Longing for the Snow - POETRY (Author Interview)

 


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09LCSMBNQ/

Longing for the Snow looks like a great poetry book. What can you tell us about it?

Well, it originally were small notes in a diary. I was working on a First World War manuscript (English Soldier who survived the four years in Flanders Fields) in the Hay Library in Brown University, suffering from nausea due to Meniere’s disease and thus rather sensible to the season and of course in love with the surroundings…The poetry book is a therapeutic journey on the East Coast in the Fall. Longing for the snow is longing for peace and calm and for the virgin snow where you live in yourself and where I can escape noises which hammer in my head due to Meniere’s disease.

 

How long did it take you to write Longing for the Snow?

It actually took me a full year. It was to be published last year in autumn 

(the Fall) but I didn’t get ready. I was very nervous about certain things (rhymes, rhythms, cadence) and very uneasy about becoming a poet… wondering is this what I really wanted. I see myself more a short story writer…And in their original state, the scribbling in my notebook were highly personal. Poetry seems to be highly personal but that is just not true. Before a little note get the form of poetry, it needs to be worked on. It is hard to objectify your innermost feelings….

I was also looking for illustrations… and this was not an easy process until James Brian Moulder offered do draw. He is student in architecture at Clemson University and first to read my poetry.

 

What inspired you when writing Longing for the Snow?

What inspired me most is the season of the fall on the American East Coast and the Ivy League university tradition. Most probably a feeling of sweet sickness typical for the fall when things move slower than in spring and summer. It is also a time when you reflect about the transience of life… On the US East Coast this is quite contradictory as nature is so beautiful while decaying and moving slowly into winter. I hope my death will be like that too…


What will readers get out of your book?

I hope they get a feeling of the fall and of nostalgia. In the western tradition poetry is very often associated with fall. For the French symbolists for example, autumn is the Poet’s season. I also hope they will like the langue I use. I also hope they will be inspired to have a look at Brown University’s website to see the New England style of living – apple pie, pumpkin carving, Halloween, etc.

Besides this general feeling some things apart like John Harvard’s statue, Sage Chapel and even a Greyhound bus. So the reader in a sense is also informed about certain landmarks.

 

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Longing for the Snow?

What was extremely challenging was bringing the poems to live. First from scribblings in a notebook written during the coffee breaks. But, then trying to make a configuration so much so that the poems have something of a cycle or at least a sequence. The most challenging of all was probably throwing out a few poems I truly adored but which would have harmed the totality.

 

What do you like to do when not writing?\

I like doing the opposite: reading!  And travelling and reading while I travel. I also like teaching very much. I am poet so to speak who likes his daily job!

 

Where can readers find out more about your work?

My website is under way as I will be publishing soon a new collection of short stories called Billy Rubin and other stories. In the meantime readers can go my website at XLibris Publishers:  https://www.erikvanachter.com/


Share:

Theology for the New Millennium (Author Interview)

 




https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074RQTCSS/

Theology for the New Millennium looks like a great book on God.  What can you tell us about it?

I use common sense and math to prove God is real but different from what is typically expected.  I then use absolute value to illustrate how everything in life can be a positive.  Negative is a perspective and a choice.

 

How long did it take you to write Theology for the New Millennium?

From the initial breakthrough to publishing, it has been a 25 year journey.  The actual writing and editing of the book itself was a little less than a year.

 

What inspired you when writing Theology for the New Millennium?

I was inspired to write Theology for the New Millennium because I sincerely hate repeating myself.  I do love to quote myself though, so I wrote something I could always reference.  Theology is such a tricky subject to discuss, writing a book also eliminates the interruptions and tangents that could occur in a debate or discourse. 

 

What will readers get out of your book?

Anyone who reads Theology for the New Millennium with an open mind will leave with an understanding of God that can be constantly questioned but never refuted.  The fact that the basis is something we all learned in math as children keeps my personal opinion or feelings from tainting the message.  It also takes the conversation away from faith and imagination.

 

What motivated you to become a writer?

I’m still not convinced I am a writer in the truest sense.  I’m a philosopher.  Any medium I can use to get my message to others is fair game.  I also write poetry and I have a rap EP out called, Musical Revelation – The EP.

 

How did you come up with the ideas in Theology for the New Millennium?

I imagined I had an audience that had no idea of what I was going to say. I thought of what I would say.  My girlfriend at the time was my muse.


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Theology for the New Millennium?

The hardest thing about writing Theology for the New Millennium was making sure I didn’t write anything that couldn’t be backed by logic, math, or science.

 

Can you tell us a little about your background?

