About the Author
Yael Levy is an author, journalist and artist whose work has appeared in numerous venues, most notably, The Jerusalem Post.
Her work is motivated by the intersection of religion, laws and modern life especially regarding Judaism and its impact on the lives of women
Believing that love really does conquer all— Yael strives to express her art and truth through a thoughtful prism of humor, compassion and love.
Yael’s debut Young Adult novel Brooklyn Love (Crimson Romance/Simon & Schuster, Sept.2012) broke ground
as the first published Orthodox Jewish romance, followed by her romantic comedies, Starstruck (S&S, Feb. 2013) and Touchdown (S&S, Dec. 2013).
Yael is currently at work on a screenplay as well as a narrative non-fiction project. Middle Grade and Young Adult projects are in development.
In the current climate of recognizing the need for diverse books, publishers may make assumptions about what that means, often to the detriment of developing creative expression within and between diverse cultures. In this podcast, Yael discusses with colleagues in the children’s literature community the need for books that reflect the Jewish American experience for children, without defining the Holocaust and perceptions of victimization as the baseline identity of Jewish American kids.
New York socialite Goldie Fischer seems to have it all: wealth, beauty, and a fiancé to die for. Until she’s murdered on her wedding night by a jealous witch and instantaneously loses everything. Angry and seeking revenge, Goldie becomes a dybbuk– her soul possesses the body of Southern football hero Clay Harper and she refuses to join the light until the wrongs are rectified.
Only Clay has issues of his own and doesn’t take kindly to a petulant New Yorker in his head, interfering in his already messed up life. When Goldie promises to leave if Clay helps her break up the wedding between her fiancé and the witch who killed her, Clay reluctantly agrees. Only neither of them are prepared for the chain of events that follow. More...
For any young woman, it can be hard to follow the rules … especially when you’re falling in love.
But for Rachel, Hindy, and Leah, it’s especially hard. Because as Orthodox Jews, they live by a whole different set of rules. No touching a guy—any guy!—before marriage. No dating—unless they are considering marriage—and then, only marrying a man who rates high on their parents’ checklists.
All Rachel’s mother wants for her daughter is to see that her daughter marries well. Naturally, this is where the rich, Columbia University educated lawyer comes in. The problem is, Rachel’s already found a guy who makes her heart race. A Rabbi. More...
What does a frustrated Brooklyn homemaker, a cynical soap opera star, and an Orthodox Jewish Assistant D.A. have in common? Check out Yael’s latest rom-com from Crimson Romance!
All that Jewish Brooklyn homemaker Abby Miller wants is to get her romance novel published, and know what it is to fall in love. Only in a semi-arranged marriage with a medical-resident husband who’s never home and overwhelmed raising their kids, Abby’s goals seem less likely than ever. On top of that, her husband David decides to move—away from her mother! Abby tries to balance everyone’s demands: her kids, mother, David’s—until meltdown: She is scared that David might have an affair with a colleague. More...