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?
In 2006 I adapted the play into a book and published it.
- What three important facts do you want readers to know about your book?
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?
- What do you have coming up in the future?
- What advice would you have for anyone wanting to break into writing today?
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.
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!