Friday, August 20, 2010

Interview with Author Gary Buslik

Gary Buslik leads the life of a spunky and hilariously funny author/teacher. His love for writing started at a very early age and when he tried to pursue that dream, life took him on another journey. Although the cards of life didn’t first deal him the author card, he never gave up creating. For much of his career many knew him as CEO of an amazing company that skyrocketed in the stock exchange, but inside Gary has always been a lover of words. He is now the author of A ROTTEN PERSON TRAVELS THE CARIBBEAN and THE MISSIONARY'S POSITION; both are witty must haves for any traveler.


Since this blog is about offering inspiration to writers and artists, my first question for you is, do you have a favorite quote or piece of literature? If so, why is it your favorite?

As a teacher of Shakespeare I'm always pulling quotes from the Bard. I've found all the philosophy I've ever needed from him. It's also great for picking up women. "Go to your bosom: Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know" is one of the greatest score lines of all time. This is the line I used when I met my future wife, and it worked for many years, until she finally said, "Out, out damn'd spot!"

If you could go back in time when you were a young adult, what piece of advice would you give yourself?

Your ego is your worst enemy.

Has there ever been a professor/teacher in your life that has left an impression on you in a big way? If so, what did they do?

My high school English teacher, Barbara Cyrus (now Martin). I was a horrible student, a total goofball. But she saw something in me and said so. She was very kind, very encouraging. For her it was probably just another day at the office, but for me it meant everything. To this day—a long, long time later—I'm still writing to please her. I send her copies of my books, fully expecting her to write back, "Well, it could be worse." You might not think that high praise, but to a teenage goofball it spelled career.

Since you are a teacher as well, how do you encourage your students when they’re having moments of self-doubt?

I tell my students to always try to see the other person's point of view. It will make them better people and better writers. As for self-doubt, some of my students need more, not less. (OK, I'm no Miss Cyrus.)

Sometimes my creative writing students are the worst. They'll write a first-person narrative and have the narrator kill himself at the end. When I ask the obvious—How did he write the story if he's dead?—they turn me in to the English Department for destroying their self-esteem. At least once a year I have to meet with the department head to fill out a form. He finally just gave me a pad of fifty and told me to submit them myself as necessary, that he has better things to do, such as lunch.

If you could be any hero, real or make believe, who would it be and why?

I don't think I have any heroes. I never thought about that before. I admire many people, but I just assume everyone else is at least as nuts as I am. I often wish I had been born without a cynicism gene, but then I wouldn't be an artist. As the great Christopher Rush said, "Unhappy people write; happy people bowl."

I suppose I wish I had a better picture for Facebook. Yours is really terrific, and it makes me want to tell you, "Go to your bosom: Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know."

If you could pick three nouns to describe yourself, what would they be?

"Dog." "Cat." "Bird." The three pets with whom I will be buried. I miss them a lot. But at least they'll be buried with me, not with you know who.

Thank you Gary!  Your sense of humor is out of this world and so are your books.  I am so lucky to have interviewed you and I know many who will be happy to get to know more about you. 


If you would like to find out more about Gary Buslik and his fascinating life check out his website or pick up a book.  You wont be disappointed because he'll be sure to make you laugh.

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