I was born in Brooklyn, New York, a shy child who hid behind books when her parents thought she should have been engaging in socializing, sports, and other more extroverted activities. I was fascinated with reading, for both the stories and characters that took such vivid form and shape in my mind, and the gathering of information from far and wide. It was the old black-and-white magic of the printed page that had me in thrall from the start!
I never thought, however, of pursuing a writing career. The "greats" were writers who seemed to have been born and grown up mainly in England, AND were for the most part deceased. Writing for me began in the early years of motherhood, when my children went off to school and there was time for scribbling in their absence.
Inspiration came from everywhere, it seemed. I wrote several successful cookbooks. Then books about foreign cultures and their foods, followed by studies of 11 different African nations, Latin America, and the new China. Meantime, novels for the middle grades and young teens sprang forth, inspired by my own growing children.
Meeting Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal made writing her story a must. She has talked about FOUR PERFECT PEBBLES all over the U.S. and in what was once Nazi Germany, preaching tolerence, compassion, and courage. Other topics of world importance are dealt with in my Marshall Cavendish Corporation books about TERRORISM, GENOCIDE, THEOCRACY, THE RIGHT TO DIE, CLONING, and the forthcoming TORTURE. GREAT ESCAPES: THE HOLOCAUST is the true story, little told, of two Slovakian Jews who managed a miraculous escape from Auschwitz, the Nazi death camp in Poland (which I have twice visited) in April 1944, and has been a stinging, never-to-be-forgotten experience.