The diversity of my career clients’ experiences, backgrounds and stories has motivated me to write fiction that moves people to entertain new perspectives. I’m fascinated by space-time continuums, different cultures and times, magic, ideas and arts, especially dance. Although we can only learn from history to not repeat it, I delve into periods, places and people to discover alternative solutions for problems facing our contemporary world.
I owe a great debt to all the fiction and magical novelists I’ve read. I aspire to write books like Brooks’ People of the Book or Hoffman’s The Marriage of Opposites. Many thanks as well to a New Jersey group of superb teachers, writers, and students, The Writer’s Circle, who have encouraged me and helped me hone my craft. The Writer’s Digest NY conferences have been invaluable as well. The Historical Novel Society, has been a great resource.
I’m currently writing a book, whose working title is Dancer of al-Andalus. The novel is a magical historical fantasy in which Leila, a disabled dancer in 21st century NYC, has lost her sister and finds herself in 15th century Spain. It’s 1491-1492, the height of the Inquisition, with its forced conversions, burnings, and expulsions, led by Torquemada. Leila is tasked with bringing together a community of diverse people (Jews, Muslims, Cale (gypsies) to escape. Qasmuna, a seer, helps Leila grow into her magical powers and dance mastery. Sulay, a Muslim prince, whom she learns to trust and eventually love, aids in her quest. I interweave the healing and destructive power of blood, water, and fire. Leila tries to disprove the Monty Python skit: “No one escapes the Spanish Inquisition.” I’m finishing the first quarter, which brings us to the summer of 1491. The middle thrusts the heroes and villains into danger, conflicts, betrayals and alliances, as Leila skirts the Alhambra take-over and the expulsion edict. By the fall of 1492, the group struggles to escape and land in the Canaries, growing with challenges and facing painful choices, which test love’s limits and the purpose of life.
I am fascinated by women who rise above their circumstances, using their special gifts, to change dire situations. For example, Qasmuna was the 11th century daughter of a Jewish vizier and treasurer to a Muslim sultan, who wrote poetry and tried to take a leadership role. In the above-mentioned novel, I’ve teleported Qasmuna to fifteenth century Spain.
In my writing voyages, I will not be limited by: boundaries, time periods, gender and convention. If you know of an interesting book , movie, or figure in history, please let me know. For now, you can reach me at email@example.com. I will be transitioning to firstname.lastname@example.org shortly.
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