I’m originally from Washington, DC.  I moved to LA just before the pandemic.  In my youth, I was convicted for crimes I did commit.  While incarcerated, I had time to contemplate life and the many facets of it, including morality.  I embarked on a journey of discovery with the belief that the concept of God should make sense in order to deserve acceptance.  It made no sense to me to laud our intellect over the other animals if it were useless when it comes to God.  To my surprise, I remembered a math lesson that sounds like blasphemy on the surface but fills in every gap faith leaves without any contradiction.  I would love to say I’ve dedicated my life to sharing my philosophy since then, but telling people they’re wrong about something as sensitive as what you believe gets tiring and life is meant to be enjoyed.  Even now as it has become my full time job, I still take time for myself.

 

Where can readers find out more about your work?

My website is ZeroTheMathGod.com.  I’m also on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter as Hassan Bfly.

 

Share:

Embracing God in the Right Perspective with the Right Foundation of Faith in Him (Author Interview)



https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08M3Q2Y2N/

Embracing God In The Right Perspective looks like a fantastic analytical exploration in theology.  What can you tell us about it?

Christ came from heaven to earth to reveal the truthful identity, original divine nature and ultimate predetermined destiny of Man. Christ is a son of God, so is Man. The spirit of Man is born of God. Christ was born out of the womb of virgin Mary. It was the works of the Spirit, not the works of the flesh. Circumcision meant crucifixion of the sinful nature of the flesh on the Cross under the perfect Law of God. Abraham was called the father of righteousness because he walked by faith, and not by sight of the flesh in the physical realm. Faith is a present form of future prophetic events. Isaac was born out of a dead womb. There was no distinction between Isaac and Ishmael. Both were sons of God in the spiritual realm. God did not separate them, only men did. Repentance comes when there is self-awareness and one realizes his or her own truthful identity as a child of God. The Word of God created the world and everything that is inside it including Man. The Word of God is embedded in the heart of every man as each man is given a measure of faith. When faith is activated in the Word of God, one is born again as a righteous child of God and he or she inherits His kingdom. That is the Mark of Righteousness.

Christ came to earth as son of Man. His physical mortal corrupted body was crucified on the Cross. And He was resurrected in His heavenly immortal glorious body as son of God. First came the flesh, then came the spirit. First came the Law through Moses, then came Christ. The Law put the flesh to death and Man is born again in resurrection as heavenly child of God. Didn’t the scriptures say, “The first shall be the last and the last shall be the first”. The Word of God shall heal and resurrect every man to be born again in resurrection. Isn’t this the same faith affirmed by the saints throughout the Gospel which sheds light on immortality and righteousness in His kingdom? Man has been baptized by faith through grace of God unto the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. Didn’t the scriptures say, “By the stripes of the Lord, we have been healed”. Salvation is a graceful gift of God. All men shall be born to live again in Christ and through Christ. All glory, honor and praise be unto our Heavenly Father God. Amen!

 

How long did it take you to write Embracing God?

It took me approximately slightly more one year.

 

What inspired you when writing Embracing God?

I came into this world with empty hands. There is nothing I can bring along with me when I leave this world except the Word of God. Therefore, I desire to leave this glorious truth and grace of God, as manifested and revealed through His Word with you (the world).

 

What will readers get out of your book?

The truthful identity, the original divine nature and the ultimate predetermined destiny of Man. God did not create Man to be tempted by the devil to fall into sin and thereafter to be thrown into the eternal lake of fire (hell). The Word of God embedded in the heart of every man does not reside in hell. The Word of God resides in heaven. Didn’t the scriptures quote what Christ said, “I am the way, the truth and the life”? There is no distinction between Jews and Gentiles, likewise for descendants of Isaac and Ishmael. And didn’t the scriptures say, “Christ is all, and in all”?

 

When did you decide to become a writer?

I decided to become a writer in year 2020 after my beloved Mom had passed away the year before.

 

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Embracing God?

I could not recall any in particular. I was just flowing along with the Spirit as the hand of the Lord guided me in writing and accomplishing this Book. Even the Book of Revelation in the scriptures which is supposedly challenging due to its metaphorical writings was handled with fair amount of enlightenment (I would say) through the grace of the Lord. 

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I am a fairly contented person. Always feeling grateful and blessed for all the things the Lord has given me – my job, family, friends, the resources, and the wisdom and revelation in His Word.

 

Where can readers find out more about your work?

I do not have a personal blog at this point in time. I am still a part time author. I am a professional Accountant by education and training. You can find my profile in Amazon KDP and Goodreads or even Linked-in.

My Book titled, “Embracing God In The Right Perspective With The Right Foundation of Faith In Him” is uploaded on several notable platforms namely Amazon KDP, Kobo, Google, Apple, Smash Words, Barnes & Noble, Payloadz, Payhip, Booktopia, E-Sentral and etc.

 

Share:

Astrology for Moors (Author Interview)

  


https://www.amazon.com/dp/1087806380/

Astrology for Moors looks like a great guide.  What can you tell us about it?

