Bob Beach spent many years as a writer and designer for print in advertising and enjoyed careers as a film director, marketing consultant and fine artist. He also taught for many years at Bowling Green State University.
He holds BSc and MFA degrees from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, and is currently enrolled in the MA Creative Writing program at Wilkes University. He resides in Toledo, Ohio.
Bob started writing fiction about ten years ago when all the art galleries went out of business in the Great Recession and his fine art career fizzled. He’s written three novels (so far unpublished) and about thirty short stories and novelettes (fifteen of which have been published in more than a dozen publications, including The Saturday Evening Post, The Woven Tale Press, and The Penmen Review).
‘Rock Star’ is his first story published with Fairlight Books.
Q: If you could travel back in time, which of the great writers would you like to meet and why?
A: Mark Twain. He’d be the most fun.
Q: Is there a book that you keep going back to, and if so, how many times have you read it?
A: The Sun Also Rises, The Great Gatsby and Sweet Thursday, four times each. Lord of the Rings six times.
Q: What is the least interesting part of writing for you?
A: Trying to get published.
Q: What superpower would you like to have and why?
A: A perfect memory. I’m tired of having to make do with an imperfect one. And yes, it is definitely a super power!
Q: If you could teleport yourself anywhere, real or fictional, where would it be and why?
A: I’ve been enough places around the world to satisfy me. What I’d like is to be able to transport back in time, not to historical events, but to points my own life, to see if I could better understand what was really going on.
‘News flash, Nick − we’re getting a new boss.’ Nick Ikaros looked up from his computer. Randi Lake leaned against the doorframe of his office, twisting a lock of dark hair around her delicate fingers. Tall and pale, she favoured the sixties look: oversized glasses and long, dark sweaters over black tights. Plus shitkicking black …