Since I started traveling the world at age 15, I have been interested in different cultures and how they interconnect. I graduated from Marquette University in English, Communications and secondary education. While teaching in Milwaukee, I married Ivan Knezevic, M.D., had two children, Anne’ and Ivo. We moved to Madison, and after several years as a stay-at-home-mother, I went back to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to take courses in journalism and fiction writing.
My career began with freelance journalism work, which got me published in Parade, Departures, The Wisconsin State Journal, NYTimes, Milwaukee Journal, Capital Times, Madison Magazine and Serb World.
After some journalism experience and PR work, I joined a college colleague, Brenda Wegmann, to write textbooks in English as a Second Language (ESL). Combining studies in English, teaching, and writing, we wrote ESL textbooks for over 28 years for Random House and McGraw-Hill.
Nearly a decade ago, I published a novel, Behind God’s Back: A Serbian female physician’s journey through two world wars and the communist era in the Balkan’s. Recently, I completed a memoir with short stories called, Srb, Lika: A portrait of a Small Village.
Beside my husband, Ivan, and children, Anne’ & Ivo, I have a daughter-in-law, Kathy Knezevic, and two grandsons, Alex and Charlie Knezevic. My extended family consists of my two sisters, Sally Novakovic and Angelia Jovanovic, and their families. We have a marvelous time when we get together with all of the sisters, brothers-in-laws, nieces and nephews, grand nephews, cousins and tons of other relatives and friends.
I enjoy traveling and have visited over 160 countries, mainly with my excellent travel partner, Ivan. I also enjoy snorkeling, boating, sailing, walks in local parks, and reading. If there’s a party going on, call me.