Uvi Poznansky

Biography

Uvi Poznansky is a California-based author, poet and artist. Her writing and her art are tightly coupled. “I paint with my pen,” she says, “and write with my paintbrush.”

She earned her B. A. in Architecture and Town Planning from the Technion in Haifa, Israel. During her studies and in the years immediately following her graduation, she practiced with an innovative Architectural firm, taking part in the design of a large-scale project, Home for the Soldier.

At the age of 25 Uvi moved to Troy, N.Y. with her husband and two children. Before long, she received a Fellowship grant and a Teaching Assistantship from the Architecture department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she guided teams in a variety of design projects; and where she earned her M.A. in Architecture. Then, taking a sharp turn in her education, she earned her M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.

During the years she spent in advancing her career—first as an architect, and later as a software engineer, software team leader, software manager and a software consultant (with an emphasis on user interface for medical instruments devices)—she wrote and painted constantly. In addition, she taught art appreciation classes.

Her versatile body of work can be seen on her website, which includes poems, short stories, bronze and ceramic sculptures, paper engineering projects, oil and watercolor paintings, charcoal, pen and pencil drawings, and mixed media. In addition, she posts her thoughts about the creative process on her blog, and engages readers and writers in conversation on her Goodreads group, The Creative Spark.

Uvi published a poetry book in collaboration with her father, Zeev Kachel. Later she published two children’s books, Jess and Wiggle and Now I Am Paper, which she illustrated, and for which she created animations. You can find these animations on her Amazon author page, and her Goodreads author page.

Apart From Love is an intimate peek into the life of a strange family: Natasha, the accomplished pianist, has been stricken with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Her ex-husband Lenny has never told their son Ben, who left home ten years ago, about her situation. At the same time he, Lenny, has been carrying on a love affair with a young redhead, who bears a striking physical resemblance to his wife—but unlike her, is uneducated, direct and unrefined. This is how things stand at this moment, the moment of Ben’s return to his childhood home.

Home, her deeply moving poetry book in tribute of her father, includes her poetry and prose, as well as translated poems from the pen of her father, the poet and author Zeev Kachel.

A Favorite Son, her novella, is a new-age twist on an old yarn. It is inspired by the biblical story of Jacob and his mother Rebecca, plotting together against the elderly father Isaac, who is lying on his deathbed. This is no old fairy tale. Its power is here and now, in each one of us.

Twisted is a unique collection of tales. In it, the author brings together diverse tales, laden with shades of mystery. Here, you will come into a dark, strange world, a hyper-reality where nearly everything is firmly rooted in the familiar—except for some quirky detail that twists the yarn, and takes it for a spin in an unexpected direction.

Rise to Power, A Peek at Bathsheba, and The Edge of Revolt are volume I, II, and III of The David Chronicles, telling the story of David as you have never heard it before: from the king himself, telling the unofficial version, the one he never allowed his court scribes to recount. In his mind, history is written to praise the victorious—but at the last stretch of his illustrious life, he feels an irresistible urge to tell the truth.

With the exception of her newest release, these books are available in all three editions (audio, print and ebook.)

Smashwords Interview

How do you approach cover design?
I am an artist, poet and writer, so my art and my writing are two aspects of the same vision of the world I am creating. I write with my paintbrush and paint with my pen. 

So I design my own bookcovers, based on my art. A few months ago, a pile of bones captured my fascination. Scattered across my desk, they were ashen, rather small, and of fanciful shapes. I was unable to identify the animals whose remains these were, nor could I name their skeletal parts. Which left me free to mine—out of these crumbling, fragile relics—an entirely new presence. Coming to life on brown paper with with a few stokes of white, red, and brown pencils, there she was: my Bone Princess. 

Set upon a patch of scorching desert sand, she casts a one-eyed look at you, which masks how vulnerable she really is. Her soft flesh is shielded—and in places, nearly crushed—by her armor of bones. She is damaged: no arms, no legs, yet she accepts her pain with pride, and with regal grace. Inside and out, she carries a sense of morbidity. 

As all creations, she became an independent spirit. As such, she made me wonder what had happened to her. I imagined her turning to me, with the elegant, elongated lines of her neck, to tell me her story. This was how my novella, the first story in my book Twisted—I Am What I Am—came to be. 

Twisted.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Surprisingly, I find poetry to be the greatest influence on my writing: I appreciate the nuances, the overloading of words, and the musical rhythms used in the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe, the sonnets by Shakespeare, and the lyrical descriptions of Virginia Wolfe, to name but a few.

I love American authors as well as authors from around the world, for example The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky, and Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger, for their expressive use of ‘stream of consciousness’.

