Anthony Martin interview with David Alan Binder

posted Jan 31, 2016, 10:18 AM by David Alan Binder   [ updated May 16, 2016, 6:36 AM ]

Author Anthony Martin interview with David Alan Binder

 

His website: http://pentight.com/

 

His Bio from his website:  Anthony Martin (@pen_tight) can be found in Pea River Journal, Squawk Back,Lunch Ticket, Flyleaf Journal, Quiddity, The Austin Review, and Watershed Review, among other fine places.

 

1.     How do you pronounce your name? 

Anthony Martin is pronounced exactly as most native speakers would imagine, though this pronunciation is subject to change depending on the speaker’s daily intake.

 

2.     Where are you currently living?

San Diego, California. Don’t ask me about the weather, please.

 

3.     When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

There was no revelatory moment for me. My passion for writing and reading has been with me since childhood; however, it wasn’t until a few years ago that I sat down and worked through my first short story. It was rubbish. Since then, I have committed myself to my craft.

 

4.     How long on average does it take you to write a book?

TBD.  

 

5.     What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

I don’t keep a strict schedule, though I do strive to put a little work in (however brief or ineffective) each day after starting a new project.

 

6.     What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I write nearly all my first drafts by hand using a specific pen (Zebra F-301) and notebook (Leuchtturm1917 Master Ruled). Typically, I’ve put a record on. Sometimes I’ve poured a drink.

 

 

7.     Do you have any feelings about eBooks vs. print books and alternative vs. conventional publishing?

I care only about content and movement.

 

8.     Any tips for writers that you may have?

Take writerly advice in small doses and never as gospel.

9.     What do you like to do when you're not writing?

I box, read, swim in the ocean, and wander—all in good company, if I am fortunate.

10.                        Do you hear from your readers much? 

Sadly, no. Sometimes I wonder if all these short stories that we all work so hard to publish are destined for a quiet one-way void. I welcome responses to my work, positive, negative or otherwise, and make an effort to contact other writers when I’ve been moved by their words.

11.                        What do you think makes a good story?

I currently read fiction submissions for The Tishman Review, and beyond some fundamentals (strong characterization and dialog, command, purpose), I look for things fresh and new—prose that immediately draws me in. I ask myself, to quote Juno Diaz, what news the story brings to the world.

12.                        What inspires you? 

Children and good listeners. I often find both sources of inspiration in the same place.

 

13.                        How did you get to be where you are in your life today?

Dodging, ducking, patience and good humor.

 

14.                        What are some day jobs that you have held? 

umpire golf caddie steel fabrication apprentice sliding door repairman freelance writer English tutor homeless shelter volunteer technical writer

 

 

15.                        Did any of them impact your writing?

I find material in all lived experiences, however limited they might seem at first blush. Technical writing has certainly taught me the importance of concision and clarity; other work has reminded me of my privileges, which I try never to overlook.

 

16.                        What do you like to read in your free time?

Women. Writers of color. Slavic literature. Various literary magazines.

 

 

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