The urge to write goes way back. Growing up in Germany after WWII, we did not have radio or television and our free time was spent reading, because reading allowed us to escape from the harsh reality of our lives that included being hungry and cold. The reading probably implanted in me the desire to create stories. I used to make up stories, and as my mother told me often, my favorite one was about life at the court of the Queen of Sheba.

During the next few years, I got married, immigrated to America, had two children, got divorced and the writing started. Now, divorced and with children, skilled but not employable, I enrolled in a government training class—typing, which I gloriously failed. As of this date, I still can’t type more than 25 words a minute, and that is pushing it.

Years later, a new husband and two more children, a distinct pattern began to establish itself. I would write in the evenings and weekends, first on a portable typewriter, then a Smith Corona electric typewriter. From there, I graduated to a word processor and finally to my first computer, writing the stories in DOS. Then Windows appeared! Hallelujah. In retrospect, writing made me want to learn about computers. This pursuit of knowledge was strictly borne out of self-defense as I bought whiteout and scotch tape by the boxes to erase errors and move paragraphs and sentences around.

Years ago, when I started out writing short stories and now have written 30. Many of the stories were published in small literary magazines and the ones I submitted to writing contest generally won an award and along the way I managed to win a few awards. Although, I write a great deal, the mailing out and trying to sell is a shortfall of mine that I discovered many of my fellow writers share. We much more prefer to write then to bother with the work of selling the stories.

The heroines of my story are usually strong and accept the responsibilities of their mistakes. They love men, but they do not settle for second best as they are not afraid of being alone, nor do they need a man to be happy.

From short stories I went to novels. In the course of writing the trilogy, “Ashiba's Dream,” I included a brief segment about tarot cards which forced me to research their origin. This is how the novel, “The Dragon and the painter” was conceived. Especially as I needed to create a brand new card, The Oracle, the key to understanding the tarot cards and the Path to Wisdom.

Currently I am writing a revised version of the seven beauties. The novel is based up the “Haft Paykar, a medieval persian romance.” Its male protagonist was changed to a female heroine.

And lastly, to new writers, don’t ever stop.