Monthly Archives: December 2013

Power couple!

Isaac and Rivka, the hetero couple from The Second Mango. Created by Shira Glassman, drawn by Mina V. and inked by Jane Dominguez, this pair of warriors–he a wizard, she a swordfighter trained in multiple forms of combat–represent the hetero … Continue reading

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Sending gift citrus

“The crop is really sweet this year!” We live in Florida, and we send a gift box of honeybells to my in-laws up in Boston every winter. The fictional country of Perach is inspired by Florida (“perach” even means “flower” … Continue reading

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Family of choice

Family of choice is very important to the themes in The Second Mango and its sequels. I wanted to celebrate the many types of love that make family–birth relatives, romantic love, in-laws, stepfamily, and those friends who become family because … Continue reading

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I will never get tired of durian humor

Perach’s prosperity comes from tropical agriculture. Here, Queen Shulamit shows the other characters from The Second Mango… …an incredibly stinky fruit called durian. Often called the king of fruit, it tastes  good–well, maybe–but smells so bad that there are signs … Continue reading

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Riv Maror: a different type of golem

In Jewish mythology, a rabbi supposedly created the golem by breathing life into a gigantic man of clay, so that the creature could serve as protection for our people against attacks. My character Rivka serves as literal protection, as bodyguard … Continue reading

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Author interview on Rainbow Book Reviews

Rainbow Book Reviews asked me some questions about my writing: All my life, I’ve been fascinated by the relationships between fictional characters. When the existing fiction that I liked – historical, vintage mysteries, fairy tales – didn’t give me anyone … Continue reading

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Climbing the Date Palm: a fantasy novel about labor rights

Now available from Prizm Books, the sequel to The Second Mango: Queen Shulamit is eager to help Kaveh, the youngest prince of a neighboring country, when his father throws his engineer boyfriend in jail for leading his workers in protest over … Continue reading

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Where do you get your ideas?

I keep hearing about writers who get asked “where do you get your ideas?” Famous writers talk about it, and works of fiction about writers show them faced with this question as well. Since so much of my writing is fueled by … Continue reading

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The wizard Isaac, “video-game style”

Isaac is the middle-aged wizard who taught my warrior woman Rivka how to swordfight, before accidentally falling in love with her because she got so good at it. He’s mysterious and secretive, and speaks in an unusually deep and resonant voice. He … Continue reading

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Awkward teenage bisexual confessions, and representation for young girls who crush on girls I realized while facepalming about this earlier today that a major motivation for writing about Shulamit’s awkwardness, her crushes on most of the women she encounters in the … Continue reading

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