I was a “bestselling” author in my Orthodox, Jewish community. My most recent novel would probably have gotten me kicked me out if I hadn’t already left.
I was raised in an orthodox, Jewish community and published my first novel in 2013. It was an instant hit, and sold well in Orthodox communities all over the world. I’m proud to say it helped raise awareness of mental health issues and normalized therapy and medication, which is highly stigmatized in that community.
My second novel was published a few years later and by that time, I was on my way out of the community for a long list of reasons.
I self-published my most recent novel on Amazon in 2018, when I was fully irreligious and frankly, feeling frustrated with the community I had left. I wrote about sexual abuse and sexuality and self-harm and all sorts of taboo topics, all written about a bunch of Orthodox, Jewish girls that are labeled as “troubled”.
Ironically, I still get “fan mail” from young girls who have read my first 2 books and are obsessed with those characters. They assume I’m still the inspirational, religious woman that I seemed to be in my first two books.
All of my books are available on Amazon, and I’m making my newest book free for the next few days (Kindle) to give folks something to read during this quarantine.
So go ahead and ask me anything about writing, leaving the community, my favorite drink, if I think Carol Baskin killed her husband, etc.