AUTHOR’S CORNER: A New Haiku: Comfort Zone Winter By: Leonore Dvorkin

AUTHOR’S CORNER: A New Haiku: Comfort Zone Winter By: Leonore Dvorkin

A New Haiku: Comfort Zone Winter

By: Leonore Dvorkin



Comfort Zone, Winter

Cozy sweatshirt,
thick slippers,
hot tea,
and rewarding work
here at home.

— Leonore Dvorkin, C 2019








Leonore H. Dvorkin was born in 1946 in Chicago, Illinois. She has lived in eight different states plus Germany, but since 1971, she and her husband, the prolific science fiction and horror author David Dvorkin, have lived in Denver, Colorado. They have one son, Daniel (born in 1969), who currently works as a biomedical researcher. Leonore holds two B.A. degrees in languages. She works as a private language tutor (both in her home and via Skype), an exercise instructor, and a book editor. She has also done extensive German to English translating. She is the author of four published books: one novel, a fantasy play, a breast cancer memoir, and that last book in Spanish. Her publications also include many articles on health, exercise, and nutrition. Since 2009, she and her husband have been running DLD Books, Editing and Self-Publishing Services. As of winter 2017, they have produced some 50 books by some 35 authors, most of whom are blind or visually impaired. Full details of their business are here: .




1. Apart from You (a novel)

Revised edition: C 2010

In e-book and print on Amazon and other bookselling sites.

Full details, excerpts, and buying links:



The novel is set in 1967 and 1968, first in Mobile, Alabama and then at Indiana University in Bloomington. However, the story is in no way a 1960s political novel. Vietnam is barely mentioned. The themes are infidelity, sibling rivalry, deception, self-deception, separation, and miscommunication.

The narrative technique involves the use of several different points of view. A given scene may allow the reader to see the same action from starkly contrasting points of view. This reinforces the overarching theme of the book, which is the unending difficulty of human communication.

Selected review quotes:


“A brilliant first novel, thoroughly evolved and gorgeously executed.”

– Alan Rodgers, author of Fire and Night


“Dvorkin writes with clarity and confidence.”

– J. Mathew Nespoli, Naked Book Reviews


“Gripping and powerful.”

– Community News, Denver


“The author elicits a wide range of emotions from wonderfully detailed characters that have experienced very different upbringings. Hot sex, deception, and the inevitable consequences of human feelings and emotions are explored. A must read!”

– Gary H. Hensley, author of Red Eyes, on Amazon


“This is a literary novel in the truest sense. Even now, a month after I read it, I find myself thinking about the characters and wondering about their possible future lives. The author is great at developing even the incidental people in her story, making all of them very real. …  I highly recommend this book.”

– Reginald George (Read his full review on Amazon.)


2. Another Chance at Life: A Breast Cancer Survivor’s Journey

Most recent edition: C 2012

In e-book and print on Amazon and other bookselling sites. Also in audio format from Audible.

Full details, text preview, more:




In 1998, at the age of 52, I had breast cancer and a left-side mastectomy. That was my eighth major operation, but my first for the treatment of a life-threatening disease. Almost immediately after the operation, I became aware that there were unexpected benefits to be reaped from this experience, benefits which ended up changing my life and many of my attitudes. Eventually I decided to write a book detailing those many benefits and my thoughts on a variety of topics related to health, health care, self-image, and the value of courage and optimism in the face of adversity.


Surviving breast cancer left me a happier, calmer, more focused, and more appreciative person. Now my principal message to other women is that breast cancer does not have to be an entirely negative, terror-inducing experience. On the contrary, it can leave them better off than they were before, both physically and emotionally. I know, because it happened to me. My book is primarily the story of that physical and emotional journey.


Selected review quotes:


“A terrific read … well-written, frank, and honest. This book’s many hard-won truths make it truly special and inspiring.”

– Nina Romberg, author of Shadow Walkers


“Beautiful, moving, informative, uplifting.”

– Lee Christopher, poet, English professor, and author of Jaded Love


“An unusual and important perspective on the experience of having breast cancer.”

– Melanie Tem, author


“A reflective and ultimately optimistic memoir.” – Midwest Book Review


Many more review quotes are on the Web page:


3. Details of my breast cancer memoir in Spanish can be found here:

The Spanish title is:

Una neuva oportunidad a la vida: El camino de una sobreviviente de cáncer de seno

The book was translated from English into Spanish by Gloria H. López.


4. The Glass Family: A Play in One Act

C 2012 / In e-book and print on Amazon and other bookselling sites

Full details and free text preview:



A play in one act, in which the transparent characters – Glenn, Glenda, Gladwin, and Glennis Glass – offer their opinions on such weighty philosophical matters as being half full or half empty, accepting oneself as one comes from the Great Factory, the restricted lives of their costlier neighbors in the locked china cabinet, the fate of an unfortunate cousin with a glass jaw, and much more.


From a review of the play:

“Give yourself the pleasure of reading this charming little play.”

– Willene Schaefer Hardy, author of Mary McCarthy (Modern Literature Series, C 1981)








Skype: leonore.dvorkin



Home phone: 303-985-2327 (This is the best number to call.)

Cell phone: 303-885-1728 (Please do not text me. I much prefer email.)





Thanks very much for reading this. I appreciate your interest in me and my publications. I welcome any comments or questions.  – Leonore Dvorkin





  1. butterflythomas Reply
    February 18, 2019

    A comforting and nostalgic poem

    1. Yes, Butterfly. I thought so.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

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