The Broken Rules of Engagement (Author Interview)

The Broken Rules of Engagement looks like a great business book. Any plans to make it into a series?
Yes, definitely. It is a long term plan. For now I'm concentrating mainly on conducting symposiums.

What do you think makes a great business book?
A great business book should be able to identify and exposes the business flaws and deficiencies. Most importantly it must be able to compliment where its due and still be able to provide recommendations on critical areas that requires improvements. The book should be able to uplift the morale of the workforce and reinforce employees' engagement.

Last but not least, it should also provide readers with the strategy and a road map to guide on how to successfully achieve their goals. Given the above, a good business book will assist entities to yield desired profitability.

What inspired you when writing The Broken Rules of Engagement?
The Broken Rules of Engagement at the workplace is real. We are exposed to it everyday and everywhere in various organisations. What inspired me the most was the need and benefit of exposing and put on the table issues that are least conferred at the workplace. Those are issues that are detrimental and are negatively affecting both employees and the business operations, hence The Broken Rules of Engagement book. I couldn't wait to see the outcome, its effect on readers and the workforce, and being the one to do the due diligence and walk through the narrow path, was just exciting.

The Ghost Signal  

New Paranormal Research in deceased ghosts, entities, new Theories, new Techniques, new enhancements and the afterworld revealed.Two ghost trials revealed the best and worst methods of detecting ghosts.Enhanced methods or ways of enhancing ghost detection revealed.Through several months of research and observation, new theories of ghost abilities emerged.Communication and visitation by ghosts turned into visitation only and the reasons unfolded twice.Ghost TV shows learned secret techniques not fully mentioned to become a successful ghost hunter of your own.Jimmy Ghinis has a Master of Science Degree from the University of Liverpool. His first thesis written was Data Mining Techniques for evaluating Cost Per Click Website Advertising. Google Adword and Yahoo Overture was evaluated in his action research and there he achieved his MSC degree.

The Moon Can Take His Time (Author Interview)

The Moon Can Take His Time looks like a great collection of poetry.  Any plans to make it into a series?
First of all, thank you so much! As of right now it’s not looking like it will be a series, but I definitely plan for more poetry collections to come out in the future.

What do you think makes a poem?

Now there’s a question that trips me up a bit. I think that all one needs to “make a poem” is words that tell what they need to get out and say. In my opinion, there should be less worrying about the rules and regulations of writing a poem and more of just writing and seeing what your mind decides needs to be on the paper.

What inspired you when writing The Moon Can Take His Time?
There were a multitude of things. My own life, the lives of family members and friends, news and media, and even a role-playing game I play.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?  Full time? Part time?
I’d like to make it as full time as possible, even though we all know how difficult that can be.

When did you decide to become a writer?
I’ve always enjoyed writing, and I’ve gone through several stages in my life where I claimed I wanted to be a writer, but it was my first semester of college in fall of 2016 when I knew that was what I wanted to do.
When writing The Moon Can Take His Time did anything stand out as particularly challenging?
I think just trying to get the poems to come together and flow naturally. I’ve changed quite a bit, so the poems I wrote in 2017 are coming from a different place than the ones I wrote in 2018. It’s all about finding that balance and the similarities. Another thing was sorting the poems into their sections. Several could have gone in more than one, for example.

How did you come up with the poems in The Moon Can Take His Time?
Most of them just come to me, which sounds strange, but it’s the truth. I find that if I try to force a poem it doesn’t sound as natural or right to me, and I have a feeling it might not seem natural to the reader either.

What do you like to do when not writing?
When not writing I enjoy watching shows on Netflix or Prime and also playing EverJane. It’s a textbased roleplaying game set in the regency era, perfect for my nerdy brain. However, when I’m not doing those things, I can always appreciate the time to just sit and think or lay down and relax. I also enjoy reading, but with college lately, it’s been harder to actually read for pleasure.

How can readers discover more about you and your work?

The best place is to probably follow my Instagram @baleighrobertswriting as that’s where I tend to post the most writing updates. You can also follow my author profile on Goodreads!

