Interview with Eileen Fleming

Describe your desk
My home office centerpiece is a cream colored French Provincial computer desk with faux marble top which faces a lake and to my right is a Rand McNally classic map of the World and to my left a poster of Bob Dylan playing bass- circa 1968.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I lived the first 3 years of my life in Greenwich Village where Dorothy Day, Jack Kerouac and Bob Dylan may have passed through and ALL three have influenced me greatly.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I began documenting the saga of Mordechai Vanunu in 2005 after meeting Israel’s Nuclear Whistle-blower ‘by chance’ during my first of eight trips to both sides of The Wall in Israel Palestine.

The stories Vanunu told me about his childhood through 18 years in prison, his crisis of faith and identity were published in "Beyond Nuclear: Mordechai Vanunu’s FREEDOM of SPEECH Trial and My Life as a Muckraker 2005-2010" featuring his under-reported historic trial which began in 2006 and culminated in 78 days back in solitary in 2010.

"The Vanunu Legend" documents Vanunu’s struggle since 2010 in his fight through the Supreme Court for his right to leave Israel and America's foreign policy connection.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Hearing from a reader that they appreciated my writing, especially if they learned something new!
What are you working on next?
I am in the midst of writing "Getting Older Yet Better: PILATES, Gentle Yin, Yoga Nidra and Tai-Chi" which can be read here: http://www.eileenfleming.org/
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
If I am not writing or reading I am physically active [swimming, walking, yoga, pilates, tai-chi] or watching The Daily Show, Colbert Report, TCM or Netflix.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
In first grade I wrote and illustrated a story about a Christmas tree angel who came to life.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
In 5th grade I began to read "Gone With The Wind" on a rainy Saturday afternoon and literally could not put it down until I had finished it just as the sun was coming up on Sunday.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
The Long Loneliness by Dorothy Day
A Peoples History of the US by Howard Zinn
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Keep Hope Alive by Eileen Fleming
Published 2014-09-19.
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Books by This Author

The Vanunu Legend Israel’s Nuclear Whistleblower’s Struggle for Freedom
Price: Free! Words: 14,020. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » History
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
Israel’s Nuclear Whistleblower, Mordechai Vanunu was 'freed' from 18 years behind bars on 21 April 2004 to open air captivity under draconian restrictions and 24/7 surveillance. The Vanunu Legend continues the saga the author began documenting in 2005, after meeting Vanunu in east Jerusalem on her first of eight investigative trips to both sides of The Wall in the Holy Land.