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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.
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