Interview with Gary Beck
What genre do you write and why?
I write poetry, plays, novels, short stories, essays and I used to translate classical drama. I started writing poetry at age 16, got involved with theater, which led to plays and translations. I've always been a story teller, so stories and novels became a natural expression. I'm concerned with various issues, so essays let me speak out on various subjects.
Tell us about your latest book.
Resonance is a collection of poems that looks at individual and cultural experiences from this complicated world in which some receive rewards but others are punished and pushed to the brink of despair. Published by Dreaming Big Publications.
What formats is the book available in?
Resonance is available in paperback and ebook.
Who are your favourite authors?
Sophocles, Herodatus, many British poets, the French Symbolist poets, Walt Whitman, Theodore Dreiser, Thomas Wolfe, John Steinbeck. The list is almost endless.
What advice do you have for other writers?
Writers should write about what they know best, remove ego and indulgence from the creative process, and not be a judge of their own work. Write. Put it out there. And never accept anyone's judgement except if you respect them.
What's your favourite quote about writing/for writers?
"I write when the spirit moves me and the spirit moves me every day." - Tolstoy
Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
Find out more about me and my writing on my website garycbeck.com
Where can a reader purchase your book?
On Amazon at http://amzn.to/1VH4pqf
What are your thoughts on self-publishing verses traditional publishing?
For me, self-publishing is a no-no. Let anyone else do it if they wish. For me, it would be a superficial indulgence and fatuous ego gratification.
What books or authors have most influenced your life?
The two authors who most influenced my life were Thomas Wolfe and John Steinbeck. I read Look Homeward Angel when I was fifteen years old in a time of terrible personal troubles. The passion poured into Eugene Gant poured into me. In Dubious Battle and The Grapes of Wrath convinced me that it was still possible, in an oppressive society, to call for something finer.