THE NEXT BIG THING: WRITERS TELL ABOUT THEMSELVES AND PASS IT ALONG
I was invited by the inspiring writer, Revital Shiri-Horowitz, to join in this fun event. This project consists of a chain of women writers who introduce their next books to their readers, tagging each other as they go along. I was honored to participate and to be in such great company. Please look at Revital’s website – you don’t want to miss her fascinating work! http://revitalsh.wordpress.com/2012/12/04/the-next-big-thing-a-new-novel-is-written/
How did you come by the idea?
I had the idea on my mind for years, but I was intimidated by the attitude of most scholars and biographers who generally feel that there is not enough material about Hillel and that his life is too encrusted with legend. Eventually I realized that there is a good way to do it by using the historical material by the ancient historian, Josephus, as a starting point, and of course the primary material from the Talmud. They can create the tapestry of Hillel’s life and times.
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters if it were a movie?
I can only choose actors from the past, who are no longer with us. I am not too familiar with the new generation of actors because I rarely watch movies. I have an idea of what Hillel looked like, basing the assumptions on his ancestor, King David, who is one of the very few personalities whose appearance was described in the Bible. As a matter of fact you can see it in the blog in one of the past postings, where I explained that I would have chosen Paul Newman to play Hillel. For his wife I would have liked a very beautiful, dark-haired, small and delicate type of woman. I think Hedy Lamarr would have been perfect, or Elizabeth Taylor.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
The fascinating life of a peace-loving, brilliant man, told against the turbulent, violent and
exciting times in which he lived.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I am writing the first draft on line, as this blog. I am far from the ending, it is an evolving project.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I think the best match is Pontius Pilate by Ann Wroe, but possibly any of the biographies written by André Maurois. We use the same system.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
First, the fact that two thousand years after Hillel’s death, he is still constantly quoted by modern writers and thinkers, even on PBS! Second, the challenge presented by Encyclopedia Britannica – it said that Hillel’s biography cannot be written. I disagreed and decided to set out and do it.
The wonderful writer, Revital Shiri-Horowitz, tapped me for The Next Big Thing. I’m passing the tap onto the amazing and versatile writer, Mary Findley! I admire her work, and here is the link to her website: http://elkjerkyforthesoul.wordpress.com which I am sure you will enjoy!