Complementing my daily blog interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the fifty-seventh, is of writer Dorit Kedar.
Dorit Kedar travels around the world, looking for inspirational places to write her books. She was a special education art teacher in the morning and a Religious Studies student in the afternoon – completing her MA degree and researching societies and their beliefs in the 1st millennium in the ancient east, for her thesis. She then wrote her book “Lilith, the Jewish demoness – 1000 years of borderline personality disorder.”
This was followed by articles and lectures about ancient life, recruiting angels, demons and spirits and about amulets and incantation bowls. Dorit carried on studying Journalism and Museum studies. All this while raising two wonderful daughters and one dog…
And now from the author herself:
I am a modern version of the wandering Jew. It all started one day when I surprisingly hit my 50th birthday. On that same day, I rushed to the airport with a little backpack and took the first flight available. Out from the borders of Israel, I followed my ancestor’s steps, bought a caravan and traveled back to the middle ages of Europe. I wandered around tiny villages with colorful houses, rivers, surrounded by walls and spires. In this voyage I discovered the need to write more and more. When I returned to Israel, I decided to go even further in time.
Some people search for the missing link in order to learn more about evolution. I was looking for the missing link of the demonic species – especially for the lost chapter in the biography of the demoness Lilith. A non-fiction book was born and published: “Lilith – the Jewish Demoness”. Keeping track of her has enabled me to encounter an extra ordinary magical society in the times of antiquity.
Last year the wandering urge rose again. While baby-sitting a red house, one mighty little doggy and two furry cats in Pennsylvania – an epistolary novel was born.
“letters from the red house” is the story of an Israeli writer that hand-writes 65 letters to her internet-phobic friend. She constantly reports the perfect stillness and the ultimate silence in her private little bubble. Her isolation in this “white white” cosmos is almost absolute, causing the testimony of what happens “outside” to be minimal, in contrary to the “inside” which is full of lust, fantasies and an addiction to a chocolate man.
This exotic and escapist novel is the story of every alien in America, every person running away from his homeland that suffocates him and every woman in search of love – at any age.
Currently, again in America, I am working on my historic fiction book: “Komish – A Fake Biography of a Real Woman“. The book will be published later on 2012.
My wandering urge took me 55 miles up the M1 motorway. 🙂 Thank you Dorit, lovely to meet you.
The blog interviews will return as normal tomorrow with Kiran Hunter – the two hundred and seventy-seventh of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, biographers, agents, publishers and more. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further. And I enjoy hearing from readers of my blog; do either leave a comment on the relevant interview (the interviewees love to hear from you too!) and / or email me. You can read / download my eBooks from Smashwords (Amazon to follow).