Alina's Story

Alina Rubin is an IT professional and a mom, who, during the pandemic, used the time and energy saved on the commute to write her first novel. Writing became her passion, and her characters took her on a journey beyond her wildest dreams. Her debut novel, A Girl with a Knife, Book 1 of Hearts and Sails Series has won the Illinois Soon To Be Famous Author 2022 Competition.



In 2023, Alina became a Paper Lantern Writer.  Paper Lantern Writers is a selective group of authors collaborating on bringing high quality historical fiction to readers.

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Alina obtained a B.S. and M.S. degrees in Business and Information Technology from DePaul University. She lives near Chicago with her husband and daughter. When not working or writing, she enjoys yoga, hiking, and traveling. She also writes short stories, features about historical women, as well as personal and travel accounts on her A Girl On Adventure Blog.


Glenview TV Off the Shelf Interview 
Chicago Tribune/Daily Herald Annoucement of 
 Illinois Soon To Be Famous Author Contest Finalists
Illinois Soon To Be Famous Author Project Blog

Ukrainian-American Magazine  Interview
She Shed Studios Interview 
Niles-Maine Library Podcast 
Label Free Podcast interview on Youtube
The Authors Show Interview 
Tim Spadoni's Song Skywatcher Elanna's Lyrics 
History through Fiction with Colin Mustful podcast
Women Positive with Patricia Dent podcast
History Bards with Dee Marley Video Podcast
What's New in Historical Fiction with Colin Mustful (History through Fiction)- Author Panel