Dess Terentyeva (b. 1992) is an author of Russian origin who lives in the vibrant city of Tampere in Finland. As a migrant author, both Russian and Finnish cultural aspects reflect in her works. Her writing also carries strong LGBTQ themes. Terentyeva has a Master of Arts from the University of Jyväskylä.
Lovely (Ihana) is Terentyeva’s first YA novel, a winner of prestigious publisher WSOY’s YA writing competition in 2021. She is also co-author of the urban fantasy book series Neon City (Neonkaupunki) together with author Susanna Hynynen.
She also hosts her own YouTube channel Rainbowbooks.
”Young people are smart, thoughtful and sometimes more successful in listening to silenced voices than grown-ups. It is the compassion that young people have for others living on the margins that has inspired my book.”
– Dess Terentyeva
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