Edward Stanton is the author of ten books, some translated into Spanish, Arabic and Chinese. He has published fiction, poetry, essays and translations in journals throughout the U.S., Latin America and Europe, where he has lectured at universities and cultural centers. Edward Stanton has been a Fulbright fellow in Argentina and Uruguay and has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the U.S. Department of Education and the government of Spain. He was named the A.R. Sánchez Distinguished Lecturer at Texas A&M International University in 2003 and Distinguished Alumnus at UCLA in 2007. Edward Stanton appears in Contemporary Authors and Dictionary of International Biography.
(taken from http://edwardstanton.com/about.html)
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SIX MINUTES WITH EDWARD STANTON:
Joining LitPick today for Six Minutes with an Author is Edward Stanton. He is the author of almost a dozen books, some translated into other languages such as Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese. He has also lectured at universities and cultural centers throughout the U.S., Latin America, and Europe. His newest book, Wide as the Wind, was just released.
How did you get started writing?
I started writing about sports and became the sports editor of my high school newspaper, which taught me how to research a story and meet deadlines.
Who influenced you?
Mark Twain. When I read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in the fifth grade, I took the book to heart so much that I imitated Tom and his best friend Huck Finn by playing hooky from school. Luckily, my teacher, the wise Mr. Pollack, loved good books and understood. Later I became a teacher myself, so I don’t recommend skipping school to any students who read this.
Do you have a favorite book/subject/character/setting?
I have many favorite books. Mark Twain’s are still among them. One that I read every day is the ancient Chinese classic, Tao Te Ching.
What advice do you have for someone who wants to be an author?
It’s a difficult profession that requires years of hard work and thick skin for the inevitable rejections. My advice would be: Only do it unless you are so passionate about it that nothing else would satisfy you.
Where is your favorite place to write?
The desk in my study. Nowhere else.
Thanks for joining us for an interview, Edward. We enjoyed your story about playing hooky because of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. What grace Mr. Pollack showed.