Esther ErmanAlong with my hero husband (HH), my family, and my books, language and history are my passions. In fact, my long-time day job was as an educator. For many years I taught ESL (English as a Second Language) to international students in a variety of settings, but in my early career, I taught French and history. My French is, alas, a bit rusty these days, but I figure a trip to France would help fix that. I’ve also got various degrees of proficiency (or lack thereof) in Russian, Spanish, Italian, and my mother tongue, Yiddish. My love of language and history spills over into my writing craft and appreciation for books — and travel (aka on-site research!).

Lucky for me, I get to satisfy my travel bug with trips to England — as often as possible! — to visit my son, daughter-in-law, and grandsons in their lovely home at the edge of a famous Yorkshire moor. I especially appreciate having HH along on these trips. For one thing, driving on the left side of the road doesn’t intimidate him — talk about your basic hero type! Visiting my daughter, who lives in New Jersey, a mere continent away from my Northern California home, gives me the chance to get reacquainted with my East Coast roots.

A low-tech Scorpio, I’m thrilled that my HH is a high-tech Taurus. Without his generous support, I’d have destroyed numerous innocent (some maybe not so innocent) computers and would still be pounding away on my ancient typewriter (at least it was electric). In addition, I’m eternally grateful to critique partners and all the friends I’ve met through RWA (Romance Writers of America). Being a published member of the community of writers is the fulfillment of one of my cherished dreams. Another big dream — to win an Oscar — is still pending.