Playwrights have a great impact on my writing., for example The Price by Arthur Miller, because they teach me to listen to dialog, and identify emotions and motives through the speech patterns of the characters.
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Where to find Uvi Poznansky online


Where to buy in print


Books

בית
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,960. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Biography, Fiction » Poetry » Russian & Former Soviet Union
בית. מילה פשוטה. מילה בעלת משמעויות מורכבות. מילה של לחש, מילה של זעקה. מילה של געגועים למקום מושלם, מקום שלעולם לא נמצאנו שוב. ספר זה מכיל קובץ של שירים בשפת המקור, מפרי עטו של המשורר, הסופר והאמן זאב כחל. השירים נכתבו בערוב ימיו ונתגלו על ידי בתו, אובי פוזננסקי, בזמן השבעה. שש שנים מאוחר יותר, היא תרגמה את הקובץ לאנגלית ופרסמה אותו, יחד עם מבחר משיריה: Home
Marriage before Death
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 45,270. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
After D-Day, her photograph appears on the most-wanted Nazi propaganda posters. Who is the girl with the red beret? She reminds Lenny of Natasha, but no, that cannot be. Why does Rochelle step into the courtroom when he is lead by SS soldiers to the gallows? At the risk of being found out as a French Resistance fighter, what makes her propose marriage to a condemned man?
Inspired by Art: The Last Concubine
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 2,890. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Artists, Nonfiction » History » Jewish
Inspired by Art: The Last Concubine is a collection of art throughout the ages, around the story of David. This volume focuses on the last concubine, Abishag, the rivalry between his sons, Adonijah and Solomon, and the transition of power to his chosen heir, ensuring his legacy for future generations.
Inspired by Art: The Edge of Revolt
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 3,520. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Art history, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Artists
Inspired by Art: The Edge of Revolt is a collection of art throughout the ages, around the story of David. This volume focuses on the rape of his daughter Tamar by her half-brother Amnon; the assassination of Amnon at the hands of her brother Absalom; and Absalom’s revolt, trying to topple David from his throne.
Inspired by Art: A Peek at Bathsheba
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 3,430. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Art history, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Art history
Inspired by Art: A Peek at Bathsheba is a collection of art throughout the ages, around the story of David. This volume focuses on the most torrid love affair ever told: David’s forbidden love affair with Bathsheba and his attempt to cover it up.
Inspired by Art: Rise to Power
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 4,200. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Biography, Nonfiction » History » Biography
Inspired by Art: Rise to Power is a collection of art throughout the ages, around the story of David. This volume focuses on the decline of the House of Saul and David’s rise to the throne.
Inspired by Art: Fall of a Giant
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 2,580. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Biography, Nonfiction » Biography » Royalty biography
These amazing sculptures, paintings, etchings, and manuscript illustrations inspired the author to write The David Chronicles, a series of three volumes, the first of which is the novel Rise to Power, where she imagines this victory.
Inspired by Art: Fighting Goliath
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 2,540. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Art history, Nonfiction » Biography » Historical biography
These amazing sculptures, paintings, etchings, and manuscript illustrations inspired the author to write The David Chronicles, a series of three volumes, the first of which is the novel Rise to Power, where she imagines the battle with Goliath.
Book Bites: The Wrong Girl
Price: Free! Words: 12,260. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
The Wrong Girl offers samples from books in the Still Life with Memories series. These samples give a taste not of Natasha (the girl Lenny loves) but rather of another woman, Lana. Flirtatious enough to stir suspicion, she upsets the course of his life time and again.
Book Bites: Love in Times of War
Price: Free! Words: 24,570. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Book Bites offers samples from 9 romance novels and novellas. We hope you will find them not only delicious but also arousing an irresistible craving for more.
A Touch of Passion (boxed set romance bundle)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 484,230. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Lose yourself in a touch of passion. Whether it’s the beauty in a song or the magic of a kiss, the agony of heartbreak or the hunger of yearning, explore ecstasy and desire in these captivating full-length, award winning novels. Written by bestselling, USA Today and NY Times authors, this boxed set has it all: Historical Romance, Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance & Wounded Warrior Romance.
The Music of Us
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,280. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Literature » Literary
In 1970, Lenny can no longer deny that his wife is undergoing a profound change. Despite her relatively young age, her mind succumbs to forgetfulness. Now, he goes as far back as the moment he met Natasha, when he was a soldier and she—a star, brilliant yet illusive. Natasha was a riddle to him then, and to this day, with all the changes she has gone through, she still is.
My Own Voice
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 48,230. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Falling in love with Lenny should have been the end to all her troubles. For Anita, it's only the beginning, when family secrets start unravelling. His ex-wife, Natasha, is succumbing to a mysterious disease. How can Anita compete with her shadow? How can she find a voice of her own?
The White Piano
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,130. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Romance » General
(5.00)
Coming back to his childhood home after years of absence, Ben is unprepared for the secret, which is now revealed to him. his mother, Natasha, who used to be a brilliant pianist, is losing herself to early-onset Alzheimer’s, which turns the way her mind works into a riddle. His father has remarried. His new wife, Anita, looks remarkably similar to Natasha, so Ben finds himself attracted to her.
Jess and Wiggle
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,630. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Imagination & Play, Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
Written in rhyme, this is a story about a little girl who rarely smiles, till the day she meets Wiggle, an imaginary creature with whom she is having a contest: who will be the one to burst in laughter first? Once there was a little girl With the cutest reddish curl Her name—how could you guess? It was simply: Jess....
Now I Am Paper
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,520. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Nature & the Natural World / Environment, Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
Written in rhyme, this is a story of longing for a child who has gone on her way and left the old tree behind. The tree gives voice to love and loss, fear and hope, death and rebirth in a new form, as it is transformed first to pulp and then to paper, the very paper from which the child reads this story. It brings forth the sounds and smells of the forest.
Apart from Love
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 107,720. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
(5.00)
Apart from Love is not your typical love story. All-consuming, heart-wrenching, and dark, it is an epic that starts when Ben returns to meet his father, Lenny, and his new wife, Anita. It is then that he discovers a family secret. How will they find a path out of conflicts, out of isolation, from guilt to forgiveness?
A Peek at Bathsheba
Series: The David Chronicles. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 65,220. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Biographical
When Bathsheba becomes pregnant, David attempts to cover up the ensuing scandal. He sends her husband, Uriah—who serves him faithfully in his army—to his death. And for the rest of his life, David is tormented by the memory of that moment. Will their forbidden love undo his entire legacy? Can he muster the strength to keep his promise to her and protect their son from danger?
A Favorite Son
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,380. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Inspirational
Will Becky take control of the power in the family? She instructs her son how to cheat his elderly father Isaac, who is lying on his deathbed, and how to take advantage of his confusion in this plot of mistaken identity. Will Jacob pretend to be that which he is not? Will he truly become the favorite son? Is he ready for the last moment he is going to have with his father?
The Edge of Revolt
Series: The David Chronicles. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,680. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Biographical
David loves his sons. The last thing he expects is that they will topple him from the throne. Who among them will remain by his side? Who will be not only loyal, but also eager to continue his legacy?
The David Chronicles
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 197,940. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Biographical
The David Chronicles is the story of David as you've never heard it before: from the king himself, telling the unofficial version, the one he never allowed his court scribes to recount. Rooted in ancient lore, his is a surprisingly modern memoir
Rise to Power
Series: The David Chronicles. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,340. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Biographical
(5.00)
Here is the story of David as you have never heard it before: from the king himself, telling the unofficial version, the one he never allowed his court scribes to recount. Rooted in ancient lore, his is a surprisingly modern memoir.
Twisted
Price: Free! Words: 19,730. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(5.00)
Come into a dark, strange world, where everything is firmly rooted in the familiar—except for some quirky detail that twists the yarn, and takes it for a spin in an unexpected direction. So prepare yourself: keep the lights on.
Home
Price: Free! Words: 22,190. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Biography, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - multi-author
(5.00)
Home. A simple word; a loaded one. You can say it in a whisper; you can say it in a cry. Expressed in the voices of father and daughter, you can hear a visceral longing, in poems and prose, for an ideal place. A place never to be found again.

