A few weeks ago Author Solutions announced the release of it’s 100,000 e-book, which just happen to be an iUniverse title, Arise, O Phoenix, written by Lisa Drucker. In this book inspired by the events of 9/11, Lisa weaves a love story into the fabric of the aftermath of our nation’s most tragic event in recent history. To celebrate the publication of the book as the milestone e-book for Author Solutions, iUniverse is giving readers a free download of the book through the iUniverse bookstore. Simply use the promo code ARISEPHNX when going through the checkout process in the bookstore to obtain one of 1,000 copies being given away.
I recently had the opportunity to ask Lisa a few questions about her book, what inspired her to write and the joy she finds from being an author. I trust her words words will be motivating to you and you will take a moment to download a free copy of the book.
Lisa, tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a freelance writer, ghostwriter, and editor working in publishing since 1997. I was an editor for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series from 1997–2005.
Writing is my calling and my passion. My previous books are The Princess-in-Training Manual (under the pseudonym Jacqueline de Soignée) and ASVAB Flash Cards.
I’m a native New Yorker currently residing in South Florida. I have a BA in classics from Vassar College and an MA in communications and media studies from The New School.
What inspired you to write this book?
Hearing all the phone calls people made from the Twin Towers and Flight 93 on September 11, 2001. I wanted to pay tribute to the heroes and victims, but I also wanted to explore the relationship between love and tragedy. I wanted to approach love from a different angle than what we heard in those phone messages. The victims we heard called the people closest to them, the people who were present in and integral to their everyday lives. But I wondered, “What would have happened if two people deeply in love had ended their relationship years before, and then the events of 9/11 made them realize what a mistake it had been? What if some kind of twist of fate engendered by the tragedy brought them together again?”
What is the book about?
A twist of fate following 9/11 brings a pair of long-lost lovers together again, showing us the indomitable power of love and the triumph of the human spirit, both of which, like the phoenix, rise from the ashes of 9/11 to remind us of what truly matters in life.
What do you hope readers get from the book?
That tragedy, as heartbreaking as it is, offers us hope and the opportunity to live with deeper meaning and purpose. Beyond that, it reminds us that nothing matters more than love. The most important thing we each can do every day is not take the gift of that day—or the gift of those we love—for granted.
What is most enjoyable for you as a published author?
The greatest joy for me as an author is when readers tell me, “I loved the book! I couldn’t put it down, and I didn’t want it to end.”
I’m a writer because expressing myself in words is my calling and my passion. I’m a published author because I choose to share my words with my readers. I hope reading my books brings them as much joy as writing brings me.