Olga Grjasnowa was born in Baku in 1984 and came to Germany with her parents as an 11-year-old. She went to Poland, Russia and Israel to work and studied at the German Literature Institute in Leipzig. In 2012 she published her highly acclaimed debut novel All Russians Love BirchTrees. After than she planned a second degree in Military Studies and enrolled for a few semesters of Dance Studies in Berlin. She is currently working on her second novel.