Audrey Berger Welz earned a degree in Aesthetic Studies from the
University of California, Santa Cruz, worked in film in San
Francisco, then moved to New York City to pursue music, where she
collaborated with composers on projects for television, film, and
live production. An avid photographer, she sings nightly to her
husband and immerses herself in writing every day.
Raised in Akron, Ohio by a salesman father who serenaded the family on violin and brought home stray animals, and a mother who taught kindergarten, Audrey lives in Manhattan with her husband and two very naughty shelter cats. Circus of the Queens: The Fortune-Teller's Fate, is her debut novel. She is currently writing a sequel titled Circus of the Queens: The Shadow of Lillya.
"Circus of the Queens is a sweet, satisfying tale of one
woman's determination, heart, and love."
-Santa Barbara Independent
"Circus of the Queens is a big story, with big, restless characters who leave one big country, revolutionary Russia, for another, an America just coming into its own with the first World War. Berger Welz's characters perform on Russian theater stages and under American big tops, and like all immigrants, they must make peace with their pasts before they can determine their futures. Circus opens with a fairytale and ends with a kiss, as all most pleasurable sagas do."
- Adrienne Sharp , author of The True Memoirs of Little K
"Berger Welz weaves an incredibly nuanced and wonderfully rich tale in her latest novel, Circus of the Queens: The Fortune-Teller's Fate. The depth of her characters, the insight into bygone society, the incredible location descriptions and the overall arc of her heroine make me wish that she would write screenplays...for me!"
-Scott Ross, film producer and executive, LucasFilm Digital Domain
"Berger Welz takes us down a path that leads directly to the heart with her delicious words, creative phrasing, and beautiful pacing. Who knew there would be so much between these pages?"
-Peter Buffett, writer, composer
"This imaginative fictional memoir of an aristocratic young ballerina who becomes a fortune-teller in a circus after her world falls a part swallowed me. I couldn't put it down. Audrey Berger Welz is an extraordinary writer and Circus of the Queens, simply put, is wonderful! I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves language, history, magic, and the joy of being swept into the life of a complex and riveting female character."
-Sara Driver, writer, producer, director