Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Interview with William Leibowitz, Author of Miracle Man

William Leibowitz has been practicing entertainment/media law in New York City for a number of years.  He has represented numerous renowned creative people and many leading intellectual property companies.  William has a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and a law degree from Columbia University.  He lives in the village of Quogue, New York with his wife, Alexandria, and dog, George.

William wrote Miracle Man because of its humanistic and spiritual messages and because he feels that in our current times--when meritless celebrity has eclipsed accomplishment and the only heroes are those based on comic books, the world needs a real hero--and that, of course, is Robert James Austin, the protagonist in Miracle Man.



Did you like thrillers when you were growing up?

Absolutely—I’ve always loved the suspense, the unexpected and the action.

What was the first story in that genre that you wrote?

Miracle Man is the first thriller that I have written.

What is your favorite part of writing in this genre?

Thrillers allow an author to design a plot filled with surprises, twists and turns and complex characters. There’s even room for a bit of romance.

What do you find most difficult about writing in this genre?

To keep a reader’s attention, an author can’t be predictable and must design each chapter so that the reader is motivated not to put the book down –but to read yet another chapter. You have to keep your readers guessing.

Is there an author in this genre that you admire most?

Michael Crichton is amazingly creative. I also admire Dan Brown, Ken Follet and Daniel Silva.

What is up next for you?

Miracle Man is a psychological/ medical thriller that tells the story of Robert James Austin, the greatest genius in human history (we’re talking 10X Einstein’s brain power) as he battles powerful forces, external and internal, that seek to destroy him. Miracle Man is the first book in a trilogy. I’m currently working on the second book.

Do you have anything to add?

When I write I try to have a purpose that’s more than just to entertain.

When I wrote Miracle Man, I wanted to create a believable modern day ‘super hero’ who is an ‘anti-celebrity’. I thought that such a person could be inspirational when contrasted with the meritless celebrities that dominate media today (e.g., the reality TV stars who are famous for being famous, but have no real talent). I also wanted Miracle Man to be the vehicle within which I could convey, in an entertainment context, certain spiritual and humanistic messages that are important to me.
In particular, one of the underlying themes in Miracle Man is the sanctity of each and every human life. As the story of the protagonist unfolds, I think the reader will come to appreciate that one can never predict the ramifications of one person’s death.

I also wanted to get readers thinking about a real-life problem that affects us all. One of the powerful forces fighting Robert Austin is “Big Pharma” which views him as their enemy since he cures diseases and thereby makes many of their “cash-cow” drugs obsolete. In short, Austin is bad for their business. Like Austin, I find it incomprehensible that virtually no major disease has been cured in over 50 years. How can that be the case when so much money has been spent over the decades on research? Simply put, there’s a lot more money in treating symptoms than there is in curing diseases. Austin realized that Big Pharma has no interest in curing diseases. It just wants to keep on selling expensive symptom treatments –and as we know, many people are on expensive ‘medication maintenance programs’ for years, sometimes for life. Austin wanted to change that. I think people need to start questioning Big Pharma on many fronts –from the price of drugs -- to why there aren’t more cures.

---So what I tried to do in Miracle Man is first and foremost to write an entertaining book that engages readers and keeps them turning the pages. But within that entertainment context I wanted to get my readers thinking.

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