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Interview with Dr. Sheldon D. Newton, Author of Genna’s Fight and Specific Kinds of Prayer

Dear Readers,

I’m very pleased to bring you this interview with Dr. Sheldon D. Newton, author of Genna’s Fight and Specific Kinds of Prayer.

Please see the interview below!

Thank you!

Best,

Vincent Lowry

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Interview:

1. What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?

My name is Sheldon D. Newton and I live in Nassau, Bahamas.

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

As an author, I have written both fiction and non-fiction. My fiction is “Genna’s Fight,” a novel which deals with domestic abuse and one woman’s struggle to survive. My latest non-fiction book is on the subject of prayer, “Specific Kinds Of Prayer,” which shares practical principles on prayer which one can apply and experience real answers.

3. What is the book about?

Genna’s Fight is concerning a beautiful lady named Genna, who was abuse continually by her husband, Tom. However, she was not new to abuse. She experienced it as a young girl growing up as well. She struggled to regain her sanity, being tempted to committed suicide and end it all. Reader’s Favorite Arya Fomonyuy gave it a 5 Star rating saying, “Genna’s Fight: Will She Be Able to Discover Her True Self & Get Her Son Back In Time? by Sheldon D. Newton begins in a way so that the reader can’t help but keep reading. The hook is very powerful: “I am divorcing you Genna. You are leaving my house tonight, and you are leaving alone. You will not be taking Samuel with you. He is staying with me. You will not be carrying anything but the clothes on your back…” The story starts right in the middle of a dramatic situation. Genna, who has suffered all forms of abuses, is getting the hardest blow of her life: her current husband is divorcing her and he does so in the clearest and harshest of terms. She’ll leave with nothing, but what hurts most is that she might not leave with her only child, Samuel. This time, will she allow any man to trample on her dignity or will she stand up for herself and the one person she loves the most — her son? This is a story that will bring tears to the eyes of readers, a story fraught with realism that speaks of the pain that millions of women suffer behind closed doors. But it is a story of a woman’s journey to real freedom.”

4. Where did you come up with the idea?

My mom experienced abuse in her marriage. Perhaps this is where the inspiration for the book may have come from. Because of our past in that regard, I hate abuse in marriage, whether it is coming from the husband against his wife, or the wife against her husband. I have witnessed abuse in marriage several times through the years and it still deeply affects me and hurts my heart. It is my prayer that those who have gone through such torment, fear, terror and pain would gain a sense of hope, healing and wholeness.

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

I wrote Genna’s Fight within three months. Some of my books took much longer to write. However, it seems as though when one has a real passion to write in an area, the words just flow.

6. Did you learn anything from the project?

As a writer, I learned to flow with the ideas and thoughts that come and to always have something to write on with me, because these ideas and ‘moments of inspiration’ can come at any time.

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

I have a website, but I am having work done to it. I presently use my Facebook Fan Page, www.facebook.com/authorsheldondnewton. And I am working on a professional video for Genna’s Fight. Should be ready in short order. I should stress that it is vital that an author has a workable website. It helps people to locate you better and learn more about you and what you do. I just recently took mine down to make some changes. Will be back up in short order. For right now, Genna’s Fight and my other titles can be found on Amazon.com just by going there and putting in, “Books by Sheldon D. Newton.”

8. Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?

Yes I do. Here are just a few tips: 1. Ensure that you do your homework and know your subject. In a novel, you are permitted and encouraged to be creative, but to keep the objective or your subject in mind. 2. Do not be your own editor. You are the writer. Find a good editor to take care of that aspect. (One that I have found is Deborah Moore of Moore Editing Services. She is busy so she can only take a certain amount of authors at a time. By the way, my cover designer is GLA Graphics, here in Nassau, Bahamas). 3. Lean the importance of marketing. Regardless of how good a book may be, if it is not properly and effectively marketed it may not go far. I learned that lesson from a New York Time Best-selling author I wrote for advice. He told me, “Never Stop Marketing.” I write more advice in my book, ‘Lessons I Learned As An Author.’

9. What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?

I love reading non-fiction Christian genre books and self-help books. As it pertains to novels, I like investigative stories and suspense novels that keep my attention. I love novels that shows how one may have come from hard times or a hard life and got over the top or had something good happen in the end. I love stories with a positive spin. And yes, I would read seasoned as well as new books as long as it can keep my attention.

