Author of "The Great Mongolian Bowling League of the United States of America"
Hi, I'm Ed Borowsky, author of The Great Mongolian Bowling League of the United States of America and three other novels. Here's a peek into my fiction-writing philosophy:
"By combining self with character, you bring another person into existence. The world will have another person in its midst, if only for a moment."
As human beings, we navigate through the different stages of our lives, walking a path that will take us to the crossroads. Once there, we must pause to contemplate until we decide which direction we'll take. We have no choice but to choose. Sometimes we find ourselves at the end of a journey, and sometimes we move forward toward the unknown. Whichever direction we take, we must live with the consequences.
My central characters move through unique periods in their lives. They all want something. But many times they don't know why they want it and don't understand what they're willing to do to get it. When you have a character in conflict with others, or himself or herself, they struggle, which leads to discovery. It is what the reader discovers along the way, hand in hand with the characters, that determines the worth of the story. The journey to discovery is an emotional roller coaster that you can't get off of... until the end of the ride.
"I believe a writer must love and respect his characters. Without this, to bring him or her into existence, is nearly impossible."
We cannot turn away from the fact that we are torn between the good and evil within ourselves, between reality and illusion, love and hate, freedom and enslavement, health and illness, and cowardice and courage. We're flawed and in our imperfections… we are beautiful.
Ongoing conflict is what makes up the human condition and it is the stuff from which great storytelling—with epic characters—is made. As long as a story carries hope and tells of the struggles that we face, life's drama will lead us to understand what this whole experience means.
Welcome to my world!
From the Blog
This germ infected me about eighteen years ago. I met the store owner who was also the mayor of a small border town in Arizona situated somewhere on the Arizona/Mexican line.
The mayor of the town said to me pointing, "You see that air force base over there, that's a top-secret base. That's where they developed stealth technology."
He then said, "Know what they are working on now? Miniatures! Little bugs that have cameras as heads that can walk under doors to spy on the enemy. They have bugs that can fly into open windows, and then with a push of a button… explode."
Fast forward to November 2007, I get into the hobby of RC model airplanes as an activity I could do with my youngest son. In the back of a national RC magazine, (Model Airplane News) I see an advertisement, about a quarter of a page, in reverse print, that read verbatim,
"UAV Fabrication Technician"
"ITT has an immediate opening for an experienced aircraft fabrication technician to work on prototyping unmanned aircraft designs. Must be experienced in composite, wood and metal fabrication, and repair technologies. A&P training desirable. Experience with home-built aircraft or large-scale scratch-built radio control model aircraft preferred. Must have minimum of 5 years of experience as RC or external UAV pilot. Experience with 5-30 HP size gasoline aircraft engines. HOBBYIST EXPERIENCE ACCEPTED, please send photos and description of projects with resume. APPLICANT MUST BE WILLING TO RELOCATE TO WASHINGTON DC AREA AND BE ABLE TO OBTAIN SECURITY CLEARANCE.
Please submit your resume to…"
At this point in my hobby, I was hooked, almost fanatical. I used to fly every day, and I became a proficient builder. I thought I wanted to write a book about the hobby and had never forgotten the mayor I met in Arizona that day, 'top Secret air force base… miniatures… flying bugs played over and over again in my head.
And then, this ad that read, "Hobbyist experience accepted, applicant must be willing to relocate to Washington DC area and be able to obtain a security clearance."
This blew my mind, the government was recruiting hobbyists to Washington, DC to build predator drones. The idea of a rag-tag team of everyday Joes going to Washington, DC after being recruited by the CIA wasn't far-fetched. Before you knew it, they were stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia soon on a mission to Afghanistan to save the world.
Fast forward eleven years, that's when I sat down to finally write the book. The first line I wrote, "Art Lemon had a very bright name, but his life wasn't so bright."
"The Amazing Life of Art Lemon" was born, a 69,000-word literary novel that turns into a thriller in the end. The manuscript is fully edited and ready to be discovered.
Orientation: The Amazing Life of Art Lemon
Can a person who was rejected by his natural-born parents and ostracized by the community he grew up in find a happy and fulfilled life? Yes, through the loving care of family, armed only with intellect and faith.
There are many more germs that have infected my being, one's that I've been meditating on for varying times. At some point, I'll finish my latest book and I'll move on to the germ that has infected my imagination the most.
Germs are all around us and they infect the writer. We can't help it. The only remedy for us it to write. Once the story is completed, the germ is finally out of the writer's system. But there is no cure—there are always more germs that infect us.
—Ed Borowsky, Author