LCCC professor Cliff Anthony shares secrets as part-time author, full-time writer

For Cliff Anthony, a professor at Lorain County Community College and a professional journalist, writing has always been at the forefront.

Anthony, who started his career over 40 years ago working as a journalist in India, had a passion for writing news articles to fiction.

His first novel “Page-A1” about a fictional small-town journalist was published in 2012.

Now, after more than six years of emotion, excitement, love and passion for writing, Anthony has published his second book, this time taking a very different path.

Entitled “Tears In God’s Own Country”, the book takes a look at India in the 1960s at a time of revolt between Muslims and Hindus.

“I was a journalist in India at the time in the 1980s, I saw this happen and I knew I had to do something about it,” he said. “The hard political connections of anti-immigrant issues still exist in the world today and are seen everywhere.”

While Anthony’s book may be set in 1960s India, issues of race and religion are still rampant around the world.

“Last month there was this incident in Alabama with a black pastor spraying down a neighbor’s yard and the cops were called because he looked suspicious,” Anthony said.

On October 25, Anthony invited interested people to a Meet the Author event at the college.

He read the book, shared some thoughts on symbolism, and answered questions about the writing process.

A member of the public asked Anthony how he differentiated between journalism and writing novels.

“It was easy,” he said. “I like to use simple words in both journalism and creative writing, and I’ve also relied on following leading prompts like in journalism to jump from chapter to chapter.”

Anthony’s work in journalism is evident in his writing, from using descriptive detail to using first-hand knowledge from news stories to discuss certain events in the book.

He said he was inspired by the works of William Shakespeare and Ernest Hemingway throughout the process.

As for the process itself, Anthony said it was emotional, but also enjoyable.

“I like to walk, and so whenever I didn’t know where to go next in the novel, I would go for a walk and the ideas would come to me,” he said.

Anthony also recounted a time when he wrote an entire chapter which was later scrapped because it didn’t fit the book.

“The process is different for everyone, but I tend to write the whole draft before I start editing,” he said. “If you back up, it’s like driving a car with the brakes on.

“Inspiration and writing will happen anywhere, revisions can come later.”

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