Gregory J. Robb is a writer, an educator and a broadcaster. In 25 years, Greg has amassed over 1300 periodical bylines all over the world. He continues to pursue the greatest story of all from his beloved home of Vancouver, Canada. Transience: From Failure to Future in a Scarred Family is Gregory's inaugural book.
Do you have a preferred e-reading device?
No. They are all evolving so quickly that even a favourite might be replaced by another one. It has been fascinating to watch the digital publishing revolution.
Do you agree that an author's work reflects his own reading preferences?
To a degree, but not entirely. From my first days of playing music through to my publishing life, I've always yearned to reach for new territory, or some higher ground. So, I have always been willing to indulge artists that defied boundaries, or somehow stretched them. That doesn't necessarily mean that I would read every book by that author, right? I came to writing late, actually. My first artistic love was music. That said, I enjoyed some of the reading we did in school of some very classic books, like "1984" by George Orwell. I began to read outside of school, in earnest, with the debut of Stephen King's debut novel, "Carrie." That came out in the early 1970s, and I read him for the first decade of his career. But I would always venture into other areas as it happened. For example, my all-time favourite band is RUSH. Who knew that its lyrics would introduce me to the name, Ayn Rand? They did, so I bought some of her work - both her novels and non-fiction. Sometimes, I'd buy a bestseller, such as Mario Puzo's, "The Godfather." There is a musical parallel here. I would start loving one band and then go through phases with others. For example, I began drumming to KISS! That ended up leading to my lifelong love of RUSH, but I would venture into jazz and new wave. All over the map - eclectic. In university reading, I gravitated to the abstract side of English Romanticism. I loved the concepts of William Blake and "Kubla Khan." In 20th Century literature, I am infinitely challenged and delighted by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. While I can appreciate simplicity, I gravitate towards those who use that to find a new destination for thought. Yet, I can sit down with a good story in "Sports Illustrated" and be just as happy. I also tend to pay a little extra attention to Canadian artists with talent - call it a small patriotic streak.
Transience: From Failure to Future in a Scarred Family demonstrates how one generation can repair the painful legacies of predecessors. No matter what the adversity, the great human story is written in experience and concluded upon the individual’s commitment to love and light. Here is one man’s roller coaster testament to the power of healing through expression. It is time to break the chains.