Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
It has been a dream of mine forever to write and publish fiction. My BA is in creative writing and I first moved to Israel from New York City with an arts project. But then life got in the way. I put the $25 total I earned from selling 5 short stories to literary magazines in my pocket and went to business school so I could earn enough money to build a family. I thought I could always get back to writing later. Life got pretty complicated. In the years since that decision, I’ve been a wife, a caretaker, a widowed mom to little kids, and then a stepmom and wife again. When my latest job ended (the company was sold – without me) I finally had the time and space to publish my first novel.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My first and latest novel is called Memoirs of a False Messiah. What is the book about? It moves (as I did) from suburban America to the NYC yeshiva world and then to the desert in Israel, and asks the question: what do you do if you have an important message from God that makes everyone around you angry? Now I never had a message from God, but in Israel, I was exposed to a number of people who clearly felt they were meant for something greater. It’s often called Jerusalem Syndrome.