On this episode of Black & Published, Nikesha speaks with Lisa Williamson Rosenberg, author of the novel, Embers on the Wind. Becoming a novelist is Lisa's third career. Before writing, she was a professional ballet dancer with the Pennsylvania and Pacific Northwest Ballet Companies. She also has a Masters in Social Work and works as a psychotherapist. Lisa is biracial and Jewish and her writing on identity has been published in Longreads, Narrative.ly, Literary Mama and The Piltdown Review, where she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
In our conversation, Lisa discusses how her career in ballet prepared her for publishing, the seven full novels she wrote before Embers on the Wind, and what she felt she owed to the spirit of an ancestor who inspired her main character.