Tuesday, October 20, 2020

# 20 Questions

20 Questions with Cary D. Lowe Author of BECOMING AMERICAN: A POLITICAL MEMOIR #BecomingAmerican #20Questions


Today's guest is Cary D. Lowe, author of the political memoir, BECOMING AMERICAN. Cary is here today to answer 20 questions about his life, writing and goals.

1. Are you a morning writer or a night writer?

I write at any time of day or night, whenever I am able to make time for it.

2. Do you outline or are you a pantster?

I have never outlined my stories in advance of writing.

3. Which comes first – plot or character?

Since all my writing is first-person non-fiction, plot and character are equally present from the beginning.

4. Noise or quiet when working on your manuscript?

I prefer quiet, but I have done some of my best writing while sitting in noisy public places.

5. Favorite TV show?

ABC Evening News

6. Favorite type of music?

Smooth jazz

7. Favorite craft besides writing?


8. Do you play a musical instrument?

I used to play acoustic guitar.

9. Single or married?


10. Children or no?


11. Pets?

Yes, but both my dogs died of old age. I plan to get another soon.

12. Favorite place to write?

At the desk in my home office, looking out at the garden

13. Favorite restaurant?

Langer’s Deli, Los Angeles

14. Do you work outside the home?

No. I work from a home office.

15. What was the name of the last movie you saw?

The Glorias

16. Favorite outdoor activity?

Scuba diving and hiking

17. Pet peeve?

Uninformed people with strong opinions

18. Your goal in life?

To feel confident that I have made the world a better place

19. Your most exciting moment?

Being present at the birth of my daughter

20. The love of your life?

My current wife

Cary Lowe is the author of the award-winning book Becoming American: A Political Memoir. He has published over fifty essays on political and civic issues in major newspapers, as well as professional reports and articles in professional journals.

Mr. Lowe is a retired California land use lawyer with 45 years of experience representing public agencies, developers, Indian tribes, and non-profit organizations. He holds a law degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. He taught courses in law and urban planning at USC, UCLA, and UC San Diego, and he writes and lectures on land use and environmental issues. In addition to his legal experience, Mr. Lowe is a credentialed mediator affiliated with the Land Use & Environmental Mediation Group of the National Conflict Resolution Center.


Website:  https://carylowewriter.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/carylowewriter/?modal=admin_todo_tour



Becoming American is the inspiring story of the author’s transformation from a child of Holocaust survivors in post-war Europe to an American lawyer, academic, and activist associated with such famed political leaders as Robert Kennedy, George McGovern, Jerry Brown, and Tom Hayden.

Searching for his great-grandparents’ graves in a hidden cemetery outside Prague makes him recall his experiences of becoming American: listening to Army Counterintelligence agents gathered at his family home in Austria; a tense encounter with Russian soldiers during the post-war occupation; seeing Jim Crow racism in the South during his first visit to the United States; becoming an American citizen in his teens; having his citizenship challenged by border guards; fearing for his new country upon witnessing the Watts riots in Los Angeles; advancing the American dream as a real estate lawyer, helping develop entire new communities; and rising to leadership positions in organizations shaping government policies around some of the most important issues of our time.

Becoming American won the 2020 Discovery Award for best political writing from an independent publisher. It features a foreword by bestselling author Edith Eger.






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