Photography by Peter Vidor

Photography by Peter Vidor

Michelle Cameron

Michelle Cameron's The Fruit of Her Hands: the Story of Shira of Ashkenaz was published by Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster) in September 2009. Based on the life of the author’s thirteenth-century ancestor, Meir ben Baruch of Rothenberg, a renowned Jewish scholar of medieval Europe, this tells the fictional story of Rabbi Meir’s wife, Shira, a devout but rebellious woman who preserves her religious traditions as she and her family witness the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe.

Michelle's full-length novel in verse, In the Shadow of the Globe, a fictionalized version of Shakespeare and his fellows at Globe Theatre, was published by Lit Pot Press in late 2003 and named the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's 2003-4 Winter Book Selection. It has been performed in various venues, including the Stella Adler Studio of Acting's Shakespeare Benefit for Broadway Cares.

Michelle is a director of The Writers Circle, which offers creative writing workshops and events to adults, teens and children in suburban New Jersey, including Summit, South Orange, Maplewood, Montclair, and Ridgewood.



"With a powerful immediacy, Cameron's meticulously researched historical is told by Shira, an anomalous 13th-century woman raised (and educated) like a son by her widowed father...Readers will drink in the historical detail."
— Publishers Weekly

Forthcoming: The Sword and the Spirit

The Sword and the Spirit is 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, it unleashes a whirlwind of progressivism and brutal backlash as two very different cultures collide. Francesca, a devout Catholic, must decide if she will honor her marriage vows to an abusive and murderous husband, while Mirelle, a brilliant young Jewish woman, must choose between her duty – an arranged marriage to a wealthy Jewish merchant – and her love for a dashing French Catholic soldier. Spring of Hope depicts how the Jews and Catholics of Ancona wrestle with ancient traditions, prejudices, and the challenges of the Enlightenment.