They say kids say the craziest things … and never is that more true than when the topic is about sex. How many crazy ideas do you remember having about procreation when you were little? Well, Los Alamitos science teacher David Beck documents questions … and provides their answers … from his students throughout the years.
In They Asked You What?!: Middle School Sex Ed., Long Beach author Beck and his wife and co-author Fran Spokane, present a respectful, safe and meaningful discussion of sex education using actual questions from middle schoolers.
Beck is no stranger to writing … he received his BA in Journalism from California State University, Long Beach. He’s also well versed in science and technology having earned a BS in Engineering, as well, and working nearly 20 years in the aerospace materials industry. He transitioned to teaching, “The best career move of my life,” in the 1990s. Recently, he took time out of his busy day to answer some questions about his writing.
Carma Spence: What types of genres do you like to write?
David Beck: I’ve been a nonfiction writer to date. I am working on a couple of novel ideas, however. Pretty early to discuss at this time.
CS: Where do you get your ideas?
DB: They say, “Write what you know.” I know kids and sex ed, and I teach science, so that is where much of my thinking comes from.
CS: Did you always like writing?
DB: Yes, I’ve always liked writing. Got a journalism degree first because I like that better than the other things I was studying. Later, I got an engineering degree, teaching credentials and Master’s in Education.
CS: Do you have a set schedule to do your writing?
DB: I’ve yet to establish a real writing schedule. I power through a lot in a few days when I know what I want to say, but everyday life (I’m still a working teacher) interferes.
CS: How do you feel about the current state of writing? Is this a good time for writers?
DB: There will always be a need for people who can both create written fiction content or explain factual stuff in writing. I don’t think the written word is going away though it may change form beyond the electronic formats we are increasingly using. I think writing is maybe not as important culturally as it was 50-100 years ago, but it is and will remain very relevant.
CS: What is the best advice you’ve ever received as a writer?
DB: Like I noted above, the best advice I ever received or can give is to write what you know. Start writing, and keep at it until you finish. That basic advice will never change.
CS: What is the best advice you can give as a writer?
DB: I continue to do nonfiction for sailing and technical publications. I’ve got a lot of second edition stuff for “They Asked You What?!” I have a long gestating novel about the life of a dinosaur from the dinosaur’s point of view. I also have a lot of notes for a romantic/drama/comedy novel based on some crazy relationships I had before meeting my wife, and the early part of our relationship.
CS: Are you a Long Beach native or a transplant?
DB: I’m a real live Long Beach native, born in St. Mary’s Hospital 64 years ago. I love living here for all the chamber of commerce reasons. I like being near the ocean as sailing is my main passion outside of work and writing. I find the ocean inspirational, and I would have difficulty living elsewhere unless it was near the sea. I like the melting pot mix of people’s and cultures in Long Beach, I like the variety of great food and the setting.
If you’d like to learn more about David Beck and his work, follow these links:
- They Asked You What?! on Amazon.com – Paperback and Kindle
- Facebook: www.Facebook.com/TheyAskedYouWhat
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