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Izolda Trakhtenberg, Writer, Editor, Storyteller

Welcome! I believe we are all storytellers, and I help people find and tell their own stories. Additionally, I am the author of eight books and numerous articles. Also, I have edited a number of books and am the editor of the upcoming micro-fiction anthology, In a New York Minute.

New Release!

A collection of prompt-word-inspired flash fiction stories, In a New York Minute is brought to you by the Vegan Writers of NYC. Get your copy on Amazon.

The Functional Tarot is now available!

The companion to the Functional Tarot Deck lets you learn to read tarot with confidence, insight, and accuracy.

Get an autographed/personalized copy from me or find it on Amazon,

The Functional Tarot accompanies the Functional Tarot Deck. Get a special Black Friday deal! Both the deck and the book for 44.77 (20+% off)

Izolda Headshot
Book cover for Die By The Sword

Welcome! My name is Izolda Trakhtenberg. I’m the author of seven books, numerous short stories, and articles that have appeared in anthologies, magazines, and journals. In fiction, I write urban fantasy and mysteries. In non-fiction, I write on mindful creativity and self-development.

Die By The Sword, is the first book in the Cassie Belmont Tarot Reader mysteries series. Cassie Belmont, a professional tarot card reader, works with the police to solve crimes in Washington DC. When someone starts killing people and leaving them looking like her tarot cards, Cassie has to find the killer before he strikes again.


Bonus 1

If you order ten or more copies of the Die By The Sword paperback (they’ll make great holiday gifts), you’ll be eligible for a copy of the deck and a private tarot reading with me!

It’s a twisty who-dunnit with a little magic peppered in.

Bonus 2

The drawing for the deck of Practical Tarot cards took place on August 11th, 2022. If you order three or more copies of Die By The Sword by November 30th, 2022, send me a screenshot of the receipt. You’ll be eligible to win a copy of my Practical Tarot deck. It’s the same one Cassie uses in the book!

Practical Tarot Deck sample cards

Editorial Services

Further, I provide editorial services for books, short stories, and articles. Please contact me for more information.

Let’s Get Creative

I also facilitate workshops on teaching others to spark their own creativity. We can all use that creative spark for self-expression and our truth.


I’m thrilled to announce that I’m one of the contributors to Midlife On Fire, the bestselling anthology.

Learn more about my books.

A Little About Me

I was born in the former Soviet Union. After a year-long immigration journey during which we lived in a war zone, my family arrived in the USA when I was seven years old. After I learned English, my amazing sixth-grade English teacher, Linda Gutman inspired me to become a voracious reader. Writing came later to me, but I have always been a teacher and storyteller. My books blend my love of mystery, music, fantasy, and adventure with love, friendship, and universal mysteries.

Through my workshops, I help people, companies, and organizations build their own creative genius and innovation skills. My “Work in Harmony®” and “Tell Your Story Better” workshops have garnered rave reviews at conferences, company meetings, and other events.

See more about me.

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