Jack Carter


For 33 years, Jack Carter has worked as a writer, reporter, editor, and photographer. His co-authored book "I Cried, You Didn't Listen: A Survivor's Expos of the California Youth Authority" won Noam Chomsky's Project Censored award for investigative journalism. Writing assignments and personal travel have sent him to 28 countries worldwide. In his spare time he likes to read, write, and barbecue. Photo: Douglas Kenney, deep in the California Sierra

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
Mr. Ernest Hemingway got me cooking at a young age; his "Nick Adams" stories taught me how to do it - short & direct; keep it simple. After that, I waded through Jack London, who told it like it is; Ring Lardner for his humor; Henri Charrière, whose "Papillion" movie adaptation starred Steve McQueen; Norman Mailer's "The Executioner's Song," whose move adaptation starred a young, supremely talented Tommy Lee Jones; Jack Henry Abbott's "In the Belly of the Beast"; George MacDonald Fraser's "Flashman" series (recommended by my friend Gerrit Stricker); Gregory David Roberts' "Shantaram" (another Gerrit recommendation); Keith Richards' "Life": John Burdett's "Bangkok 8"; and more recently, anything by Vernon Howard, whose books literally saved my life. I can go on and on with this question, but I'll spare you the pain....
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Writing, rewriting, editing, polishing copy; plus a game of tennis with the boys at the Cordova Street courts; and playing with a neighbor's cat "Brownie" during the first of two or three daily visits.
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My motivational song....
"Bye Bye, Johnny"


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