I'm a New York City transplant now living in Seattle, who began her writing life jotting down poems on the subway and observing human behavior from every walk of life.
Two recently published novels are the CIPA/EVVY Gold Medal winner SANDSTORM (D.X. Varos, 2021) and ZAHARA AND THE LOST BOOKS OF LIGHT (Adelaide Books, NY/Lisbon) available in Spanish and Portuguese from All Bilingual Press, Seattle).
I'm also the author of the Jo Epstein Mystery series: ASK THE DEAD (Martin Brown Publishers, Kokomo, Indiana, 2005) and THE LAST MATRYOSHKA (aka Russian Reckoning), Five Star/Cengage, Nov. 2010
Literary fiction: RIVERS RUN BACK, - co-authored with Arindam Roy, Vitasta Publishing, New Delhi, 2015
In addition to authoring novels, I'm a Pushcart Nominee with short stories and essays that have appeared in Inkwell Journal, Whistling Shade, Descant, Arabesques, Weber: The Contemporary West, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. I'm a member of the Authors Guild and Sisters in Crime and have presented workshops on “The Place of Place in Writing” at conferences in the US and India. My novel, Russian Reckoning (ask The Last Matryoshka) is a Library Journal “SELF-E” Selection.
RUSSIAN RECKONING aka THE LAST MATRYOSHKA
Roped into helping her émigré stepfather, Nikolai, escape the clutches of a ruthless blackmailer, Jo Epstein must enter a world where criminals enforce a 19th century code of honor, threats arrive inside traditional Matryoshka (nesting) dolls, and fashion models adorn themselves with lewd prison tattoos. And even as she helps Nikolai—who claims to have been framed—to evade the police, Jo can’t help wondering if her musically gifted but socially inept stepfather is as innocent as he claims.
A Library Journal “SELF-E” Selection
Zahara and the Lost Books of Light2020
Awards and Recognition
- Pushcart Prize nomination from Inkwell Magazine
- CIPA/EVVY 2022 Gold Medal in Women's Fiction awarded to Sandstorm
- Library Journal “SELF-E” Selection awarded to Russian Reckoning