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Born and raised in Eastern Europe, at the age of 20 Ili Mais packed a suitcase, bought a one-way ticket to the US and flew across the ocean. Since then she graduated from an advertising school, got a degree in religion, lived in India, hiked the Himalayas and all around Asia, climbed some of the highest dunes of the Namib Desert in Africa, traveled and worked with a carnival and lived with a group of friends on a marijuana farm.
Today Ili Mais lives in a refurbished shut down gas station building in the middle of nowhere in Pennsylvania, making surrealistic art, playing piano and reading. Her cannabis farm memories inspired her recent debut novel “Bwanana Chaos”.
Here is a short sample from the book:
His hands, his mouth, his eyes…
She wanted to show him what’s up—well, here you go, missy. She got too curious—and she got caught. Who proved what to anyone?
Except for now she was haunted. She hoped it was alcohol and when she wakes up in the morning—this haunting will go away and be another drunk night to remember. It’s like sky-diving. You get so much adrenalin that when you land—the first thing you want to do is go back up again. They say, passionate kissing gives you as much adrenalin as skydiving. Well, here you go… She wanted to go back but nowhere to go back to. She just hoped that tomorrow morning this craziness will be forgotten.
Except for she was kidding herself.
Her mind kept going back to that kiss.
She smiled. This guy… Song “Crazy” kept spinning in her head. What a joke! His face, his eyes kept flashing in her mind insistently. In this dark night on this bumpy country road the sky and the stars looked beautiful, and as she kept looking up through the back seat window her dreamy tipsy mind would go back to that scene behind the bar… Again and again…
It’s ok, Kitty thought, she will sleep it off and it will all go away in the morning.
Except, her friend’s favorite saying that she used to tease Kitty with kept going through her mind: curiosity killed the cat.