Name  Elliot Richard Dorfman

Age  71

Where are you from?
Johnstown, New York

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc.
I have BA & MA degrees. I taught for 31 years in the New York City public school system.  (Social Studies, Theatre Arts, Music). I also had an Off Broadway Theatre Repertory, and privately taught piano & vocal from the time I was 18. Many of my students have gone on and done well in the entertainment and music fields



Fiona: Tell us your  latest news.
I am looking forward for my third novel A CLEAR SKY FOR TOMORROW to be released by BEAU COUP Publishing shortly.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
When I was about 6 years old I wrote a  short play for school.




Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I was in college I started writing plays for centers, theatre groups, and the radio.




Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My son.




Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?





Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

It’s based on an original poem in the novel




Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

The universe has many things we do not understand or think can happen.




Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

There are some historic facts, but very little.




Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
There are a few but not too many.

Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?


Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?





Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Rereading O’Henry short stories.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Not really.




Fiona: What are your current projects?

Writing a new fantasy novel.




Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. Truthfully, I was brought up to learn and support myself and rely on one.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

 At 71, I am retired but consider writing a semi-career.




Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?


Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

My parents were writers. My dad had a published text-Pharmaceutical Latin- & various articles about different countries he visited or lived in. Mom wrote poetry.




FIONA: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

           TO BE YOURS FOREVER  is a novel about love, reincarnation, and time.
Since a child, dramatics’ teacher Norma Feinstein is infatuated with the 1940s after seeing on television “Sky’s The Limit,” a musical film made in that era. Her life begins to fall apart when at 23 years old she gains the ability to travel back in time and learn that she was Kathryn Murrow, the budding Hollywood star of her favorite film “Sky’s The Limit.”     

Unable to deal with the pressures of constantly now living two lives, she seeks help from Dr. Darryl Costner, an eminent psychiatrist interested in reincarnation.  Darryl becomes worried that Norma will negatively effect the time continuum when he learns she wants to save her former fiancé Trent Taylor, crooner, and costar of “Sky’s The Limit,” from a so-called accidental death. 

 With this case becoming too complex for him to handle, Costner gets his friend, Shawn Nolan, a scientist from a governmental agency that has discovered how to time travel, to help.  Assisted by Gary Hertzman, Costner’s young associate, Shawn takes Norma to his secret lab in Arizona where he searches to find a way to prevent Norma from saving her former lover of 66 years ago and regain a normal life. What happens, even he doesn’t expect.

Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
The aspect of dealing with time traveling and trying to use the latest scientific theories about it.




Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Jack Finney. His wonderful imagination and the atmosphere he evokes in his books.




Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
No. I manly use the computer to promote my book and telephone calls to  radio shows, etc.




Fiona: Who designed the covers?
A professional company my publisher uses (Shutter Stock), but I suggest the layout




Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Making sure there is continuity throughout the book.




Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I have plenty of perseverance and at this stage in life- an excellent way to express my writing creativity.

Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Keep at it and don’t get discouraged by negative comments. You can’t please everyone.




Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I hope you enjoy reading about my characters and experiencing the events they go through.  



Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
A collection of children’s fairy tales




Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry? 
Things that I can relate to or empathize with.



Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Abraham Lincoln. He was a great human being, besides being one of the best American presidents.




Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
“He respected all living things and gave 100% of himself to others. Why?  Because that sums up who I am.



Fiona: Other than writing, do you have any hobbies?
Piano, drawing, researching 19th and 20th century history.



Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Antique Road Show, Shark Tank, Classic Movies.



Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Italian & American food, Blue & Green, Classical music and Standard Pop (Especially from the 1920s through the 1940s).



Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Truthfully at 71, I’ve done what I wanted. . Besides being a teacher, I performed as anactor, pianist, and was a theatre director & producer.



Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?