About me

IMG_20210413_122253054_PORTRAITNice to meet you there, my name is Irina and I write. I write for a living and I write for pleasure. No, make that not pleasure but enjoyable necessity because these people in my head want to get out and there is nothing I can do to stop them.

So, I write for a living (check out Oilprice in case you care about oil, gas, and all things energy) and I write out of necessity to free the stories that clutter my mind (check out Down with the Fallen, the Transcendent anthology, The Hamthology, What Monsters Do for Love and Night Terrors Vol.8). If you’re into fantasy and the supernatural, my first novel, The Lamiastriga, was published in May 2019 and my second, Sky High, came out last year (it’s free on Kobo). My third novel, The Dreamer, is coming out in 2021.

When I was younger, my dream — after I gave up on the idea of becoming a therapist –was to be a journalist. Journalists are cool, right? They have these hectic-but-still-cool lifestyles, they travel, they talk to interesting people, etc. Dreams, I’ve noticed, have this way of coming true unexpectedly. I will most certainly not complain about that even though, of course, reality always falls short of the mental image.

I also dreamed of becoming a writer. Writers are glamorous! Writers are smart! They invent worlds! I don’t know about the glamour and the smartness — I’m neither — but inventing worlds is the best. That’s not to say it’s all fun and ease but it is the most rewarding work I’ve ever done and the one I’ll keep on doing until I have access to a computer or paper and pencils. The thing is… well, the thing is writing helps me stay sane. The world’s going to hell as it always has and I need a distraction. I haven’t found anything better than writing.

My latest dream is that a lot of people would read my stories and take even a little bit of pleasure in doing it. I’m doing my best.

Thanks for dropping by. You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter.

You could also shoot me an email at lamiastriga@outlook.com


8 thoughts on “About me”

  1. “Journalists are cool, right?”

    Damn straight we are. Whether you’re reporting on technical issues, or travelling the world for a major paper, it’s the best job in the world (I’m guessing, as I’ve never done the latter).

    It’s better because of that sense of accomplishment that I get when a story is done. When it’s out and ready to be read. Nothing can compare to this.

    Absolutely. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most terrifying feelings I’ve ever had. But I’ve had a couple of really bad Managing Editors.

    Great blog by the way…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. it comes at a cost, though, if you can’t–and I still can’t–switch off tour emotional engagement. I get an almost instant headache every time I have to cover anything related to wars. But it’s worth it.
      Thank you!


  2. Hi, Irina Slav. I am reading your report done on the most recent EIA report for crude oil. First, thank you for writing this piece. There are not a lot of quality sources to read an EIA report successfully. I wanted to ask how you found these numbers? ‘Gasoline production in the week to September 25 averaged 8.9 million bpd. This compares with an average of 9.3 million bpd a week earlier.’ In the following report? https://www.eia.gov/petroleum/supply/weekly/archive/2020/2020_09_30/pdf/table1.pdf

    I have been looking at the report for hours and can not seem to find out how you came to this conclusion. Could you please clarify?


      1. Ohhhh, I thought it was coming from the balance sheet. Completely understand now, I appreciate your immediate response!


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