I wrote the chapter Lifeline in the book A Perilous Calling. It's an essay about doing psychotherapy with suicidal patients in the context of my own family history. I have also published over twenty short stories in Natural Bridge, Eclectica, Six Sentences, Connotation Press, Every Day Fiction, Rose and Thorn Journal, Red Fez,The Linnet's Wings, Thrice Fiction, Blue Fifth Review, Fiction 365, Camroc Press Review, LucidPlay, Pure Slush, Jewish Fiction.net and Olentangy.
I am the daughter of Holocaust survivors and have a Ph.D. in Psychology and Social Relations from Harvard. I've been a therapist for thirty years.
To prevent future Holocausts for my own children and grandchildren, I am unequivocally anti-nuke and write a letter to President Obama every day telling him so. Thus far, no response, but a lot of suits in dark SUV's and shades parked around my house.
When I'm in a Good Mood::
I write to communicate to others what is unspeakable in conversation. Half is about the Holocaust and half is about the surreal absurdities of life. I also just write for the fun of it and to better understand myself. I am a painter and therapist and that fuels my writing as well.
In a Bad Mood:
I don’t know anymore. When I’m blocked I lose motivation and purpose. I lose a reason for writing, I lose anything to write about. I lose myself altogether. I forget why I wanted to write in the first place. Something about mortality, leaving a mark that I was here and had a voice.
Kafka, Babel, the Russians, Borges, Poe, Lydia Davis, Tim O'Brien. Myths, fairy tales, Mothra.