Targeted Age Group:
17 to 90
I write Historical Fiction, which means it is necessary to keep the dates and events correct while incorporating the lives of my fictional characters. This may sound difficult, however, I love it. When I was growing up I was always intrigued by historical works. I love doing the research, and placing my characters in situations that challenge them.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
I would tell aspiring writers the same thing that I tell myself, keep writing. Also, I have found that unless the writer is willing to take risks, and open a vein on the page sharing the depths of their heart and soul with the reader, the book will have difficulty touching the audience.
I am writer because I want to inspire the love of reading that was given to me through the authors I read in my youth. I feel that it is a great honor and privilege for someone to take the time to read my work. This is a privilege that I do not take lightly. Every reader is important to me. It is my hope that in some way my work has inspired them. The message that I try to bring forth in all of my books is the same It is a message of hope. that no matter how dark things might seem, there is always a flicker of light.
When I was a child my mother kept a black suitcase in our basement. She forbade me to look inside. Of course as we all know the way to spark a child’s curiosity is to tell them they are forbidden to do or see a particular thing. One afternoon when my mother was out, I raced down stairs. Nobody was around so I opened the suitcase. Inside I found pictures and letters in a foreign language. Later that night I asked my mother what all of it meant. She told me that she was trying to protect me by keeping the suitcase out of my reach, but since I’d found it I might as well know that she and my father both lost their entire extended families in the Holocaust. So began my obsession with the Nazi occupation of Eastern Europe. Being that my father was Romany and my mother was Jewish, I had many aspects to research and much to learn. Finally, many years later…I wrote my first novel. It is set in this period. It comes to you, along with all of my work, from my heart, with love and hopes that someday there will be understanding and tolerance among all peoples. I thank you so much for your interest in my writing.
Love, Blessings, Good Fortune, and as the Gypsies say Good Road to all of you,