Maya Sloan grew up in Oklahoma City and currently lives in Hollywood, California. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Boston University, as well as an MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of Arkansas. Her first novel, Red Dirt and Ice, will be published by Simon & Schuster Pocket Books in 2010.
Zahary Karabashliev was born in Varna, Bulgaria in 1968, and writing ever since he was in college. Zahary Karabashliev moved to the United States 11 years ago.
What do Chernobyl and S & M have in common? Not much, you may think, until you read Georgi Tenev's Vick Prize-winning novel Partien Dom, or Party Headquarters. But combining Communism, sex and nuclear disaster is all in a day's work for the Sfumato dramatist.