I was born in the year of the Chernobyl disaster and spent the first eight years of my childhood in the former Soviet Union. This early childhood experience pointed my imagination in the direction of apocalyptic disasters and the potential aftermath. Mutation and hybridity drives my creative process. Today the Chernobyl site is a wildlife refuge, yet what kinds of unexpected abilities do these creatures now possess? This real historical event provides a foundation for speculative fiction through which to explore human relationships to the environment and fabricate an interspecies drama composed of many complex characters.