Like her heroine, Miriam Kaminsky, Rochelle Jewel Shapiro is a phone psychic who lives in Great Neck, N.Y. with her pharmacist husband. Articles have been written about her psychic gift in such places as Redbook, The Jerusalem Post, the Dutch Magazine, TV GID, and the Long Island section of the New York Times. She’s chronicled her own psychic experiences in Newsweek (My Turn), and The New York Times (Lives) which can be read on her website at http://rochellejewelshapiro.com.
Shapiro has won The Brandon Memorial Literary Award and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. Her first novel, Miriam the Medium (Simon & Schuster, 2004) was also published in Belgium, Holland, and the U.K. and was nominated for the Harold U. Ribelow Award and appeared on the summer reading list of The Hartford Courant. Her poetry has appeared in such publications as the Iowa Review, Moment, Harpur Palate, Inkwell Magazine, and the Los Angeles Review. Besides her psychic practice, Shapiro teaches writing at UCLA Extension and blogs for the Huffington Post and writes a monthly article for Authorlink.