The author was born and grew up in Franz Kafka's magical birthplace, Prague, in a family involved in performing arts for generations. Early on she decided to study languages not to limit herself to the choices made by the authorities which books in translation will be published, if at all. Books from the family private collection, records, cinema, live music, and theater were almost the sole source of independent education, an invisible bridge to the world from behind the Iron Curtain.
The author holds a Master degree in Performing Arts.
Her desire to write became clear when life led her to immigration. Her last language, English, was yet to learn to communicate effectively, and with love in her adopted new homeland, the USA.
After some years of struggle as an immigrant trying to "catch up" and finding it impossible, and finally giving up the race, she took account of her path in writing.