Author Marina Fontaine Talks Uplifting Fiction and Life in the U.S.S.R.

Paul Hair

Via me at Hollywood in Toto:

If you’re Gen X or older, the former Soviet Union and its tyranny are quite familiar to you.

But how many of us know what life was like in the U.S.S.R. firsthand? Author Marina Fontaine does. She grew up in it.

HiT had the chance to interview her about a novella she authored—one that is a unique combination of dystopian fiction and uplifting endings. She also talked a bit about how her past life under communism influenced her writings.

Full disclosure: Fontaine and interviewer Paul Hair are both members of the Conservative-Libertarian Fiction Alliance.

HiT: How long did you live in the U.S.S.R. and when did you immigrate to the U.S.?

Marina Fontaine: I was born and grew up in the former Soviet Union. My family waited for 10 years to be allowed to leave the country, and I was 19 when it finally happened in 1987. It wasn’t easy to adjust to the new country, culture and language as an adult, but I am glad it happened this way. . . .

Read the entire interview at Hollywood in Toto.