He was born in the Big Thicket National Preserve in Southeast Texas and many of his books take place there. He spent almost 40 years in New York City where he studied literature and creative writing with Marguerite Young. He have had 7 novels published and 1 memoir. He has recently finished another memoir, Writing Under the Influence of…. As the title suggests it is about my literary influences: people, places, books. There is a section about working in Brentano’s and Scribner’s bookstores back in 1967-1974.
He believes his last novel, Walking on Glory, is also unpublished and is, in his opinion, one of his best. Currently he live in a small colonia just outside San Miguel de Allende and is working on a series of stories inspired by some of his Mexican neighbors.
He continues to exhibit his sculptures. Currently he has an exhibition at the Museum of the City of Queretaro; his 3rd exhibition in this museum. In San Miguel, his work is currently on display in the gallery of Edina Sagert, 8A, Fabrica la Aurora.
ME: Where is the most exotic place you visited?
EDWARD: In 1979 I visited the Lacondon rainforest in the Mexican state of Chiapas. I met many of the Lacandon people, said to the direct descendants of the Maya. At that time there was no way in or out of the rainforest except by boat along the Usumacinta River, or by horse, or small plane. I flew in and floated out. Today there are roads that crisscross the rainforest. It is still beautiful but because it has become more familiar and accessible it is no longer exotic, at least not to me.
ME: Tell us something that has been in the vault. Something hardly anyone knows about you.
EDWARD: In spite of the fact that I laugh a lot, all of my life I’ve suffered from a nagging depression that comes and goes. Most creative people have it. The only answer is to maintain a positive outlook as much as possible and keep working. I have never stopped working. I would sink into a terrible state of mind if I stopped writing, making art, listening to music.
ME: What is your greatest accomplishment?
EDWARD: My greatest accomplishment: Having written all these very difficult novels while working 9 to 5 office jobs…well, that wasn’t easy, but I did it and I managed to enjoy most of it. I am very grateful that I no longer have to work for anyone other than myself. My greatest book accomplishments are Miss Spellbinder’s Point of View, and The Daughter of the Doctor and the Saint. They were the most challenging books and I worked on each of them many years.
ME: How would you describe your writing style?
EDWARD: My writing style involves a “heightened and poetic realism.” I use quotes because I have borrowed this explanation from Tennessee Williams. That’s how he once described his plays. My style, however, must not be confused with magical realism. There are no flying carpets in my novels. No one is blow away with the bed sheets as is Remedios the Beauty in A Hundred Years of Solitude. I studied the modern psychological and poetic novel with Marguerite Young. I was in her writing class for 4 years and remained close to her for another 6 or 7 years. I took everything she taught me and ran with it in my own direction.
ME: dinner with someone famous, who?
EDWARD: I would like to turn back time and have dinner with Queen Elizabeth I, the virgin queen. I would ask her many questions such as: “Tell me your Majesty, how many lovers did you really have?” I would also like to include William Shakespeare at the table. I would put the following questions to him: “Did you really write all those plays yourself? And “Who is the Dark Lady of the Sonnets?” There is a theory that the Dark Lady was a London prostitute named Lucy Negro. I suspect in real life she may have been a man.
Thank you so much Edward for taking the time to visit with me and to introduce others to your great work. I wish you manu more successes.