Sanem Ozdural was born in Ankara, Turkey in the 70s, and spent her childhood from age seven onwards in England. Happy days at a quintessentially British boarding school in Surrey helped forge her character and tastes, not to mention lasting friendships. Making her way to the U.S. she studied economics at Princeton University. After graduating from Boston University School of Law, she moved to New Orleans where she practiced as a prosecutor and civil litigator, and spent seven wonderful years living in the French Quarter.
In 2004 she migrated from New Orleans via Washington, D.C., reaching New York City in 2006, where she lived and practiced law until 2013. After teaching business law at Koç University in Istanbul for a few semesters, she returned to New Orleans to work once again as a lawyer. In 2018 she moved back to New York. Sanem was an avid bridge player until the tenth round of revisions to her debut novel. She is now thoroughly enjoying an indefinite bridge sabbatical, and imagining all sorts of stories that feature absolutely no bridge or chess.
Sanem’s debut novel LiGa™ (which, as you might have guessed, involves bridge and chess) was published by Elsewhen Press on 31st July 2012.
Sanem’s second novel, the Dark shall do what Light cannot, which follows some of the characters from LiGa™ into the world of Pera, was published by Elsewhen Press on 10th April 2015.
This short introduction to Shadow, Extracts from The Book of Shadow, has been made available for free download from Elsewhen Press to coincide with the publication of the paperback edition of the Dark shall do what Light cannot on 27th July 2015.
Sanem’s story The Song of the Sky is included in the anthology Existence is Elsewhen which was published by Elsewhen Press on 18th March 2016.
- “a sharp collection” – 8/10 review of Existence is Elsewhen on Starbust Magazine
- “excellent and wonderfully imaginative” – review of Existence is Elsewhen on Risingshadow
- “an exceptionally good science-fantasy story” – review of the Dark shall do what Light cannot on Risingshadow
- “intimate, sometimes intense but thought-provoking” – review of LiGa™ on British Fantasy Society website
- “thought-provoking” – review of LiGa™ on Risingshadow
- LiGa™ by Sanem Ozdural featured on BookOxygen website
- International Women’s Day 2018 March 8, 2018
- Published today – Existence is Elsewhen, Science Fiction anthology headlined by John Gribbin March 18, 2016
- International Women’s Day 2016 March 8, 2016
- Freely downloadable booklet Extracts from the Book of Shadow to celebrate the release of the Dark shall do what Light cannot paperback edition July 27, 2015
- the Dark shall do what Light cannot released in paperback today July 27, 2015
- Sanem Ozdural celebrates launch of new novel with visit to the Flying Fish April 10, 2015
- Lawyer’s new novel examines rights, responsibilities and justice in a place beyond the Light Veil April 10, 2015
- The Darkened Sky December 22, 2014
- The making of… the Dark shall do what Light cannot by Sanem Ozdural October 25, 2014
- Sanem Ozdural interviewed in Kule Magazine May 24, 2014
- Creating Worlds December 17, 2012
- LiGa™ by Sanem Ozdural now out in paperback December 3, 2012
- Sanem Ozdural on JOYRadio 8th October 2012 October 9, 2012
- Sanem Ozdural on JOYRadio September 25, 2012
- LiGa™ by Sanem Ozdural. Science fact or fiction? Prediction or warning? Reading and discussion at Bluestockings Center, New York September 22, 2012
- Sanem Ozdural, author of LiGa™, talking at Words and Music Festival in New Orleans September 22, 2012
- Sanem Ozdural – Reading from LiGa at Irish American Writers and Artists’ Salon August 24, 2012
- LiGa™ by Sanem Ozdural published today as eBook July 31, 2012
- Elsewhen Press signs New York attorney for her debut literary science fiction March 9, 2012
Sanem can be contacted via Elsewhen Press using Sanem.Ozdural (at) elsewhen.co.uk