My name is Olga Jaffae. I was born in the city of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. Kiev is a beautiful city that is over 1500 years old. My parents are medical doctors, who love to read. Through their example, they imparted to me a love of reading, which I still hold dear to heart today. When I was a child, I liked nothing better than to curl up on a couch with a book. But I had to go to school, and it was there that I discovered that words truly fascinated me. Therefore I dedicated my life to studying languages. I speak several languages, and I have a Ph.D. in linguistics from the Kiev National Linguistic University.
Before moving to the United States, I taught linguistics at my university. Working with college students brought a lot of enjoyment to my life and kept me on edge. But in 1999 I fell in love with the most wonderful man in the world – Gary Jaffae, who was a missionary to Kiev. To join the man of my life, I crossed the ocean and came to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It was a big change for me. I still miss Kiev with its theaters, museums, and crowds, but I like Lancaster too. Though small, it has a magic of its own. I even wrote a book where the story takes place in Lancaster, though it’s not published yet. Now I work in the office of the Lancaster Jewish Community Center. I also teach Hebrew – the language of God. Studying it helps you to understand the Bible better, so I would recommend it to every believer. I also have a doctor’s degree from Freelandia Bible College and Seminary.
When I was a child, I had a big dream. I really wanted to ice skate, but in the Soviet Union, there was a shortage of everything. I didn’t have figure skates, so I couldn’t take lessons. Five years ago, I put on figure skates for the first time. Instantly, I fell in love with this wonderful sport. Now I am a serious adult skater, and I practice almost every day. Skating makes me feel happy and liberated; it always gives me specific goals to work on. It was figure skating that truly motivated me to write. I studied writing at the Institute of Children’s Literature and the Long Ridge Writers’ Group. I finished my first book Cammie and Alex’s Adventures in Skateland and sent it to Tate Publishing. I didn’t expect the publisher to like the book, but they did. And then before I knew it, there was a whole series of skating books. In my free time, I like to play the piano, ski or watch movies. I am also a big football fan.
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