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As a journalist I'm comfortable doing library research, and I did a lot! I had a fellowship at Radcliff for a year which gave me access to the Harvard system.

Biblical names are hot again.

I got nice rejections explaining that historical fiction was a difficult sell. But I kept trying.

I have a 10-year track record of writing for the Jewish community.

I lived through a classic publishing story. My editor was fired a month before the book came out. The editor who took it over already had a full plate. It was never advertised. We didn't get reviewed in any major outlets.

I love many kinds of music: world music, jazz, classical, pop.

I never wanted Mary Poppins to be my nanny. I wanted to be her when I grew up.

I tell writers to keep reading, reading, reading. Read widely and deeply. And I tell them not to give up even after getting rejection letters. And only write what you love.

My early childhood was spent in Newark, New Jersey, but my family moved to Denver when I was 12.

My husband, Jim, converted to Judaism just before our wedding.

My six handbooks to Jewish life and lifecycle events mostly followed the trajectory of my adult Jewish life.

November is Jewish book month, so Jewish Community Centers all around the country have book fairs where they invite authors and sell books in advance of the holidays.

One of my favorite poets, Neruda, writes close to the bone. Though I know only a little Spanish, I like to compare the Spanish and English lines and see how the translator worked.

Right now, I'm Writing song lyrics. Experimenting with a play. Toying with an idea for a documentary. I hope one of these will eventually be launched into the light of day.

Shakespeare in Love... such smart writing of an alternative view of history, and such beautiful acting. Like most Americans, I'm a sucker for the accent.

Since 1985, I have written about contemporary Jewish practice and the Jewish community.

The Bible - it's sort of the other person in the room. There's this book, the reader, and the Bible.

The more I do bookstores, the more people come up to me from church groups. I spoke at Pittsburg State College and had 2 or 3 ministers and book groups from a couple of churches.

The real Mary Poppins got lost when Hollywood turned her into a cream puff.

The Sabbath is a weekly cathedral raised up in my dining room, in my family, in my heart.

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