About

IMG_4444-2Garinè is the author of the award-winning novel Start with the Backbeat. She is a singer/songwriter who grew up with one foot in Texas and the other in New Jersey. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, she is a lover of music, chocolate, and altruistic sarcasm; and a writer of post-punk humor. She is proud of her Armenian-American heritage, but tired of explaining it. Garine was accepted into Barrelhouse Magazine’s Writer Camp in 2017.

She currently lives in Maryland, where she works full time in marketing communications, sings in a gospel choir, is the Workshops Chair for the Gaithersburg Book Festival, over-volunteers for a variety of community organizations, writes when everyone else is asleep, and lives with her husband, three kids, a cat, a dog, and a gecko. It’s the gecko that sent her over the edge.

Professional Memberships:

  • Gaithersburg Book Festival Committee, Chair of Workshops for Adults
  • Historical Novel Society
  • Maryland Writer’s Association

Some Songs by Garinè:

You may be wondering how to say her name. Click on this icon for an audio recording: