She Writes Press News: Announcing The Belief in Angels by J. Dylan Yates

Jules Finn and Szaja Trautman know that sorrow can sink deeply, so deeply it can drown a soul.

Growing up in her parents’ crazy hippie household on a tiny island off the coast of Boston, Jules’ imaginative sense of humor is the weapon she wields to dodge household chaos. Somewhere between routine discipline with horsewhips, gun-waving gambling debt collectors and LSD-laced breakfast cereal adventures, tragedy strikes with the death of her younger brother.

David, Jules’ surviving brother, turns up the TV volume when their parents start screaming, but Jules calls the police, anonymously reporting child abuse and later concocts a timely Mafia-like death threat, complete with a dead fish, to rid the household of her father’s tyranny.

Jules’ story alternates with the saga of her grandfather Szaja, an orthodox Jew, who survives the murderous Ukranian pogroms of the 1920’s, the Majdanek Death Camp and the torpedoing of the Mefkura, a ship carrying refugees to Palestine. Unable to deal with the horrors he endures at the camp, Szaja develops a dissociative disorder and takes on the persona of a dead soldier from a burial ditch, using that man’s thoughts to devise a plan to escape to America, where he eventually reunites with his remaining family.

While Szaja and Jules’ sorrows are different on the surface, adversity requires them both to find the will to live despite the suffering in their lives.  Throughout their struggles, they question the existence of a higher power. Both encounter, in their darkest moments, what could be explained as serendipity or divine intervention. For Jules and Szaja, these experiences offer the hope they can come to the rescue of their own fractured lives. 

THE BELIEF IN ANGELS is a generational survival story, spanning the 1920’s to the late 1970’s. 


Raised on a tiny New England peninsula, J. Dylan Yates pursued her BFA from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

THE BELIEF IN ANGELS, Dylan’s debut novel, was written over the course of many years while she attempted a number of BFA related jobs, including: teaching, corporate training, real estate, nursing, interior design, parenting, and reluctant housewifery. 

Dylan supports her writing habit working as an RN with the midwives at UCSD-San Diego’s Birthcenter, where she has found several correlations between natural childbirth and novel writing.

Her second novel, TASTE, the first in a series, introduces a young synesthete, Ari Niles, beginning her college experience at the New York University of the Arts. TASTE is a sexy, sensorially-stimulating, coming-out—coming of age story set in late 1970’s Greenwich Village.  

THE BELIEF IN ANGELS won the Alexis Masters Scholarship Award at the February 2012 San Francisco Writers Convention.


Views: 219


You need to be a member of She Writes to add comments!

Join She Writes

Comment by Terry Crawford Palardy on December 20, 2016 at 4:58pm

Wow, three years later ... Karen, if you're still here, I grew up in South Boston, in St. Monica's parish. Mid-high school, my family moved out of the city to a small town in the northeast-corner of Massachusetts. From an all girl's parochial school to a public high school was a big switch ... from riding the subway to school to taking a school bus was also.

I'm "working on" the second installment in a new mystery series; my characters, Helen and Henry, are octogenarians finding their way through this new century despite the challenges seniors face. Of course, I've gone dormant and left my characters waiting for almost three years! Trying to find my way back to them. Soon, I tell them...

Comment by J. Dylan Yates on August 7, 2013 at 1:23pm

Thank you so much, Terry, Sherrey and Karen. I just found this page and the announcement by Google-ing myself!  I had no idea this had gone out!!!  :)  Your support feels incredible!  Once I get familiar with this site and moving around a bit I would love to correspond. Please tell me what you're working on?  Best wishes to you and I'm sending prolific vibes your way. Now to the editing process...

Terry, where did you grow up?

Comment by Karen Szklany Gault on July 31, 2013 at 7:40am

Wow...Congratulations on your books!. They sound like great reads!

Comment by Sherrey Meyer on June 18, 2013 at 8:40pm

Congratulations on your books!  I'm especially excited about Tastes -- I'm fascinated by synesthesia.  :)

Comment by Terry Crawford Palardy on June 18, 2013 at 3:07pm

Congratulations on your two books ~ I look forward to finding and reading them. I'm from Northeast Massachusetts, and am happy to find another East Coast writer here. Be well, and be busy!


Latest Activity

Maureen E. Doallas posted a blog post

Wednesday Artist: Karin Mamma Andersson

Wednesday Artist profiles Sweden's Karin Mamma Andersson:…See More
13 minutes ago
Dorothy Thompson posted a blog post

Interview with Harlequin Superromance Author Amber Leigh Williams About Books, Harlequin and Agents

If anyone is a Harlequin Superromance lover like me, I’m sure you’re going to enjoy the author interview I have today. I am pleased to be talking to Amber Leigh Williams, author of the contemporary romance,…See More
14 minutes ago
cj commented on the blog post 'CARY GRANT'S UNDERPANTS'
"Husband loves wearing nylon panties, he says they are a lot more comfortable"
38 minutes ago
Wilma R. Davies posted blog posts
2 hours ago




© 2017   Created by Kamy Wicoff.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service