Jean Arbeiter


Jean Arbeiter has worked as an editor and writer. She is the author several books including "A Mouton Coat,"(Full Court Press, 2013); "Mind Over Money: Match Your Personality to a Winning Financial Strategy," With John W.Schott, M.D. (Little Brown, 1998); "Freedom from Chronic Pain: The Breakthrough Method of Pain Relief," with Norman J. Marcus, M.D. (Simon & Schuster, Winter 1994); "The Electronic Confessional," as editor, with Howard R. and Martha Lewis (M. Evans, 1986); "No Matter How Thin You Slice It, It's Still Baloney: A Collection of Outrageous Quotes" (William Morrow, 1984); "Permanent Addresses: A Guide to the Resting Places of Famous Americans," with Linda D. Cirino (M. Evans, 1983); "Womanlist," with Marjorie P.K. Weiser (Atheneum, 1981); and "Pegs to Hang Ideas On: A Book of Quotations," With Marjorie P.K. Weiser (M. Evans, 1973, young adult book. Ms. Arbeiter lives in Leonia, NJ.

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Since writing is the struggle to bring ideas and feelings to life, it is joyful when you are in that happy zone where words are flowing as you would wish them to. It’s rather like running or another athletic activity where you are so tuned in to what you are doing that you are not even aware of being tuned in. Another great joy is the ability to communicate your vision to other people and, hopefully, to move them. Even if no one reads the work, there is joy in the communication process, though feedback is a special joy of its own. Overall, the greatest joy in writing a book, for example, comes at the beginning and the end. In the middle, whether a work of fiction or non-fiction, I find that things can grow difficult, tedious and even perilous and you want to toss the whole thing aside. Writing can be like opening a vein in your arm and letting the blood flow out, as F. Scott Fitzgerald is believed to have said. But that can be part of the joy, too, if you let it be.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Bronx, New York, during World War II and the block we lived on was rather like a small town with all of the neighbors knowing one another. It wasn’t at all what today would be considered a “big city” atmosphere. I was very much influenced by the war and the efforts being made on the home front to “do our share,” – collecting scrap, assisting in bond drives -- of which children were very much a part. The 1940s were a time of great turmoil; for me; it was also the time period when my parents died, both quite young. When I went to “search” for my past in the form of a memoir, I found myself reliving the 1940s rather eerily, from an adult point of view. The Bronx with its small-town atmosphere and big-town problems permeates the whole book, so where I grew up definitely influenced my writing.
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Marilyn, The Prequel
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 89,050. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
In 1920s Hollywood, Gladys Monroe, a low-level studio employee, begins an affair with the famous star, Rudolph Valentino, and becomes pregnant. Gladys believes in her baby's special destiny, but will that child ever be born? Not if sinister forces manage to destroy her first. Gladys overcomes unspeakable dangers and finally succeeds in bringing her child, Marilyn Monroe, into the world.

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