Author Barry Eisenberg of ‘Primal Calling’: I would like my readers to appreciate the empowering nature of being more open with one another and with themselves

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12 min readJan 15, 2021


It seems that much of what we are instructed to do in life is hold our vulnerabilities inside. Revealing them may be seen as a sign of weakness. Without giving anything away about the book, the characters discover the empowering nature of being more open with one another and with themselves. This is not to suggest that they completely shed guardedness. But as they learn to trust one another, their facades weaken, and they discover personal strengths buried deeply within.

As part of my interview series on the five things you need to know to become a great author, I had the pleasure of interviewing Barry Eisenberg. Barry is the author of Primal Calling, his debut novel. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, among others. An associate professor of health care management in the School for Graduate Studies at the State University of New York Empire State College, he is also a health care management consultant and a former hospital administrator. An avid bicycle rider, Eisenberg lives in New Jersey with his wife, Amy.

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you share a story about what brought you to this particular career path?

Thank you so much for inviting me, it’s great to be with you!

I have always loved to write and find that I really enjoy expressing myself that way. My work as an associate professor involves writing almost every day, however mostly about health care, the field in which I primarily work and teach. Until recently, I have not had as much time to devote to fiction as I would like, so Primal Calling was written in small stages when I could carve out the space in my days. It has been so energizing to work on, and I’m so excited about my second novel that I’m currently writing.