The writing life. It’s what I wanted for years – and finally had the courage to embrace.
I’m an author of two published books, with a third forthcoming in spring 2020. I’m a partner in The Writers Circle, which offers creative writing classes to children, teens & adults in five NJ locations, a freelance writer and editor for corporate and nonprofit clients and an editor of creative writing – as well as the supremely proud mother of two grown children.
Beyond the Ghetto Gates Now Available for Pre-order!
Beyond the Ghetto Gates is a historical novel set during the turbulent days of Napoleon Bonaparte’s Italian campaign (1796-97). When French troops occupy the Italian port city of Ancona, freeing the city’s Jews from their repressive ghetto, two very different cultures collide.
Visit the page for more details and some advance praise.
December 1, 2019 – In Conversation with Eileen Sanchez, author of Freedom Lessons, at MONDO, Summit, NJ
January 17-20, 2020 – Teaching Beginning Your Novel at the Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway, Seaview, NJ
April 19, 2020 – Launch Party for Beyond the Ghetto Gates, at MONDO, Summit, NJ
April 21, 2020 – Book Talk at the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, Paramus, NJ
April 22, 2020 – Michelle Cameron In Conversation about Beyond the Ghetto Gates with Dara Horn at The Book House, Millburn, NJ
April 28, 2020 – Book Talk at Sharon Hadassah, Town & Village Synagogue on 14 Street between 1st & 2nd Ave., New York, NY
May 5, 2020 – Book Talk at the International Friends Club, venue TBD
May 20, 2020 – B’nai Keshet Book Club, Montclair, NJ
June 8, 2020 – Congregation Beth Israel, Scotch Plains, NJ
June 20, 2020 – Kaplan Minyan, B’nai Keshet, Montclair, NJ
A Few Kind Words About My Books
A book as rich as the cover illustration, The Fruit of Her Hands is based on the life of Cameron’s 13th century ancestor, Meir Ben Baruch, a renowned Jewish scholar of medieval Europe. The Fruit of Her Hands is a dramatic fictional tale centered on the character of Meir Ben Baruch’s wife, Shira. The book paints a picture of the dawning of the renaissance; a society faced with prejudices and one woman’s fight for justice and equality. – Jewish Scene Magazine
The Fruit of Her Hands is equally rich as history and fiction. Most readers probably know that anti-Semitism was prevalent in Medieval Europe, but in Cameron’s skilled hands, the reader experiences with pounding heart how horrifying, brutal, and pervasive it was. . . . a book so rich with wonderful characters, vivid settings, and an absolutely lush and wonderful depiction of the strengths of the medieval Jewish home and community. This is a first-rate choice for Jewish book clubs. – The San Diego Jewish World
In The Shadow of the Globe is an astonishing surprise. Michelle Cameron has conjured a world and spun a poetic tale that not only honors and exalts Shakespeare and his universe but brings it to vivid, visceral, and heartbreaking life. It is a unique and breathtaking work of art inspired by the man and the theatre that defined humanity in its totality. — Bonnie J. Monte, Artistic Director, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
I love your epic poem. It’s fun, insightful, imaginative. One might nitpick your chronology, but who cares? I am half-way through it, enjoying it immensely, but my heart leaped at Cuthbert’s advice to Peter Street on how to build a playhouse. How right, how accurate: a machine in which to act, not a celebration of the art of scenic design, not built in accordance with the physics of the motion picture projector, no ceremonial hall for wine-and-cheese shmoozing, no architectural monument to someone’s wealth. A machine in which to act, where the alchemy of the Playwright’s words in the actors’ bodies can be realized by the sense of the audience to create the delicate magic of theatre. God bless you, dear lady, you and Cuthbert nailed it. – Paul Barry, Founder of the NJ Shakespeare Festival and director of all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays