About the Authors

HoarderHeadshotWilliam Strubbe is mostly known as Bill, and less often as, Trogg, to old college friends. As a writer and journalist, he has four books of fiction and two of non-fiction under his belt. His articles have appeared in over 100 publications, including The New York Times, National Geographic Adventure, Essence, Cigar Aficionado, and The Boston Globe. Additionally, two of his plays have been produced.

With the bulk of each year spent on an Israeli kibbutz, he’s often called upon to put his considerable organizing skills to good use. He coordinates, directs, choreographs, and creates stage sets for numerous community events. His paintings and other works of art are also interspersed throughout the grounds.

While he still periodically declutters and organizes friends’ and clients’ homes, his forthcoming novel, The Diary of Annelies Marie Levenson: If Anne Frank had Lived, revolves on the premise that Anne Frank survived WWII, and on her 30th birthday begins writing her diaries anew.

Co-author and sibling, Janice Strubbe Wittenberg is a registered nurse who formerly worked as crisis outreach specialist for Santa Cruz County Mental Health. During her seventeen year tenure on the job, she came in frequent contact with hoarders. Intrigued by the complex challenges inherent in the debility, her award winning novel, The Worship of Walker Judson includes a former nun who hoards.

Her first book, The Rebellious Body: Reclaim Your Life from Environmental Illness or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, is a comprehensive self-help health book that offers myriad details as to how one recovers from chronic illness.

Janice resides in Aptos, California with her husband, John, two cats and beloved covey of chickens. When one of the newly hatched chicks was rejected by its mom, Janice carried it about in her pocket, then taught it to preen, scratch and feed itself, along with imparting assorted other bird basics. Her flock provides inspiration for her forthcoming novel, The Fluster Clucker, about a rooster who aspires to be human.


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