1) Where do your story ideas come from?

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in Author Q&A

Everywhere and anywhere. A quotation from the Bible, a news report that makes me wonder “What if – 7 centuries back;” or perhaps a line or two of poetry – the beginning of a story – will pop into my head and I’ll think, “Oh! Where did you come from? What are you trying to tell me?” Kernels […]

2) Where did you get the idea for Mindel and The Misfit Dragons and how long did it take you to write?

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in Author Q&A

When my oldest granddaughter was 10 years old, she asked me to write a book for children. She asked that it have a Jewish theme. I had recently fallen in love with dragons, having researched dragon lore for a workshop I did for her younger brother’s class. Somehow all that came together and Mindel began […]

3) When and where do you work? How many hours a day?

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in Author Q&A

I try to spend as many hours a day at my desk and drawing board as possible; it is where I am most centered in my deepest self. I work every day except the Sabbath, and left to my own devices would spend most of my waking hours writing and drawing. But I am also […]

4) You mention that you use a fountain pen to write in your poetry journal. Do you use a keyboard for other work, such as long books?

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in Author Q&A

No. I do all my work with a fountain pen. The flow of pen-and-ink on the paper is an integral part of my creative process. I first discovered fountain pens when I was a little girl visiting my father’s law office in downtown Brooklyn. He would sometimes take me to work with him in the […]

5) When did you begin writing stories and poems?

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I began writing stories as soon as I could write. I wrote my first “book” when I was in first grade and home sick with the measles. It was fully illustrated with a pink cover and was entitled, “The Big Parade”. I still have it. I began writing poems for school assignments in third grade. […]

6) How do you choose names for your characters?

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in Author Q&A

It’s a very intuitive process and it can happen in one of several ways. Sometimes a character simply is who he or she is, and will tell me his or her name right away. In Mindel and the Misfit Dragons, Mindel simply appeared as Mindel. She was Mindel from the first moment the story came […]

7) What are your hobbies or outside interests?

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in Author Q&A

I enjoy studying fashion history and going to vintage shows, and I love vintage jewelry. I love to read and I’m forever buying books. I read a great deal about the new frontiers of brain chemistry and the implications of technology thereof. I am both fascinated and disturbed by such questions as: What will it […]

8) Who are some of your favorite poets?

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in Author Q&A

I am very eclectic and would say I have favorite poems more than favorite poets, but I am drawn to spiritual poetry above all, with love poems a close second. Here is a partial list of poems I go back to again and again (in no particular order). Abou Ben Adhem James Henry Leigh Hunt […]