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About the Author

Anat Deracine

Anat Deracine is the pen-name of the author of the Publishers Weekly and Kirkus-starred YA novel, “Driving by Starlight” (Macmillan, 2018). She writes on the themes of women’s friendships and relationships, and their struggles with oppressive social structures. Her short story, “The Divine Comedy of the Tech Sisterhood” highlights inequalities in the tech industry and was featured on the front page of Medium. She has also written several articles on writing craft, technology, and decolonization, for Publishers’ Weekly, Writer's Digest, Mslexia, The Writing Cooperative, and more. She has been featured in interviews and podcasts on writing craft, gender and feminism, as well as on diversity issues in the tech industry, where she currently works as an executive.



Driving To Starlight

Driving by Starlight

In this debut YA friendship story set in Saudi Arabia, two girls navigate typical teen issues—crushes, college, family expectations, future hopes, and dreams.

"Leena’s commanding voice conveys her desperation, courage, and intellect in a riveting, ultimately exhilarating page-turner." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The fast-paced narrative and unexpected twists make for an engaging yet educational novel with a powerful message about the complexities of being a woman in a man's world." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

A 2019 CCBC best-of-the-year recommendation

by the University of Wisconsin-Madison 

Deracine offers an eye-opening window into the rigidly restricted lives, clandestine rebellions, and consequential choices of women in a land where “everything we want is forbidden or dangerous.”

Publisher's Weekly Starred Review

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The Night Wolves


In this sci-fi webcomic adventure, four students at an elite university agree to being tracked by advanced biometric implants... in exchange for a free education and a chance at a million dollars. 

What could possibly go wrong?


Disruptive Seasons Live 2021

No heroes: Disrupting the system sustainably

Author and technologist Anat Deracine leverages her 15 years of experience to deliver an inspirational talk to new technologists on why the hero's journey leads to burnout.


Inspirational Woman: Anat Deracine | Author & Technologist

"I’m not the same person I was ten years ago, or even ten days ago. I don’t tie my identity to the past, and am comfortable with evolving as I need to. This makes me open to growth, to making mistakes and learning from them. I know no successful person who has not learned to pick themselves up from failure."

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