Astrology for Moors is a wonderful book about Astrology which helps the reader to understand everything about themselves which they never knew or thought about as well as other people.


That’s an amazing cover.  Can you tell us a little about it?

Yes, the cover is a representation of the twelve signs of the Zodiac and each symbol represents one of each Zodiac sign as well as there particular color.

 

What inspired you when writing Astrology for Moors?

Great question! What inspired me to write this book was to help contribute a book that gave insight into Astrology that was uplifting to Moors who are known in the world as black people.

 

What will readers get out of your book?

Good one! readers will get a better understanding on the personality traits that they can work on within themselves and try to understand other people personality also and find some understanding between each other.

 

When did you decide to become a writer?

Nice question, I have been reading books since I was seventeen years old so what I am sharing as a writer( which I hate this word.lol) is what is in my head already that I decided to share with the world...so basically seventeen.lol.

 

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Astrology for Moors?

Nope not at all, the reason being is I wrote Astrology for Moors ( formally In Zodiac we trust) in a couple months with no problems because I have this info embedded in my Dna already, it was just a matter of activating it and sharing it with you guys.

 

What do you like to do when not writing?

Interesting question, what I like to do when not writing, include the following but not limited to: working out, listening to frequencies, research, strolls in the park, drawing some fire, muaythai/boxing/ gun range.

 

Where can readers find out more about your work?

Amazon.

 

Share:

Becoming a Peaceful Powered Leader (Author Interview)

   


https://www.amazon.com/dp/1631955330/

Becoming a Peaceful Powered Leader looks like a great guide to real leadership.  What can you tell us about it?

The book evolved from my journey to find peace and it focuses on taking the reader on an adventure to open-up space for their personal reflection journey. It is written with deliberate intent to help provide leaders with a toolkit for becoming more peaceful and fueling their peace with power—by replacing often ineffective external efforts with powerful internal shifts.

Parts of the reader’s voyage involves authentic and vulnerable examples from my own leadership challenges throughout my journey, and with the help of some powerful thought leaders, the book creates a safe space to stimulate honest self-reflection for readers.

Additionally, readers can expect to step into application as they read the book through exercises that allow the reader to work toward going from awareness to application, not after finishing the book, but while working their way through it. Along the way, they’ll be provided with thought strategies fueled by questions asked, exploration of personal values and how those values connect to purpose, not just at work, but in all areas of life, and how all pieces allow each individual to truly set and own their reality.

 

How long did it take you to write Becoming a Peaceful Powered Leader?

While the lessons learned were years in the making, the process of writing the book, interviewing thought leaders, and developing the exercises spanned three years.

 

What inspired you when writing Becoming a Peaceful Powered Leader?

One of my values is connectedness and it guided the inspiration. The people I had the privilege to serve through leadership and the numerous leaders I’ve coached or worked with in leadership development workshops over the years, who were trying their best, but often felt it wasn’t good enough, fueled my passion to write this book.

   

What motivated you to become a writer?

My purpose is to help others grow and develop and inspire them to take action toward their goals. Along with this purpose, I’m a storyteller and have been sharing stories of learnings, failures, successes, and more from my own and others’ leadership journeys, from stages for years. I wanted to combine the storytelling and provide a coaching resource that helped leaders find answers to many areas both new and seasoned leaders bring forward in workshops and coaching sessions. I found through written word a resource could be provided for leaders to carry with them on their journey.

 

How did you come up with the ideas in Becoming a Peaceful Powered Leader?

The ideas developed through my personal journey and research to grow and develop as a leader, through exploration with thought leader interviews, and the common questions, frustrations, struggles, and successes brought forward by leaders in workshops and coaching sessions. Leaders, myself included, worked regularly to put their best foot forward in serving those they have the privilege to lead and provide their organizations the outcomes and results asked for, all while feeling like it often isn’t enough. Through all of this, I found six key pieces that any leader can work towards to achieve and own their peace. Becoming a Peaceful Powered Leader is a unique journey packed with tools, research, and experienced advice provided to demolish the slag weighing leaders down to become a truly peaceful powered version of themselves every day.

 

Can you tell us a little about your background?

I’m a keynote speaker, author, and talent development coach who teaches leaders how to build highly engaged and accountable teams. I’ve spent the last 17 years of partnering with C-level executives, Chief Culture Officers, Leaders and HR Professionals. My background encompasses all aspects of Human Resources, with emphasis in organizational development and employee relations. I’m a former Vice President of Talent Development, Director of People and Organizational Development and TEDx speaker. I’ve had the privilege of my writings being published on Forbes, ATD, and Training Industry.

Before stepping fully into leadership and professional development, I was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force and after finishing my graduate degree, I went on to further my passion for learning and serving others by obtaining certifications with the International Coach Federation as an Associate Certified Coach and with the Society for Human Resource Management as a Senior Certified Professional.

