About & FAQ



I’m a purveyor of fine YA fantasy about badass girls and sorcery in the medieval Middle East, a snarky Latina feminist Slytherin Scorpio, the second kid in a loving litter of 5, and a PhD student. I know 9 languages (I speak 6 and read another 3), bounce between London, Istanbul, and Chicago with the seasons, and am really, really addicted to coffee.

I’m thrilled to be a 2017 #PitchWars mentee and will be writing that journey here on my blog!



Is Sylvia Pamuk your real name?

Nope! I love being loud and around on the internet, but I love my privacy too. Here’s a hint as to where the nom de plume came from, though:

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How old are you?


Who are your favorite authors?

Tamora Pierce, Isabel Allende, Roshani Chokshi, Holly Black, Sarah J. Maas, Marie Rutkoski, J.R.R. Tolkien, Elif Şafak, Hilary Mantel, Anne Rice, Junot Díaz, Martha Wells, Eloise Jarvis McGraw, Vladimir Nabovok, Scott Lynch, Bram Stoker, Orhan Pamuk…

For inspiration, I often turn to the weird and wonderful Arabic folklore of Tales of the Marvelous and News of the Strange, the heroes and demons of Firdowsi’s tenth century Persian epic The Book of Kings, and the star-crossed lovers of Nizami Ganjavi’s Khamseh.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve always been a daydreamer, but I remember I began dictating stories to my older sister at 4 or 5. I figured out how to write my first short story at 11 and began a multi-volume series of Lord of the Rings fan-fiction at 12. Aside from a brief spell in university when I was convinced I was a poet, I haven’t stopped writing fantasy since.

What music do you listen to while you write?

Where do I even begin? Music is an enormous part of the creative process for me. So much of my daydreaming up new characters and concepts comes from listening to music, and I post about music pretty frequently

How can I get in touch with you?

Twitter! Also sylviapamuk@gmail.com. Don’t be shy, I’d love to meet you!