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Interview with Mike Yarbro, Author of Children Alone


Today’s interview is with Mike Yarbro, author of Children Alone.

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-Vincent Lowry


1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
Mike Yarbro—-Mississippi during winter—-North Carolina mountains during summer.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
Children Alone—-Non fiction
3) What is the book about?
A brother and sister at ten & eleven years old who were kicked out of the family house and farm by an evil stepmother on a bitter Tennessee Winter in the 1880s and never allowed to return the rest of their lives. They raised themselves in the forest and became sucessful and pillars of the community.
4) Where did you come up with the idea? It was told to me first hand by the characters themselves who were my grandfather and his sister when I was young and a teenager. I knew the facts of the story like the back of my hand.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
One year.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Yes. Times and situations change, but people never change. There isn’t much difference from the way people acted 2,000 years ago and today.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
This book was just made into an Audible audiobook and was released last month. I have Amazon author central and Smashwords bio pages.
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
Get in a quite remote area to do your work. Write and rewrite as many times as necessary your rough draft. Then write and rewrite your story. Try to make your cover stand out and depict a part of the story if possible. Steven Walker is one of the best editors out there. My cover artist lives in Brazil.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I like non fiction and occasionnaly fiction. Yes I will review other authors work and leave reviews.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
The bible. It is the only operators manual of how we should live our lives.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
No pets now, but use to own hundreds of horses and a few dogs.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
Yes. A Kindle. It is wonderful and seems to be the way of the future. Plus, it brings the book costs down.

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Interview with Carmela Yom-Tov, Author of The Sophisticated Monkey – Why We Make War, Not Love


Today’s interview is with Carmela Yom-Tov, author of The Sophisticated Monkey – Why We Make War, Not Love.

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-Vincent Lowry

1) What is your author name and where are you from?
Dr Carmela Yom-Tov from Perth Western Australia
     2) What is the title of your book and what genre?
The book is titled “The Sophisticated Monkey – why we make war, not love.”
           Non-Fiction – Evolutionary Psychology
      3) What is the book about?
The book looks at the causes of war from every perspective – our born with  DNA and instincts, which ensure aggression to protect WE from THEY; our               need to   belong and so conform – even if the leaders’ decisions are stupid and irrational and even if morally we are not too comfortable (experiments with healthy students have shown the lengths one goes to to obey and not to rock the boat); our cultural acceptance of war as a strategy (even children’s’ fairy tales tell of aggressive acts); how scarce resources, religion, ideologies, land and power polarise humanity. In short, the book explores the biopsychosocialinternational factors which lead to war. It is written in conversational style for the general reader and incorporates anecdotes from my work as a Clinical Psychologist and rather fascinating social experiments.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
In 2009 I saw, on TV, the distraught face of a woman during the Kosovo war which filled me with utter distress and the question of why the heck can’t human beings, with all their amazing achievements, stop fighting wars. Surely, I thought, this was a conflict resolution strategy for primitive man, not for modern man! I started with haste to research the topic: read books, articles, attended lectures, libraries, discussed the issues. There was so much information chaotically structured that I decided to organise it in a coherent, readable form. Hence the book.
   5) How long did it take you to write it?
From the point of starting to research the topic – when there was no plan to write a book, rather to answer the riddle of why wars simply persist throughout human history – until publication, nine years passed.  During this period,  I was working full time, had surgery and treatment for two cancers, had surgery to save an eye due to a ruptured cornea and had a family tragedy. Still I persisted because the issue of the unnecessary deaths, injury, destruction and dispossession of millions of people through war continues today and I wanted to understand why and wanted others to understand so that maybe we could put a stop to this irrational, primitive way of solving conflict.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
What I concluded sadly was that man is still too low on the evolutionary ladder to stop wars. We are just sophisticated monkeys!
Nevertheless, all is not doom and gloom. We may not have to wait until humankind becomes extinct or mutates into an unknown species to end wars, I do offer some optimistic possibilities. But we had better hurry up!
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I get great pleasure reading historical fiction. It allows me to understand human behavioural evolution through human stories. I would be quite happy to read 
new authors and to review their work.
10) What is your favorite book of all time?
My favourite book of the moment is Bob Biderman’s “Eight Weeks in the Summer of Victoria’s Jubilee”. Being set in the East End of London in the late 19th century, it captures the devastating and humiliating  experience of refugees. (It could apply to any of the currently millions of refugees who flee their war-torn countries). The humanity of the poverty stricken and hopeless mass is experienced through the souls of individuals. These are real people, with hopes and dreams. The narrative is of a murder and the justice (or lack there of) of the British judicial system at the time with its hierarchy, prejudice, political leanings and biases. The interwoven plots, the intriguing characters, the deep human understandings of our behaviour (sometimes ridiculous or evil) and the wonderful prose make this book a masterpiece. 
11) Fun question 1: Do you have any pets, and what kind if so?
Always had a dog at home as a child and as an adult. Pepi and Kelsie have their final resting home in our courtyard. Have many lovely memories about our doggie children. Since retiring and travelling a bit, with independent adult children, no longer have carers for our furry children so no longer have a furry child. A propos, wish all parents would first consider if they have the emotional and financial means to care for a child before they decide to have a child. In Australia there are too many children in alternate care.
12) Fun question 2: Do you own an electric reading device, and if so what kind?
For many years I have used my  iPad for reading ebooks – either on Kindle or through  Overdrive to access books at my local library. I have a smallish Kindle device which I sometimes use if I want to take it with me and to fit it in my handbag. It always fascinates me that I can access a book with the press of a button!
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Interview with Gary Gach, Author of Pause Breathe Smile


