An Historical Fantasy - Science Fiction hybrid.
How did you come to choose it?
I've long felt that the act of creating art is a similar process to dreaming. Maybe there are memories in human imagination. Maybe human imagination really is memory from a bygone era? No one knows the mechanism, but if you have these discussions at a party, you may be kicked out for a degree of insanity. So what better way to explore these ideas by focusing on artists - writers in this case - and delving into their inspirations, and their work that inspired so many.
Why does it appeal to you?
I'm a big thinker. Too big sometimes. Life, death, the nature of the universe ... I'm attracted to theories behind all of it.
What do you find most challenging about the writing process, and how do you deal with it?
Nothing really. From 5AM-9AM every morning I get four hours in - at Starbucks - 7 days a week. It's my therapy. Real life is tougher.
When and where do you do your writing?
Starbucks. Lotsa coffee.
What have you learned about promoting your books?
No one thing works across the board. Speaking works for me. I love going out and meeting new people. Blogging (which I don't do nearly enough of) is great. Social media is my favorite. I'm a Facebook addict.
What are you most proud of as a writer?
Completing my task and seeing the finished work between two covers.
If you could have dinner with any writer, living or dead, who would it be and what would you talk about?
Great question. My answer would be Mary Shelley. My question would be: "What goes through that head of yours, anyway?" I have a feeling her response would be the same as mine.
Joel Eisenberg has been interested in the mechanics behind artistic creation, an ongoing theme of the Chronicles of Ara series, since he penned the nonfiction How to Survive a Day Job in 2004. Interviewing seventy-plus professional creatives, including celebrities from several artistic industries, he credits his “mentor in a box” tome with hastening the realization of his dad’s inspiring words from forty years ago. Writing a novel with similar objectives, much less a series, has been on his bucket list since.
Professionally, Joel has worked primarily in the movie and television industries as a writer and producer. The film he is most proud of, April Showers, which he executive produced, was based on the Columbine school shooting tragedy. He is a former special education teacher and supports school safety causes.
Joel lives with the only woman in the world who could put up with him, his wife, Lorie, and their rescue dog (repeating a not-so-subtle message there), Koko, in Los Angeles, California.
Joel and Steve can be contacted directly through their author page, www.eisenbergandhillard.com, or their “Ara” series page, www.chroniclesofara.com.
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