Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
A native of Upstate New York, Clifford Beck received the bulk of his education at the State University of New York at Albany. His writing began with experiments in poetry, inspired by ancient literature. Later, he attended Southern Maine Technical College, earning a degree in New Media. His work is largely an exploration into human darkness and the dynamics of madness. Having a background in design and illustration, he also creates the cover art for his novels
Now a resident of Portland, Maine, he writes what speaks to him the loudest, occasionally relying on music for inspiration. But, ideas have always come to him during the most unlikely of situations and is always with pen and pad at the ready. During the course of his life, he has been seen as someone in possession of a rather peculiar personality, but has come to accept this as a commonality among writers in general and an expression of what makes the mind of a writer tick.
He has most of his life in the helping professions and has witnessed a good deal of human suffering. Using his work as a tool of reflection and a doorway into his own personal demons, he brings these experiences to the surface in the form of ideas pertaining to social issues and the direction the world appears to be taking, and he is able to paint the darkness of human nature on a much broader canvas. Using a strong sense of visual imagery, he is also able to bring his novels to life, immersing the reader in a world governed by a unique and separate reality.
Thus far, I have written eleven books and currently working on number twelve.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My last book is titled ‘The Devil’s Daughter’. To be honest, inspiration comes from many places and I’m not sure where this one came from.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Dante, Stephen King
What are you working on now?
Right now, I am working on a post-apocalyptic story titled ‘Black Sun’.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Amazon promotional free downloads as well as free pmotional sites and Facebook.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Work, work, work…
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Write every day. Even a paragraph is enough.
What are you reading now?
What’s next for you as a writer?
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
The Stand by Stephen King. Anything about serial killers and a collection of ghost stories.
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