One of the things we want to do here at Trust & Treachery is give you a chance to get to meet our authors. Over the next few weeks, you will see bios and Q&As for our amazing contributors. Today is David Taub Bancroft. Stay tuned as additional authors are added every Monday.
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David Taub Bancroft
David Taub Bancroft lives in Vancouver—the one in Canada. He is new to . . . well, pretty much everything. Just look at his picture. Young, right? But don’t let his youthful good looks fool you; he is fast approaching that treacherously untrustworthy age of 30. And what does he have to show for his nearly 1.5 score years of existence apart from bad knees and an underactive thyroid? He graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BA in political science and philosophy. He works part-time in a public library. He went to India once. Oh, and he writes. He blogs about politics (mostly Canadian), and his short fiction has appeared in such secretly reputable publications as The Montreal Review and Zouch Magazine & Miscellany. He can be found online at: songofthewatermelon.wordpress.com
Do you have any recent events to announce (of publications or anything else exciting)?
I’m currently working up the courage to quit my day job. That can’t end well.
What inspired you to write this story?
The frustrating persistence of climate change denialism. That also can’t end well.
What books and/or authors have most influenced you?
Although it is not at all apparent in my writing, Salman Rushdie has been a pretty big influence lately. Also, you can’t go wrong with Orwell and Vonnegut.
What are you reading now?
Death at Intervals by José Saramago and Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond.
What are your current projects?
I’m working on my first novel, which is kind of about me or someone like me. But not exactly. This project is progressing rather slowly, but I recently stopped typing two spaces after every period. I think that will speed things up. Against all common sense, however, I refuse to give up the Oxford comma.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
I tend to be more on the receiving end of advice. The best I can think of is the old standard “revise revise revise!”
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
“. . . we must not underestimate the progress made by advancing from muddled ignorance to informed bemusement.”
—Jonathan Wolff, An Introduction to Political Philosophy
Hilarious and true! We will never have it all figured out, so let’s at least reflect intelligently upon our confusion.
What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?
Becoming a vegetarian and sticking with it for nearly a decade and counting.
What inspires you to write and why?
Best-case scenario: an insatiable need to create and to express myself—ideally for the benefit of humanity and all sentient beings. Worst-case scenario: vanity.
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
Every rejection is difficult. Paradoxically, it seems to be getting harder with time rather than easier. The best compliment, by contrast, was probably in the 5th grade when the teacher chose my short story to read in front of the class and everyone laughed at the jokes contained therein. All my writing ambitions might just be an effort to replicate that feeling.
Tell us something unusual (or fun) about yourself.
I enjoy correcting Q&A grammar.
(Note from editors – Doh!)