I started off as a journalist in Toronto for 20 years with articles in Maclean’s, Toronto Star, National Post, Reader’s Digest, and Canadian Living. Though I was born in Canada, I grew up in Chicago, moved back to Canada for high school, have an Honors Degree in English Literature from the University of Waterloo, a graduate degree in Journalism from Ryerson University, and a Certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto.
Intrigued by my grandmother’s life as a Russian Jew, who escaped a pogrom, fled to Shanghai, and hid her Judaism after coming to Canada, I began writing Rachel’s Secret. It was published in 2012 by Second Story Press, received starred reviews in Booklist and VOYA, was an iTunes Book of the Week, and was chosen as a Notable Book for Teens, by the Association of Jewish Libraries. Rachel’s Promise and Rachel’s Hope followed, and The Rachel Trilogy was complete in 2014.
In 2015, I was a TD Canada Book Week Author, and traveled to Winnipeg to share my visual presentation— “The History Behind the Story.” This one-hour presentation takes people back to 1903 Russia with photos and true accounts from the event on which Rachel’s Secret is based, the Kishinev Pogrom.
I received a Canada Council Grant to complete the manuscript currently being pitched, “The Shark’s Wife.” Right now, I'm working on a novel based in Chicago in the late 1970's, The Color of Water, as well as another historical fiction, set in Riga, Latvia and Chicago, Illinois--The Forest's Eyes.