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

That is a loaded question. Primarily, my favorite book to read is my Bible. Second, if we are speaking of novels, I really, really, really enjoyed Mark Victor Hansen & Allen’s book, “The One Minute Millionaire.” On the left, it has a story that honestly grabs your attention from beginning to end, for those who love novels. And on the right hand side of the book is the practical principles to apply to better your life for those who love non-fiction. That fictional story is perhaps my favorite to this day. It speaks to me for it shows the power of desperation and determination in such a thrilling manner when a lady faces the possibility of losing her children and what she has to do to ensure that she keeps them. I will not spoil the story for you. But, it is awesome.

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

Yes, we have a Shih Poo. He is really my daughter’s dog, but we all love him. His name is Pumpkin.

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

I have a Samsung Tablet. I like it for watching movies and for reading too. However, along that line, I am getting a Kindle Fire next week because I prefer it for reading.

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Interview with Joan Brooks Baker, Author of The Magnolia Code

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Joan Brooks Baker, author of The Magnolia Code–a memoir.

Please enjoy!

Best,

Vincent Lowry

Interview:

1)    What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?

Joan Brooks Baker. I live in Santa Fe, New Mexico

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

The Magnolia Code, a Creative non-fiction Memoir

3)    What is the book about? 

Risk, Choice and the Consequences to both are the themes. Following the rules of conduct, espoused in the Southern unwritten Magnolia Code, promises a mythical sphere of happiness, but fulfillment in finding our true selves, whatever the consequences, is the worthy goal. However Beware, the risk of authentic choice could place one on the outer rim of belonging.

4)    Where did you come up with the idea?

My Southern Aunt Billie told me as a little girl, “Remember, Joanie, Oscar Wilde said something like this: “Might as well be yourself, cuz everyone else is taken.”

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

Seven years. I had always been a photographer. Then I learned to write and I loved it.

6)    Did you learn anything from the project?

Compassion. . . for myself and for others, particularly my parents who I discovered were also Human, not just parents.

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

Yes, JoanBrooksBaker.com which includes two Book Video Interviews.

8)    Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? 

Dare to hear your voice. Just start with a sentence, or a good story, that is about you.

9)    What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?

I like stories about life’s emotional challenges. Just finished several James Baldwin short stories and Patti Smith’s Just Kids. In the middle of Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon. Definitely open to reading new authors.

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

The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett. Overcoming the obstacles – I envisioned the garden.

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

Nikko, the most wonderful dog in the world, came from the Pound.

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

Yes, I have a Kindle – for traveling. And I sometimes listen to Audio, depending on the Reader

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Interview with Brent A. Anders, Ph.D, Author of The Army Learning Concept, Army Learning Model: A Guide to Understanding and Implementation

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Brent A. Anders, Ph.D, Author of The Army Learning Concept, Army Learning Model: A Guide to Understanding and Implementation.

Please enjoy!

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

 

Interview:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
My author name is Brent A. Anders, Ph.D. I was living in Kansas but am now living in Yerevan, Armenia for a while, working with the U.S. Embassy for the time being.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
My newest book is called The Army Learning Concept, Army Learning Model: A Guide to Understanding and Implementation. It is a non-fiction information book.
3) What is the book about?
This book presents interesting and applicable insights into how the Army views education and the process of learning. It is written in an easy to follow manner and explains different educational concepts and techniques for anyone to use to enhance the instructional and learning process. Its four main concepts revolve around Motivation, Interaction, Critical Thinking, and Experiential Learning. In addition to detailed explanations, first-hand accounts/stories, and visuals, usable implementation guides are provided to help readers harness the Army Learning Concept, Army Learning Model to enhance their educational endeavors to improve learning, the educational experience, and long-term retention.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I currently serve in the U.S. Army and wanted to create a document that would help Army instructors, facilitators as well as civilian professors and corporate trainers improve their instructional capabilities and improve the overall educational experience for both teachers and the students.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
I’ve been actively taking notes and slowly putting together this book for the past 5 years. It is a culmination of my years as a certified Army instructor and Senior Noncommissioned officer across multiple deployments all over the world.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Yes, I believe that anyone can learn something if they take the time to write it down. We learn a lot through researching for a project as well as through reflection and understanding of our own thoughts and feelings. I used a multiple of stories to help illustrate different thoughts and ideas throughout this book; that required a lot of self-reflection and contemplative thought.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog?
I have an author website that also serves as an educational blog. Viewers can learn about me, read my educational articles, and find out more information about my other books at http://sovorelpublishing.com
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
First, create an outline/table of contents to serve as a road map for your writing overall. Other than that, my main success tip would be to treat the book writing project as a scheduled part of your day. From this certain time to this certain time should be your writing/research time. This way, slowly but surely, you will get closer and closer to your end goal. I designed and illustrated my own books and my beautiful, highly educated, and attention-to-detail wife works as my editor.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I mainly read books dealing with education, critical thinking, and presentation skills. Yes, I would be open to reading new authors and reviewing their work.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
That’s a tough question. I have read and enjoyed many books so it is hard to pinpoint a favorite. I don’t think I can fully narrow it down. I learned a lot from “Motivational Design for Learning and Performance: The ARCS Model Approach” by John M. Keller, as well as from the Holy Bible and its different techniques of presenting information such as through direct instruction, allegory, storytelling, etc. I also really enjoyed the fictional work “Ready Player One,” by Ernest Cline. It made a lot of references to the ’80s and ’90s which were a major part of my childhood.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
No pets for me.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
I have a Kindle Fire HD and I very much enjoy it. The screen is very clear and easy to read. I would recommend it to everyone.
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Interview with Carmela Yom-Tov, Author of The Sophisticated Monkey – Why We Make War, Not Love

