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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Interview with Christopher T. Rand, author of Silver Diaspora


Title: Silver Diaspora
Author: Christopher T. Rand
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 320
Genre: Historical Memoir
Format: Ebook/Paperback
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 At the outset, the members of author Christopher T. Rand’s family lived in a world of great wealth. They were among the richest people in the United States. But they then faced a dilemma: compelled to choose between staying on in their ancestral world or keeping up with the times in the nation around them and integrating themselves into the American mainstream. With each generation, the pressure on these individuals to choose between escape or immersion into the society became more and more intense. In Silver Diaspora, Rand examines his family’s roots in the northeastern United States and chronicles his journey through these times, against the backdrop of the family history. Embarking on a search of a better new world, Rand’s parents leave the East Coast and land in California. From here, this memoir follows Rand through college at Berkeley, travels abroad, work in the petroleum industry and his experiences as a writer. Describing the people, places and experiences that impacted Rand’s life, Silver Diaspora provides one man’s insight into the world in the latter two-thirds of the last century.

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Has someone been instrumental in inspiring you to write?

I don’t believe in inspiration; I follow observation, and distillation of experience.

Who is your favorite author? Why?

I don’t have a favorite author. I have many favorites --too many to form a cogent list.

What was your first sale as an author?

My first sale was an article in 1972 or so for an environmental magazine.

When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?

I prefer to write several hours in the morning and late afternoon.

What is the hardest part of writing your books?

There is no hard part in writing.

Christopher T. Rand has worked as a writer, consultant, and translator. He is the author of Making Democracy Safe for Oil and has worked on litigation with the Federal Trade Commission and the state of California. Rand lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has two children.  

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