Featured Interview With George Thomas Clark
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky and raised in Sacramento where I lived and worked a variety of jobs until 1991 when I moved to Bakersfield, land of oil wells and country music, and for me a great place to write and teach English as a Second Language for adults. I used to have two full-time jobs, teaching and writing. Now I only write.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
As I kid I was much more a newspaper reader than a book reader. Our family subscribed to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Sacramento Bee, and the Sacramento Union, and I spent a lot of time reading all of them and well remember Herb Caen, Charles, McCabe, and other distinguished columnists at the Chronicle. After graduating from high school I started reading lots of books independently and soon started writing at about age 19. Like many young writers, I lacked discipline and had to build it over the years.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
Raymond Carver, Ernest Hemingway, John Cheever, and William Trevor are three of my favorite writers of fiction. I enjoy the nonfiction works of Joan Didion and David Halberstam.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
In search of stimulating stories, I interviewed prostitutes in Madrid, Mexico City, Havana, and Managua and on many boulevards in the United States, and talked to detectives and rode the rough roads of social workers who deal with human trafficking, which is contemporary slavery, and toured the tattered, handmade shelters of the homeless and also interviewed them on the streets and in shelters, and conversed with the poor in the United States, Mexico, Ecuador, and Spain, and sometimes used several lives to create composite stories, and even a few tales, and everywhere the author ventured he witnessed struggles of those whose lives are bound In Other Hands.
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