What is your genre? Why did you choose it?
My novels merge multiple genres, which doesn’t surprise me, as I’m a very eclectic reader.
I write fast-paced misadventures set in Jerusalem that explore larger human issues—with a dash of humor and a twist of magical realism—through the prism of Jewish life and legend.
My recent novel, A Love and Beyond, follows the romantic adventures of a British bachelor through both the singles’ scene and the biblical archaeology of Jerusalem. (“A mysterious crime. A ruthless secret society. And a desperate bachelor…”)
My next novel (due this year) also mixes mystery and romance, and explores Jewish legends regarding the End of Days from a very unusual perspective.
Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?
More than one: one primary manuscript and a few secondary projects on the back burner. I might squeeze in a draft of a secondary work during the cool-off period between drafts of a primary.
Do you work with a writing/critique group?
Nope, although I have heard of positive experiences with writing groups. I test my work with select beta readers and my editors.
Can you remember your first reading book?
I remember proudly finishing Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days at a fairly young age, although I’m sure I mispronounced the name Passeportout. I read Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox many times as a child too, but I can’t remember which book I read first.
Do you nibble on snacks while writing? If so, what is your chosen treat?
No food. Occasionally I’ll make a cup of coffee but by the time I remember to have a sip, the coffee is cold.
Tidy desk or a bombsite? Describe your writing area with us.
Bombsite. Nuclear bombsite. I write in a small room at a cramped desk overflowing with papers, unopened mail, and computer cables, and with a spectacular view of a whitewashed wall.
Are you published in the traditional manner or self published? Share your journey.
Self-published. When I started writing intensively ten years ago, I had planned to follow the traditional route, so I followed the blogs of authors and agents to learn the ropes of agent submissions, etc.
By the time I finished my novel, the industry had changed: hello Kindle, ebooks and Print On Demand! Self-publishing had become a serious option. Why wait years to sell your rights (if you’re lucky!) when you can retain full creative control and reach readers today?
When a print magazine bought my short story, Larry and Kate, a few years ago, I felt confident that my writing had reached publication level. Self-publishing seemed to be the route most likely to allow me to continue writing long-term, so I published A Love and Beyond and never looked back.
Who would you say have been the three most influential authors in your reading/writing life?
F. Scott Fitzgerald and Terry Pratchett. (Eclectic reader, remember!) The third spot will have go to all the other authors I’ve ever read.
What advice would you like to share with other writers/authors with regard to preparing a manuscript?
First drafts are always rubbish. Just reach The End. The real writing is in the re-writing.
Ah, the forever editing system 🙂
If the movie rights to your novels are purchased, who would you like to play your main characters?
Hugh Grant and Anne Hathaway in the lead roles, for A Love and Beyond.
Great actors … good choice.
I was on my way to the supermarket, when … Do you have a tale to tell relating to an everyday, boring event?
I was driving to work in Tel Aviv one morning when a bomb siren blared. I stopped the car at the side of the busy thoroughfare, got out, and lay on the sidewalk, as did the other commuters—standard procedure in such situations. I looked up: a long, thin missile, very high up, silently worked its way across the sky from the direction of the Gaza Strip… and right towards us! There was a split-second burst of flame and then a small cloud of white smoke where the missile had been. The Iron Dome battery had intercepted the missile in time. Life in Israel is never boring!