Zelda Leah Gatuskin

Biography

Zelda was born and grew up in Wilmington, Delaware, and attended Emerson College in Boston, where she received a B.S. degree in Visual Communications. With her husband she owns and operates Studio Z, multi-media arts, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In addition to her work as an author, editor, visual artist and website designer, she has worked as a volunteer for a variety of community organizations and progressive causes.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm polishing the sequel to my first book, "The Time Dancer," which is a fantasy novel about parallel worlds, magic, dancing, music, cats, romance - lots of the things I enjoy in a story. The new book is called "The Two Magicians" and will be published in print in 2017. It answers some of the questions left hanging at the end of "The Time Dancer," such as: What really happened to Malcom the Master Seer? Will the Gypsies Esmarelda and George Drumm find the Red Mountain Witch and return the magic satchel Malcom stole from her? In the Alternate World (our world) Robyn has taken up belly dancing and formed a troupe. When they dance at the Summer Solstice Harmony Convention in the mountains of Colorado, they set off a curious chain of events that brings Esmarelda back into their lives. The boundaries between parallel worlds weaken, and it is up to a wily Minder named Brooks to set right the Spiral Map of Time. The book is now available as an ebook series, and the first installment is free. Let me know what you think!
Have you been criticized for your characterization of "Gypsies" in your novel "The Time Dancer"?
I have been criticized for using the term, but I don't believe anyone who reads the book is offended. My fictitious Gypsies are modeled on the Gypsies of India, who embrace the title. East Indian Gypsy dance, costume and culture inspired the descriptions of my magical "time dancer" Esmarelda and her clan. I have taken care to describe an assortment of "Wanderer" peoples, as varied as the lands they cross, based on my additional research into actual Traveler cultures around the world. I understand that the Roma of eastern Europe are no longer calling themselves Gypsies. While they are said to be descendants of East Indian Gypsies who migrated to Europe centuries ago, the Roma have long claimed their own culture, their own homeland, and their own name. You have to understand that way back when, Gypsies, from the European perspective, were newcomers from another continent; they were deemed to be heathen, foreign in every sense, and therefore immoral and untrustworthy. Derivative slang words have further burdened a perfectly good name for perfectly fine folks. The Roma have a private and unique culture, which they have tried to preserve in the face of many social and practical pressures to conform. In this, they are like other ethnic/religious groups who endure mild to extreme persecution rather than relinquish their identity or autonomy. I recommend the book "Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey" by Isabel Fonseca (1995, Random House - note that the word "Gypsy" for Roma was still in favor at time of publication) for the insights it provides regarding Roma history and culture, and how a word that only ever spoke to me of beauty, mystery and music came to be so fraught.
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Books

