My name is Isabelle Esling. I graduated from the University of Metz, France, where I studied Liberal Arts/ Languages. I have been teaching modern foreign languages in public and private schools, mainly as a German and French teacher.
I have always had a passion for writing and music, black music in particular. I discovered Eminem in 2001 and was very enthusiastic about the artist’s great talent, which motivated me to write about him. It also motivated me to explore the Detroit hip hop scene that is full of amazing artists.
In 2003, Gavin Sheridan, a technical writer and professional blogger offered me to be a contributing writer for his blog, which got me started as a freelance music journalist. In 2005, with Gavin’s help, I started The Eminem Blog where I expressed about the artist, the Detroit hip hop scene and other hip hop related subjects.
I have reviewed a wide range of CD’s and interviewed some consistent artists such as Dina Rae, DJ Butter, Big Proof of D12, just to name a few. The Eminem Blog gained me a worldwide audience of readers. I have also contributed to numerous hip hop websites such as Music Mouth UK, Detroit Rap Com, Michigan Bands and D Townie.
In 2006, I did some interviews for Jason Matthews Detroit digital magazine ILL Mag. Through the years I developed my craft, increased my knowledge of hip hop culture and also expressed on various subjects such as spirituality, humanities, beauty and lifestyle, movies etc…I keep writing at The Eminem Blog and sharing my passion with my readers till now.
My first book on Eminem and the Detroit scene has been released with Amber Books and Colossus Books on august 2012. It is now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
What inspires you to write?
Topics that inspire me and life in general. As far as I can look back, I have always been interested in writing. I used to write little, illustrated stories as a child and my father paid me for each of them.
I do write with passion and purpose. I want to share with my audience.
Tell us about your writing process
Writing comes to me naturally, as this is something I really love doing. Ideas pop into my mind and I put them on paper.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My second book, that will be published in France with Delizon publishers, is a fiction, a novel that takes place in the French Capital.
I don t talk nor do I listen to my characters, I become each of them and live all the adventures and emotions through them.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My target is to become a full time writer. I decided to get published traditionally, because it is much easier to get support from the editorial team and also you are getting more exposure from a traditional publisher.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I am in favor of traditional publishing, for many reasons. I also think that you come up more seriously as a writer with a traditional publisher.
You are supported during the whole editimg process and you are gettimg more exposure.
What genres do you write:: Musical biography
What formats are your books in: Both eBook and Print