Category: Historical Background Features

I grew up with a very superficial understanding of what it means to come from a family of Ukrainian war refugees. The struggles, the hardships, where we came from—that was no secret. I heard about it on every occasion. We sang songs about it. We recited folklore and poems about Ukraine’s centuries-long struggle for freedom. We took oaths. As a child, I was absolutely convinced that I was a Ukrainian first, and an American only by happenstance. This trails me to this day…

I do have a passion for storytelling; for visiting the fantasy worlds in my head and returning with something that must be transposed onto paper; a painting of words, one might say. My grandmother was an author; my grandfather and my father were both artists. My father was also a very, very good cook. And my love for food might be considered a fine art by some as well. Here are some recipes I’ve pulled together from the worlds my novels take place in: South Tyrol, Italy; the former Czechoslovakia, and Ukraine.

How Mussolini Got Blindsided

January 21, 2021

I do have a passion for storytelling; for visiting the fantasy worlds in my head and returning with something that must be transposed onto paper; a painting of words, one might say. My grandmother was an author; my grandfather and my father were both artists. My father was also a very, very good cook. And my love for food might be considered a fine art by some as well. Here are some recipes I’ve pulled together from the worlds my novels take place in: South Tyrol, Italy; the former Czechoslovakia, and Ukraine.

I do have a passion for storytelling; for visiting the fantasy worlds in my head and returning with something that must be transposed onto paper; a painting of words, one might say. My grandmother was an author; my grandfather and my father were both artists. My father was also a very, very good cook. And my love for food might be considered a fine art by some as well. Here are some recipes I’ve pulled together from the worlds my novels take place in: South Tyrol, Italy; the former Czechoslovakia, and Ukraine.