This website is a novelist’s attempt to a change in form: nonfiction, interactive hypertext based on research instead of fictional stories edited within a manuscript. Maintaining this website has taken me beyond my expectations. From crafting short posts I learned about episodic arcs. The comments section revealed story angles I hadn’t imagined I had in my text, and taught me about the diversity of opinion among readers and the lack of control a writer has over the message once the text is on its own.

This website is a portfolio of work and a log of endeavors, the most important being Our Borders, my long interview-based series about the brave and remarkable journey of a Romanian man who wanted to choose how to live his life during an era when demanding such freedom meant risking death, going to jail, and facing even his closest friends’ betrayal.

Roxana Arama

This website is also my attempt to find people who share my passions: story, writing, history, and understanding what matters in life and how things fit together. Through this website I’ve met people with whom I wouldn’t have interacted otherwise, I’ve discovered things I wouldn’t have learned otherwise, and I’ve experienced putting my voice out there – which doesn’t happen much during the ongoing and lonely task of writing a historical novel.