Katia Melville (née Alexandrova) was born in 1940 in Rousse, Bulgaria. Her father was an officer in the army before 1944, and he continued to work for the army after the communists took over. Her mother was a descendant of Macedonian refugees. Katia earned a higher degree in Economics. Before her graduation, she worked on the production line of a local Rousse factory, “Petar Karaminchev”.
After graduating in 1984, she became a manager of the Stock Market in Northern Bulgaria. She divorced her first husband after 23 years of marriage. The narrator has two sons: one lives in New York, and the other returned to Bulgaria seven years ago, after many years of living in the USA.
Katia was one of the most active members of the Union for Democratic Changes (UDC) in Rousse after the collapse of communism in Bulgaria in 1989. After both of her children moved to the USA in the early 1990s, Katia didn’t wait long before emigrating in 1995. She joined her sons in San Francisco, California. Later on Katia married her second husband, Heyward Melville, and they now live in Bulgaria temporarily and travel frequently.