Hi, I’m Shani, the author of the award-winning, coming-of-age, indie memoir being Ana: a memoir of anorexia nervosa. I am a native of South Africa where I worked as a freelance journalist, creative writer, copy editor and photographer. My home is now in the Bay Area, California where I write, teach creative writing workshops and speak at various locations about my book and recovery from Anorexia. I am a fulfilled mother to an amazing three-year-old boy, devout Yoga practitioner, happy camper and lover of wheat beer, blue skies and sunshine … Viva California, Viva!

Since publishing being Ana, my book has been the recipient of numerous indie awards (see below for details). I have given talks to inpatients in eating disorder treatment centers, university, college and high school students as well as teachers and healthcare workers on Anorexia and recovery. My book was chosen as required reading for the National Eating Disorder Association’s Helpline volunteers and is mandatory reading for nutrition students at Bastyr University. Also, I have been told, that being Ana is required reading in Women’s Studies classes and is being used by therapists in individual and group therapy to facilitate discussion and healing.

As a freelance writer in South Africa I contributed humorous anecdotal travelogues, human interest feature articles and risque women’s issues columns to newspapers such as The Mail & Guardian and The Sunday Times. Read some of my favorite articles on my clips page.

being Ana is a beautifully written, heart-wrenching and sometimes shocking exploration into the soul and psyche of a young woman struggling with Anorexia Nervosa.
From its opening scenes, in honest and engaging prose, Shani Raviv catapults the reader on a wild journey into the rigid chaos of this perplexing disorder.
An entertaining page-turner that reads like a novel, being Ana offers the ultimate message for sufferers: hope, relapse and finally full recovery.
  • WINNER of 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the Memoir category.
  • WINNER of 2011 Indie Excellence Awards in the Women’s Health Category. 
  • FINALIST in 2010 Foreword Reviews Book of the Year in the Memoir and Women’s Issues categories.
  • FINALIST in 2011 National Indie Excellence Awards’ Memoir and Addiction & Recovery categories. 
  • FINALIST in 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards’ Women’s Issues category. 

“And the day came that the risk it took to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ––    Anais Nin