I’m fascinated by creative people, so my contemporary fiction focuses on characters in the arts who are at a crossroad in their life. At the heart of my stories, are the relationships my characters make with others and how these relationships drive their journey.


Gail Pasternack is a writer, photographer, foodie, and tango dancer. She writes fiction with a commercial appeal and a literary sense. She loves quirky characters who’s commentary on life is rife with humor yet poignant.

After attaining her masters at Columbia University, she taught at a private high school and for Cornell University Cooperative Extension in New York City and homeschooled her children through high school. She currently lives in Portland, OR, and is a board member of Willamette Writers. Her short story “Asmodai in Portland” was published by Reclaiming Judaism Press in the anthology New Mitzvah Stories for the Whole Family in the fall of 2014.