Pioneer Power

Margie Gelbwasser, M.A. ’03

A book that had its genesis as a master’s thesis in a William Paterson classroom has brought success to Margie (Gurevich) Gelbwasser, M.A. ’03, the author of Inconvenient, a young adult novel that was published in November.

“The thesis started the process,” Gelbwasser explains. “The idea and the major elements of the story came from that.” The novel is about fifteen-year-old Alyssa Bondar, of Russian Jewish heritage, who must deal with her mother’s alcoholism, and her father’s indifference, while coping with the day-to-day struggles of being a teenager.

As a result of her efforts, Gelbwasser has landed a two-book deal with Flux Publishers, and has just submitted her second young adult novel. She is currently at work on a third book aimed at children in grades four through six.

Gelbwasser, who earned a master’s degree in English at William Paterson, says the program offered her the creative writing element that she was looking for. “The program taught me how to be more creative, to take something I know and expand on it,” she says. “It was a very supportive and nurturing environment.”