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Interview with Gilbert H. Richards, Author of Herd of Tusks
Author’s Bio:A native of Baltimore City, Maryland, Gilbert H. Richards, a high school English Literature teacher of 20 years, set a goal to write a book of poetry during his college years. Having always written personal essays, Richards combined his love of writing, reading and his knowledge of English literature in his first book of poetry, Herd of Tusks. Richard has earned an English degree from Morgan State University and a Masters in Special Education from Coppin State University. He currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland.
What inspired you to write your book?
GHR: I’ve been writing poems since my teen years. At 62 years old, I think a lot about my own mortality. I want to leave a testament behind. This volume of poetry is that testament. I hope it’s not my last.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
GHR: I like a lot of authors, poets, journalists, and columnists etc. However, I was definitely influenced by the Black Power and Civil Rights movements of the 1960s. No doubt, I’m a Revolutionary/Black is Beautiful baby.
Is this your first book? How long did it take to start and finish your book?
GHR: This is my first book and it took me about a year and a half to complete.
Do you write with an outline, or just let it flow organically?
GHR: Both. I start organically, then try to organize it by topic and theme.
Do you listen to music when you write? If yes, is there a theme song for this book?
GHR: I always have music, sports talk radio or TV on. It’s all backdrop. “We’re Growing Higher and Higher” from Shaka Zulu.
What are the keys to success in getting your book out to the public?
Exposure, publicity, word of mouth, Facebook, website.
What advice would you give to new authors?
GHR: Look around, see what’s happening in your local area. Check out other local poets around. Read and reflect on what’s current in poetry globally too.
18, 2018 marked 10 wonderful years with my writers’ critique group members (L.
Trovillion, M. Paris and S. Yanguas) aka “The Talented Scribes.” We celebrated by having dinner at a nice
restaurant and reminisced about how we started and how far we have grown as
we write in different genres of fiction (e.g. romantic suspense, young adult, chick
lit) and non-fiction, we have garnered collective strength through our love of
writing. We support and cheer each other on throughout the highs and lows of
our writing while still having fun. So,
when I recently taught the workshop “Why Joining a Writing Group Makes You a
Star!” at the Black Authors and Readers Rock Weekend in Oxon Hill, MD (September
14 – 15, 2018), I didn’t have to look too far for inspiration. Here
are the 7 reasons I shared with the audience why joining a writing group makes
you a star: 1.Motivation a.As
writers we tend to want to stay in our comfort zone until we get motivated to
see that magic happe…
Author’s Bio: Mihir Jaiswal is an avid
traveler, keen observer, an able orator and a storyteller. He has written
several screenplays, short stories, travel stories, poems and technical documents.
Among exploring many places and people, he traveled to an Eskimo village in
Arctic region of Alaska. His passion to bring strong characters and their
triumphs to life motivated him to venture into novel writing. He has a PhD in
Bioinformatics and is currently a visiting associate at US Food and Drug
Administration. His first novel Sculpting Revenge was well received and
now he is getting ready to publish the second, The Last Day of Randolf
DL: What inspired you to
write your book?MJ: I enjoy watching theaters. I
watched ‘Marx in Soho’, a one-person play in an intimate theater in DC. My
expectation was a political documentary knowing it was a one-person play. The
lady who played the re-incarnation of Karl Marx was incredible, but
storytelling touched me the most. It was not at all a po…
Author’s Bio: Jack L. Daniel grew up in
Johnstown, PA beginning in public housing. In 1960, he was admitted on academic
probation to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. He subsequently earned
three degrees over the span of 8 years (B.S. in Psychology, M.A. in Speech
Communication, and PhD in Speech Communication in 1963, 1966, and 1968
respectively). He was an American Council on Education Fellow at Stanford
University during the 1973-74 academic year and was a Harvard Institute for
Educational Management Fellow in 1986.
After serving as the first
Chair of Black Studies, he served as a Dean, Vice Provost and Distinguished
Service Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. He taught courses and
conducted research in Black Communication. In 2010, he received the National Communication
Association Black Caucus’ Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2018, he received a
National Communication Association Presidential Citation for Service and for
Outstanding Scholarship and Activism Chronic…