I was lucky enough to be raised in a family that read to me and told me stories, and my love for books and stories has stayed with me throughout my life. The Eastern European folktales that started my picture book career were stories I learned, mostly from my immigrant grandmother, when I was child. With the terrible things that had happened to their families and villages before I was born, my family didn’t talk about Europe at all and was eager for everyone in my generation to assimilate quickly and completely. The only connection I had to that family and those villages was in the folktales I heard. They are very special to me.
In terms of the facts of my life, I was born on the East coast and raised mostly in the West, and live in Los Angeles where my husband, Rick, and I raised out two children. I studied English literature, psychology, and law, all of which still interest me. But I have always wanted to be a writer, and I feel extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to fulfill that dream.
Recently, I’ve started to branch out more in my writing with folklore from outside my immediate culture, and more contemporary stories including a modern picture book set in Tel Aviv, and YA novels set in LA. The Wooden Sword, (Albert Whitman, March 1, 2012), an Afghani Jewish folktale, and a young adult novel, Where It Began (Simon Pulse, March 6, 2012) debuted this year. The Cats on Ben Yehuda Street (Kar-Ben, TBA) will be here soon!
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