Elvira Bary

About the Author

I'm Elvira Bary, the author of 17 internationally published books and the creator of the Sphinx Method, a tool for exploring the most profound aspects of personal identity and purpose.


My Early Life

I was born in Soviet Russia and grew up in an apartment with a stunning view of enormous factory chimneys. All the adults I knew worked at that factory. My teenage friends dreamed of securing jobs there, and the older generation indulged in a never-ending competition to recount the severity of their industrial injuries and the compensation they received for them.

But for me, they were a world away from the company of noble pirates, brave astronauts, and mysterious werewolves that brought the books I read to life.

After university, I got a law degree, but I wanted to stay in the realm of incredible stories and become a writer instead. Over the past two decades, I've written numerous novels and textbooks, journeyed globally, and settled in sunny Southern California.

The Origins of the Sphinx Method

I still wrote in my native Russian. My books ranged from fantasy adventure stories to epic historical novels, which required years of research and trips all over the world.

I unexpectedly became a teacher as well. In 2006, I created a website to upload the literary knowledge I collected over time. At first, it was for personal reference only. However, it became apparent that tens of thousands were reading my articles, and I was already recognized as a guru and authority in the field.

Over the years, I have taught creative writing and guided novice writers in constructing compelling plots and, most importantly, creating realistic characters. I advised my students to consider their characters’ natural interests and fears, as these factors influence a person’s choices in different situations.

Eventually, I realized this method applied to more than just literary pursuits. My students utilized it themselves, which significantly aided their self-actualization.

I contemplated consolidating my ideas into a standalone project for a long time. Yet, like many of us swept up in our busy lives, I kept pushing this ambitious project to the back burner, always saving it for later.


The Catastrophe

Everything I had built over 20 years came crashing down on February 24th, 2022, when Russia, my home country, invaded Ukraine, triggering a personal and professional fallout. Amidst this turmoil, I distanced myself from anyone who supported the war, and due to the sanctions imposed on Russia, my business ground to a halt. Moreover, Moscow-based publishing houses severed ties with me, fearing that my political beliefs could attract unwanted police attention.

The cumulative stress of these events took a devastating toll on my health, leading to a diagnosis of breast cancer.

I was confronted with a simple choice: either give up on myself or find a way to get my life back on track. I resolved to apply the Sphinx Method to my own story and rise from the ashes. I thoroughly examined my purpose and the evolution of my personal narrative. Understanding my personality composition enabled me to identify where and how to utilize my talents effectively. I decided to start anew, aiming for a higher standard. This time, my approach would extend beyond writers to anyone interested in self-actualization.

A Fresh Beginning

I conducted approximately a hundred interviews discussing people’s inclinations, interests, and fears, which resulted in detailed descriptions of 16 personality subtypes.

These interviews sparked another valuable realization: a person's self-actualization is directly linked to the sources of their inner energy.

I was able to overcome cancer and reconstruct my professional life only because I mastered how to manage my energy and identified the specific areas where it should be directed. More information on this concept can be found here.

My Newsletter and the Social Media Accounts

Please join me on my Facebook and Instagram pages. On weekdays, you can find there useful articles and tips for those who seek to understand themselves on a deeper level.

On Fridays, I publish a comic series titled "Little Subconscious and His Friend, a Seagull Named Panic." This is my creative outlet. The beautiful pencil drawings adorning this website and my social media accounts are created by artificial intelligence, but I personally draw "Little Subconscious" using a tablet and stylus.

On Saturdays, I share touching, humorous, and sometimes shocking stories about people searching for themselves and their place in life.

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My Books

The books I've authored in recent years include historical novels set in 20th-century Russia and China, fantasy action/adventure stories, and textbooks for aspiring writers. I plan to translate some of these works as soon as I establish an English-speaking audience.