Andrada Cooș was born and raised in Reghin, Romania and is a graduate of the Department of Journalism of Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca. She followed her passion for writing to the UK where she studied creative writing under the guidance of Fay Wheldon and Tibor Fischer at Brunel University, West London. She then won a research scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Education and followed mass media classes for two years at the prestigious Doshisha University in Kyoto.
She started her career with an internship at the European Commission’s Representation in the UK, after which she returned to Asia, in Hong Kong this time, to work as an editorial assistant at the Design Institute for Social Innovation. A position in governmental affairs in Brussels followed. She currently works as a copywriter and editor, tackling the latest trends and topics in the areas of information security, data protection and earth observation.
In her free time, Andrada writes stories inspired by her experiences as well as fantastical and science fiction stories in both English and Romanian. Her work has been published in international journals(Pins & Needles Journal, Headland Journal) and fiction websites(Juke Pop Serials, Short Bread Stories) and performed by the actors of the Liars’ League Hong Kong. In Romania, she was one of the winners of the short story literary debut contest Incubatorul de Condeie 2015 and won 2nd prize in the National Short Story Contest Helion 2016. Her stories have appeared in Revista de Suspans, Helion SF, Gazeta SF and on Web Cultura.
Her debut novel, Frumusețea lucrurilor trecătoare(The Beauty of Passing Things), about foreign students’ life in Japan, was published by Adenium Publishing House in Romania in April 2017.
When she isn’t working or writing, Andrada likes to daydream, travel and read novels of all kinds written by talented writers from around the world. A geek at heart, she grew up with Sailor Moon, X-men and Batman, she knows how to do Star Wars origami and is quite good at winning board games that involve trains.