Today’s interview is with Beverly Oliver, author of Dr. Sebi Speaks of Dembali.
1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
My name is Beverly Oliver and I live in California.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
My newest book is Dr. Sebi Speaks of Dembali. It’s nonfiction: part memoir, part social commentary.
3) What is the book about?
Alfred Bowman (Dr. Sebi) lived in the United States among Black people for more than fifty years, longer than in his birthplace Honduras, Central America. He married and started his family in New Orleans so he knows the health, culture and food customs of the United States as well as anyone who was born there. His asthma and impotence, and the state of health and nutrition in the United States, propelled him to become the natural healer and alkaline herbal medicine specialist we affectionately call Dr. Sebi. The new book briefly recalls that journey. It mainly focuses on what dembali means and why Dr. Sebi urged me to write the book. Dembali is a word he coined to draw attention to why people reject recommendations in matters of health, race, family and culture. He observed these challenges through dembali’s lens. But it’s the same manner he viewed solutions, such as his African Bio Mineral Balance therapeutic method and his nutrition guide. It’s full of alkaline food recommendations.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I was in Honduras when Dr. Sebi introduced me to dembali. He felt health and nutrition in America, especially Black America, hadn’t improved much since he retired. He wanted the book to explain why and he wanted to offer solutions.
In Dr. Sebi Speaks of Dembali, he encourages readers to understand why we choose the food we eat, know how race and culture affect food choices, health and behavior, be aware of the slow, cumulative effects of acid and hybrid food on the body, and finally, know that eating comfort food (20%) is fine but it’s alkaline food (80%) your body needs.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
Dr. Sebi introduced me to dembali in 2008. I started developing the book in 2018.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Yes. I learned that even though he was charismatic and eccentric at times, his key traits were patience, compassion, empathy and understanding. I also learned he was proud of his daughter Xave and her expertise in natural healing. As they say, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
Yes. The websites are https://www.sojourntohonduras.com and https://www.sevendaysinushavillage.org. Dembali’s landing page is on the first website. The book trailers are on YouTube, on the SojournHonduras1 channel. The videos are titled Dr. Sebi Speaks of Dembali trailer and Dr. Sebi Speaks of Dembali release trailer.
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
I’ll echo what others have said about editors—You need one. Fresh, professional eyes are key to book development. Without fail editors catch something authors missed. I’m grateful for editorial assistance from The Artful Editor.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I like to read memoirs, biographies, personal development books and inspirational texts. Yes, I’m open to reviewing a new work or two and would appreciate someone doing the same for Dr. Sebi Speaks of Dembali.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
Sorry, too many in that category but I will mention Sidney Poitier’s Measure of a Man and Clint Hill’s Mrs. Kennedy and Me.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
I don’t have any pets right now.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
Other than my cell phone, I read stories on my laptop.
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