Iolanthe Woulff is a transsexual woman. SHE'S MY DAD is her debut novel.
Iolanthe "Lannie" Woulff came into the world as a male during the fifth year of the Truman presidency, which means that she is rapidly acquiring the status of an antique. In 1958 her family moved from Manhattan to the island of St. Thomas, which in those days was a sparsely-populated tropical dot in the Caribbean. There "Nate", as Lannie was known in those days, spent several idyllic years gleefully swinging from jungle vines and swimming on the world's most beautiful unspoiled beaches. She treasures many poignant memories of that lost paradise, which, alas, is no longer.
Moving back to the mainland in 1964, Lannie attended The Maret School in Washington, D.C. As the Vietnam War raged and protest movements convulsed the nation, she gained admission to Princeton, and after escaping the inaugural Selective Service lottery by a scant fourteen points, graduated in 1973 with a degree in English. For several ensuing years she lived in New York City and worked for her uncle, who was then developing an early prototype hybrid vehicle. That was during the Studio 54 era, the so-called "Me Decade", which Lannie experienced at full throttle while writing a coming-of-age novel which fortunately remained unpublished.
In 1980, at the urging of her younger brother, she moved to Israel, where together they opened a diving business on the Red Sea. When the Lebanon War wiped out the tourist trade and with it their business, she returned stateside to raise pedigreed Black Angus cows on a family farm in northern Virginia's famous Hunt Country. The rolling hills and pastoral beauty of that area provide the setting for SHE'S MY DAD.
Succumbing to the lure of the West in 1987, she finally settled for good in the California resort town of Palm Springs. Ten years later, fulfilling a lifelong imperative, Lannie commenced the complex and emotionally turbulent process of gender transition. During the process she authored a column called "The T Dance" in one of the local LGBT magazines, before turning her attention full-time to fiction writing.
Lannie is the proud parent of a beautiful and accomplished daughter, loves to tease her generic tabby cat Xena, and looks forward to spending timewith her eminent father, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Herman Wouk.
Storytelling has always been dear to Ms. Woulff's heart. Her hope is that besides providing a suspenseful read, SHE'S MY DAD will help to dispel some of the widespread misconceptions about transsexual people.
Finally, having mastered the art of writing about herself in the third person, and believing that one must always retain a sense of humor, Lannie is writing another novel.
Birth Place: New York, NY USA
Accomplishments: SHE'S MY DAD has been honored as a Finalist in the GLBT category of the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
2010 Rainbow Awards - Winner: Best Bisexual/Transgender Contemporary.
Finalist: Mystery/Suspense, 2011 Global eBook Awards.
Poetry Purple Pickles by Iolanthe Woulff I once chanced upon a random poetry challenge, the idea of which was to compose a poem based upon a stated nonsensical title. This was the somber result.... La Vieja Loca by Iolanthe Woulff In Spanish, ‘Vieja Loca’ means ‘Crazy Old Woman’.... The Bug by Iolanthe Woulff Based upon one of those seemingly-mundane incidents which, upon reflection, provided much food for thought.... The Callous Sophisticate by Iolanthe Woulff No, I most certainly do not know anyone like this. Perish the thought! This is merely a poetic flight of fancy. (Besides, I went to Princeton, not Yale.)... The Web by Iolanthe Woulff A very profound experience for me, the memory of which will never fade.... Dragon Iconoclast by Iolanthe Woulff Possibly I need to to cut back on the caffeine...... Bulldozer, Bulldozer by Iolanthe Woulff Another piece from the collection I call "Lannie's Eco-Angst"....