 

Where can readers find out more about your work?

I regularly interact with people through my website PeacefulPoweredLeadership.com.

 


Share:

Disasters to Dreams (Author Interview)

  


https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578954540/

Disasters to Dreams looks like a great guide to overcoming setbacks.  Who did you write the book for?

Disasters To Dreams is for anyone that knows in their heart that there must be something more to life than what they’re getting now. Anyone that feels they have an inner greatness inside but doesn’t know how to let it out. And for anyone looking to let go of past failures and mistakes and see them for what they really are, building blocks toward your future success.

 

How long did it take you to write Disasters to Dreams?

I had been thinking about writing a book for a few years, but once the decision was made to start it took about one year total.

 

What inspired you when writing Disasters to Dreams?

My wife and I had just attended a Mike Dooley event in Reno and we got back to the hotel that night and started talking about manifesting our dreams. We somehow got on the subject of writing a book since one of Mike Dooley’s books, Infinite Possibilities, had really inspired me years earlier. I was telling her about some of the crazy things that had happened to me during my life and she said ‘you should write a book about that’.

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m originally from the Bay Area California, then spent 10 years in Colorado snowboarding and I currently live in Las Vegas with my wife, daughter and three dogs. I’ve always had an entrepreneurial mindset and hated working for anyone else. I believe it’s important to question everything.

 

What will readers get out of your book?

My hope is that I can show people that no matter how bad your disaster, there will be something great that comes from it. To realize that not getting what you want is an amazing blessing. And that if an ordinary clown like me can make it, so can you.

 

What motivated you to become a writer?

I wrote Disasters To Dreams because I’ve had a lot of awful shit happen to me and I wanted to let people know that just because life has kicked your ass repeatedly doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. That you are a better person for having gone through the shitstorm. And that you really can have anything you want in this lifetime.

 

How did you come up with the ideas in Disasters to Dreams?

The book is part self improvement, part memoir, and part business book with a splash of metaphysical thrown in for good measure. So the main storyline is based on some of the events of my life. I’ve also interviewed several other entrepreneurs so their stories are peppered throughout the book as well. There are also lot’s of reader focused self reflection exercises and sections as well. I’ve always had a fascination with why people do things and my intention with this book is to help people get out of their own way and start living the life they really want.


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Disasters to Dreams?

This is my first book so I didn’t have any idea how long it would take or how much work was involved in writing a book. My biggest challenge was probably overcoming my impatience, but I also realize that everything happens at the right time so I had to let that go.

 

Where can readers find out more about your work?

Disasters To Dreams can be purchased anywhere you like to buy books. Amazon, Barnes & Noble have it and you can find links to buy the book on my website chrispatrick.net. I’ve also got a free downloadable guide called on my website: FROM ROADBLOCK TO ROCK STAR Smash the 10 Mental Roadblocks Holding You Back from Rockstar Status

https://www.amazon.com/Disasters-Dreams-Finding-Success-Failure/dp/0578954540/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=#detailBullets_feature_div

https://chrispatrick.net/

Share:

Into the Woody Hills (Author Interview)



https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09D8M53F9

Into the Woody Hills looks like a fun childrens book.  What can you tell us about it?

It is my hope that Into the Woody Hills is fun for all those who read it. It is an approach which can allow parents, teachers, aunts, uncles, guardians and their kids and their friends to learn about changing environments. After being cooped up in the house for extended periods of time due to   the pandemic or other reasons including the nature of new technologies, we can, sometimes, lose the momentum of family, the great outdoors and just the simpler essence of life. In life, balance is essential in so many ways. This series offers one option for creating and generating key balance in the lives of the children we influence.

 

How long did it take you to write Into the Woody Hills?

The concept and planning began a couple of year ago, actually, but the pandemic caused me to rethink how to encourage families to enjoy our great American outdoors. Our great land and freedom are things we should not take for granted. Everyone, born here or who thought migration or immigration, should remember we have that liberty under God to be free.

 

How were the illustrations done in Into the Woody Hills?

So, when you sit down to draw or illustrate a theme, you often consider how to make the concept flow, how to make it work, and for me, I sort of review what exits and how to make what exists simplified to create a uncomplicated feelings which flow and are positive, and I would say that this process took about 86 days.

 

What inspired you when writing Into the Woody Hills?

Inspiration comes from so many places, and if we were to sit and consider it, inspiration comes from within us and from those this and aspects which make up our lives. Understanding that you are blessed to inspire, blessed to create and blessed to share allows us to we can share our thoughts and imagination through writing to encourage others. Especially our families, and to inspire those growing before our eyes.

 

Can you tell us a little about Josh and Mary?

