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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.
Poet’s Bio : Virginia Davis is a mother, poet, middle school English teacher, blogger, coffee lover, and author of four titles. She has been writing since the ninth grade, when she started using poetry and journaling as positive outlets while coping with the heavy emotions that came with the death of her oldest brother and not feeling accepted by her peers. Since then, writing has been her saving grace and has served as her one safe space where she feels free to truly be her most authentic self. She has self-published all of her books; her most recent title is a poetry compilation entitled The Mending , and it chronicles her poignant and victorious journey from heartache to healing. It is a poetic depiction of her choosing to take her broken pieces and transform them into something beautiful--art, and its most glorious form. Her first young adult novel will be released in the summer of 2020 and she is working on part two of The Mending. Virginia has a BA in English from Mor
Poet’s Bio: Neil M. Noble is a Washington, D. C. native whose newest creation is Moods of a Lake and Selected Poems , a collection of 45 poems that covers more than half a century of his thoughts, observations, feelings and emotions about the world. His book includes a series of visual art images designed specifically for each poem that brings a wonderful synergy of poetry and art. Neil is also an adjunct professor who teaches construction related courses in the Baltimore area. He and his wife enjoy traveling and spending time with family, friends and their dog. To learn more about his work, go to www.neilnoble.net DL: What are some of your reflections during the COVID-19 pandemic? NMN: My feelings about this virus are mostly sad. The reaction to this threat was not fast nor thorough enough. We will never know how many lives might have been spared had we come together sooner. DL: In celebration of National Poetry Month (April), can you share with us a few of your
Like many authors, I’ve had to cancel a few in person appearances and other author events since the pandemic. Bummer. But I was pleasantly surprised when I received an email from Georgia Harris, a friend of Emma Lou Black (the founder of the Heritage Book Club in Lexington, Kentucky) asking whether I would be available to meet virtually and discuss my first romantic suspense novel, Gotta Let It Go with her book club – The Ladies Who Love Literature. Without hesitation, I jumped at the opportunity to connect with these avid readers via Zoom. After we locked in the date (October 10, 2020 at 4 p.m.) I began communicating with Gayle Lloyd, a founder of the book club. She prepared a flyer (see below) with details of who they are, the types of books they like to read, and their logo designed by Belinda Stallings-Fields (another founding member) denoting the “chic, sophisticated persona of this group of enthusiastic readers." This was awesome! Needless to say, I was super excited w