Interview with Gary Glauber

 

Q: When did you start writing?

A: I have really been writing from the time I first learned to write: poetry, stories, plays, songs, journalistic accounts, and more.  It was always something I have been motivated to do. I was an avid reader, and aspired to write.


Q: Who are your biggest inspirations/your favourite writers?

A: This list would require more space than this site might afford.  I have thousands of books in my library, and yet I’m always reading more.  Here are some (but certainly not all): James Joyce, Marcel Proust, Haruki Murakami, Lorrie Moore, Raymond Carver, Raymond Chandler, Phillip K. Dick, Don DeLillo, William Trevor, Thomas Hardy, Ann Beattie, William Faulkner, Mark Twain,  Ernest Hemingway, David Foster Wallace, Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard, Jennifer Egan, Alice Munro, Kenneth Koch, John Koethe, James Tate, W.S. Merwin, Richard Ford, David Mamet, William Shakespeare, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Andy Partridge, John Gardner, Seamus Heaney, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Alice Adams, Amy Bloom, Amy Hempel, Jhumpa Lahiri, Anthony Burgess, Robert Frost, Thomas Mann, Anton Chekhov, Henrik Ibsen, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and countless others.


Q: What time of day do you do most of your writing?

A: By nature, I am a night writer.  I enjoy getting lost in the process and not watching the clock.  Now that I teach, that schedule proves impossible for most of the year, so I have become more of an afternoon writer. I am not a morning person – even with a good cup of coffee to help.


Q:  Why do you write?

A:  It is part of my DNA by nature, rather than a conscious choice.  If I had to ascribe reasons as to why I do it, I suppose to maintain my sanity.  Through writing, I am able to encounter my inner demons and fantastical notions, access my emotions, and exercise my literary skills, all toward the next creation. It helps one deal with the enigmas of daily life; it’s a coping strategy that might also educate or entertain.  I write because I like writing; I write because I must.  Some sharks need to keep moving; some humans need to keep writing.

 


Q: Do you have any favourite quotes from writers?

A:

“Angels fly because they take themselves lightly.” – G.K. Chesterton

“Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn’t the work he is

supposed to be doing at that moment.” -Robert Benchley

“It is human nature to think wisely and act foolishly.” – Anatole France

“It is the beautiful bird that gets caged.”  – Chinese Proverb

“The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the

intelligent full of doubt.” – Bertrand Russell

“Every act of rebelling expresses a nostalgia for innocence.”  – Albert Camus

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” – Oscar Wilde

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail better.” – Samuel Beckett

Q: What is one piece of advice you would give new/aspiring writers?

A: Read plenty, write often, never give up on yourself, even in the face of occasional rejection.  Writing is a process, and an often-difficult one – still, try to enjoy the journey!

Q: Do you have any collections, chapbooks, or other books available for people to purchase?

A: I have two collections and a chapbook available on Amazon or through the respective presses: Small Consolations (Aldrich Press), Worth the Candle (Five Oaks Press), and Memory Marries Desire (Finishing Line Press).  Here is a link to my Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B012BMLL3E


Gary Glauber is a poet, fiction writer, teacher, and former music journalist.  His works have received multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations. He champions the underdog to the melodic rhythms of obscure power pop. His two collections, Small Consolations (Aldrich Press) and Worth the Candle (Five Oaks Press) and a chapbook Memory Marries Desire (Finishing Line Press) are available through Amazon. This past summer he read selections from his most recent collection at the 2017 NYC Poetry Festival. 

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