Plus One Plus None (HUGEOrange Publication Review)

HUGEOrange Publication Review
Plus One Plus None, by Emica Mao

Plus One Plus None is filled with good advice with wit and humor to boot.  There is nothing better than finding a book that offers helpful practical advice and is fun to read in narrated story form. 
Author Emica Mao talks about her life with a focus on her introvert personality through a character named Zita. If you’re an introvert, you will instantly connect with her upstream swim through life and growing older. If you’re not an introvert, there will be insights and ah ha moments when you recognize how introverts you know must feel. Extroverts feel there’s something wrong with women who do not crave the spotlight, the married life, and kids underfoot. Many make it the focus of their friendship (or if family, relationship) to change anyone who can’t yet understand why these things are essential. Well, they’re not, really, are they?
One thing I learned about making decisions is sometimes deep within us, we have a secret answer already even before we seek advice (though we would probably never admit this).  
This is a must read for single women and a recommended read for everyone else. From dating tips to relatable and funny stories, Plus One Plus None will offer a juicy gem of something to remember on every page.
It’s empowering and motivates you to embrace the single life for all it has to offer.  After reading this book you will be happily content in your own cozy cocoon.
Maybe as the number of people who remain unmarried increases generation after generation, more people would realize that being single is as mainstream as being married.
Entertaining from front to back there isn’t a dull moment.  Zita is a fun character to follow, blunt and no holds barred.  The story, like it says from the start, is about breaking the linear path we all feel we are on as we grow up.  School, job, kids and happily ever after.  She writes about her attempts to find Mr. Right and get on the path she’s ‘supposed’ to be on. Many women get on that path knowing that’s not what they really want. Zita will not be one of them, she is true to herself and frank about what she wants and it’s not diapers and commitment. She’s happy with herself, her life, and her future. Anyone wondering how to get off the hamster wheel of expectations will find resolve and motivation with this wonderful book.
You are fully accountable for your life. How your life has turned out so far and how it is turning out to be, that is on you.  There is nothing or no one else to blame.   In as much as there are a lot of external factors in your life, the primary driver of your life is no one else but you.  
I found myself relating in some way, either directly or indirectly through a friend, to all of Zita’s ups and downs.  I think the main thing I got out of it was comradery.  I didn’t feel alone in being single or that I’ve made the wrong choice anymore. You have to be brave to make the right choice sometimes and this lady is as brave as they come. Introverts do not like to share information about themselves, but she shows the good and the bad, the ups and downs, successes and failures. She’s a success in my book!

The Million Dollar Alphabet for Life (Author Interview)

The Million Dollar Alphabet for Life looks like a great guide.  Any plans to release similar self-help books?   
Yes! Actually, I am working on a similar guide for educators. Having been an educator since 1999, I’d like to be of help to fellow new and veteran teachers in an emotional way. There’s a secret pressure that educators face and colleges or trainings are not known for addressing the pressure.  Educators are tasked with ensuring that another human being wants to learn and do well. They know it going in. But until faced with various children and families at the different stages of learning all within one classroom, educators are often unprepared for the toll this task takes on them. It is rewarding, but not without much of themselves being given. Many times, an educator gives up on personal interests just to be of service to their students, who they are not guaranteed will do well or even want to do well. Add to that, the parents and the administrator’s expectations. Needless to say, a person should be in a truly healthy emotional state to feel happy while in service to children.

What will readers get out of your guide?    
Readers will understand that all of their feelings are normal- even negative feelings. They’ll learn that some feelings serve them better than others. That they can be in control of how they feel every day. Readers can even learn how to change their perspective and exit a negative feeling quicker than they’ve done in the past. Then back of the book includes a ‘Try This’ section. The activities are designed to spark the readers emotional barometers.

What inspired you when writing The Million Dollar Alphabet for Life   
I am inspired by the knowledge that I am in control of how I feel. I always knew it. But sometimes I just went with my knee jerk reactions and stayed angry or sad for too long. I went from being a stay-at-home mother for three years, to an entrepreneur. I could feel myself being on an emotional roller coaster too often.  As a mother and business owner, I couldn’t be out of control emotionally because that would serve no one.  Then I said to myself, ‘If you know you’re in control, then be in control.’ So, I wrote The Million Dollar Alphabet as a list. A few years later, I added quotes. I went on to add poems or stories that could reflect what I was learning.

Millionaire by Choice (Author Interview)

Millionaire by Choice looks like a great book on success.  Is it strictly an autobiography or does it touch on any Forex trading tips?  
Millionaire by Choice is a short success story about Abhijit Kulkarni. I would not say it is strictly an autobiography however it is his journey in forex industry till date and it does not touch base upon any forex trading tips, it just talks about few achievements and few insights about forex industry.

