About me

"Oh, what I KNOW about myself isn't really worth telling," said Anne eagerly. "If you'll only let me tell you what I IMAGINE about myself you'll think it ever so much more interesting." Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables.

Oh, very well! Just a few facts then...

My name is Farida Mestek. I live in Ukraine, Odessa. My native language is Russian but I prefer to write in English. I also teach English. I love reading, writing, drawing and watching and re-watching my favourite TV-shows. I also love animals, especially the talking ones.

I write books set either in Regency England or in the fantasy world of my own creation. With time I hope to venture into Victorian and Edwardian eras too, because, among other things, I just love the fashions, but also the exciting possibilities for writing women of those times! At one point I had four of my books published with varying degrees of failure. I've recently completed the first book in my YA fantasy series and I hope to find an agent for it. I've also started working on another regency novel that had been brewing at the back of my mind for years.

I'm a huge Jane Austen and J.K. Rowling fan. I also love the works of Lucy Maud Montgomery and Jean Webster. I have a collie dog named Phoebe who thinks that she's a human being and who, we strongly suspect, might very well be a spiritual reincarnation of my late grandmother. A few months ago we've taken in a stray kitten who now goes by the name Mary Jane and is slowly but surely making friends with Phoebe. I mean, she doesn't hiss and spit at her anymore!


  1. Hi Farida, ages ago you did a really detailed appraisal of my novella 'Self's Blossom'. I have recently had a short story 'My Dream of Serena' posted on Medium. My email is still bricolage92@hotmail.com

    1. I remember:) Nice to hear from you again! Unfortunately, I stopped using my old email and lost touch. I'm sorry to say that I don't know what "Medium" is. Maybe you could send me a link?