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Author Interview: Clive Aaron Gill

Told by a professor at Los Angeles City College that he had a talent for writing, Clive Aaron Gill took the compliment literally. The encouragement continued from professors at UCLA, where Clive earned his degree in Economics and today, has resulted in numerous published works.
Born in Zimbabwe, Clive has spent time in Southern Africa, Europe, and North America, and he creatively draws from these experiences to write his stories. One of his works, Go Well, My Sons, in particular utilizes these settings. “This tale,” Clive said, “intertwines lives in Africa, Europe, California, and Israel – a story that weaves a fascinating tapestry.” His inspiration is born from both his life experiences and imagination, as well as listening to other people’s stories and reading. “I entertain readers by writing about human behaviors with humor, compassion, and understanding,” he acknowledged.
Clive’s writing life is complemented by the sunshine of his life, Sandy Youngdale. He shared, “She is an upbeat person with a ready smile who only gets mad for about two minutes.” The couple have shared their lives for the last 27 years. Clive’s other joys in his life include his son, a preschool teacher, and his daughter, Iris, an expressionist artist who died at the age of 41 after suffering with Multiple Sclerosis for 20 years. As part of Clive’s commitment to Iris, he has donated over 600 of her art pieces to charity. “These art pieces help the charities raise funds at gala event auctions. At the same time, I am fulfilling Iris’s wish that her art be seen,” he explained. Her work is held in private collections and in La Jolla at the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library Permanent Collection.
In addition to “author” Clive adds “mediator” to his resume. He has been appointed to the Mediator Panel of the Superior Court of California and the Crime and Substance Abuse Prevention Commission for the City of Vista, as well as served as an adjudicator for the cities of Oceanside and San Marcos. He also facilitates seminars in communication, team building, and conflict resolution.
When asked about his advice for aspiring writers, Clive suggested, “Keep a day job!”

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