Blithe of Prospect (Author Interview)

Definition of Blithe of Prospect:
An untroubled and happy mental picture of your future and future self that is not governed by that which is considered realistic, likely, or reasonable.

Blithe of Prospect looks like a great self-help book. What type of reader did you write the book for?

 I designed the perception planner for anyone that is on the vibrational frequency to receive it. We are vibrational in nature and if the book comes in your path and you resonate with the concept it will serve its purpose in your life.

What do you think makes a great self-help book?  
A great self-help book encourages you to use the faculties of your mind to focus and declare triumph in your life regardless of the circumstances. It helps you to actively be involved in the process of designing the greatest version of yourself and serves as a tool that you can always relate to and change based on your personal experiences or becoming— a book that keeps on giving.

What inspired you when writing Blithe of Prospect?
My mother introduced me to my blithe of prospect at a young age. She placed the seeds of happiness in my hand and encouraged me to plant it in my imagination. She believed and trusted in my capabilities to transform and design the world I preferred to live in. My mother is my inspiration, and when I created this book, I thought of all the moments that she told me to keep my blithe of prospect intact.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?  Full time?  Part time?
Right now it is part time. Throughout my studies and experiences I discovered there is universal power in being happy and beaming a light on your personal preferences.  I Intend on designing creative beautiful books that will inspire others to live their truth and be happy.

When writing Blithe of Prospect did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  
Blithe of prospect is a system that I have used throughout my life to manifest the desires of my heart. It only took 2 months to create from start to finish using he mastermind principle by Napoleon Hill.  The book vibrationally already existed, I just needed to focus and put the pieces together. The process flowed smoothly with very little challenges.

What do you like to do when not writing?                 
I love to go out with my family. We milk happiness every chance we get.

How can readers discover more about you and your work? 

Milk happiness with me on my community site that allows you to release your happy thoughts into the universe.  When we beam a light on the simple happy moments of our life we transform and become our highest expression, living the vision in our heart.  Thank you

Wild (Author Interview)

Wild looks like a fun romance book.  When is book 2 planned for release?
 Thank you. Book 2 is available now. 

What do you think makes a great romance book? 
When you have a heroine and hero you can’t help but route for you, have the ingredients to make a great romance. Sexy locations help as well. I also love good banter - there’s nothing better.

What inspired you when writing Wild?
I’ve worked in the industry for over fifteen years. Wild has always been percolating in my head.

When did you decide to become a writer? 
I knew I wanted to write when I was thirteen years old. I’d write short stories and you would always find me with my head in a book.

When writing Wild did anything stand out as particularly challenging? 
Wild is the fastest romance I’ve written. I wrote it in less than a month. It was easy and I had a lot of fun writing it.

What do you like to do when not writing? 
I’m doing more yoga and taking walks. And I love to travel. It’s hard for me to sit still.

How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Follow me on instagram @coletabedi

When My Soul Bleeds Words (Author Interview)    

When My Soul Bleeds Words, looks like a great poetry book. Any plans for a follow-up or series? 

Probably not. It’s basically based on a chapter of my life that is in the past. 

What do you think makes a great poem? 

How it causes the reader to feel. How well a reader can connect to what it is trying to portray.

What inspired you when writing When My Soul Bleeds Words? 

My own life experiences concerning my struggle with depression, suicide and bipolar symptoms. I wanted to raise awareness for mental health when it’s been such a taboo subject for so long, and to show there is hope despite all the hardships. 

What are your ambitions for your writing career? Full time? Part time? 

While writing is not my “bread winning” career, I do plan on continuing to write more books and publish them. My main reason for writing is not to make money. I write books to touch people’s hearts. 

When did you decide to become a writer? 

I didn’t really decide, per se. It just felt natural and so therefore it just happened. I wanted to express my ideas and thoughts, so I started writing. 

