Clitandre’s professional expertise is in the field of training and development of Managers. He is the proud father of two daughters and a son. He currently resides in Dallas, Texas.
BS: I’m certain having Dyslexia created a challenge for you as a writer. How did you overcome such a challenge?
Don Clitandre: Oh, it was detrimental. I have always had a difficulty in learning. My mom never gave up on me. But I have a passion for learning and a very independent spirit. Dyslexia made it difficult for teachers that are programmers and had a very linear way of teaching. Around the age of 14 or so I discovered Quantum Physics and the subatomic world. I fell in love. It forced me to try to teach myself different methods of learning on my own. I created a vision board for myself.
BS: Your novel, “Exiled to Brooklyn” is a very thoughtful, inspirational, and interesting read. What is the number one message you wanted to convey to your readers?
Don Clitandre: Life is dynamic, life is multidimensional, there is an ambiguity in it, contradiction in it, and above all, we are all searching, sharing, giving, learning and loving in the process of it all.
BS: Do you plan on writing many more novels?
Don Clitandre: Yes I do. Stay Tuned!
BS: What advice do you have for writers out there who are interested in writing a novel, and encounters difficulty in putting their thoughts together?
Don Clitandre: Well I am very passionate about the things that I write about. It’s like giving birth. I write because I have something to say and I want to inspire, take my readers on this mystical journey. I write to purify my heart, I write because I am looking for this mysterious stranger, the reader, and the mysterious stranger in myself, my inner being. And also the way I write is the way I speak and think. So my advice to a new writer is let it be organic, write it and organize it later.
BS: Do you believe a background in Writing or English is essential to be a writer, or is it a skill?
Don Clitandre: It will help you, and hopefully you do not become neurotic in the process or mechanical. I think writing is a gift, a love. You have to be willing to be naked.
BS: What should we expect from Don Clitandre next?
Don Clitandre: Well I have a few projects on my vision board, refining them on a daily basis. I am a strong believer in the artistic movement for making progress. So if it’s going to make a difference in the community, I’ll put it out next year, 2012. Maybe next year, I’ll do an event with my paintings in NY. For now, I am just focusing on Exiled To Brooklyn.