Hello,

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

Please enjoy!

Best,

-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 Attorney Sherri Jefferson, Author of 23 Days At Montefiore: Murder, Mystery, and Malpractice

Hello,

Today’s interview is with attorney Sherri Jefferson, author of 23 Days At Montefiore: Murder, Mystery, and Malpractice.

Please enjoy!

Best,

Vincent Lowry

Interview:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?

My name is Sherri Jefferson. I am a native New Yorker and reside in Georgia.

 

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

The title of my newest book is 23 Days At Montefiore: Murder, Mystery and Malpractice A Patient Advocate’s Odyssey.

Non Fiction  (legal, medicine, and drama)

 

3) What is the book about?

Inspired by true events, 23 Days At Montefiore journeys the experience of a patient advocate who exposes first hand accounts of patient abuse, neglect, and malpractice. The main character in the story is Lucy, an elderly woman.  

It delivers 23 days of torment, painstaking and heart wrenching human drama of doctors and medical professionals licensed to steal and kill.

 

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

The concept for 23 Days At Montefiore is premised upon real life experiences during my 23 days at Montefiore. 

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

I began writing the book on June 7, 2019 and finished it on June 8, 2019. Thereafter, on June 9, 2019 the book was edited and reedited. So, it took only 2 days to actually write.

 

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

Yes, I learned a lot of things from the project. Pre, during and post writing, I learned as follows:

Pre: I learned that it is great to pour myself into a project (writing) and not be consumed by the outcome in that moment. Often, we interfere with our flow of thought because we are too busy critiquing ourselves about what the end product should be like. I learned to simply flow in the moment. Unlike my other books, I did not write to a specific audience of readers, I simply wrote my truth.

 

During. While writing, I learned that my experiences during the 23 Days At Montefiore had taken a greater toll on my life than expected. The adverse impact is life changing. The abuse that I witnessed and experienced is embedded so deep.

 

Post After writing the book, I learned that when everyone else says ‘no’, or seeks to grossly impede your creativity or trample upon your truth to sell books or are too afraid to let truth stand, that you must go it alone. Stand on truth and be the backbone of your true self. 

 

Get your story out there! If it blesses, educates, engages, empowers or encourages only one person, then that was your purpose. 

 

A major publishing house was concerned that a book about patient advocacy was not a large marketing space to sell books. 

 

Another was concerned about the tone of the book and wanted it toned down. I refused because it was more important to present truth. Compromise is necessary in life, but there is a time and place to stand regardless of what others think, do or say.

 

In a world where our thoughts and communications are subject to scrutiny and freedom of speech and press is challenged like never before, we must stand for something or fall for anything.

 

This is not my first book, but this book is doing extremely well despite the naysayers, closed doors, and the literary agents and publishing houses who said there was no market to sell books about patient advocacy. 

 

Unlike my other books or years of experience in publishing, this book reiterates the saying you can always learn something new. From the publishing side, I learned a lot about working directly with retailers and the distribution companies. 

 

 

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

www.SherriJefferson.com

 

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?

The success tips are copyright your manuscript before sending it to be edited, then within 60 days send or upload to  the copyright office your final copy. Often, people use online editors or companies to provide publishing services before they copyright their work.

 

Create a blog or author page (site) not simply a social media platform.

 

New authors, build yourself around your genre, especially non fiction. Building a niche includes public speaking, volunteering, blogging, and association.

 

Get your book in the market space with distributors like Baker Taylor, Ingram and ABC Wholesalers, which is exclusive for Books A Million.

 

I tell people who are self published authors that self published also means ‘self publicity,’ you are responsible for your journey and book success. Create marketing tools that are genre specific. My book is about legal, medicine and social science. Within this space are a pool of readers who are doctors, lawyers, medical and law school personnel, public affairs and public policy, business, political science and politicians and, most of all patients! Every household in America has a patient, someone who is, was, or will go to the hospital.

