I was born in the Bronx, New York, and lived in Parkchester until I was five years old.  My grandparents lived a few buildings over from our building, and I saw them every day as a child.  Sadly, my grandfather died shortly after we moved from Parkchester.

We moved to the suburbs of New York City, and I spent my childhood years there, living the 1950s suburban dream, playing kickball on the street, board games in the houses of my neighborhood friends, and chasing down the Good Humor man in the summer.

After high school, I went to Connecticut College and then to Harvard Law School.  After practicing law for a few years, I joined the faculty of Western New England University School of Law, where I taught Contracts, Copyright, Trademark, and Antitrust for 32 years.

In 2012, I developed an interest in genealogy and started researching my family history, starting with the families of my maternal grandparents, who had been a daily part of my life as a preschooler, but about whom I knew very little. My first novel, Pacific Street, grew out of that research.

In October, 2013, I started to write a blog about my family history research, Brotmanblog: A Family Journey.

On the personal side, I have been married for over 40 years and have two grown daughters, two young grandsons, and three cats.