FROM HEATHER ...
WELCOME to my website. I am delighted to share with you the information, stories, documents and events it has been my privilege to explore and write about to date.
I have been overwhelmed by the response to my debut novel The Tattooist of Auschwitz, and now I get to introduce you to Cilka. From the day Lale Sokolov mentioned her name to me and with a trembling voice told me she was the bravest person he ever met, and she saved his life, I knew I had to know more about this young girl. She was young. Just 16 years old when taken to Auschwitz.
I had the unconditional support from my family who got to know and love Lale and hung in there with me for many years as I looked for ways to tell his and Gita’s story. To embark upon writing my second historical fiction novel, this time based on Cilka’s story required me to leave the comfort of my family and home and spend time in Slovakia where Cilka was born, before she was taken to Auschwitz – finally returning in 1956 after her release from Vorkuta Gulag. I now look forward to sharing Cilka’s Journey and the wonderful experiences these travels afforded me with them and you.