 

 So, when a major publishing house or literary agent tells you there is no market for your work, you create your own marketing plan based upon your subject.

 

Check on the success of your book by making sure the metadata information is correct in the retailer system, books in print, and distributor. Check to see if the BISAC (browse subject category) is accurate or working for your book. You may have to change it to find the right niche. 

 

Do not use an incorrect BISAC. There are many books in the wrong category and some purposefully. Common problem with self published authors looking to get an edge. 

 

If you see a problem with your book product information report it immediately. Make sure your sales reports are reflective of your actual sales and that neither the retailers nor distributor is taken advantage of you.

Do not be afraid to speak up and stand up.

 

Make sure you purchase your ISBN from Bowker not independent retailers who sell them for less and in many cases, thereby making them your publisher. 

 

Although Amazon Kindle uses AISN for Ebooks, you can request to add your ISBN to the product information page.

 

Contact major bookstores to schedule author events. Attend author events to meet other authors and participants.

 

Is everything free, free and free! No, not a free book giveaway. Rather, use your book to create an expert niche and agree to do free public speaking to create buzz around your topic. Get a T-Shirt or coffee mugs with your book title or create a hashtag. Give those away, but not the book. There is a time when the goal is book sells not giveaway.  Alternatively, create promotional packages that includes the book and promotional item for sale.

 

I have not given any 23 Days At Montefiore books away for free on any platform, not even to family or friends. In the past, I gave away thousands of books or eBook downloads. No more! That is a slice of the market. Your family, friends, colleagues, and others should support your craft.

 

Finally, do not rely on the hype of retail book reviews by verified purchasers, or readers. Some books sell with no reviewer at all. Others, may only have a few. Investigations by both government, media and private sector find most retailers reviews to be fake.

 

 

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?

I love reading non fiction books in the social science, historical, legal and medical subjects. 

 

I welcome reading books by new authors and will review their work. However, I never want my opinion to be the determining factor in whether an author moves forward with their dream, goal or desire to write.

 

 

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

I do not share my favorite book of all time as it is a marketing response. It is like a commercial. To do so means that I am promoting that book as the best read. 

 

Marketing is a profitable industry. A review is one thing, but a favorite read of all times is like a commercial. It is one thing to read a book to share with others. It’s another to exclaim it’s the best book ever.

 

 I have read many books, I think they are all great in their own right.

 

Books that interest me are factual, balanced, and from the gut books that risk it all to tell the truth. Unapologetically!

 

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

I use three reading devices. Each serve their own purpose. A universal reading device would fair better than having to meet downloads for epub, PDF, azw, and other formats. Retailers know how to create platforms to make reading profitable, but I still prefer an old fashion book. Hail to bookstores and libraries. 

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Interview with Gary Gach, Author of Pause Breathe Smile

Hello,

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

Please enjoy!

Best,

-Vince

Interview:

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:
 
PAUSE   BREATHE   SMILE
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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Costa Rica: My View From The Saddle by Linda Gray

True story of how a single woman moved to Costa Rica, built a successful horseback tour business, and became adopted by the people in her mountain village. Costa Rica can be a quirky place to live, and the author’s “No Sugar Coating” view will keep you laughing.

 

 

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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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Not a Blue Print: It’s the Shoe Prints that Matter – A Journey Through Toxic Relationships by Nina Norstrom!

 

Brief Description:  Not a Blueprint It’s the Shoe Prints that Matter = Weaves lies with love, betrayal with deception, and drama with murder. 

Ultimately, it teaches lessons on the meaning of relationships ─ beautifying honesty and compassion.

It’s an inspirational story with ingredients on caregiving, overcoming adversity, learning lessons, letting go of toxicity, and defining relationship roles in our lives.  Whether toxic or nontoxic, these relationships are an integral component of daily living.

Not a Blueprint is a real-life journey about one family’s experience.  The tale exposes a mother’s struggle to escape a world of toxicity, a battle entangled in the clutches of diseased relationships, and the shoe prints its experiences left on their life.  This story in its openness and raw form projects a remarkable voice to love.  Spreads its message about a heroic fight; a mother’s discovery ─ finding life after darkness; the power of courage; determination; and bravery while striking back to wipe out toxic relationships. The Insights reveal that life brings many challenges and provides lessons along the way.

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall . . . = This guide is an essential bridge-building tool.  It opens the gateway to finding self-love and bringing to light the ugliness in toxic relationships.  The information and activities introduced beautify an array of materials that are insightful, educational, enlightening, fulfilling, enriching, refreshing, and rewarding.  Think of it as a detailed script created to teach readers how to redefine their SELF-DISCOVERIES.

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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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