Why do I say that my website is the place where "Mystery and Jewish History Meet"? A look at my books will provide some clues.
First, there is the Jewish Regency Mystery Series, whose volumes include Tempest in the Tea Room, The Doppelganger's Dance, The Moon Taker,The Vanisher Variations, and Jewish Regency Mystery Stories. In addition to the mystery at the heart of the book, I try to give readers an insight into the Ashkenazic community living in London at the time.
The crypto-Jews of Spain and Portugal are another interest of mine, and I've written two novels about them. The Banished Heart is a novel that presents a fictional look at what might have happened while Shakespeare was writing The Merchant of Venice (and, yes, there were crypto-Jews living in London at the time).Terra Incognitaexplores what happens when modern-day descendants of Spain's crypto-Jews confront their Jewish past.
My day job is writing about Jewish history for venues like The Jewish Press, Mishpacha Magazine, and Aish.com. Many of the essays in Day Trips to Jewish History, my anthology about less-known topics in Jewish history, originally appeared in Mishpacha Magazine.
While I live in Jerusalem, my family's roots go back to Eastern Europe, which is perhaps why I love to retell Chassidic stories.
I could say more - and I have said more in the following interviews (links provided if you want to read them):
My interview over at Book Goodies was lots of fun. One of the most intriguing questions I was asked was: Do you talk to your characters? You can read my answer here.
I was so thrilled when The Disappearing Dowry was honored with a Sydney Taylor Notable Book Award for Teens. One of the perks was getting to meet Barbara Bietz, who hosts the great blog Jewish Books for Teens. You can read my interview with Barbara here.
Kansas City, MO, is my hometown, so I was more than happy to do this interviewforThe Kansas City Jewish Chronicle.
People often ask me about the names of the young Jewish pickpockets in my Jewish Regency Mystery Series. In this fun interview over at Elise Abram's Britbear's Book Reviews, I give the backstory for how General Well'ngone and the Earl of Gravel Lane got their names. And General Well'ngone gets his own interview over at History Imagined, where he gives his views on life, death, do-gooders and supper.
One of the most intriguing questions that author Kathryn Gauci asked me was what's the difference between a Jewish Regency mystery novel and a regular Regency mystery. You can read the answer here.
In my interview with the folks over at Awesome Gang, they asked me what was the best piece of advice I ever received. You can read my answer on their website.
The podcast I did with Rivka Levy of Sasson Magazine turned out to be a fun chronicle of my journey from Kansas hayseed to kibbuznik to New York theatre director to Jerusalem-based author. You can tune in here.
What are some of the challenges of writing a Jewish historical mystery series? I discuss some of my most puzzling "cases" over at theJewish Press.
So if you have a blog or a publication that does author interviews - and if you think my books would appeal to your readers and followers - let's talk. You cancontact me here.