My first fiction writing was at age 21, based on childhood experiences and gang life.
|A Glimpse of Youth, by Gary Beck|
I was attending Hunter College, and one day while I was writing at a table in the cafeteria, a professor sat down across from me. He spread out papers and books and started mumbling to himself. He asked what I was writing. I replied," a story", he asked what it was about. When I replied:"gang life", he got very excited and told me he was editing a short story anthology about gangs for a major publisher. He asked to read it, loved it and asked to read another. He said he'd like to include them in the anthology. This was very exciting for me, since these were my first stories.
A few weeks later he was killed in an auto accident. The new editor didn't like the stories and rejected them.
I got involved in other projects and didn't get back to the stories for many years. I sent them to literary magazines and all of them were published. Sweatshoppe Publications recently published the collection, A Glimpse of Youth, in Amaya, 2013.
The stories are a painful portrait of a boy swept away by unpleasant circumstances, who manages to escape gang life and start a new path for a better life.
A Glimpse of Youth written by Gary Beck and published by Sweatshoppe Publications is available online at Amazon.com.
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