I have been writing for as long as I can remember. Born in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, Russia, I grew up in Chicago, Illinois. I have a B.S. from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, M.A. in English Literature from King's College, London and a J.D. from Loyola School of Law, Chicago, Illinois and a CELTA for Teaching English as a Second Language. I worked as a lawyer and teacher in Europe before returning to the U.S. I now live in New York City.