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61. Michele Kriegman: "Tapioca Fire" and Finding Faith"
19th April 2022 • Once Upon A Time...In Adopteeland • Jennifer Dyan Ghoston
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Michele Kriegman born Suzanne Gilbert is a storyteller by nature but she was missing her own backstory well into adulthood. Finding her birth-father helped complete it. She worked for many years in U.S. and Japanese journalism, including ABC News, iVillage.com, Lilith, Maine Public Radio, NYT Nippon TV's morning show, . More recent journalism has been for cybersecurity publications such as Info Security Professional. 

Michele is an adoptee who searched successfully for her birth-father in New York before the state opened its records. She reclaimed her birth-name, Suzanne Gilbert, to write the novel, Tapioca Fire, that is the prequel to The Birth-Fathers’ Club. She teaches writing workshops for adoptees and donor-conceived people finding their #ownvoices. She speaks on panels for social workers, adoptive families, and intentional parents about birthright issues. Her approach, though well-researched, isn’t academic or clinical; she’s been an in-the-trenches adoptive stepmom too.

Most recently, a DNA test kit that came as a Chrismukkah present, revealed a sister! Their shared birth-father, and his complex effort at redemption later in life, inspired the story in one of the novellas.

Books authored by Michele Kriegman:

https://www.amazon.com/Finding-Faith-Birth-Fathers-Michele-Kriegman/dp/1737947749/ref=sr_1_2?crid=3HLYMI6ML984Q&keywords=michele+kriegman&qid=1681999791&sprefix=michele+kri%2Caps%2C113&sr=8-2

https://www.amazon.com/Rock-Memoir-Book-Birth-Fathers-Club/dp/1737947706/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3HLYMI6ML984Q&keywords=michele+kriegman&qid=1681999791&sprefix=michele+kri%2Caps%2C113&sr=8-1

https://www.amazon.com/Rock-Memoir-Book-Birth-Fathers-Club/dp/1737947706/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3HLYMI6ML984Q&keywords=michele+kriegman&qid=1681999791&sprefix=michele+kri%2Caps%2C113&sr=8-1

https://www.amazon.com/Tapioca-Fire-Suzanne-Gilbert/dp/1495305759/ref=sr_1_5?crid=3HLYMI6ML984Q&keywords=michele+kriegman&qid=1681999791&sprefix=michele+kri%2Caps%2C113&sr=8-5

Music by Corey Quinn