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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Five Questions With ... Artie Van Why, author of "That Day In September"

Today, Artie Van Why, author of "That Day In September," talks about his experiences on September 11, 2001, how it influenced his life and eventually lead him to writing.

   1.   At what point did you know that you wanted to write about the events you witnessed on September 11th?

Artie:   The morning following 9/11 I woke up early and finally listened to all the messages on my answering machine and read all the emails that had been sent; everyone wanting to know if I was okay.  I knew I could never reply to everyone so I sat at my computer to write an email to people just to say I was okay.  As I started to type I found myself putting down in words what I had experienced the previous day.  I sent the email out and people responded; thanking me for giving them a little glimpse into what the day had been like.  They encouraged me to keep writing.  I did.
I sent about three other emails over the course of the following weeks.  And after the emails I just kept writing; about what I was feeling and what it was like in New York.  In January of 2002 I had a thought one day that perhaps all this written material could be a one man theater piece.  So "That Day In September" was originally a play; which I performed in L.A. and Off Broadway in NYC.

In 2006 I adapted the play into a book and published it.
  1. What three important facts do you want readers to know about your book?
Artie:   That it is how I, and I alone, experienced 9/11.  I realized early on that we all have a story of 9/11, no matter where we were.  We were all affected.

That it was first a play.  I am no longer performing it but have seen other theater's productions. 

That is was written as a tribute to all those who died.

3.  Who inspires you?
Artie:   My folks.
  1. What do you have coming up in the future?
Artie:   I'm constantly told I need to keep writing.  "That Day In September" is the only book I've put out.  I do believe there is another book inside of me.  One that deals with living life after experiencing a trauma.
  1. What advice would you have for anyone wanting to break into writing today?
Artie:   If the big publishing houses won't welcome you, you can always self-publish.  Even if that means you won't have the sales you might with a big marketing push behind you, there is something quite rewarding when you can hold a book in your hands that you have written.

About The Book:

We all have our stories to tell of where we were the morning of September 11, 2001. This is one of them. In "That Day In September" Artie Van Why gives an eyewitness account of that fateful morning. From the moment he heard "a loud boom" in his office across from the World Trade Center, to stepping out onto the street, Artie vividly transports the reader back to the day that changed our lives and our country forever. "That Day In September" takes you beyond the events of that morning.

 By sharing his thoughts, fears, and hopes, Artie expresses what it was like to be in New York City in the weeks and months following. The reader comes away from "That Day In September" with not only a more intimate understanding of the events of that day, but also with a personal glimpse of how one person's life was dramatically changed forever.

With the 10th anniversary of September 11th quickly approaching, there has been a sudden flood of book of people's experiences hit the retail bookshelves, but none of them have resonanted so strongly with me as "That Day In September" has. Powerfully emotional, and gut-wrenchingly honest, this small book is an absolute giant among memoirs of that infamous day.

Artie Van Why opens his heart and shares the deeply personal experiences he went through, and gives the reader a better understanding of how it was to be an eyewitness to one of the worst tragedies in history. 

I highly recommend this intensely heartfelt book to anyone who wants to remember that day that is forever in all of our hearts and minds.

About The Author:

"That Day in September" began as an email written the morning of September 12th by Artie Van Why to his friends and family, putting down into words, for the first time, what he had gone through that previous day. At the urging of those he sent the email to, Artie continued writing about his experience.

With the help, and direction, of actor, and former SAG President, Richard Masur, Artie took what he was writing and put it together as a one man theater piece. "That Day in September" premiered in Los Angeles in October of 2002 to critical acclaim. In the summer of 2003 "That Day in September" opened Off-Broadway in New York City. It is Artie's hope that his story will continue to be told, so that we never forget that moment of our history.

My Thanks to Artie Van Why for taking time to answer these questions, and giving readers a closer insight into his work!


Tribute Books said...

Sharon, thank you for your interview with Artie. I just received "That Day in September" in the mail from him and I look forward to reading and reviewing it.

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

It's a wonderful book! Hope you enjoy it!