My genre is a combination of Medical Thriller and Psychological Thriller for this book. I am an MD, so using my innate knowledge certainly is helpful in writing. I also have a degree in Psychology, so these topics are in my wheelhouse. I do have other non medical books up my sleeve, but I do lean towards science fiction and technology aspects of thrillers in those books as well. I love imagining the future and how it will play out. That’s what fiction writing is all about--creating something that does not exist but could.
What do you find most challenging about the writing process, and how do you deal with it?
Right now my biggest challenge is deciding what to do next. Should I do a sequel to Schizo? I have four or five books framed out to do also. I feel like I should just be done with the Schizo books and do them in a row. But my mind is not very linear, and I like the idea of doing something different, and then going back to the sequel. I have so many ideas that it can be paralyzing. Eventually, I focus on what flows best.
When and where do you do your writing?
I write on my laptop. Usually I write at home, after 11pm, in front of the TV. Sometimes I go to my mountain cabin and write there.
What have you learned about promoting your books?
It is hard and time consuming. I wish there were another version of me that could just do promotion. No matter how much you do, it feels like you should do more. I spent so much time doing it, I feel like I did not focus on the real purpose – writing books. I am now going back into book mode. It is really hard to do both.
What are you most proud of as a writer?
Finishing. So many people talk about writing a book, but just learning and growing with your book, and achieving a goal is something to be proud of. I like how I improve from book to book.
If you could have dinner with any writer, living or dead, who would it be and what would you talk about?
Samuel Clemens. He was smart, funny, and involved in just about everything about society at the time. I would talk about life at his time, politics, and I hope I would just laugh a lot and soak in a little of his writing genius. Like today, there were a lot of difficult moral questions in his time about how what they did would influence future generations. I’d like to know how people like him helped push us forward, and share with him the successes (and the failures) that have resulted.
About the Author
A board-certified Emergency Physician, Ilene B. Benator practices in the southeast and also wrote the screenplay adaptation for Schizo, which won a Certificate of Merit in the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood Screenwriting Competition, and was finalist in two other screenwriting contests. Also, she is Associate Producer, "Flesh" (2016) Cruell World Productions; Morningstar Productions. After growing up in New York and leaving to attend Emory University for undergrad with a degree in psychology, she then went to medical school in Chicago, and returned to Atlanta to do her training; where she now resides. After her training ended, her writing career began, publishing a non-fiction book for doctors prior to this debut novel. When not working or being soccer mom to her two wonderful kids, plus two cats and one dog, she enjoys architectural photography, camping, skiing, and takes hikes in the mountains with her husband and black fluffy dog Daisy.