Eric Corey Freed, LEED AP, Hon. FIGP, is Founding Principal of organicARCHITECT, an architecture and consulting firm in California, with over 20 years of experience in green building. He is also co-founder of Architect Exam Prep, providing innovative study guides for young architects.
He was the founding Chair of Architecture for The San Francisco Design Museum and one of the founders of ecoTECTURE: The Online Journal of Ecological Design. He is a regular contributor for Sustainable Industries Journal, Luxe, Natural Home, Metropolitan Home and dozens of other publications. Eric lectures around the country at over 50 conferences a year, and his work has been featured in Dwell, Metropolis, Town & Country, Natural Home and Newsweek. He has been seen on television on Fox News, HGTV, The Sundance Channel and PBS.
Eric is the author of four books, including “Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies”, a bestseller with over 200,000 copies in print, and “Sustainable School Architecture.” His latest, “Green$ense for your Home” won the 2011 Outstanding Book Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
Eric is considered a leader in the field; named by San Francisco Magazine “Best Green Architect” in 2005; “Best Visionary” in 2007; and “Green Visionary” by 7×7 Magazine in 2008. In 2012, he was named one of the 25 “Best Green Architecture Firms” in the US, and one of the “Top 10 Most Influential Green Architects.”
What inspires you to write?
I love explaining complex ideas and making them memorable. Plus, I do it for the big, fat paychecks.
Tell us about your writing process.
Writing is a painful, slow, laborious process of outlining, researching, editing, writing, fleshing out, editing again, putting it aside and going to a movie, and picking it back up when my editor is yelling at me. I hate it and love it much in the same way one feels about reality television.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I am not talented enough to write fiction, but I aspire.
What advice would you give other writers?
There’s no such thing as writers block, just write every day, and force yourself. Inspiration rarely strikes if you wait around for it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I chose a big name publisher as I wanted to reach as many people as possible, and I am not insulted by offers of tiny amounts of money.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The industry is still stuck in the 19th Century, is kicking and screaming into the 20th, and we’ll see how thy fare coming into the 21st.
What do you use?
Co-writer, Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Non-Fiction, Technical, Home & Construction
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print