Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Award Winning Author Barry Eisler

Welcome to “Up Close & Personal.” For every interview I will be introducing a literary personality discussing his views and insights, as well as upcoming literary events around the world.

Today's interview is with Mr. Barry Eisler, a spy fiction author of several award-winning novels John Rain thrillers. Mr. Eisler's books won several awards for Best Thriller of the year and has been optioned for film by the Oscar-winning producer of Lord of Rings trilogy, Barrie Osborne.

E. I.: What are your thoughts on the notion that writers should have led or continue to live tragic lives in order to create?

BARRY EISLER: I imagine this is different for everyone. But for most people, firsthand acquaintance with loss is necessary to understand life and empathize with others, and a lack of such understanding and empathy precludes good fiction.

E. I.: Your first book, Rain Fall, was a success. Did you feel pressure, either self-imposed or external, to duplicate that success for your second book?

BARRY EISLER: I don't really think about it that much. I just try to follow the new stories wherever they lead me without worrying about who's going to like it or why.

E. I.: Has your writing based on experience affected your creativity/ imagination?

BARRY EISLER: I think so, in the sense that your imagination is like a muscle -- the more you use it, the stronger it gets.

E. I.: What is your personal remedy for writer's block?

BARRY EISLER: Feed your brain! Whatever ignites your creativity, do it. For me, that's current events. I'm a news junkie, and definitely indulge my habit. So far I've never suffered writer's block and I think the brain feeding is why.

A practicing international attorney and a former CIA, Barry Eisler lives in California with his wife. The photograph used for Mr. Eisler interview for this blog is owned by him.

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