Being born in Latvia, and spending most of my life in Belarus, Lithuania and the United States of America, I have embraced multiple cultures throughout my life. Nothing gives me more pleasure than learning new traditions and delving into the rich historical pasts of different countries. I have started my writing journey by pouring my heart into poetry before turning to writing novels for young adults. When I am not at my desk, I am traveling to battlefields, browsing Historical Society catalogues and attending ghost tours to discover new relics, artifacts and stories that serve as inspiration for my novels. I live in Ohio with my husband and two cats,
one of whom is named after a Civil War General.