I’m fascinated by creative people, so my contemporary fiction focuses on characters in the arts who are at a crossroads 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 that questions the preconceptions society puts on us. She loves quirky characters who’s commentary on life is poignant, yet rife with humor.

After receiving 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 lives in Portland, OR, and is the president 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.

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