What makes creative people tick? My latest book, CONVERSATIONS ABOUT CREATIVITY: Art, Writing, Music, Filmmaking, Theatre, Education, Science & the Synergy of Imagination, is now available for sale on AMAZON. I spent a large part of 2017 interviewing a wide-range of fascinating, creative people about their individual and collaborative creative processes.In this book, CONVERSATIONS ABOUT CREATIVITY, readers will find an in-depth repository of knowledge about the creative process and they will gain invaluable insights into the creative instincts of these individuals as well as learn about their varied creative techniques, their passions for what they do, and their persistence in bringing their creative ideas to fruition. There are commonalities and distinguishing characteristics in these creators; the wide range of their creative thinking is both fascinating and inspiring.
In alphabetical order, I wish to thank the contributors – artists, writers, editor-publishers, musicians, filmmakers, theater-artists, impresarios, educators, builders, scientists, survivors and thrivers – for their enthusiastic embrace of my Conversations about Creativity Project and for this book. I thank them also for sharing their stories, their creative processes and their perceptions about their own and their collaborative creative endeavors. Knowing what makes each of them tick, stimulates us to think about our own creative affinities:
John. M. Anderson … Palaeobotanist
Eric Cosh … Filmmaker-Musician
Jill D. Glenn … Artist-Writer
Dede Harris … Artist-Welder
Sam Harris … Holocaust Survivor
Juanita Havill … Children’s Book Writer
Maurice Kahn … Master Printmaker
Aaron A. Kaplan … Intuitive Music Composer
Linda Leon … Marketing Professional
Lyra (Maryanne Kremer-Ames & Allen Ames) … Musicians-Composers
Shannon Pogoda … Builder-Educator
Smith Brothers (Tony Dean Smith & Ryan W. Smith) … Filmmakers
Spirit of the Senses (Thomas Houlon & Patty Barnes) … Cultural Impresarios
Chad Sweet … All Around Theatre Artist
Annette Tucker … Song Writer
Oliver X … Editor-Publisher
Wow, great looking book and I can hardly wait to read everything! Kudos, Ellen, well done!
I”m just amazed how you’re able to put together such great works and complete them not only on time, but before time. I thank you for doing that interview of me, and now it’s in a book. Can’t wait to see and read it in its entirety, Looking forward to getting together with you soon Ellen. It’s been such a crazy year for you and I.
How exciting to read the interviews of such a wide variety of creative people. Conversations about Creativity reflects a tremendous amount of your own creativity, from the germination of the idea for this book to the beautiful writing within.
Exploring creativity by interviewing people involved in a wide variety of fields is inspired. I am honored to have been interviewed by you, Ellen. I learned a great deal from the interview process and learned even more from reading about the lives, work, and creative processes of the individuals featured in your book.Thank you for your dedication to turn your idea into a book. May it be an inspiration to all who read it!
To be a part of this book among so many talented participants is indeed a privilege . What an exceptional opportunity you have given each of us. Your unique ability to ask pertinent questions …addressing what “makes us tick”, and why we do what we do, made each interview such a fun read on your website. I could actually hear each personality you showcased. Can’t wait to get my copy of the actual book where we all, along with your voice, now reside as a group.
Thank you Ellen!
Ellen this is an amazing book you never cease to amaze me with your creativity. Thank you for including me I am proud to be a part of it.