Today’s interview is with Gary Gach, author of Pause, Breathe, Smile.

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1)  What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
My name is Gary Gach ( pronounced like “Bach” or “clock” ) & I live in California.


2)  What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?


My latest book is:
Awakening Mindfulness When

Meditation Is Not Enough


It’s in the Practical Spirituality genre (aka Mind Body Spirit ).


3)    What is the book about? 
The title is something anyone can remember (PBS) and practice anytime. Pause, breathe, smile. That’s also the simple structure of the book – presenting mindfulness as pausing (to respond, instead of react), conscious breathing (as meditation), and smiling (in the face of impermanence, interconnection, and nonself). These three can be read in any order because each contains the others.  Hopefully, it’s not just about mindfulness, but also a personal experience of mindfulness itself.


4) Where did you come up with the idea?


I’ve been practicing mindfulness for many decades. As you know, it’s become the fastest-growing self-help trend since yoga. Yet with popularity can come trivialization and misunderstanding.


My teacher Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh introduced the world to mindfulness 45 years ago. In our last retreat together, after a discussion of secularization, he very clearly told us we aren’t to teach mindfulness as a tool: it is a way.(247/7). I’d go as far as to say it’s not only a way of life, it’s life itself.

These days, people seeking “mindfulness” often think being calm is all there is. (There’s also insight.) Or they have yet to see themselves in relation. Or they still are getting in their own way because of their general worldview. So I felt it was time to bring contemporary mindfulness back to its roots, for a general audience. This, of course, draws on my own experiences, as an individual and from my community



5) How long did it take you to write it?

Five years.


6) Did you learn anything from the project?


For sure. For me, this book was a big career move – moving out from the shadow of a best-selling branded series and taking a stand on my own.

From the outset, the book evolved organically. When I gave the manuscript over to a publisher, it continued growing in my mind and heart, and I continued thinking about it, reflecting and learning from it.

Being able to write that way, rather than by advance proposal then following a timeline, was inestimably rewarding to me as an author and I hope it carries over for the reader.


In general, I learned to see how mindfulness is evolving in our society. I came to understand the arguments against its co-optation, on the one hand, and, on the other, its introduction in schools as being perceived as a threat to freedom of religion. This led me to begin to formulate my own sense of the importance of postsecularism and what it means to me. Ultimately, I’ve also come to appreciate mindfulness is not a trend but a palpable element taking root in our culture today, and how important that can be for these uncertain times.

I’ve also come to see mindfulness as holding one truth – with many meanings. Bill Gates naturally uses it via a computer app, where for Yuval Noah Harari it deeply informs his practice as a historian and so he goes on month-long mindfulness retreats.

A more specific learning instance might be my appreciation of motivation as underlying intention, of resilience as an essential survival skill, of how to put theory into practice, and so on.

And, as a writer, I now better appreciate how important story can be in nonfiction as well as fiction. That includes personal story, and how being vulnerable can be of benefit to both myself and my readers, without it necessarily being self-indulgent, but, rather, as a mirror.


Plus, this was my first audio edition – and I was fortunately to be able to be its narrator. I’m still assimilating what I learned from that experience.


7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?

My author page is GaryGach.com – a work-in-progress.

Sorry, no book video, per se. But there are video clips of me there, reading from the book and at venues.


8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors?



Read your work aloud. Even record it and listen to how it sounds.


Revise on paper.


Pace yourself. Chart the arc of your work’s emotional peaks and valleys, builds and releases.

Besides an outline, try making a mindmap of it – its topics and themes, characters or characteristics.


One of the challenges of this book was not to comment on what I’d just written. See if this is a habit in your own work. Another way of putting this: see when you need to get out of your own way.


Where possible, be vivid.

Present ideas through things.


Enjoy your writing along the way. Then your reader will enjoy reading too.


Share with a community of those interested in your material and ask for feedback.

At some point, visit bookstores and libraries and see what else is out there that’s like your work, and clarify how your work is different. If it’s for a magazine, see what other magazines might have published something like your own piece, and check back as far as six months.


There are no unpublished writers. If you’re a writer, you’re a writer. You may be pre-published, but not unpublished. 


Ask yourself why you write.

And who do you write for.

