Michael Blekhman, a Montreal-based author, was born in 1951 in Kharkov, Ukraine, the USSR, into a lower middle-class family.
I am a professional linguist and hold a PhD degree in computer linguistics. I write prose in Russian, English, and Ukrainian. My stories are published all over the world. I am a member of the International Guild for Russian Literary Art, IGRULITA. IGRULITA Press has published my 4 Russian books. I have translated into Russian Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The latter has just been issued in Ukraine as an audio CD. I head the Canadian branch of the International Association of Literary Authors and Publicists, and I am a member of Canadian Authors' Association as well as Quebec Writers' Federation.
I consider myself a professional writer. Why? Because my attitude to writing is professional: it's one of the most important parts of my life, and I am trying to make a serious, professional contribution to literature.