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Smashwords book reviews by Uvi Poznansky

  • Gladstone on Nov. 04, 2013

    For someone humble enough to say that he does not consider himself an author, I was truly moved by John Miller's writing, which is natural, fast paced, and cinematic. The dialog flows, the characters are well fleshed out, the scenery is vividly painted, and I enjoyed the attention to detail in describing the journey, all of which is greatly informed by the author's unique experience as a truck driver. There is a firm sense of place, as evident by the name: Gladstone is the name of a seemingly nice, quiet little town, that presents the riddle for the main character, Jack Saunders. He arrives there by accident, when he takes the wrong turn. I don't wish to give out spoilers here, but the story leaves a trail of clues, a bit here, a bit there at every twist and turn thereafter, pointing you in the right direction towards the solution of the riddle. Will you get there first, or will the end surprise you? Five stars.
  • Gladstone 2,Missing in Denver on Nov. 30, 2013

    The mystery of this city continues to unravel in this book, and so do secrets and fears from Susan’s past. The story, the second one in the trilogy, picks up soon after the end of the first one, thus creating a timeline for the adventures of our protagonist, Jack. And wow, what a brilliant, action-filled opening, with bullets flying all around Jack’s head, as he watches Sheriff Reeves slumped over the wagon, and Susan as she tries to fight off John Smith’s men all by herself. Boy! are you in for some action here, and for an entertaining ride. Suspense oozes out of Jon Millers pen, he has a natural yet cinematic way of telling a story, with great dialogue as well as descriptions of the backdrop. Setting up the love relationship between Jack and Susan allows him, in the end, to seal the suspense with a kiss. Five stars.
  • Peter - The World (Peter: A Darkened Fairytale): Short Poems & Tiny Thoughts - Vol 1 on March 22, 2015

    The poems in PETER — THE WORLD ~ Short Poems & Tiny Thoughts" are written with a feather-like touch. The author, William O’Brien, conjures up a magical world in which his protagonist, Peter (of A Darkened Fairytale), lives. This is a complex world, made of both light and darkness, where sweet fairies may be ‘hiding in your garden, tucked behind violet flowers,’ but where all is not as it seems, as these fairies just may be vampire fairies. And so, vacillating between hope and fear, you experience this world with heightened emotions. Here is the invitation whispered in your ear: Magical book Has opened wide Mysteries kept Concealed inside Walking with them Smell and touch Pages of gold Edged with luck Highly recommended. Five stars.