I am a writer, artist and computer scientist living in Northern California. I realize such diverse interests can sometimes seem scattered, but I pride myself on bridging the left-brain/right-brain gap and on helping others to do so through writing and teaching.
My first book was published in 2014. It is the fictional coming of age story about a young woman in the hippie years who follows a boyfriend into the drug trade. When circumstances shift and the trade moves from sailboats and Jamaican pot to big cocaine buys in Columbia, she must find her way out of this life and into something constructive. It’s a good read and might keep you up all night.
I have recently completed my second novel, Stitching a Life, An Immigration Story. I am happy to announce that it has been accepted for publication by She Writes Press on June 9, 2020. This historical novel is the story of my grandmother Helen Fein, who came to New York City from Lithuania by herself at the age of 16. Lithuania was part of Russia at that time, and life for Jews was becoming more and more dangerous as anti-Semitism grew. This is the story of many Jewish immigrants who crossed the ocean and entered through Ellis Island to find a new life in the New World. Like many, my grandmother worked hard in the garment industry on the Lower East Side. For her first few years in America, she was completely focused on earning enough money to buy one more ticket, to bring one more family member to safety and ultimately to reunite the entire family in the promised land.