I wrote my first book when I was 8. It was a thinly veiled tale about the collapse of the Soviet Union, starring safari animals.
Now, I'm working on my second attempt at a book — a memoir about my year of traveling alone around the world.
In between, I started the first national Russian-American magazine for teens, got a BA in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley and MA in Journalism from New York University, worked as a newspaper reporter in San Francisco and wrote freelance pieces about travel, business, science and culture. My favorite published work includes an essay about divorce for Huffington Post, a personal essay on eloping for Harper's Bazaar, a food story on Russian chefs for Los Angeles Times, a report on mad scientists for Newsweek, and an op-ed on the civil war in Ukraine for USA Today. In 2016, I received the Solas Award for Best Travel Writing and in 2013, the North American Travel Journalists Association Award.
Currently, I co-blog along with my husband at Mr & Mrs Go Far about our expat life experiment in Poland. I also run I DO PR, a public relations agency for bridal, travel and lifestyle brands, and am the author of the first book on wedding public relations, titled Marry the Media.