trevor clark


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trevor clark

what is your name?

Trevor Clark

how would you describe what you do?

Wrestling with my demons when I have insomnia, perodically resuming my search for an agent, trying to hammer experience

into art, watching the homeless routinely climb into the dumpsters behind a nearby building from my position at the computer.

what are you currently working on?

Reworking a literary sort of crime novel that is set in Toronto.

what has had the greatest influence on your work?

The initial inspiration is difficult to pinpoint, as I recall having had notions of writing from an early age. In fact, perhaps inspired
by Lennon’s car, I envisioned driving a psychedelically-painted Rolls Royce with the letters AAA painted on the doors, which were to indicate my three famous talents in the future: Author, Actor, Artist. That was during my brief drama club phase. I was doing
reasonably well in art and English, and was encouraged/influenced by a few teachers to whom I am grateful.

As time went on I became more introspective and found my moody temperament more inclined to that, perhaps, of a tormented writer. I also abandoned art, perhaps partially out of laziness. A typewriter seemed easier than wrestling with turpentine and canvases, and I did love fiction.

As for specific literary influences as reflected in my own writing, they tend to be all over the place. Certainly I liked the autobiographical impulses of Henry Miller and The Beats, but I also appreciated the remote, third person discipline to be found in Joyce’s “Dubliners”, Leonard Gardner’s “Fat City”, Algren, Updike’s Rabbit series, Robert Stone… As a result, there is both the journalistic realism of “Born To Lose” and the shameless narration of the anti-hero in my novel “Dragging The River”. Even in the latter, however, I wouldn’t suggest that the story is necessarily my own, at least not to the extent that Lee, the narrator in “Junkie” could be described as Burroughs’ alter ego. But an influence can be noted.


what is the greatest misconception about you or your work?

I haven’t come across any misconceptions, per se. I’d probably need more press and a wider audience for that.


what do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?

I don’t think the medium itself has strengths or weaknesses. The author is more or less responsible for his or her own writing. However, it’s unfortunate that less and less space is being given to book reviews.

how has technology impacted upon the work you do?

I think computers are great. I used to be so obsessed with the look of a page that I would sometimes re-type it if the sentences weren’t lining up attractively on the right-hand side. Now there’s the “Justify” function, not to mention the cutting and pasting. Writing flows much more easily.

what’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?

I don’t know if it’s great or not, just that one shouldn’t become overly discouraged by rejection if one enjoys one’s art. It can be a long haul, particularly if one doesn’t like to compromise.
where can we find you online?

www.nonpublishing.com (for info about “Dragging The River” and the upcoming “Love On The Killing Floor” from Now Or Never Publishing)

www.ecwpress.com (for “Born To Lose” at ECW Press)

Facebook, including separate book pages, which can be found by typing in the aforementioned titles.


what are you reading at the moment?

“Zeroville” by Steve Erickson. Whenever I see this question asked, I’ve always wondered if it would be ethical to answer with the last book you would want to recommend or would like the world to know you were reading. In this case, as coincidence would have it, I’m actually reading something that’s really good.

what are you listening to at the moment?

I tend to be searching/listening to music I already know on YouTube, which isn’t particularly new.


anything else we should know?

Someone has been testing the fire alarm outside my door for the past half hour.

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7 Responses to “trevor clark”

  1. Just a note about Trevor. He called my book Monument “fearless”, the greatest compliment I’ve received from another writer so far in my young career. I just read Love on the Killing Floor, and I will return the compliment, the guy is fearless with his prose.

  2. Penelope Anne Barr Says:

    Trevor is brilliant. I devoured his latest (DTR) and am anxiously awaiting Love on the Killing Floor.
    Please send me anything else you know about this promising Canadian talent.
    Thank you!

  3. Since the late 90s I have been a fan of Trevor Clark’s superb gash-graphic prose fiction and his famous underground remix tapes of twisted journalism, avant-garde music and noxious furniture store advertisements. The man is a first-rate artist and I eagerly await his new novel Love On The Killing Floor and hope someone will convince him soon to release those underground remixes as MP3s and CDs.
    Bravo Clark!

  4. Glen Rame Says:

    I have known you since we were teenagers Trev, we have mutual friends etc., but man I admire you for sticking to your guns, and staying with your art, I am proud of you bud, you deserve the recognition you are getting now. I only wish I had had the same fortitude to stick with my music. Congrats to you buddy.

    Glen

  5. Hi Trevor .. hat was me.. I was testing the fire alarm at your place.. Lol Can you gues why? ( I wanted to ake sure I ould cool)
    Really enjoy reading your nterview, We have some things in common, Im an ol social worker from TO whos trying to hammer gher experience into art too.. literally.. ;-)

  6. Trevor’s writing is ambitious, and i respect that quality in him. I did pray to God that he would gain in notoriousness, perhaps (but only perhaps) through his books. Best of luck, dude, and thanks for the inspiration, just like the touch of the breath.

  7. A true talent – so glad you continue to write. Glad to see you are starting to get the recognition you so justly deserve. I look forward to reading your latest
    work. Good luck buddy!

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