Through My Eyes: The USA (Publication Review)

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Through My Eyes: The USA by Sandi Gorišek

Through My Eyes: The USA by Sandi Gorišek is written with an offbeat naiveté in this wide-eyed look at the US. It’s a short read spanning his travels through parts of the U.S. (mostly Washington, D.C.; NYC; and the Appalachian Mountains).

He expresses confusion and shock over cultural differences.  Much of it funny, but also cruel at times. He doesn’t much like Americans as ‘their primary interest lies in how they can benefit from you’ (hope none of his stateside colleagues read that!). The ongoing theme is his distaste of American ambition for upward career growth, better houses, cars, etc.  Although he writes ‘the more books I sell, the sooner I’ll be back to America, and thus have an opportunity to describe the remainder of this or another country that I will have travelled to and/or worked in.’

The book has some other confusing contradictions throughout, possibly caused by cultural differences. For instance, he states he doesn’t like American houses because they are ‘built around a skeleton frame’ and won’t support extra stories for three generations of a family as homes in Slovenia do.  Yet, when his hosts for a barbeque in West Virginia live in proximity to other relatives, he labels that ‘creepy,’ however, it’s interesting to see the contrast and viewpoints of another culture.

There are some amusing restaurant observations: Visiting various fast-food and large-scale chain places, the author is quite shocked by so many menu choices, the (over) friendliness of servers, and free soft drinks (with ice and straws!). He’s saddened by the lack of a “culinary surprise” that’s given to diners in Slovenia. When seeing Starbucks, he’s driven almost speechless with amazement at, again, too many choices (!) and the baffling ID method of writing names on cups.  Many observations, having visited America myself, I agreed with and found funny. 

In a comment to Mom and Dad, he says he doesn’t know why Americans don’t walk their own dogs (he saw a professional dog walker in NYC). He disapproves of Americans changing jobs and moving to a new city and assures his parents that the Slovenian way of staying put is the only valid way, just as they’d told him.

He concludes no American has friends unless they can be useful to them. His interactions with different Americans are sometimes funny, and sometimes awkward.  After huffing over the capitalist schemes in a White House giftshop, he bravely puts that aside and asks a saleswoman there to sell his book. She kindly fabricates a reason to not purchase it, again something was lost in translation, and he is baffled when she won’t return phone calls, blaming American disorganization.  Americans often find it polite to be nondirect rather than answer with a no, both in casual business and social encounters.  It’s something the author trips over frequently causing some unique situations and interpretations.

If he goes back to the U.S., I hope he finds that America has wonderful coffeehouses, restaurants and people who are selfless, loving, and yes, literate. Most do not love guns or buy Trump wigs from giftshops.  Cultural differences can be both funny and interesting. The book is written in a lively manner with a mélange of humor, sour grapes, and a dash of artlessness. If you’re American, don’t expect to recognize your reflection within the pages, but you will find a unique look at American culture. 

Stroke Recovery (Author Interview)

Stroke Recovery looks like a fantastic book on the aftermath of a stroke.  What type of readers are you targeting with the book?
I wrote the book to target two types of readers. One, specifically to help stroke survivors and their families/caregivers gain more knowledge about the body as well as covering as many challenges with recovery that they may face. After speaking to, training and being contacted by survivors from all over the world asking for help and guidance, it has been made clear to me that thousands of stroke survivors are trying to gain better recovery after their therapy has ended, but they don’t know where to or what to do. They have experience fitness professionals that have no knowledge or experience with stroke survivors. Two, I want to reach fitness professionals as well, so they can gain knowledge from my book to help them better help guide a survivor into a stronger recovery. I feel if professional limit their knowledge, they limit the outcome of a survivor’s recovery. I don’t feel that is fair.

What do you think makes a great educational book? I think great education book brings basic and advanced knowledge of the subject the book is about as well as having a human connection to who will be reading the books, especially in an educational book such as this.