The Two Magicians - Installment 11, "Lost and Found"
Series: The Two Magicians: From Nowhere to Forever. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,510. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2016 by Amador Publishers, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
With Installment 11, The Two Magicians concludes in dramatic fashion as the Coven roils over their misbehaving Familiars, returned Master Seers and long-ago intrigues. Brooks reveals himself to Robyn to get her help closing Piper Canyon and repairing the Spiral. The Gypsies must escape the Witches' domain.
The Two Magicians - Installment 10, "Down the Rabbit Hole"
Series: The Two Magicians: From Nowhere to Forever. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,190. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2016 by Amador Publishers, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
In Installment 10 of The Two Magicians: Robyn, separated from her troupe, and wearing Esmarelda's charmed ankle bracelet, is able to will herself to Ochersfeldt, that magical city where the charm was made. She soon learns why the Gypsy wanted to be done with the bracelet and the city.
The Two Magicians - Installment 9, "Time Winders Redux"
Series: The Two Magicians: From Nowhere to Forever. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,230. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2016 by Amador Publishers, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
In Installment 9 of The Two Magicians, Robyn's troupe readies to perform at the Harmony Convention, while the Gypsies team up with the Coven in Witches Meadow, and the dance begins...
The Two Magicians - Installment 8, "The Commerce Between the Worlds"
Series: The Two Magicians: From Nowhere to Forever. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,780. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2016 by Amador Publishers, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
In Installment 8 of The Two Magicians, Brooks learns about secret dealings across the Spiral from the Familiar of the Meadow Watch Witch. The Raven is revealed, but still a puzzle. Everyone seems to have their own agenda, but all must work together to fix the leaks in the Spiral.
The Two Magicians - Installment 7, "Mischief in the Morass"
Series: The Two Magicians: From Nowhere to Forever. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,520. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2016 by Amador Publishers, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
In Installment 7 of The Two Magicians: Nee-Reta catches up to the Gypsies in Time, and asks their help with the Coven's plan; Brooks discovers that Intuisha's Familiar, Yani-Yau, has her own loophole to the Alternate World; Robyn has two frightening visitors at the Harmony Convention; the shaman Black Star gets Zeek to bring more rugs up to the convention; a raven and a black cat cause trouble.
The Two Magicians - Installment 6, "The Familiars"
Series: The Two Magicians: From Nowhere to Forever. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,120. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2016 by Amador Publishers, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
In Installment 6 of The Two Magicians, we learn more about the Familiars; Brooks shares more of his own history; and Dark, previously known only to Nee-Reta, makes his first fierce appearance to Brooks. At the same time, the two Master Seers resurface, thus confirming for Brooks that some events foreseen by Nee-Reta at The Top of The World have already come to pass.
The Two Magicians - Installment 5, "The Weaver's Loom Remembers"
Series: The Two Magicians: From Nowhere to Forever. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,040. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2016 by Amador Publishers, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
In Installment 5 of The Two Magicians: Weaver Oshi spins out the history of Deannalisa Redfern of Ochersfeldt and her five daughters, who formed the Goathorns Coven; Nee-Reta returns to the Coven with warning of the troublesome rugs Malcom will make in the future, and she helps the Witches to prepare. Her plan is inspired by her encounter with Esmarelda: They must learn the Gypsy way of dancing.
The Two Magicians - Installment 4, "Nee and the Magic Satchel"
Series: The Two Magicians: From Nowhere to Forever. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,320. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2016 by Amador Publishers, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
In Installment 4 of The Two Magicians: Brooks, also watching the replay of Malcom's past, reveals his passion for Brunagwa, the Red Mountain Witch; Nee-Reta tries to learn the fate of the magic satchel - and Malcom - by going to Weaver Oshi at The Top of The World to see the Future; when Brooks recalls Nee-Reta's trek, he wonders how he failed to perceive her secret friend, the strange dog, Dark.
The Two Magicians - Installment 3, "The View from Intuisha's Cliffs"
Series: The Two Magicians: From Nowhere to Forever. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,750. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2016 by Amador Publishers, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
In Installment 3 of The Two Magicians an eddy of Time replays Malcom's past so that the Gypsies, watching from their camp above Witches Meadow, see his arrival in the magical city of Ochersfeldt and his meeting with Master Seer Varluft, then follow his ill-fated trip to the Goathorns, where he steals Brunagwa's magic satchel from Nee-Reta - this is the very object they are on their way to return.
The Two Magicians - Installment 2, "Summer Solstice, Forward and Back"
Series: The Two Magicians: From Nowhere to Forever. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,830. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2016 by Amador Publishers, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
In Installment 2 of The Two Magicians: Zeek, minding Robyn's store, The Lost Unicorn, is unnerved by a fierce black dog and spindly "scarecrow man" who's after more rugs like those the bellydancers took to the convention; Robyn tells Faye about the parallel worlds while they hike in Piper Canyon; and Nee-Reta contemplates her strange experiences as the Familiar of Brunagwa, the Red Mountain Witch.
The Two Magicians - Installment 1, "Converging on the Knot"
Series: The Two Magicians: From Nowhere to Forever. Price: Free! Words: 15,970. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2016 by Amador Publishers, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Installment 1 of The Two Magicians, wherein: We meet our narrator, the Minder Brooks; Robyn vanishes for an instant while dancing with her troupe at the Harmony Convention; Ramon senses the proximity of Gypsy Esmarelda, and fears her strange effect on Robyn; Esmarelda and George Drumm journey to the Goathorn Mountains to return a magic satchel, and briefly encounter Nee-Reta, misplaced in Time.
Ancestral Notes: A Family Dream Journal
Series: Biography & Memoir. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,100. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2016 by Amador Publishers, LLC. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Jewish
Dream journal entries, poems, essays, short stories, and a drama based on the author's investigations into her family history and cultural identity. She explores the themes of Jewish spirituality, shtetl life in Europe, immigration to the USA, and men's and women's traditional roles. Repeated references to spirits suggest that this inquiry is not only guided but demanded by ancestral souls.
Digital Face
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 35,250. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2016 by Amador Publishers, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Foreword Reviews gives this collection 5 Hearts (Summer issue, on stands 6/1/16): "The eleven short stories collected in Zelda Leah Gatuskin’s Digital Face all address, in one way or another, the question of what is real....each piece in the collection features an interesting sci-fi premise crafted well..."
The Time Dancer
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 76,030. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2015 by Amador Publishers, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
A romantic tale of time travel, mistaken identities and parallel worlds. When George Drumm falls in love with Esmarelda, he must learn the secrets of the Spiral Map of Time, or lose her to the future. The two leapfrog across the spiral in search of lost cats, missing satchels and each other, and in the process share glimpses of their magical universe with residents of the dusty town of Caliente.
Castle Lark and The Tale that Stopped Time
Price: Free! Words: 124,150. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2015 by Amador Publishers, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Time travel
In this futuristic adventure wrapped around a tale from the past, a pair of teenage protagonists take part in the resettling of Earth after two centuries of human exile on Mars and Luna. Disenchanted with life under the domes, Fasha and Alex discover that nature, magic and romance still prevail on the home planet -- with a little help from the Brotherhood of Wizards.
Where the Sky Used to Be
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 129,390. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2011 by Amador Publishers, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
When Claire and her best friend Lydia reluctantly take on “the Muffin project” for the summer, they soon find themselves attached to Muffin and other residents of Westcare Manor. While teens and seniors bond, teens and parents clash; and Muffin and her aging daughter Jo battle on in their own way. Where the Sky Used to Be is a story about art, love, compassion, and following your own path.

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