Anastasia was born as Asya Leonidovna Shmaryan, on April 17, 1959, but she grew up in the Ukraine. It was during her teenage years that she began a fascination with literature, especially poetry. Inspired by variety of books she read, she has dreamed of one day becoming a writer. However, she could not fulfill that dream given her family insisted that she go to university and get a ‘real’ profession. Asya has only returned to writing in 2006, decades after she last laid pen to paper. Her writing is mainly inspired and influenced by stories of hardship, and survival. She is a passionate writer, whose creative vision is matched by her great storytelling ability. What sets Anastasia apart from most other writers is that she writes in both English and Russian. To date, she has written countless poems and screenplays, a theatrical play, as well as novels. Anastasia has lived in Australia for the past 23 years.