What inspired you when writing Stroke Recovery? I worked with a special stroke survivor a few years ago. It was an inspiring journey. He was not my first stroke survivor to train, but he was the first one beginning his training with me in such a fragile state. It was such a wonderful and educational experience. He understood that he had a unique case and he wanted his story shared to help other survivors to a better recovery and to give them hope. This led to my first book, “The Stroke of An Artist, The Journey of A Fitness Trainer and a Stroke Survivor”. This book has reached stroke survivors worldwide. I have been contacted by people from all over the world for help. I even had this couple travel to my city and live for a month to train with me almost every day with her 82-year-old male stroke survivor husband. They came from the New Jersey coast to the Oregon coast where I am. It was literally 3000 miles the traveled. She had had some very disappointing experiences with physical therapy and reaching out for help from fitness professionals. I was so honored they came, but if there were more professionals with knowledge and experience to help as I do, she would not have had to make such a big trip. I was also asked by to be on their Fitness Education Advisory Board and to write a CEC course on Stroke Recovery and Exercise.  As I finished this course, I thought to myself, “This education will get to those professionals who reach out to learn, leaving the knowledge still limited to getting out.” I then decided to bring much of what I teach in the course (minus the video lectures and exercise teaching videos) to those who have had a stroke, loved ones and or their caregivers.

Faces of Foster Care: Messages of Hope, Hurt and Truth (Author Interview)

Faces of Foster Care looks like it has great messages and information about foster care.  What type of reader or market would you recommend the book to? I recommend the book generally to anyone who likes to read memoirs. I also recommend it to those who would like to learn more about foster kids or who may want to volunteer, foster or adopt. It may be especially interesting to social workers, adoptive parents and others who already interact in some way with kids in foster care, but it will be interesting to anyone who likes to read about the lives of others.

What do you think makes a great educational book? To me, a great educational book makes learning fun and interesting, almost effortless. I enjoy reading memoirs as a way to learn about the lives of specific people and to learn about relationships, specifically the psychology behind things. Faces of Foster Care has messages from twenty people around the country, told in their own words – like mini-memoirs. It provides a unique and interesting way to learn different perspectives of foster care in the United States.

What inspired you when writing Faces of Foster Care? I had been volunteering for a few years as a mentor to older kids in foster care through a small non-profit organization in Washington, DC – the Family and Youth Initiative. Volunteering with this organization was my first experience interacting with foster kids. I had no idea of the hardships they have or how great they are. I wanted to do something to bring more attention to them and raise awareness. The kids I volunteer with and mentor inspired me to work on this book.

The Silence Between the Sighs (Author Interview)

The Silence Between the Sighs looks like a great self-help/motivational guide. You have a few other books and albums in the genre, any plans for more?

Yes there are a couple more books in the pipeline for early next year, as well as two more meditation albums.
I’m always working on new projects and collaborating with like minded artists, therapists, writers, motivational speakers and musicians.

What do you think motivates people?

When we believe in ourselves anything is possible.
We have to try to forgive our past mistakes and understand that everyone has a story to tell and that we are all struggling in our own private way.
The key to our life is the love for our own being and essence and knowing that we all have a role to play on this earth.
We are all needed here at this time to make a difference.

What inspired you when writing The Silence Between the Sighs?

Love inspires me. People inspire me. Life inspires me.
All around us there is so much that is inspiring and the power of the human spirit is profoundly uplifting.
Everything that I write comes from observing and feeling the depths of the heart and accepting and believing in the beauty of souls.

When did you decide to become a writer? 

I have been writing since I was a child from stories to poetry.
It has been a great passion of mine since early on and something I knew would one day become a major part in my life.
I find writing relaxing and exhilarating at the same and a real bridge to getting to know people.

How did you come up with the ideas and inspirations in 'The Silence Between the Sighs?

It was a work in progress for many years and I was constantly being asked to put all my inspirational writing that I shared with clients into a book.
I had also been encouraged by self help experts, great spiritual masters, healers, who I had the pleasure to meet while travelling around the world, to reach out to as many people as possible as they all believed it would bring some benefit to all searching souls.

How can readers discover more about you and your work?

They can visit my website and my pages on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, You Tube.

My books, music, cards, all products can be found on Amazon and all good bookshops as well as iTunes and other music download sites.