I don’t want to give it away, but I will tell you Josh and Mary are regular kids who are full of wonder and creatively which we must be careful to nurture, encourage and build-up so that our families and our lives are are lived fully. Sometimes, as providers, we are all driven to believe it  is the great, big elaborate things we do which make the difference and create the lasting memories, those are of course important in their own ways, but what really matters is how we encourage them to experience life daily.

 

What will readers get out of your book?

It’s going to be different for everyone. What I hope is that we have contenting, writings that connect with parents, with kids that sort of inspire them to go out on an adventure… See our great parks, see our great outdoors. Often times, we are so focused on just laptops, the PCs and electronics games that we forget about life, nature and family.

 

When did you decide to become a writer?

So, I have written before, but nothing that made it out into the larger population. I would say many years ago I portraied a character in a local play which I really loved, but some of the scenes or content felt wrong. It felt stiff, and I said to myself, I need to do this. By this I mean, write, tell the story or try, and, everyone has a story to tell. There are millions of potential writers, who just need to pursue the craft, and this pursuit begins at different times for various people.

 

How did you come up with the story in Into the Woody Hills?

I have a background in technology, but not a great background in hiking or much great parks adventures, I am able to see the value in this side of life; therefore, it was easy to connect with hills, adventures, just reaching our kids so that many others would begin to value an essential part of our lives: balance and the value of nature. The title of the book was originally Woody Hills. That did not last too long. The sound and meaning did not feel connected to what insipried the writings in the first place.

 

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Into the Woody Hills?

Most times when you write, you are constantly thinking of the right characters and how to communicate that message, carefully. It was a difficult balance.

 

What do you like to do when not writing?

I am a musician at heart, I love music, I love church, and I love to teach. However, I am a marketing and technologist who runs a budding startup.

 

Where can readers find out more about your work?

People can go on Amazon. Amazon is where most of my works are, or they can go to their local book stores and order a copy for their family, their class, their school or their friends.

 


Share:

Leader by Accident (Author Interview)

 


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B097KWZZTX/

Leader by Accident looks like life lesson book.  What can you tell us about it?

I think it’s a life lesson book in a couple of ways. I realized that many of the lessons I shared with the Boy Scouts in our troop (in the form of Scoutmaster Minutes) were important for adults as well. In Leader by Accident I’ve done my best to make those connections.

 

How long did it take you to write Leader by Accident?

It took a few years, but most of that was on me. I would write for a while, step away for a few months and come back, and repeat. While sooner might have been better, I think the writing benefited from letting it age a bit and coming back to it. It’s a different book than it would have been had I rushed through the process.

 

What inspired you when writing Leader by Accident?

The spirit and resilience shown by the young men of BSA Troop 328 following the tragedy that begins the book inspired me then, and it inspires me now. They managed to make good things happen in the wake of something unthinkable.

 

What will readers get out of your book?

Most of the feedback I’ve had so far is along the lines of, “I really needed to hear this right now.” Life challenges us at different times and in different ways, and we sometimes need reminding that a detour from our plan might represent an opportunity. That has played out many times in my own life. And while we all know intellectually that good things tend to happen when we leave our comfort zones, a little prodding on that front helps as well.

 

What motivated you to become a writer?

I’ve always loved to write, and do a good bit of writing professionally as a marketing consultant: website content, blog posts, email newsletters, and so forth. That experience with conversational writing – which really dates back to my radio career – really helped in telling the stories of Leader by Accident. It’s very gratifying to me that many people have said that when they read the book they feel as though they’re across the table from me, having a conversation. That’s very much by design.

 

How did you come up with the ideas in Leader by Accident?

Well, I lived the central stories of the book, unexpectedly becoming a Scoutmaster in really challenging circumstances and launching a career as an entrepreneur out of necessity. As I reflected on those events over the ensuing years I realized that the power of those stories might be helpful to others.

 

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Leader by Accident?

Organizing! Like most of my professional writing, the book is made up of short chapters and lessons. Keeping track of all that, and arranging it in a sequence that made sense, was probably the biggest challenge.

The other delicate part is that while Leader by Accident begins with a widely reported tragedy, it is not about that tragedy in terms of being a tell-all or true crime book. It was and is very important to me to draw that line and make it clear that the book is much more about the good things that followed.


Can you tell us a little about your background?

I was a radio announcer and program director for about a dozen years after college, and then moved on to the home improvement industry as a marketer and sales manager. In 2012, I launched JMRketing, a marketing and communications consultancy, and I continue that work today, combining it with my work as an author and speaker/presenter.

I’m a Philadelphia-area native, but I’ve lived in the Baltimore area for more than three decades now and we raised our family here. Married 32 years, with two grown children.

 

Where can readers find out more about your work?

At leaderbyaccident.com and jmrketing.com.