Know your audience and get to know them in real life.



How about any great editors/cover artists? 

For editors, I can wholeheartedly recommend Nancy Owen Barton, in South Carolina.
As for artists, I’m so happy the cover for PBS features the impeccable calligraphy of Denise L. Nguyen. Instagram: @Lotusology  


9) What genres do you like to read?


Simple question for which I lack a simple answer.
I hope my honesty doesn’t seem pedantic or didactic but more like a friendly, sincere local park-bench philosopher. You see, my tastes have grown more and more eclectic, over the years.


My current reading habits are characterized by particular sub-genres. But I’ve always been wary of categories and boundaries. (Maybe it’s an offshoot of my working in a 2nd-hand bookstore for many years – or wondering how education is broken into separate categories.) For example, years ago, I read classical pulp fiction: Hammett, Cain, and Chandler, “hard-boiled,” but so is Hemingway, and Camus. I like Fritz Leiber’s work whether sword and sorcery or the Change Wars series (science-fiction). Al Young’s “musical memoir” series (Bodies & Soul, Kinds of Blue, Things Ain’t What They Used To Be, and Drowning in the Sea of Love) is a mash-up of personal essay, memoir, writing on music.


Anyhoo —


On my “To Read” shelf:


Mindfulness; Buddhism; Taoism; science – neurocognition (Rick Hanson; Daniel Siegel; Embodied Mind by Rosch, Thompson, and Varela), biomimicry, and Ayurveda; philosophy (phenomenology); anthropology (Ritual Process): economics (Viking Economics); systems thinkers (Charles Eisenstein, Daniel Christian Wahl); poetry of various sorts particularly Eastern poetry and poetics; history (Mongol Empire); contemporary fiction, rarely – preferring classics, but will give the new ones by Richard Powers (Overstory) and Ocean Vuong (On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous) a try. 


Right now, I’m reading the Qur’an.


Plus there’s always reading for research for what I’m currently writing, which I also find pleasurable.
Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?


I wish. But —I’ve written and published several dozen book reviews and now taken a blanket retirement from same. That’s practically true with blurbs too.


From time to time, I’ll read Page One of a new author’s work and offer feedback.



10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? 


A blank book. Honestly! For one thing, there are so many editions to choose from. Lined / unlined. Artists’ sketchpad or college composition book. It’s always incredible to re-read. Often worth underlining. It never fails to hold for me the greatest range of sheer possibility combined with the capacity for deepest revelation. And I’m always frankly curious to see what will happen next.


11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?


                   -=[ no pets ]=-


12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?


I might read a couple articles on my iPad, now and then.



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Beating the Workplace Bully by Lynne Curry

They used to steal your lunch money and throw spit wads at you on the bus. Now they roam around from the boardroom to the break room looking to manipulate, intimidate, and humiliate–and eventually ruin your career!Beating the Workplace Bully is your ammunition for fighting back. Whether the bully is a boss or a coworker, this empowering guide will help you recognize what has been causing you to become a victim, then reveals how to:

• Avoid typical bully traps• Remain aware and in charge• Move past your fear• Calm yourself in any confrontation• Keep your dignity intact• Handle sneak attacks• Combat cyberbullying• And moreComplete with exercises, assessments, and real-life examples, this personal coaching program will help you reclaim your power and defeat the office bully once and for all!



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Find That Perfect Gift by Lia Manea

Your Roadmap to Success and Great Relationships

“Find That Perfect Gift!” is a practical and fun to read guide to finding remarkable gifts for any occasion. Written for busy people, it describes the exact steps to be followed for coming up with an awesome gift idea for your girlfriend, your wife or husband, parents, friends, neighbors or even that person who has everything.

The book explains the reasoning and psychology behind an unforgettable gift. You’ll find the Why, the How and the What of great gift-giving. No more aimless trips to the shops or mediocre gifts.

Change your mindset and perspective when it comes to gifts, ask yourself the right questions and you will surprise everyone on your list.

Save time and money and be admired for your great gift-giving skills!

This step-by step guide teaches your how to find perfectly customized gifts for everyone in your life:
* Wife or girlfriend
* Husband or boyfriend
* Parents
* Sister, brother
* Best friends
* Co-workers, neighbors
* Kids, babies and teens

Find out from this 1 hour read:
* how to actually spend less on gifts, with the help of a few preemptive habits
* why regifting is ok
* what not to do and how to avoid bad gifts
* the proven 3-steps method for offering a truly remarkable gift
* how to avoid the Christmas Craze and tackle Secret Santa
* about my bulletproof list of gifts that you cannot go wrong with

By improving your gift-giving skills you’ll be able to:
* surprise everyone with well-chosen gifts
* make your loved ones happy
* be appreciated and admired for your creativity and insights
* improve your relationships by showing people that you understand them
* build connection and trust. Don’t we all like people who understand us at a deep level?

* become more empathetic and attuned to the feelings of others
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