Ed is an
award-winning journalist and writer who understands first-hand what it means to
immerse yourself in a story. He doesn’t just research a topic, Ed experiences
For his debut novel,
The Woman Who Rode the Wind, a tale of aviation history and Paris
during the Belle Époque, Ed’s daring and enthusiasm knew no bounds. World
record holders took him up in hot air balloons, sometimes without a basket! He
went skydiving to get a visceral sense of free-fall.
Ed also immersed himself in
French culture. He rented a garret apartment in Paris and roamed the streets
envisioning what it would have felt like to live in the City of Light a century
ago. Ed studied the language until he was able to read landmark documents at
the Bibliothèque Nationale in original French.
His curiosity and commitment
have won him numerous awards and prestigious fellowships. He was twice
nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for his investigative work on voter fraud and
Social Security fraud as a columnist for The Trentonian. As a result of
his work, an election was overturned and a corrupt official went to jail. After
his series on Social Security, federal law was changed to exclude criminals such
as “Son of Sam” David Berkowitz from collecting Social Security benefits because
of their crimes.
While covering mergers and
acquisitions as the “hot stock” reporter for Dow Jones, Ed broke stories such as
then U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani removing Wall Street traders from their offices
Ed is also the author of the
non-fiction book, In Search Of the Paper Children, which exposed the
foster care system and was instrumental in passing legislation to help
children. He currently leads “The Writers’ Exchange,” a Barnes & Noble program
for aspiring writers in Princeton, N.J. Ed splits his time between Manhattan,
the Princeton area and the Jersey shore.
Please contact Ed by email at
email@example.com. He welcomes any and all comments from flight enthusiasts, history
buffs and fellow romantics
Interview with the Author
What is your book about?
It’s a romantic novel about an actual contest to fly around the Eiffel
Tower that took place 100 years ago ― in 1901 ― two years before the Wright
Brothers flew at Kitty Hawk. It’s a story about the dawn of flight, and the men
and women who brought it about. But it also has a subtext: the airplane is an
invention that will make mankind better and yet also can be an instrument of his
destruction. We’ve now seen the darker side of this invention very clearly.
Who is the woman who rode the wind?
The woman who rode the wind is a character based on Harriet Quimby, the
first woman to get a pilot’s license, the first woman to fly across the English
Channel and the first person to envision the airplane serving a useful purpose:
to deliver the mail. And she did all this 30 years before Amelia Earhart.
Why haven’t we heard of her?
The most famous thing Harriet Quimby did was to fly across the English
Channel alone, and in the fog, in April 1910. Unfortunately that same week an
iceberg in the North Atlantic struck an ocean liner ― the Titanic ― and claimed
1,500 lives. So what Quimby did was overlooked and forgotten. She was possibly
the first woman to live — and die — on her own terms, and I suppose I ‘m a
little in love with her.
Why is your book set during the Belle Epoque?
For me, the most beautiful time in history
is Paris before the onset of World War I. It exemplifies some of the greatest
art such as Impressionism, the greatest music, and the hopes and dreams of
heroes such as the ones who created the airplane so that succeeding generations
could be made better by their sacrifices. They believed in “The Winged Gospel.”
What is “The Winged Gospel?”
In simplest terms, it is the belief that things can be made
better if we just learn more and work harder. The Wright Brothers, for example,
tried to memorize the entire encyclopedia when they were boys. When they spoke
of their hopes for the airplane, they promised that “the infinite highway of the
air will bring riches to every man’s door...“ At the same time, 1901 saw the
buildup to the greatest conflicts the world has ever known: two world wars,
holocaust and extermination. Even though we’ve entered a new century, we
haven’t yet escaped that world. And the aircraft has played a role in both of
those worlds. I think of the space shuttle hurtling upward to the stars, and
then I’m reminded of those planes crashing into the World Trade Center. We
remain as we were then, torn between heaven and hell.
What sparked your interest in this period?
read about Alberto Santos-Dumont, a Brazilian who invented an airship that could
carry a single person and could fly through the streets of Paris. He could
lower his aircraft to share a bottle of wine at a corner café, or rise to a
sixth floor balcony and kiss a pretty girl. He could scatter roses on the crowd
below. This was a sense of total freedom.
Sounds like you’re a romantic at heart . . .
All right, I admit it. One of my goals in writing this book is to fly my own
airship through a city’s streets and scatter roses on the crowd below. Sound
crazy? Ride the wind and decide for yourself.