Marija teaches English, Aboriginal Studies and Women's Studies in a high school in Adelaide. She has lived in Adelaide for most of her life, but previously lived in Sydney and also Serbia and Croatia (Former Yugoslavia).
Her family migrated to Australia as refugees when Marija was a child, but they have always remained very connected to their home country and their culture. Marija's work focuses heavily on her cultural background and questions surrounding identity, belonging and coming-of-age.
In between writing and teaching, Marija spends most of her time with her partner and young son and daughter. Her interests include music (playing the drums), reading (everything), drinking coffee (daily and relentlessly) and playing soccer (whenever she gets the chance).
Marija plans to continue writing more novels and looks forward to connecting with a wide range of readers.
Her debut novel The Courtyard Children was published by Rhiza Edge in 2020.