Where are you from?
I was born in Lvov, Ukraine. I have had the pleasure and privilege travel around the world for fun, and to live and work in Canada and the USA.
What inspired you to write Ruby ShinesBright and the Birthday Cake?
My whole life I’ve loved food. But I have to admit I make some lousy choices in my eating habits. I wrote Ruby ShineBright and the Birthday cake in order to try and influence children in making healthier eating choices, and connect choices to consequences. When I was younger. Little Ruby is a reflection of me, and every other little kid that snuck downstairs and gorged on something tasty.
What books have most influenced your life most?
I have been heavily influenced by Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. I am also an avid mystery buff. I enjoy the classic whodunnits most of all!
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I absolutely love CS Lewis. I find myself very emotional when I read his work. His words have a way of touching deeper than someone’s heart…right down to someone’s soul.
Do you see writing as a career?
Writing, along with cooking and travelling are less of a career and more of a fun passion!
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I find myself very drawn to works by Agatha Christie.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I believe that most people become unhappy when they reach the edge of their comfort zones. Some refuse to step out and become very distraught…often blaming others for causing their unhappiness. When we step out of our comfort zones, we grow and learn. We take on new challenges. We learn and evolve. I say step on out. Try a new recipe. Write a book. Learn how to dance. Have fun!
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I found brainstorming all of the ideas the most challenging. It was easier to conceptualize the idea because I’m passionate about the message around healthy and tasty eating options for children.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I deffinitly learned more about the publishing world. As this is my first published story it was a great learning opportunity for me. I’m very grateful for all of the support people have offered, from editing to helping with the layout of the manuscript.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Take some time and enjoy life. I see so many stories out there that are filled with personal turmoil and perservance, which is very important. It is also very important to showcase the beauty in the world. The wonderful people that, just out of kindness, are helping others. I’m immensely grateful for my friends who stepped up to help me as I worked to make this book a reality.