IndieView with David P. Gontar, author of Hamlet Made Simple and Other Essays

I practiced law in Louisiana and southern California for thirty years, and have taught at Southern University in New Orleans and Inner Mongolia University. Like all Shakespeare scholars I read as widely as I can. The project was an inspired one. Unfortunately, the books are print-on-demand and are not in stores. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? Yes, the outline is ordinarily an evolving one. Everything evolves except insight. Well, I have a Ph.D. Many are fortunate enough to forge a relationship with Shakespeare, not the base cullion of Stratford-upon-Avon, but the author of the poems and plays. The obstacles to learning are many, and most alleyways are blind. Yes, I listened to music, but now YouTube is forbidden where I live, so there is far less music available. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? I want readers to know about themselves, about life, about thinking, and how to access sources of wisdom. Good luck! in philosophy from Tulane University and a J.D. If so can you please describe it? Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? What would you like readers to know about you? The point of view and method I employ are controversial and often censored in academe. Where do you live now? I was born in New York and attended high school in Connecticut. Hamlet Made Simple and Other Essays is the definitive exposition of Shakespeare in our time. The characters I write about are Shakespeare’s characters, and many of them are historical personages treated in dramatic fiction. No. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? He is out there, in those wonderful plays, ready to embrace you and be your guide. Often that literature is misguided and I go about showing how to read more fairly and more rewardingly. About the book
What is the book about? If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? The writing of Harold Bloom of Yale was certainly an influence insofar as he is a “public critic” who avoids academic jargon and French philosophy in approaching Shakespeare. from Loyola Law School. Bradley;
2. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? Do you outline? They are not given substantial reviews by competent professionals in the field. Harold Bloom is the major influence. Provides the “smoking gun” which establishes Shakespeare’s true identity;
5. How long did it take you to write it? About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? I usually focus on one play or a group of plays, re-read them, listen to recordings, and survey the scholarly literature. Composition began in 2008 when I lectured on Hamlet at a scholarly conference at Concordia University in Portland. But he is also criticized in my chapters along with many others. About You
Where did you grow up? When did you start writing the book? I am currently living in Inner Mongolia in the north of China. Explains the actual meaning of the Oedipus myth;
4. Some years back I visited Oxford and Cambridge and acquired many texts. This is a two volume book about Shakespeare, the meaning of his plays and poems and how to read them deeply and fruitfully. I support and encourage independent study for those with sufficient aptitude, interest and determination. I wrote and published in New English Review an entire scholarly essay on Shakespeare monthly. I became a monthly columnist for New English Review, with stories, poetry and essays on Shakespeare. In the process of correcting misreadings of Shakespeare’s poetry and drama devised by a cross section of ideologies, offers vital insights and indispensable guidance on how this most challenging of writers can be fairly and productively read today. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? This mode of publication creates major headaches. But what I would like readers to know is not about me. I want readers to know about themselves, about life, about thinking, and how to access sources of wisdom. But there are great teachers and writers waiting for us to find them, and when we do the bond can be the focus of our lives as we grow and mature as resolute and compassionate human beings. My remote location makes it difficult to obtain the sources I need. 2008-2015
Where did you get the idea from? No one has ever done this, before or after me. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? Hamlet Made Simple and Other Essays;
1. Dispenses once and for all with the psychoanalytic interpretation of the play;
3. I have been engaged in the study of Shakespeare for 26 years. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Do you listen to music while you write? End of Interview:
Get your copy of   Hamlet Made Simple and Other Essays from Amazon US or Amazon UK. We all know how important it is for writers to read. Presents the most compelling and original reading of Hamlet since A.C. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? Explodes the fable of Shakespeare’s appearance; and
6. David P Gontar – 3 September 2019
The Back Flap
he single greatest contribution to Shakespeare scholarship in recent memory. Nothing else compares. Editing is ongoing until the book goes to press. New English Review Press furnished two wonderful covers by Kendra Mallock. I support and encourage independent study for those with sufficient aptitude, interest and determination. Be wary of print-on-demand publishers.