About Rochelle

Hi there. I’m Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, an award-winning artist and author with numerous published short stories and several books to my name. Sounds impressive, no? 

A little more about me:

I studied painting and lithography at the Kansas City Art Institute. After two years of disputing what was art and what wasn’t with my instructors, I decided to have a baby and dropped out. I spent much of the summer of 1973 fighting morning sickness while working as a caricature/portrait artist at the newly opened theme park, Worlds of Fun.

Although I have always enjoyed working in pencil or pen and ink, my preferred media is watercolor. There’s a freedom to it that I never found with any other media. Painting is an intuitive adventure where I allow my brush to lead.

Click to here see or purchase artwork. 😉

A few years back I was stricken with a passion for writing. Apparently I had something to say. 😉 My books include my historical trilogy, Please Say Kaddish for Me, From Silt and Ashes, and As One Must, One Can. These are loosely based on my grandparents who were Russian Jewish immigrants who settled in the Midwest at the turn of the twentieth century. My short stories have been published in several anthologies. More of my illustrations are included in my own short story anthology This, That and Sometimes the Other.

I had the privilege of designing and painting most of my book covers and I created illustrations for A Stone for the Journey, the coffee table companion volume to my historical trilogy.

Click here to check out my published books. 

My unpublished manuscript with working title Last Dance with Annie is the story of a middle-aged military wife battling anorexia nervosa. It is a fictional account of the author’s own struggle. At present it is under contract with literary agent Diane Nine  who is looking for the right publisher. 

I live in Belton, MIssouri with my husband Jan Fields. We’ve raised three sons. I’m a cockeyed introvert who enjoys blogging, reading, Jewish folk dancing and swimming. My weekly blog challenge “Friday Fictioneers” has a worldwide following. If you like to write and enjoy a 100 word to challenge CLICK HERE Every Wednesday for the weekly photo prompt.

213 comments on “About Rochelle

  • Rochelle,
    Congratulations on being featured in WP’s Daily Post today. Your weekly challenge has awakened my latent desire to tell some stories and stretch my comfort zone. I look forward to this week’s challenge.

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  • Hi, I’m a first time blogger and I found you via Daily Post. Been wondering how I can participate and share more. Would also appreciate to have some feedback on my blog. Thank you! 🙂

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  • Dear Rochelle, I continue to have problems with my website and had to install a backup which meant I had to recreate my FF post. It is done and at the bottom #92 but I need #79 deleted as it is a broken link and I can’t delete it. The comment problem is still there and am waiting for the forum to help me. Thanx, so much. Susan:)


  • Hello, Rochelle. I’m glad to have found your blog and the Friday Fictioneers. I enjoy writing prompts and am looking forward to participating in more.


  • Hi Rochelle, I hope this isn’t a bother, but I have a question that I think you might be able to answer. I’ve noticed some bloggers (e.g. you) mention they have an award free blog. I’m still a bit new to WordPress. What does having an award-free blog mean and what are the awards people receive? From what I can tell, the awards seem mostly superfluous, but I could be misunderstanding the purpose.

    It feels strange to put this in a comment, but WordPress doesn’t seem to have a private messaging system without a plugin. Hope you are having a great day. 🙂


    • Dear Laura,

      I’m sorry it’s taken me a while to get back to you.It would be nice if WP had a private messaging system, wouldn’t it? At any rate, if someone else reads this it’s okay.

      As you can see by my margin on my page, I’ve participated in a few of these “blog awards.” While I’m flattered when someone “nominates” me, it’s a time suck and, in my opinion, not really an award. It usually requires copying and pasting and then answering a list of questions. In turn, it also requires nominating at least ten other people. So really kind of a blogging chain letter. So after doing a couple I decided to be award free.

      I hope that makes sense and explains it for you.




    • Hi Jennie,
      To send a photo for a prompt, attach it in jpg form and email it to runtshell@gmail.com. Please make sure your name shows up either as a signature at the bottom or it or in the name of the jpg. Something like jennie.jpg. I’ve photos that I know were sent by FF’rs but I can’t remember who.
      Shalom and thank you.



  • Hi Rochelle,
    While I regret to say I haven’t read either of your books, (A mistake I look forward to correcting shortly), I was hoping, you could take a look at my blogs and let me know what you think of my writing. I would a peer’s opinion.
    I look forward to participating in Friday Fictioneers.



  • Hey Rochelle, hope this finds you fine. I sometimes come across good abstract pics that could be used as prompts for fictioneers. I do not know if suggesting one would disqualify me from that week’s attempt but I wouldn’t mind. How can I share some with you?


  • Hi there, I’ve nominated you for a Mystery Blogger Award as I’ve enjoyed your blog so much! Accepting the award was actually quite a lot of effort so I completely understand if you don’t want to accept it 🙂 If you do, all the (quite detailed…) instructions are on my blog. Cheers, Barb.

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    • Dear Robert,

      I almost missed this. For whatever reason it went to my spam queue. You’re more than welcome to ‘mooch’ around. Feel free to leave comments on stories and pages as well. 😉 That’s the reason I post a blog. Thank you for coming by. Make yourself at home.



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  • Hi Rochelle,
    I enjoyed listening to your “second interview” with Dr. Reeves. Love your mantra: “Growing older is inevitable; growing up is optional” 🙂 I can identify with painful experience leading to being a “better writer.” Something good to ponder. Looking forward to joining in Friday Fictioneers again after a several year hiatus, especially now that I finally know why it goes live on Wednesday 😂. Again, great interview, made my day!

    Take care,

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    • Dear Dora,

      You’re welcome anytime. 😉 Yes, Wednesdays are when the most entries come in. I keep the name Friday Fictioneers in deference to the originators of the challenge. Thank you for listening to my interview. 😀



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  • Hi Rochelle,
    I came across this article I thought you’d really enjoy due to the Jewish cultural heritage. However, I also like the thing about the daughter moving back into her father’s house with him being such a meticulous perfectionist and what that would’ve been like, especially if you’re easy-going. It’s a great story: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/apr/25/people-fell-under-its-spell-shelley-klein-on-growing-up-in-one-of-britains-finest-modernist-houses
    Best wishes,


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