 

Share:

The Greene Book of Black Knowledge (Author Interview)

  


blackknowledge.online

The Greene Book of Black Knowledge looks like a fantastic book on (Foundational) Black American history.  Can you tell us a little about it?

 

What I did with this project is compile some of the elemental understandings about Foundational Black American Culture that I have come across over the years in the attempt to give the many youthful minds (youthful being anyone who has an eagerness to learn-young adolescence and up) of the world a head start in their journey to discover knowledge. In addition to my own experiences I used an amalgamation of the Emerald tablets of Thoth and Victor Hugo Green’s "Green Book" to create a road map to site these examples. You will not be to find this information written in any standard history book and every school aged child, as well as their parents should have a copy.

 

 

That’s an amazing cover. Can you tell us a little about it?

 

This cover was hand painted by the renowned artist @nikkeycreative hailing from STL currently in MIA. What's interesting about this picture is that she painted it maybe a couple months before I saw it and without seeing me, but it looked exactly like me. I have not had the pleasure of meeting her in person, but she is from where I grew up, of all places.

 

 

What inspired you when writing The Greene Book of Black Knowledge?

 

History can be very one-sided from many perspectives, either Black or White. The dynamic between European and African stories specifically tend to shine light on half-truths to suite their needs solely. I can definitely see the reasoning through both sides’ eyes but, there comes a time when the pendulum has to swing in the other direction and the other half of those stories need to be told. Bottom line I think the well is running dry for certain narratives, and many people are thirsty for knowledge that's not common.



What will readers get out of your book?

 

Perspective can amass riches unheard of, create inventions never thought of and drive cultures and civilizations to the next stage of development or propel a single person towards enlightenment. Perspective (or lack thereof) can also keep a mind in poverty, send a people on a quest towards self-destruction or allow groups to be lead in fear of one another. To attempt to compare my idea to the "Allegory of the cave" that the Greek philosopher Plato presented; a shadow on the wall that depicts an image of a demon ready to devour the soul of any person gazes upon it. But if you walk past that wall with the shadow cast , what actually projected that image on the wall, you will find, is a basket fill with gold and fruit and cheese and wine and keys to a private jet hanging from a tree branch. Conquering the fear of viewing things differently immediately rewards your courage with riches beyond what you even knew to ask for.

 

 

 

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing The Greene Book of Black Knowledge?

 

 

Trying to stop writing, this book is over 200 pages. there is so much that was not placed in this book as to not overwhelm, but this information is for grounding in a new perspective and to establish a sturdy foundation of more to come. Which is why much will have to be said in the next 3 books of the series of The Greene Book of Black Knowledge. More Knowledge, More art, More anime and connections to history and mythology. Moor, Mour, More.

 

 

 

What do you like to do when not writing?

 

Experimenting on myself.

 

I am always testing the limits of my mind and body, exercise fasting, sensory deprivation, limits of fear (I will definitely have to write a book about it) collegiate studies, I am a lifelong student in every way, which is why a compilation of thoughts in The Greene Book of Black Knowledge and The Black knowledge Series is the only thing that makes sense to me at the moment... hey, did I tell you that I used to travel the world in a black submarine with a red bottom, no cap, long story, I will tell you about it some time.

Where can readers find out more about your work?

 

I will be launching an Indiegogo fundraiser on the 1st of November 2021, I would like you all to support the crowdfunding campaign because purchase through that venue comes with a lot of perks which may include , but are not limited to: limited edition stamped and signed copies of the soft and hard cover books; audio version of the book and personal zoom meeting to discuss the topics with me. After you support on Indiegogo, I would suggest going to the website directly or buying directly from Amazon. You could receive your copy sooner and be able to wrap these gifts in time for the holidays to rap about. The word has spread faster than I realized it could or would so please place your order with the quickness, the first that come will be the first to get served, but I will definitely not forget my first wave or last wave of contributor, we are on this journey together now

Website - blackknowledge.online

Personal email - blackknowledgebook@gmail.com

Facebook: STJ Heron

Twitter: Blackknowledge0

Instagram: black.knowledge

Indiegogo link: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-greene-book-of-black-knowledge#/faq

Share:

The Mindful Dating Journal: Find A Healthy Love That Lasts

  


https://mindfuldatingjournal.com/

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09GJQ1DT3/

WITH THE MINDFUL DATING JOURNAL, THIS TIME DATING IS DIFFERENT!


"The Mindful Dating Journal" is both a book and an interactive journal. It's a practical tool to help you intentionally navigate the dating process with more confidence and increased self-awareness. The first two chapters include proven self-healing techniques to help you reconnect with yourself, build self-worth, and develop emotional resilience. Prioritize yourself while making wise decisions to find the healthy love you deserve. Think of it like dating self-care.

