Writing a book can take you places you'd never imagine you'd visit and it can make you become a person you didn't know you could be. A Day of Small Beginnings has brought a whole new world of places and people into my life, made me a public speaker to large audiences and small book groups, and a believer that there are far fewer than six degrees of separation between people who have shared my story.

It's also brought me to the extraordinary writer’s theater - Jewish Women’s Theatre (http://jewishwomenstheater.org/), where I am now a writer, dramaturge and Board member, and develop programming for The Braid, JWT’s performance and art space in Santa Monica.

My next novel, King of Cahokia, is set in 1950's America. It began as a New York story about the blacklisting of hundreds of loyal American teachers, like my father. But as it sometimes happens, the characters migrated to  an archaeological dig in the Midwest - among the mysterious ancient Indian Mounds outside East St. Louis. There, in the miserable, humid heat of 1955's spring and summer, the mounds begin to reveal unsettling truths about America's first highly advanced metropolis, and they, my lovely characters, have no idea of the contemporary peril that awaits them.  

My debut novel, A Day of Small Beginnings, began to take shape in the mid-1990's, after a trip to Poland with my Polish-Jewish in-laws. Their stories of growing up in the town of Zwolen (which I fictionalized as "Zokof"), and what we heard and saw during our visit , are woven into the novel. This is a story about three generations of a family and their hidden history in the Old World. It's also a story about wrestling with faith, family and unexpected love.

Lisa Pearl Rosenbaum