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4/23/12

Q&A with The Minefields author STEVEN EISNER


  1. Where do you do most of your writing? I live in a mid 1830’s Carriage House with old beams and windows looking out to the gardens that my muse makes so beautiful even in winter. I write on a partner’s desk about the same vintage as the house. And it stands about where the horses ate hay two centuries ago and were given that ever so often sweet carrot. Matter of fact. On some days I enjoy a carrot.
  1. Are any characters in the book based on people you know or have met in your personal life? I’ll never tell. By the time I’m finished with them, they all get turned around some and super-charged.
  1. Which part of THEMINEFIELDS was the most enjoyable to write? I got great pleasure reliving my most formative years in the business at Doyle Dane Bernbach when that agency was riding the tiger in with such self-assurance and fortitude and not falling off. To save their life. Just turning one astonishingly good work and turning head at every turn! There will never be another agency quite like it.
  1. Which part was the least enjoyable? When all hell broke loose in my protagonist’s life at times it felt like I was writing about a wicked car crash that evolved in excruciatingly slow motion until I figured out I could splash some needed humor into all the darkness which I did. That’s when writing through this period grew brighter. Humor is a wonderful tonic.  
Book Description


From an early age, Sam Spiegel single-mindedly pursued an entrepreneurial path that prepared him to transform a small-time ad agency into a regional powerhouse with national ambitions. A couple decades later, Sam had achieved almost everything he ever dreamed possible as the ad agency's rainmaker, fountainhead, and unflappable pursuer of success. One final goal remained: To consolidate his gains by attracting an international advertising conglomerate and cash out. That's when the nation is hit with the most unthinkable tragedy, and Sam begins to take stock of his own life, finding that he is growing weary of the relentless hunt. Unsatisfied in his marriage and embroiled in a mind-boggling professional crisis, everything Sam had achieved is put at risk. 

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