The third and final chapter consists entirely of blank journal pages. Take take to reflect with this journal after each new date, as well as repeat dates with the same person. This book will help you make it a habit to get in touch with your emotions, investigate your thoughts, and make wise dating decisions you can trust.

By using the powerful Journal prompts after each and every date, you can escape unhealthy dating patterns of the past and learn to trust yourself to make informed decisions on who to date and who to dump. This time, dating is different. YOU are in charge of your dating success.


The Mindful Dating Journal Will Help You Build These Skills:

Reconnect with yourself and what you really need in a partner.
Become a more efficient dater, uncover compatibility sooner.
Escape your Dating Loop and avoid the honeymoon phase fantasy trap.
Establish and enforce your boundaries when it comes to dating.
Tap into helpful messages from your body and emotions.
Embrace vulnerability and insecurity.
Feel confident in your ability to choose a healthy partner.
Share:

Catalyst (Author Interview)



https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B095PYQZRZ/

Catalyst looks like an exciting story.  Can you tell us a little about it?

It’s about a woman who has a terrible accident and has to deal with a terrible personal loss and ongoing medical issues that are affecting her mind. She feels as though she is going crazy, but it turns out there is much more going on!

 

Congratulations on winning the Readers’ Favorite award.  Can you tell us about it?

Readers’ Favorite is a website that reviews all sorts of books. I was lucky enough to be included in their enormous catalog of reviews as well as receive a 5-star review from one of their staff. It’s a huge honor for me and I am so glad to have some validation that the book and story are good.

 

What inspired you when writing Catalyst?   

I have been fascinated with the concept of the möbius strip being related to time travel for some time. I workshopped a bunch of different possible storylines and approaches, but nothing really seemed to fit the way I wanted. Then it came to me one day that it isn’t so much about the concept (which I still think is cool) as it is about the people.

 

Can you tell us a little about Taylor?

Taylor is flawed. She was stuck in her life before the accident, but she didn’t really recognize that. Having lost both of her parents when she was relatively young, she is still a child in a lot of ways. She is selfish and dramatic, but she has a good heart. She just doesn’t clearly see her flaws when the story begins, so she can’t figure out how to work on them. When she starts to figure out what is going on with her, she has to address her desires as well as her flaws.

 

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Catalyst?

I saw this as a one-off story. That is what I write, normally, so this was initially going to be the same. When I finished it, I sent it off to my beta readers and editors and sat back for the bit of respite between sending a book out and starting the work on the edit. I woke up in a panic one night because I had this horrible feeling that the story wasn’t over. Taylor wasn’t done. The end was too easy, and it didn’t feel like the end. So, the next day, I spoke with my editor and my marketer and told them I was freaking out because I think the story is really a trilogy. Everyone who read it agreed (except my dad, who said “Where can you go from here?” but changed his tune after he read book two and is now pestering me for book 3.) The biggest trouble with this revelation is that I had to go back and change Catalyst to fit with the larger narrative. There were things I had to change about the outline, which is a nightmare when you have a finished book. Usually, I spend three months on just the outline, then 1-2 writing the first draft. So, I take my outlines VERY seriously. I was going to release Catalyst in January of this year, but that one revelation pushed my schedule back four months. That was particularly hard.


What do you like to do when not writing?

I enjoy creative endeavors of all sorts. I have an MFA in photography, so I like to make images and play around with film and alternative processes – like tin types, cyanotypes, Van Dyke Browns – and of course just photograph the world around me. I have been a college professor for a decade, but jobs are slim right now because of the pandemic. So, I turned back to my good friend writing. I have also taken a drawing course on Udemy and am learning character drawing, and for the last month I have been frantically sewing to make my sons’ Halloween costumes. They wanted to be a witherstorm and a pokemon. So, I have my hands full – and my creative mind is pushed to its limit!

 

Where can readers find out more about your work?

All of my books – including my technical photography books – are on amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=amanda+quintenz-fiedler&crid=3HVYA8GLNNH2&sprefix=Amanda+Quintenz-Fiedler%2Caps%2C114&ref=nb_sb_ss_ts-doa-p_1_23

I also have a website: amandaquintenz.com

And my publisher has a website: ravenandquailpress.com

You can also find my bio and other stuff on BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/amanda-quintenz-fiedler

And I have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AmandaQuintenzFiedlerAuthor/?ref=pages_you_manage

I am personally most active on Facebook, but I have blogs and other stuff linked to various accounts!

 

Thank you so much for your interest in Catalyst: Book 1 of The Möbius Syndrome Trilogy!

 

 

Share:

Tomorrows End: The path of a savior (Author Interview)




https://www.amazon.com/dp/0615852378/

Tomorrow's End looks like an exciting science fiction story.  Can you tell us a little about Kevin Knight?

Kevin represents the everyman but also the sort of savior character.

