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The official bio

 

Ksenia Anske was born in Moscow, Russia, and came to the US in 1998. She is the author of dark fantasy short fiction and 7 novels, and the winner of Amtrak Residency Program 2015. Her novel Rosehead won Honorary Mention in the YA Category in the Indie Ebook Award 2016. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, and when she’s not reading, she’s scaring other writers into writing or terrifying unsuspecting readers into reading her nightmarish books. She lives in Seattle with her partner Royce Daniel and her son Peter.

The UNofficial bio

 

Writing pulled me back from the dead. I wanted to kill myself—life didn't have much meaning—but my therapist said, “No. Don’t do it. Write.” So I did, and that unlocked something—something that soon became a torrent. My native Russian ceded to English. I felt like I’ve found my language, like it was safe to tell my stories. I started blogging, then writing flash fiction, then books. Writing became my therapy. Dark beginnings to happiness. Can you call it a career? I don’t know. I call it life.