What will readers get out of your book? 
This book will work as a guiding force for the readers of all age groups. It will motivate you to explore forex industry as one of the career aspects and also no matter how new you are into any field with strong dedication, sincerity, consistency and hard work one can achieve success with flying colours. 

What inspired you when writing Millionaire by Choice?    
 I would say his entire journey inspired me. Belonging to such nation where forex is still not very well known still he managed to succeed and stand firmly on an international level,  this fact inspired me the most.

When did you decide to become a writer?
  I would not call myself a writer yet :) I used to write small fiction articles during college days but writing book is my first experience and I am glad I got this opportunity.

When writing Millionaire by Choicedid anything stand out as particularly challenging?  
 The most difficult and challenging task was writing about him as he is not only my colleague but he is my friend too. The thought of representing his journey in a composed manner was indeed difficult because when you know a person for this long you aught to know so many things and distinguishing them was a tough job.

My Roller Coaster Ride to Motherhood (Author Interview)

My Roller Coaster Ride to Motherhood looks like a great look at the struggles of motherhood and pregnancy.  Is this a mix of fiction and your personal story?  

Yes. It is.  The story has been inspired by my own struggle with infertility followed by repeated pregnancy losses.  I would say 70% are facts and real events based and the rest is fiction.

How did you come up with the story in My Roller Coaster Ride to Motherhood?  
Things have been a whirlwind since I gave birth to my children.  Motherhood is busy.  Yet, deep in my heart I knew I had to have a closure and need to reflect on my journey getting there.  The story is not only about the struggle itself, but also on how the struggle has force Linda, the main character in the book, to face head-on to her childhood drama and embark on the path of healing.  That was what happened to myself.  It was the most spiritual experience in my life so far and I was never the same person, I am a much better and happy person now.

What will readers get out of your book?

Two things: for women or couples who are in the similar struggle, to seek comfort, strength and even humour in their journey.  For those who are lucky enough never have to, to understand what it’s like to have such challenges.

On the other hand, how your suffering can be a beautiful manifestation that will lead you to confront with the dark side in you and help you heal.

What inspired you when writing My Roller Coaster Ride to Motherhood?   

All the women I knew who have struggled and are still struggling with infertility and repeated miscarriages.

When did you decide to become a writer?

My Roller Coaster Ride to Motherhood is the second book I wrote.  Before that, I wrote “Luxe is in the Air” which was loosely based on my work experience in the luxury travel retail business.  I have always loved writing as I grew up not having my voice heard or my opinion valued, I liked diving into the world of words, either from reading or writing.  I finally managed to steal moments while my baby was taking long naps and I wrote just like that bit by bit everyday.  And of course, my children are my biggest inspiration to start the first page!

When writing My Roller Coaster Ride to Motherhood did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  

A Seat at the Table or Part of the Meal (Author Interview)

A Seat at the Table or Part of the Meal, looks like a great business book.  Any plans to release similar books?   
Yes, I plan to write aworkbook on the same subject matter of diversity, equity and inclusion.

What will readers get out of your book?    
I’ve condensed data from national studies and included personal stories detailing my workplace experiences as well as others that I have interviewed for the book.  Readers will also get tips on what they can do to recruit diverse talent to their organizations at both the staff and board of director levels.

What inspired you when writing A Seat at the Table or Part of the Meal  
I was inspired to write this book after years of mentoring people of color and answering the same questions that so many people have – Why are there so few women and so few people of color in top management positions?

When did you decide to become a writer?
I have always love to read and I have been writing stories since I was a child.  I began my career as a newspaper journalist and published my first book in 2013, entitled “The Fourth Generation.”  It is a historical novel.

When writing A Seat at the Table or Part of the Meal, did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  
The challenge was to get people to be open and use this book as a platform to speak to the prejudicial issues that they have faced during their careers.  I found it liberating, but I certainly understand that from some it’s a risk, especially if they are working for the same company that they are speaking about.

Prepping For Success (Author Interview)

Prepping for Success looks like a great book self-help guide.  Any plans to release similar themed books?  
I really do not have any plans for another book just yet. Even this book was never planned. It just came out of my desire to help others better their lives but also out of frustration watching people go from book to book, seminar to seminar, constantly reading and learning but never improving their lives, never taking action

What will readers get out of your book?
Prepping for success is a guided journey that equips you with the principles you need in order to take advantage of your innate inner talents to achieve true success.
The 10 keys allow you to not just understand yourself, but they also teach you how to express your best self to others. This enables you to be the best version of yourself.
This book is an inspirational, light-hearted guide to help you put your plans into action. It offers an understandable and relatable step by step approach to discovering yourself and achieving your own personal true success.
In a world where there are so many choices and distractions, this book is dedicated to helping you find a balance through it all.

