Author • Turkish literature
She was born in İstanbul, in 1975. After graduating from the Radio, Television, Cinema department of Marmara University, she worked as a reporter, editor and script writer. In 2010, she participated in a writing workshop in Antwerp, with the invitation of PEN, and she wrote her first children’s book The Light That Moved from the Light House (Fenerden Taşınan Işık) published by Günışığı Kitaplığı in 2011. The book was a part of a special project coordinated by Günışığı for Sivrice Light House near Assos, Turkey. Her next book Lambkin and the Funfair Family (Kuuzu ve Lunapark Ailesi, 2011) received the special jury award in The Best Children’s Book of 2011 selections of IBBY Turkey. In 2013, her famous book Latashiba: Between Two Cities (Lataşiba: İki Kentin Arasında) was published, and in this story, Uşar encouraged children to think about contraries. In 2016, she met with the widely known illustrator Merve Atılgan and a special picture book was born: The Kid Searching for Her Sleep (Uykusunu Arayan Çocuk). Her young adult novel Witchgrass (Ayrıkotu, 2008) was published with its revised version which was named Me, witchgrass (Ben Ayrıkotu) in 2015 by ON8. And Topsy Turvy Straight Lines (Düz Çizgi Tepetaklak, 2018) reached children to make them think about colorless style of human life despite varieties of nature. She told a fantastic underground world in her children’s novel BALTI: The Incomplete World (Eksik Dünya BALTI, 2020). Her latest book is Ali Against Cavid The Virus (Ali Cavid’e Karşı, 2020). Besides being a well-known children’s and young adult fiction author, Uşar is also a tai chi trainer. She lives in İstanbul with her dogs.