My career has been in education, research and planning in the criminal justice field. I spent the first part of my life in Pittsburgh, and have enjoyed living and working in Toronto for many years. Although I have published articles in various professional journals and magazines, this is my debut novel.
When I was a child, my mother and grandmother often spoke of their lives in the shtetl of csarist Russia, the attacks endured by their community during the Russian revolution, and their dangerous escape to America. I always found it amazing that they survived and vowed that some day I would write about their experiences.
My mother's youthful dream of an education could not be fulfilled and her marriage to a brilliant man from a respected family resulted in more hardships when he became mentally ill. The sense of loss and shame had a profound impact upon my brother, sister and me. My mother's resilience and determination, along with the support of others in the extended family, enabled us to fulfill many dreams.
I wrote The Unveiling to celebrate my mother's courage and to demonstrate the healing that takes place when we free ourselves from the secrecy and stigma too often surrounding the mental illness of loved ones.
For the past several years I have been dividing my time doing private research consulting, writing, actively participating in the Academy for Lifelong Learning at the University of Toronto, and serving on the Boards of my neighborhood association and waterfront condominium in downtown Toronto.