My new work of narrative non-fiction, Mother Tongue, is a tale of mothers and daughters living through wars, exile, and exodus. It’s a personal account that brings a hundred chaotic years of life in the Balkans into sharp personal perspective. Three generations of Slavic women—Katarina, Zora, and myself—refuse to be held down by forces outside their control. It’s a saga with roots in the First World War that stretches to incorporate the final disintegration of Yugoslavia.
A writer, traveler and award winning photographer, I was born in Serbia and spent my childhood in San Sabba, a refugee camp in Trieste. I went through San Francisco’s public schools, U.C. Berkeley, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. I served as CEO of three technology companies, then founded the Healdsburg Literary Guild and the educational non-profit Public School Success Team.
Fluent in a number of languages including my native Serbo-Croatian and Russian, as well as French and Italian, I am currently writing a book that starts with my father's flight as an infant from Russia during the Revolution of 1917, follows him through life in Serbia, and to San Francisco’s Tsarist Russian community. The essay on my visit to my father's home village in the deep heart of Russia during repressive Communist times was published in Best Travel Writing, Volume 10.