Before turning to creative writing full time, Lesia worked as a journalist in Washington DC, Kiev, London and New York, where she last reported for the Financial Times. She’s also lived in Paris, Minsk and Istanbul and speaks several languages. Lesia studied for her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia, Sorbonne Paris IV and Institut d’Etudes Politiques, earning her master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her more interesting experiences include visiting Chernobyl, meeting her husband riding motorbikes in Azerbaijan, trying to learn Turkish, skydiving and raising children. Her hobbies range from the static (reading), to mildly energetic (cooking), to quite sporty (black runs, off-piste). Occasionally, deciding life’s tough enough, she parties much harder than she's worked that day.