What inspired you when writing Prepping for Success?
This book was inspired by my own life. I was stuck in a constant loop like most people out there that go from book to book, seminar to seminar and get stuck in this contant learning cycle but never actually take any action on what they learn. People got addicted to self help and personal development, which gives them an impression that they are improving their lives but in reality they were not taking any concrete steps towards it but rather just reading another book or taking another seminar, This was false hope. So with this book my aim was to end every chapter with concrete steps and actions people should take before they move on to the next chapter which guarantees they are actually improving their lives.

How did you come up with the concepts and ideas in Prepping for Success?  
I made my name as a High paid consultant in the Trading and Investing Industry. I launched LiveTraders in 2015 which is now voted the #1 Trading Education Firm for three years in a row. I have coached and Trained over 1000+ Traders and Investors. Some of whom have now gone on to run their Own Hedge funds.
I am  considered the leading expert in the Trading Psychology space having helped thousands of traders all over the world dealing with Psychological and Behavioural issues that arise when high stakes on are on the line.  I bring a unique view on Success and show how the same concepts that I have used to Help Million dollar traders are applicable to our day to day lives, irrespective of the industry or career they are in. This is not a business book and this sure isn't a trading book. This book is about achieving Success in Each and EVERY area of your Life.
"With this book, I hope to bring to the readers the main key concept that's have helped me in my life and have made me a better and a more productive person; as I too Prep for Success. I am writing a book that I wish someone gave me 10 years ago, Would have made life so much easier"

Of Myriad Paths (Author Interview)

Of Myriad Paths looks like a fantastic collection of poems to help people through hard times. How long did it take you to write it?   

Thank you for your compliments. I wrote those poems over the past 3 years. It took me about 18 months to write those poems and another 12 months to edit them and finally about 6 months to shape them in a book format.
As a full-time doctor, I couldn’t do it faster even though I had wanted to.

What will readers get out of your book?   
There is enough in this book for everyone to relate to. The book touches upon a variety of human conditions that we as humans are at risk of or facing already. The challenges range from trauma, old age, addiction, accidents, isolation, human traffic, hate, poverty and racism. The book raises awareness and brings empathy in people to create a sense of shared destiny and common humanity. The characters are strong and one would think of late autumn leaves clinging to the rare branches in spite of all odds against their survival.

What inspired you when writing Of Myriad Paths?   
The poems are all based on real cases I have come across personally in my practice of medicine or my travels across the world. I have tried my best to give depth and dimension to the characters. My poems have been complemented by the beautiful illustrations by my illustrator. If you open the book, you will not let it down until you’ve seen the portraits of all these hard and resolute characters.

When did you decide to become a writer?
I have been writing poems from a very early age in Urdu/Hindi language since my mother was a poet and lyricist as well as a vocalist. I began experimenting in writing in the English language in my late teens and early 20s. I am most happy when I am writing so it was not a career decision for me. I am a doctor for my patients and that will never change. At the same time writing gives me a sense of deep satisfaction and opportunity to share that meaning with people.

When writing Of Myriad Paths did anything stand out as particularly challenging?   

The biggest challenge was for me to capture the pace of drama in these poems. Poetry has rules that one needs to follow even though the field has evolved over time, it is challenging. The poetry in Urdu that I was accustomed to writing in, has several different sets of rules. Nonetheless, it came out beautifully in the end. The other challenge was to get the illustrations to depict the right emotions so they evoke expected feelings from the readers. I think my illustrator Antonija Marinic understood my directions well and did a fabulous job.

What do you like to do when not writing?

Like I said earlier, my work as a doctor is quite consuming for me and any time left between writing and doctoring is due to my daughters, my wife and my aging parents. My poem ‘headphones’ is based on the dementia symptoms of my mother.

Survive Then Live: The Patience Carter Story (Author Interview)

Survive Then Live looks like an incredible personal story. How long did it take you to write it?   

It took me two years for me to write this book. There are deeply personal moments that took a long time to feel comfortable with sharing with the world.

What will readers get out of your book?    

This book isn’t your typical book about survival. Readers will receive key lessons I learned at the end of each chapter, as well as inspirational original poems, but my story is main focus. My journey to healing had ups and downs, the entire way through. Regardless of what I looked like on TV, my journey wasn’t pretty, or perfect. And the book is brutally honest, in order to teach readers that running away from their trauma will never heal it. I show readers that they have to face their challenges head on. Otherwise, it’ll keep resurfacing at the worst times.

What inspired you when writing Survive Then Live?    

My pain inspired me to write Survive Then Live. I was suffering, I was  screaming inside, but no one could hear me. I felt like I had to keep a smile on my face, in order to give hope to people experiencing similar challenges. But the truth is, I was hurting all the time. I wanted to tell my real story, not the one I thought people wanted to hear. As I was writing, I realized that my real story was way more powerful.

