One of the people Weinberg counts as friend, teacher and role model, is bestselling novelist Dean Koontz, who wrote the introduction to Superheroes. “When I started writing, Dean advised me to keep my focus on my characters and never step out of that point of view. That is some of the best writing advice I was given.”
About 15 years ago, Weinberg decided to dedicate more of his time to writing. “I have become totally absorbed in my writing and keep crazy ‘writer’s hours.’ When the creativity and energy are flowing, I write from early evening well into the early morning hours of the next day; I have absolutely no concept of the passing of time,” he wryly explains.
Raised in Hillside, N.J., Weinberg’s undergraduate degree in mathematics from the Stevens Institute of Technology afforded him many job offers; but, he says, he didn’t want a “traditional job.” So, Weinberg applied for the master’s program in mathematics with an honors fellowship at Fairleigh Dickinson. “I had a friend from high school who attended FDU, I knew the area, and I loved its proximity to New York City.”
The fit was ideal for Weinberg. He “taught as a teacher’s assistant in the morning and attended classes in the evenings. It was a very enjoyable period of my life.” Weinberg liked teaching, describing it as “very similar to writing. My time at FDU was the best of both worlds, with the challenge of the academics and the passion for a job.”
Weinberg now resides in Chicago, Ill., where he is always in the middle of either writing or researching his next subject. Married 32 years, he is the father of one son, Matthew, of whom he boasts, “He’s such an intelligent young man. He designs computer games, and I am happy that he has accomplished so much in his own life.”
Weinberg is awaiting the publication of yet another book, The Science of James Bond, in April 2006. Also co-authored with Gresh, the book debunks many of the inaccuracies in the famous Bond series. “Many of the plots are simply not logical; but we have a great time discussing them.”
And, fans can look forward to many more interesting books and projects. Currently, Weinberg is exploring television deals for The Science of Superheroes, and there is always an idea for another book brewing. “It’s hard for me to imagine a better career.”