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Author Interview: Iris Dorbian

Iris Dorbian is a business journalist/blogger who has covered a wide range of sectors that include small business, media, private equity/venture capital and theater/the arts. Among the outlets she’s written for are Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Venture Capital Journal, DMNews, Playbill, Backstage, Theatermania, Media Industry Newsletter, PRNews and Stage Directions (where she served as editor-in-chief for eight years). She is the author of “Great Producers: Visionaries of the American Theater,” which was published by Allworth Press in August 2008 and “Love, Loss and Longing in the Age of Reagan: Diary of a Mad Club Girl,” which was published by Tablo in February 2015. Her personal essays and short stories have been published in Blue Lyra Review, B O D Y, Embodied Effigies, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Gothesque Magazine and Jewish Literary Journal. A New Jersey native, Iris has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.

  • : I've been a working journalist for over 15 years. Becoming an author seemed like a natural progression of that trajectory.
  • : Yes, it was called "I Was Nineteen." I remember writing it a few years after I turned 19. It was a coming of age story set in college. It's ironic when I remember this consider my book "Love, Loss and Longing in the Age of Reagan: Diary of a Mad Club Girl" is also a coming of age story set in college. The only difference is that I wrote the latter, a full-length novel, several decades later!!
  • : I had been wanting to write a novel loosely based on my experiences as a wild and woolly college student at NYU in the early 1980s. It was a fascinating period. New York City was barely out of its 1970s malaise/funk. Society was on the brink of a lot of changes. The punk era was receding, replaced by New Wave. There was an indefinable air of excitement and creative ferment permeating the air, both in the college dorm where I lived and also in the city itself. It was an amazing time but also very tentative and emotionally turbulent as well.
  • : I've always been a writer in my soul. But I didn't start writing professionally until I attended Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
  • : I grew up in Northern New Jersey, the heart of suburbia. It was a lovely place to grow up. I'm not sure how it influenced my writing other than I attended a very good public high school (one of the best in the state) and received an excellent education, which of course helped.
  • : Because I work full-time as a journalist/blogger, I can only write my essays, novellas and books in my spare time, which is after work and/or on the weekends.
  • : I'm working on a novella inspired by my father's experiences living in a displaced persons' camp in Germany after World War II. My father, who was born in Latvia, was a child survivor of the Holocaust.
  • : Relaxing! Sleeping! Shopping, reading, going to the movies, surfing the internet, hanging out with friends.
  • : I like to write ONLY when I have something to say or something to write about. I will never sit in front of a computer waiting for inspiration to strike. Again, I write when I feel I have a very strong message to convey or a compelling story I want to tel.
  • : "The Great Gatsby" - F. Scott Fitzgerald "Tess of the D'Urbervilles"- Thomas Hardy "Women in Love" - D.H. Lawrence All of these books left a lasting psychological imprint on my mind long after I read them. They stayed with me, haunting me in a way that other books hadn't.
  • : I'm a journalist/blogger and editor. Once upon a time, in a previous life, I was a struggling actress.
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  • : I write an outline but I make it as loose and unstructured as possible in order to allow ideas to flow.
  • : I really love when readers tell me how much my writing has touched them. That's so wonderful to get that kind of acknowledgement. It truly validates all the work, sweat and toil that preceded finishing the book.
  • : Here are a few links that should help: Amazon: Goodreads: My website:
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