When Ginni Kennedy was eight, her third grade teacher gave her ballet lessons after school. Twirling between the desks, she fell in love with dance, so much so that now she’s writing a novel about a Jewish ballerina from San Francisco.

The idea for the story started when Ginni was twelve, auditioning for the part of Clara in The Nutcracker Suite.  The San Francisco Ballet and the Bolshoi were collaborating, and three hundred girls showed up for the tryout. She didn’t get the role, but the feel of the vast, old studio, and the fear of being tapped by the Russian judge’s stick lingered in her mind for years.

Ginni lives with her husband in Portland, Oregon, where she tries to entice him into taking ballroom classes with her. They tried it once, but he broke his toe, proving that he’ll do anything to get out of dance lessons. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her four grown children and her first granddaughter who live nearby.

Contact her at: ginnikennedy51@gmail.com

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