When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing in my twenties, (many decades ago.) It's hard to say why, but it was fun and a good way to express myself.
When did you first consider yourself a professional writer?
Never. I'm an amateur. If I make money - great - but I write to share ideas with others.
What genre do you write?
Almost always science fiction, preferably 'hard' science fiction, though one of my books is a vampire story, which would put it in the fantasy category.
What is your favorite theme/genre to write about?
Most of my stories have a Jewish theme, though the main character is never a devout, orthodox Jew. There's a lack of Jewish science fiction, which is regrettable, especially as one of the greatest science fiction writers of all time, Isaac Asimov, was Jewish.
If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
I'm happy with my day job as a physician, but if I had to choose a career other than writing or medicine, I'd probably try my hand as a professional violinist. I already have a small band (see www.klezmaniacs.com) and it's a lot of fun.
For the rest of Zvi's interview, please see the schedule below:
Tuesday: Part Two, Dean
Wednesday: Part Three, Terri
Thursday: Part Four, Theresa
Friday: Part Five, Emily
Blog: http://www.fiddlerzvi.comFacebook page: http://www.facebook.com/fiddlerzvi
Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4801758-zvi-zaks
Is your book in print, ebook or both? Both