Anna Starobinets is a Russian journalist, novelist, and screenwriter. She was born in 1978 in Moscow. Starobinets is best known as a writer of dystopian and metaphysical novels and short stories, and is also a very successful children’s author. An Awkward Age, her collection of short stories, was a finalist of the National Bestseller Prize in 2006 and has been translated into seven languages. She is the author of seven published books, including two for children.