Once Upon A Time...
For a little immigrant girl from Morocco, these four words symbolized wonder and possibility, not only for the future, but about the past. Fairy tales were no more unlikely or magical than dreams of the country I'd left behind—a dazzling land of sun and shadow, hushed whispers, mysterious doorways and winding streets where everyone called my name.
These four words guided me into an enchanted garden where I learned many lessons: the overlooked youngest son is often the most powerful, beauty can disguise evil, courage comes from entering the deep, dark woods, and never, ever turn down an old woman who asks for your help. Perhaps most important, these tales made me believe I could create stories of my own.
Please grab a chair and sit at my Mediterranean café, where the coffee smells of cardamom and the tea is served in tiny glasses crammed with fresh mint leaves. Breathe in the scents of jasmine and orange blossoms, watch the sun sink into the sea ... and let's talk about writing, traveling, magic, people and life.
My novel, ZIGZAG GIRL, won First Prize in the 2021 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. ZIGZAG GIRL won Best Unpublished Mainstream Mystery/Suspense.
In Zigzag Girl, a literary thriller with magic elements, a brilliant young magician with a mysterious past tries to capture an Atlantic City serial killer, but she finds herself in a dangerous battle with a murderer who holds the secret to her true identity.
My short story, "Little Miracles," received Honorable Mention in Moment Magazine's 2020 Karma Short Fiction Contest.
Visit Salvador, Brazil with me and witness a candomble festival as I go in search of the goddess Yemanja:
My poem, "My Father Eats Figs," was included in the wonderful anthology, Borderlines: Poems of Migration
"To the Nun Who Locked Eyes with Me," a letter to a stranger who affected me more than she'd ever know.
10-minute TED talk about Women’s Voices for professional magicians, Magic and Meaning Conference, Las Vegas: I come in at 12:32
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