Tatiana Ustinova was born in Moscow, a scion of a dynasty of aviation engineers. Having trained in the family trade, she then decided to work as an editor for the National State Television company of Russia. In 1993 she was invited to join President Yeltsin’s press office, also working at the press office of the Chamber of Commerce. Currently Ustinova is the presenter of three television shows and hosts two radio programmes.
In 1999 she began her career as a crime writer, publishing her first novel Personal Angel. From the start her books, which are printed as part of the book series The First Among the Best, were a success, each in turn becoming a bestseller.
She has published close to 30 novels, and remains one of the most popular Russian authors. In 2003 Ustinova made a successful screenwriting debut with the TV seriesAlways say ‘Always’, winning the TEFI 2004 prize in the scriptwriting. Her works have been performed as radio plays and 15 of her novels are adapted for feature films. (Source: Academia Rossiaca)