Russian historical fiction

A mystery set in Russia

My mystery novel “In the Crosshairs” is featured on the FKBooks blog today for only 99c. Please take a look at the blog post. Perhaps, you find my book interesting enough to read :). Here’s the link:“In the Crosshairs” on FKBooks blog


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The Ninth Wave

One of my favorite Russian artists is Ivan Aivazovsky. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to see it in St.Petersburg, and I put one interpretation (from a character’s point of view) of this painting in my novel “Struggling to Survive” (below).

What do you see in it: struggle? hope? despair? something else?

“The painting showed a small group of people struggling to survive amidst a storm, hanging on to the remnants of their mostly destroyed ship. The waves around them were still strong, but the rising sun cast warm light on the sea and the people, a symbol of hope that survival was possible even after a big storm. Many art critics said that Aivazovsky meant this painting as a reminder for the people to be humble, as there are forces in nature that are much stronger than people. Victor interpreted it differently: no matter what life throws your way, you need to fight for survival. To him, the painting had an uplifting message, as survival was one of the strongest human instincts.” (From “Struggling to Survive” by Julia Gousseva)

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A Russian Mystery

My latest mystery, In the Crosshairs, is featured on this cool blog. I’m pretty happy today :): In the Crosshairs


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All Things Russian: A Journey through Stories, Culture, and Food

I was born and raised in Russia when it was still a part of the Soviet Union, or USSR. For a long time, Russia was hidden behind the Iron Curtain and had a mysterious image of the Evil Empire to many Westerners.

But Russia was a mystery not just to outsiders, but to its own people as well. One of my college history professors used to refer to Russia as a country with unpredictable past. Why? Because every time a new leader came to power, all state-issued history books were changed and rewritten. And all history books were state-issued.

A lot of my non-Russian friends always ask me about Russia, so I started this blog to share what I know, what I like (and sometimes what I don’t like!), and what intrigues me.

I write fiction about Russia. All my books are on my website. Take a look if you’re curious:

And I love to connect with people, so please feel free to comment. I’ll try to answer as soon as I can, usually within the same day.

THANK YOU for visiting my blog!!!!



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