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Member Spotlight: Anthony Valerio

black and white photo of author Anthony Valerio and an image of his book Charles Street Trio

Why is writing important to you and why do you think it’s an important medium for the world? I’ve been practicing the practice of creative writing now since 1962. I’ve been fortunate that I’ve been able to do so on a full-time basis. That is, hell or high water wake up and write half a day. So I would equate the act of writing, for me, a life force, the very swift energy that propels me forward.

What are your tried and tested remedies to cure writer’s block? Sorry but have not suffered from this due to deadlines. But one idea: transport yourself to the blocked scene. Resurrect it. Characters, dialogue. Then ask yourself: what are they doing now? Saying? That which comes up is the breakthrough

What is your favorite time to write? Morning writer. closer to dreams.

What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received and would like to impart to other writers? Me: “I’m worried about this book’s future.” My editor: “Write another book.”

What excites you most about being a writer in today’s age? That it’s gotten me this far, reached a good many, keep going as long as possible reach as many as possible.

Anthony Valerio’s Charles Street Trio: A Novel in Three Voices, co-written with Kate Farrell and Pamela Manché Pearce, is out now.