 

How many books do you have planned for the series?

I have several books planned in the series. I would say at least 4. But I also have planned other side books that are connected to the series.

 

That’s an amazing cover.  Can you tell us a little about it?

The cover somewhat not literal but represents symbols of what the book is about.

I designed it myself with the help of a couple of artists.

 

What inspired you when writing Tomorrow's End?   

I suppose certain philosophical ideas inspired me during the process.

 

What motivated you to become a writer?

I had story that i had in my head that I felt like I needed to tell.

One of the notions in life is this idea that "life is not fair." This book covers the idea that "what if life was fair?"

 

How did you come up with the story in Tomorrow's End?

It was a book I started in my first year of high school. Over the years i collected a bunch of ideas that made it what it is today.

 

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Tomorrow's End?

Trying to fit a bunch of information in so you understand the ideas while also working on pacing. The point of this book is to be first entertaining and 2nd to understand deep ideas so that the concepts stay with you. I like stories that are both multi layered and entertaining.

 

What do you like to do when not writing?

Studying philosophy, watching movies, and playing video games.

 

Where can readers find out more about your work?

You can find out all you need to know at grmorrisbooks.com

You can subscribe and you won't get spammed constantly. As a matter of fact I dont have much time to do emails.

 

 

Share:

Motherpuppin Adorable (Author Interview)




https://www.amazon.com/dp/1737414600/

Motherpuppin Adorable looks like a fun book.  What type of reader did you write the book for?

Simply put this book was written for those that already know life is better with a dog and those that want to read about how their life with their dog can be enriched even more in a light tongue and cheek way. 

 

Any plans to turn it into a series?

I had initially not considered turning it into a series but that is a great idea!  Dogs are part of our everyday life and I hit about twenty-two ways that they have infiltrated our lives like dating, weddings, social media, and charitable giving in each of the twenty-two chapters. However, given our dogs prevalence in our daily life there are many more opportunities to write about in a complete collection.   

 

What inspired you when writing Motherpuppin Adorable?   

I was inspired by my dogs and how they have enriched my life and maybe other people’s lives as well.  As I was writing I reflected and dug deep for inspiration related to my life experiences with dogs along with those around me and their dogs. 

I would otherwise have left much if that inspiration buried deep and the stories would be forgotten. It reminded me of having a child and as they move through life and experience things it often causes you to recall memories that you had not thought of in a long time.

My son recently was trying to train our new Great Pyrenees rescue how to stand up. I had to laugh at all the dogs we had and the crazy stuff we attempted to have them learn when we were kids and how they did learn (or somewhat) and the companionship and joy I had experienced from my dogs.  Those same thoughts inspired me throughout the writing process.

 

What will readers get out of your book?

I previously noticed that so much of the available books about dogs were either seriously funny dog cartoons or very serious “how to” books about obedience and such that I had bought many times but don’t really read past the second page.

There were not a lot of books that really celebrated our relationship with dogs in a fun and light way. In Motherpuppin' Adorable: what to do when your dog is better than everyone else's we help you debut your dog’s irresistible instincts of adorable and create a loyal fanbase that will adore your dog as much as you do.

So, if you are a reader that wants to increase your already enjoyable life with your dog and chuckle a bit about your devotion to your dog (aka Adorable) then this book is for you.

We talk about dating with dogs, incorporating your dog in your wedding, buying a car with a dog in mind and how to become instafamous and what happens when you do.

Dogs are fun, dogs make us smile and we hope we can help readers have a little more fun a little more of the time with their dogs. 


How did you come up with the ideas in Motherpuppin Adorable?

I have always loved to write and draw on personal experiences. It just so happened that with dogs there were so many experiences to draw off that inevitably those experiences became the focus of information that is contained in the book.

I often think of one of my favorite quotes from W.R. Purche that we put in our book.  It says, “everyone thinks they have the best dog and none of them are wrong.” We all cannot help adoring our dogs with unfettered adoration and our title and content are homage to that devotion.

 

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Motherpuppin Adorable?

The challenging part was that as I wrote I also had a bit of nostalgia.  My dogs have been true partners and many that I wrote about or that provided inspiration are no longer alive.  One dog I wrote about in a short snippet and served as inspiration for others was my Great Dane Alice.  She was a formidable companion with many incredible quirks like her penchant for television and ability to turn on the remote. 

Memories of her sitting on the couch enjoying a program were both nostalgic and brought a smile. 

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I am dog and horse crazy and can be found on our family ranch in San Benito County, California surrounded by both, a little dust and some chickens, kids, an extremely tolerant husband, and walnut trees too. 

 

Where can readers find out more about your work?

My website is www.thepopularpets.com find us on Instagram and Twitter @popularpetpals

 

 

Share:
Blog Design Created by pipdig