Topic: Author Interview
Alan Tobak the person:
1. What three words do you think describe you as a human being?
A. Caring .
B. Loving .
C. Intelligent .
2. How do you think others would describe you?
I think people would describe me as a sensitive, warm person
that makes people smile.
3. Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of
My wife, of course . She has made my life worth living, has
gotten me out of serious depression, and allows me to love her
4. Do you have any pets? If so, introduce us to them.
Not yet .
5. What is your most precious memory?
When I first met my wife, Mary, online, she had a way of
capturing my interest that intrigued me. I just had to find out
6. What is your most embarrassing memory?
When I feel down the steps of wedding platform while trying to
break the wedding cup. (Don't ask).
7. If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing with your
Having depression from divorce, and a handicapped son, I
probably would not be alive.
Alan Toback the writer:
8. Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a
When the world around me became a story line no matter where I
was at the time. I now see life around me, blossoming into
stories, poetry and amazement.
9. What is going on with your writing these days?
I am writing poetry and trying to finish a very long short story
I started 3 yrs. Ago.
10. What are your future goals for your writing?
To keep on writing till I no longer can think.
11. Can you describe a typical writing day for you?
My life is anything but typical . I am disabled having a stroke
in '77, heart blockage now and various other serious illnesses.
But when the muse hits, I take advantage of it as quickly as
possible. I do have a problem with 'pushing myself' to write,
but this New Year promised myself to do better.
12. Why do you write?
That's like asking; Why do you love? . I write because it wants
to be read. My mind never sleeps or slows down. That's why it's
had to sleep at night.
13. What writer most inspires you? Why?
A. Shakespeare .B. He was so prolific in so many genre's,
poetry, short stores ,etc.
14. How do you define your writing?
It has a little of myself in it, passion . interest . mystery.
My poetry is inspired by my wife and new religious aspect of my
15. In one sentence-what do you want people to say about your
writing in fifty years?
He was inspired late in life, but his maturity had a youthful
edge to it. He wrote poetry in Free Verse because it was his
mind's view of life. He wrote because it gave him pleasure to
give others pleasure.
Alan Toback the details:
16. Can you tell us where to find more information on you?
Just Google . alan m. toback
17. Is there a place where readers can reach you?
18. Can you list all your book titles so people can look for
"Before the last teardrop falls ", "The Muse On Writing"
19. For new readers-what can they expect when they read your
Poetry . with a heart.
20. Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers-what
would you like them to know about you and your writing?
I have been married twice (counting present one) and in each one
have learned that life is what you put into it, not what you
take away. I have searched each day for true love, yet found
that my heart had it all the time. Mary saw this and pulled it
out for us to share.
She has helped me in my writing, being my editor and
encouragement. I left high school @ age 16, yet recently took
college classes in creative writing, getting awards from
college. Mary helps me with my grammar and proofreads some, yet
holds down a full time employment.