William R. Leibowitz has been practicing entertainment/media law in New York City for a number of years. He has represented numerous renowned recording artists, songwriters, producers and many of the leading record companies, talent managers, merchandisers and other notable entertainment businesses. At one point, he was the Chief Operating Officer/General Counsel for the Sanctuary Group of Companies, a U.K. public company that was the largest ‘indie’ music company in the world (prior to its acquisition by the Universal Music Group).
William has a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and a law degree from Columbia University. He lives in the village of Quogue, New York with his wife, Alexandria, and dog, George.
William wrote Miracle Man because of its humanistic and spiritual messages and because he feels that in our current times – when meritless celebrity has eclipsed accomplishment and the only heroes are those based on comic books, the world needs a real hero –and that, of course, is Robert James Austin, the protagonist in Miracle Man. Miracle Man won Best Thriller in the National Pacific Book Awards.
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About the Book:
The victim of an unspeakable crime, an infant rises to become a new type of superhero.
Unlike any that have come before him, he is not a fanciful creation of animators, he is real.
So begins the saga of Robert James Austin, the greatest genius in human history. But where did his extraordinary intelligence come from?
As agents of corporate greed vie with rabid anti-Western radicals to destroy him, an obsessive government leader launches a bizarre covert mission to exploit his intellect. Yet Austin’s greatest fear is not of this world.
Aided by two exceptional women, one of whom will become his unlikely lover, Austin struggles against abandonment and betrayal. But the forces that oppose him are more powerful than even he can understand.
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Q: Would you call yourself a born writer?
A: Yes, I think so. I have always been infatuated with fine writing and a command of language. I think it’s in my blood to write.
Q: What was your inspiration for Miracle Man?
A: Miracle Man chronicles the saga of Robert James Austin, the greatest genius in human history (10X Einstein’s intellect), from the time of his birth and tragic childhood through his extraordinary accomplishments in curing diseases. The book is a psychological thriller with a fast paced twisting plot that’s full of surprises and drama, as Austin battles abandonment and betrayal and the myriad powerful forces (external and internal) that seek to destroy him. In writing Miracle Man, I wanted to create a modern day believable ‘super hero’ who is an ‘anti-celebrity’. I thought that such a person could be inspirational when contrasted with the meritless celebrities that dominate media today (e.g., the reality TV stars who are famous for being famous, but have no real talent). I also wanted Miracle Man to be the vehicle within which I could convey, in an entertainment context, certain spiritual and humanistic messages that are important to me.
Q: What themes do you like to explore in your writing?
A: I’m interested in humanistic and spiritual themes, as well as political and economic ones—all explored within a plot line that is entertaining for the reader.
Q: How long did it take you to complete the novel?
A: From start through the final edit, two years.
Q: Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.
A: Yes, I’m very disciplined but nevertheless I have to find time to write when I’m not doing my “day gig” –being a lawyer in the entertainment business. What I often do is write on the commute to and from work—which is approximately a total of 4 hours of commutation time at least 3 days a week. This is a great time to write as I have no interruptions.
Q: What did you find most challenging about writing this book?
A: Because of the plot line in Miracle Man, I needed to do extensive research in two areas: (1) the nature of human intelligence (particularly genius), and (2) diseases, treatments, attempted cures—and the medical/scientific methodology relevant to formulating cures. Regarding #1 – I researched the lives of actual geniuses so that I could understand how genius manifests itself at various ages –and the behaviors often attendant to genius. Because Robert James Austin (the protagonist in Miracle Man) has an intelligence that is unique in human history (i.e., 10X that of Einstein), I extrapolated from my research and “pumped up” various things about Austin so as to reflect his extraordinary abilities. So while I highly magnified elements of Austin’s behavior and thought processes –they are grounded in documented realities. Regarding the medical/scientific aspects of the book, I didn’t want to ask the reader to take giant leaps of faith when reading Miracle Man, so I knew that in order for the story to be credible, it had to have a plausible scientific foundation for the ways in which Austin invented cures and the way that the cures worked. At the same time, however, I was mindful that I had to minimize the science so that it didn’t bore the reader.
Q: What do you love most about being an author?
A: Writing fiction is a wonderful outlet for creativity and imagination. It affords the author an opportunity to create his or her own world and people it with characters of his or her own making.
Q: Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?
A: After speaking with several lawyers who represent authors and then doing research, I decided to self-publish Miracle Man because the financial and marketing opportunities for new writers of fiction that were once available from major publishers no longer are. I decided that I’d have more control by self-publishing. I’ve been very pleased that I made this decision.
Q: Where can we find you on the web?
A: The website is miraclemanbook.com. Miracle Man is available in paperback and Kindle from Amazon, and also as a Nook and iBook . I’m also on twitter (william leibowitz@miraclemanbook, and facebook.