When did you decide to become a writer?

Writing was huge part of my survival growing up. I was a really sad kid. My mother wasn’t in my life, she disappeared when I was two years old. The feeling of abandonment hovered over me throughout my entire childhood. I was lucky to have a loving grandmother, but when she passed, I shuffled from one toxic environment to another. I was often silenced as a child, my pain didn’t matter to anyone. So writing was the only way I could speak my truth. Writing was the only was I could escape my surroundings. Writitng gave me a voice.

When writing Survive Then Live did anything stand out as particularly challenging?   

The biggest challenge I faced when writing, Survive Then Live, was opening up. When you’re so used to putting on a fa├žade, and pretending to be perfect, you forget how to be real. Being truthful, and real, becomes terrifying. Because you’re afraid of what people will think or say. Nevertheless, I’m glad I pushed through.

What do you like to do when not writing?

When I’m not writing I like to sing. I create orginal songs a lot. Singing is also very therapeutic for me. I like to create songs that are inspiring, and when I sing them I encourage myself.

Where can readers learn more about you and your books?
Readers can follow me on Instagram @PaeCarter, and Twitter @Patience326_. They can also visit the book’s website at


When The Good Go Blind: Heartbreak Poetry (Author Interview)

When the Good Go Blind looks like a great collection of poetry.  Any plans to release more poetry books?  

Thank you very much.
 “When The Good Go Blind” is actually my fourth poetry book. It’s also my favorite. So the short answer is, yes. I will more than likely produce poetry every year I’m alive.
You can find more of my publications via Amazon, lulu, and BarnesandNoble

What will readers get out of your book?   
Truth. Readers will see the importance of transparency. I believe this culture is missing the truth in redemption. We are scared to admit our portion as the villain in our own life story. I also believe God has been viewed in such a “humdrum”. I wanna show readers the ugly parts of a human in relationship with others and with the creator.

When the Good Go Blind has an interesting concept. What inspired you when writing it?   

Pain. I went through a very difficult heartbreak... and because my heart never stopped breaking I decided to channel that into my creative side. It’s working! People are both shocked and inspired by my transparency

When did you decide to become a writer?

Oddly enough, I became a writer at 13. I wrote a short story in school that was so believable it almost got me in deep trouble. That’s when I knew this was my calling. That being confirmed in the ninth grade I won a poetry slam in NYC, and then went on to publish 9 titles as an adult. I guess I like it a little bit.

When writing When the Good Go Blind did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  

Great question. I have an affection for the political world to the point I plan to run for office one day. So the challenge is always how much does one reveal? My internal answer was air it all. Leaders are made from flaws and truth; not plastic and promotion. Someone needed my reality. So that in itself was a challenge.

No More Hashtags: Remembrance and Reflections

No More Hashtags looks like a great book on the reflection of hashtags of the past.  Any plans to release similar books with social and cultural themes?  
I do have a follow up in the works and just as I did with No More Hashtags, I’ve been performing select pieces at various open mic events in the tri state area to get  feedback which will be helpful in determining the direction of the project.

How did you come up with the hashtags to focus on in No More Hashtags?  
Hashtags indicate something that is trending, however it’s pretty much a short time span because a topic can be quickly trending for  24 hours and then just
as quickly as it appeared it is soon forgotten.  I think a person’s life is more valuable than a hashtag having their name followed with a rest in peace.  The persons I recognized in the book were people who were living and breathing but whose lives, dreams, hopes were cut short and whether we knew them personally or not their lives mattered   and at some point we should get tired of the injustice  and the lack of respect for the value of life to the point of saying no more.  I don’t want to be just a hashtag on timeline.  I’m more than that and so are those names mentioned in the book.

What will readers get out of your book?
What I want readers to walk away with is a sense of connectivity. There is a need for awareness and understanding of how  we are all connected to each other.  If you can see the pain in a community and just because it is not happening to you, can turn and walk away what does that say about humanity? What does it say about who we are as we live, work and go about the day? For some the reflections shared may serve as a reminder and for others some of the stories shared may be totally new.  We must ask ourselves these questions and in our answering determining how we are going to show up in the world.  Will I be the one who will stand in solidarity and support alongside a brother or sister regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or orientation or will I just walk on by?

What inspired you when writing No More Hashtags?   
I was inspired by what I saw happening in the world and community around me.  I became fearful for even my own safety and of those I loved as a result of the amount of racially motivated tragedies.  It was like watching the fall of dominoes one after the other  a case or incident would be in the noose with mothers and family members crying for justice.  It was heart wrenching and painful.   I needed to deal with my own questions, pain and  grapple with the questions of why this level of hatred is still occurring in a nation that prides itself on being a melting pot, the land of the free and home of the brave.  In order to process everything I was seeing and hearing I needed to put pen to paper.