Pearl Wolf has journeyed from career to career in her lifetime, but the one she cherishes most is her current profession as the author of historical romance novels. Little did she realize that the sale of her first work of fiction at the tender age of fourteen, a short anecdote published by Reader's Digest for which she received $5.00, would foreshadow her future.
Before she became an author, her voyage detoured through a varied teaching career, during which she taught every age, from Kindergarten on, in public elementary and intermediate schools. She taught other teachers, as well as seniors, when she was director of Retiree Programs for the United Federation of Teachers in New York City. She still teaches workshops for authors. For her work as an educator and a labor union activist, she was elected to the YWCA s Academy of Women Achievers and honored as Woman of the Year by the New York City Coalition of Labor Union Women.
When Pearl served as a librarian in a Harlem elementary school, Scholastic Press published two of her nonfiction children s books. But her writing heart remained as fickle as her diverse teaching career. She likes to think this was due to the challenge of new opportunities.
Pearl's historical romances, Too Hot For A Spy (2009) and Too Hot For A Rake (2010), comprise her Fairchild family series and are both set in the Regency period. The Heart of Denver Romance Writers awarded her the 2011 Aspen Gold Reader's Choice Awards for Published Authors for the latter novel.
She is currently at work on a trilogy about Regency England's Underworld, and she has two of her novels coming soon to eBook format: Song of Miriam (2003), a historical saga set in the time of Catherine the Great, and Dying to Teach (2006), a contemporary suspense set in New York.
Pearl is active in several writers organizations, including the New York, New Jersey, and Florida chapters of Romance Writers of America. She also belongs to Mystery Writers of America's New York City chapter and Sisters in Crime's New York, Tri-State Chapter, of which she is a former president. She plays duplicate bridge in her spare time, and is an American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) Life Master!
Pearl teaches writing workshops all over the country. Here are of some of her recent workshops.
HOOKING YOUR READER WITH HUMOR
A key reason to use humor in a work of fiction is to illustrate character. Character is key for the reader to continue to turn the page. This workshop examines various ways in which authors use humor to bring their characters to life. Examples from Charles Dickens, Mark Twain and Woody Allen and more, included.
CREATE CONVINCING CHARACTERS