In 2009, my first book was published: "The Russian Riddle," a nonfiction biography of the Grand Duke Serge of Russia, which was the first biography to be published about this Grand Duke. My first short story, "Rumors of War," was published in The Copperfield Review in 2017. It too was about the Romanovs.
My next two publications took on different subject 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 second 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 second novel returned to the Romanovs. "Triumph of a Tsar," published in January, 2018, is an alternate history. It is a world where the Russian Revolution is averted, and the hemophiliac Alexei, son of Tsar Nicholas II, comes to the throne.
I grew up in New York City- not in Manhattan, but on the far reaches of Queens, on a spit of land called Rockaway. The peninsula is sandwiched between Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean and became the setting of some of my earliest works. I wrote short pieces of fiction as early as elementary school, and became more serious about it in high school. Still, it took me many years to do more than write a novel and never look at it again. Even then, however, my stories focused both on history and on current events.
I began writing seriously in college, where I wrote articles for my school’s newspaper. Then, being the political science major and economics minor that I was, I wrote about the Free Trade Area of the Americas for my undergraduate thesis- as a screenplay featuring our nation’s highest officials.After graduation, I wrote professionally for newspapers like “Newsday” and magazines such as “Financial History Quarterly.”
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