I am a Polish Jew and my grandfather served in World War II, so I was always drawn to Holocaust narratives. When I was sixteen, I found a book called CHILDREN OF THE FLAMES by Lucette Lagnado and Sheila Cohn Dekel. The book details the experience of the twins of Auschwitz, and the crimes and eventual flight of Mengele, the Angel of Death. While I was a very foolish sixteen, I knew I couldn't write MISCHLING then--if ever--but the idea of two twins alternately telling this story has followed me ever since.
Over the course of writing this novel, I worked as a tutor, proofreader, technical writer, and editor of children's educational materials. I studied fiction at Columbia and SFSU. I presently live in Los Angeles.
I will always miss writing about Stasha and Pearl.