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As a journalist I'm comfortable doing library research, and I did a lot! I had a fellowship at Radcliff for a year which gave me access to the Harvard system.
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Biblical names are hot again.
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I ended up with a local agent. She found a publisher on the first mailing. It was a modest first novel advance.
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I got nice rejections explaining that historical fiction was a difficult sell. But I kept trying.
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I have a 10-year track record of writing for the Jewish community.
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I have been a writer for many years. Starting as a freelance journalist in the Boston area, I branched out into national media.
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I lived through a classic publishing story. My editor was fired a month before the book came out. The editor who took it over already had a full plate. It was never advertised. We didn't get reviewed in any major outlets.
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I love many kinds of music: world music, jazz, classical, pop.
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I never wanted Mary Poppins to be my nanny. I wanted to be her when I grew up.
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I tell writers to keep reading, reading, reading. Read widely and deeply. And I tell them not to give up even after getting rejection letters. And only write what you love.
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I wrote poetry a long time ago, but you can't make any money in poetry. I switched to journalism and non-fiction.
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I'm not a literary writer. I didn't go to whatever school it is or have the mentor you need to get reviewed in the New York Times.
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My early childhood was spent in Newark, New Jersey, but my family moved to Denver when I was 12.
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My husband, Jim, converted to Judaism just before our wedding.
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My local independent bookseller has been incredibly supportive and has sold a ton of my books. I'd do anything he asks!
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My six handbooks to Jewish life and lifecycle events mostly followed the trajectory of my adult Jewish life.
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November is Jewish book month, so Jewish Community Centers all around the country have book fairs where they invite authors and sell books in advance of the holidays.
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One of my favorite poets, Neruda, writes close to the bone. Though I know only a little Spanish, I like to compare the Spanish and English lines and see how the translator worked.
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Readers have told me how the mother, daughter, sister relationships resonate for them. They connect with the importance of female relationships.
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Right now, I'm Writing song lyrics. Experimenting with a play. Toying with an idea for a documentary. I hope one of these will eventually be launched into the light of day.
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Shakespeare in Love... such smart writing of an alternative view of history, and such beautiful acting. Like most Americans, I'm a sucker for the accent.
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Since 1985, I have written about contemporary Jewish practice and the Jewish community.
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The Bible - it's sort of the other person in the room. There's this book, the reader, and the Bible.
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The more I do bookstores, the more people come up to me from church groups. I spoke at Pittsburg State College and had 2 or 3 ministers and book groups from a couple of churches.
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The President of the Reform Movement started a literacy project and said everyone should be reading at least four Jewish books a year.
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The real Mary Poppins got lost when Hollywood turned her into a cream puff.
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The Sabbath is a weekly cathedral raised up in my dining room, in my family, in my heart.
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There's something almost adolescent about Whitman's paean to everything that was and remains good about America.
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Until very recently men and women inhabited very separate spheres. There was always interconnection, passion, love. But men and women didn't hang out at the end of the day and chat about what their day was like at the office.
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Whatever your relationship is to your sacred tradition in the West, you have some relationship to the Bible if only through the names of the characters.
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When I turned 40, I wanted to do something different. Fiction offered a different challenge. It uses a different side of the brain.
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