The Perfect Storm

This month I joined Storystorm (a play on “brainstorm”). It’s author,Tara Lazar’s annual picture book idea challenge: every day, in January, write down an idea for a picture book. Each day, Tara has a guest blogger offer inspiration and suggestions for...

A new/old tradition

It’s probably no surprise that I love this as a tradition. Books and (dark) chocolate, what could be better. I hope this isn’t cultural appropriation, but I want to do it too. Being Jewish, our tradition on Christmas Eve is Chinese food (or sometimes sushi...
Secrets

Secrets

  In my novel, the members of the Cordoba family are secret Jews. They have to keep others from discovering that they follow Jewish practices. This is the most important secret in the story, because it sets up the conflict. But it’s not the only secret—only the most...
8 Reasons Why I Write Historical Fiction

8 Reasons Why I Write Historical Fiction

1. I’m Lazy? “Too many critics think of historical fiction as flawed and unreliable history, written by authors too lazy to check the facts. Others condemn it for being insufficiently imaginative, written by authors too lazy to invent.” from The Women of the...