Thursday, January 15, 2015

Introducing Sofra's Editors: Rose Margaret Deniz

Meet Sofra's Editors. 

Farm-girl turned expat, Rose Margaret Deniz writes young adult fiction and make things pretty.
Illustrating books, early mornings, and perfect pancakes: some of her favorite things. Stitching enthusiast. Color fanatic. Living in a neighborhood of roses and tea gardens. She is a sparker of dialogues. Conversation junkie. Writes futuristic, time-bending, young adult novels. Craft obsessed. Foodie.

Rose's food journey in Turkey began in 2005 when she emigrated from Wisconsin, USA to Izmit, a bustling, seaside city an hour outside of Istanbul. The first words she learned in Turkish were ekmek - bread, and seni seviyorum - I love you. Fitting that she can bring those two essentials together in one place as co-editor of Sofra. In 2014, she started a foodie blog called Paleo Abroad where she shares recipes for the culinarily curious and explores the crossroads of food and wellness while plotting an escape to a Turkish village to raise chickens. On the eve of her tenth year in Turkey, she is thrilled to be able to curate a collection of stories that give back to the culture that has nourished her life abroad. 
Rose's short story, The Mercy Troupers, was published on Escape Into Life. She has been a columnist for the Hurriyet Daily News, a guest blogger all over the globe, commentator on social media and women's empowerment, and a contributor to expat+HAREM‘s global niche blog. Tracked, Rose's young adult novel was longlisted for the 2014 Undiscovered Voices contest and received an honorable mention. She is a member of The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and holds an MFA in Painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art (2004), and a BS in Art from the University of Wisconsin (2001).

Stay tuned for our next post on Sofra's co-editor, Katherine Belliel!

Photo credit: the incredibly talented duo Julia and Martina of Journey Collective, styling by Gipsy Shears.