The anxiety of the blank page. Where do I begin? I suppose at the beginning.
I was born on December 12, 1985, in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, a suburb outside of Philadelphia. I went to a diverse, public high school known as Cheltenham High School. My affinity for literature began there. I was one of those students who reads Catcher in the Rye and believes that he is living a parallel life to Holden Caulfield.
The Catcher in the Rye, though, stopped being my favorite book shortly into college. I attended Carnegie Mellon University, where I majored in English and History, and minored in Philosophy. While in college, I discovered existential literature, specifically the writings of Kafka, Camus, and Dostoevsky.
When I graduated college in 2008, one of my immediate goals was to write a novel. It bothered me that I had spent my college years adulating other writers but had not produced anything of my own. I took a trip to Israel that summer on Birthright. I recall being rather nervous on the trip, and as a way to relax my mind, I thought of ideas for a novel. After not more than a few hours of thinking, I stumbled on an idea - the existential struggles of a 21-year-old girl on a study abroad trip in France.
I took a year off after college and wrote the first draft of the novel, titled The Test. I then began law school at Temple University in 2009. Throughout my three years of law school, in addition to constant studying, I fine-tuned my novel, at last finishing it at the age of 26.
After law school, I began working at a law firm in Philadelphia. In my spare time, I researched and wrote the short story, "The Coronation of Napoleon I."
I then chose to take leave the law for some time to teach English in Israel. For the 2014-15 school year, I worked in an elementary school in Be'er Sheva, Israel, teaching the English language and American culture to Israeli schoolchildren.
I am currently enrolled in a PhD program in Literature at Ben-Gurion University, in Be'er Sheva, Israel. My focus is on Modernist German Literature with an emphasis on Kafka, Law, and Humor.
I hope that I continue to publish on Smashwords, and that the next biography of me will be significantly longer than this one, more expensive, and written by someone other than myself.