Erma is an author/translator born in Toronto, Canada. Alaska or Bust and Other Stories is her first work of fiction. Her father was author Theodore Odrach and she has translated much of his work from Ukrainian into English. She has had translations of short stories and novel excerpts published in literary journals in Canada and the US such as Connecticut Review, Penguin Book of Christmas Stories and more. She lives in Canada with her two daughters, and is a member of various writing groups in Toronto.