines the life that Konstantin might have lived if the Revolution had not happened. It is set in the same alternate historical universe as "Triumph of a Tsar." It is also a novel in short stories: each chapter is a short story that can stand on its own as a short piece, but together the stories form the arc of Konstantin's life. The short stories "Before the Fire" and "Rumors of War" appear in this collection.
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