Fairly Unequal (Author Interview)





Fairly Unequal looks like a helpful book. What can you tell us about it?

It is a motivational metaphorical memoir that expresses the Fairly Unequal treatment in a variety of different variations through the perspective of me.


How long did it take you to write Fairly Unequal?


3 Years

What inspired you when writing Fairly Unequal?


During college and after college after realizing that the college system scams young kids with dreams.


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Fairly Unequal?


Fatigue is common when writing a book.

How to Cope: Parenting a Child with Special Needs (Author Interview)



https://www.amazon.com/s?k=how+to+cope+parenting+a+child+with+special+needs+by+Christine+Staple+Ebanks&ref=nb_sb_noss


How to Cope looks like a great book.  What can you tell us about it?
How to Cope: Parenting a Child with Special Needs is written for the parents, caregivers and family who have just received a diagnosis or who are learning to live with a diagnosis of a disability for their child.  While the speaks to disabilities and how these affect children’s development and learning, it is more focused on the parent. The book’s foreword is written by renowned child and adolescent psychiatrist   Dr. Ganesh Shetty. Dr Shetty states that “How to Cope: Parenting a Child with Special Needs is a rich cache of inspiration, encouragement, and information to equip every parent of a child with special needs with the right attitude, perspective , and knowledge required to accept, embrace, and cope.”

How long did it take you to write How to Cope?
Writing How to Cope: Parenting a Child with Special Needs was written over an 8-year period. I started the book back in 2012, but at the time, I was still in the throes of dealing with my son’s diagnosis. So I wrote the book in bits and pieces and actually went on to write and publish two other books. My first book - Raising Nathan: Every life Has a Story (2015) captures my story. It gave voice to my and my family’s struggles off coming to terms with the diagnosis of cerebral palsy, which is a major life-altering disability. It captures my process in moving past the myriad of emotions to acceptance of my son and his special needs. My 2nd book – A parent’s guide to surviving the Homework years supported my journey as not a parent of children with and without disabilities, who had to learn how to manage those very challenging years.

I finally went back to the manuscript for How to Cope: Parenting a Child with Special Needs in late  2018 and finally published in May 2020.

My Chosen Words: Memories of a Professional Immigrant Woman (Author Interview)




April 23, 2020
ABOUT FERIAL

These questions take me back many decades - to be exact 3 decades. The idea of writing about my 'Life-Experiences,' as a visible minority woman, mother;including my journey to becoming a scientist. It was proposed by a few women's groups in 1987 summer. I was completing my contract on Fingerprint Research at that time.

I was confused with this proposition. I did not have the skills of the writer. I had no experience to write on non-scientific themes. So, my language of communication was definitely technical...

Soon, I gave serious thoughts to explore the whys of this request... The title of the book as suggested was - "My Identity in the Canadian Multicultural Society," Ferial I. Haque, Ph.D.

I asked myself a few questions “What were my dreams? When I left My Birthplace in September 1963. I was brave enough to discover the unknown way of life in another city in another country.”

I did not know I would be lost in the cultural maze of other people. The world in 1963 and world in 2020 are so different? We were not blessed with digital technology. So, I found my way to create a new me in my early twenties in Ottawa.

The Calling (Author Interview)




The Calling looks like the perfect self-help book.  Can you tell us a little about it?

The Calling is all about listening to your inner voice and follow the calling. Living a purposeful live. I believe that we are born with a purpose – we all bring something to this world that will make it a better place. The calling encourages you to do just that.

How did you come up with the stories in The Calling and what kind of message to the provide the reader? 
           
While I believe that each one has it calling, I see many struggles to follow it. There are many reasons for that – belief systems, society, norms, fears, uncertainty and more… That is when I realized I did not want to do it alone – sharing just my journey would help only a few who are on similar paths as me – what about the others? So, I decided to connect with more individuals like me and share their journeys too..

What inspired you when writing The Calling?   

My Calling – The purpose of my life is to be of service and uplift others. I had reached a space where not sharing was more painful than sharing


When writing The Calling did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  

I would say – finding the right authors – whose vision matched with that of “The Calling” It is the longest time I took to find all the authors. I interviewed and spoke to more than 100 prospects and then found this bunch. One aspect that was revealed in this journey  made me realize how much this book is needed; that was when I was speaking to prospects which I believed were a good fit – did not live upto my expectations – I saw a lot of mismatch in what the influencers/leaders speak about and what they exactly do.

What do you like to do when not writing?

I enjoy cooking. Cooking and serving a soulful meal to my loved ones makes me happy.

Where can readers find out more about your work?


My social media – Facebook – Instagram – LinkedIn - @snehalauthorpreneur



Kiss Me or Kill Me : Set Me Free (Author Interview)





Kiss Me or Kill Me looks like the perfect poetry book especially for current times. Can you tell us a little about it?
Well, "Kiss Me and Kill Me, But Please Set Me Free!" is, basically, a collection of poems written to an interactive book that speak about three different subjects; Mental Health, Love, and Inner Strength.
The first chapter, Mental Health, is meant to unearth the things that we tend to sweep under the rug. You can't fix what no one ever knows about.
The second chapter, Love, is meant to shower you with moments of love and appreciation as well as other poems about loving from the soul out.
And the last chapter, Inner strength, are poems about reclaiming the positive things about you while letting go of the things that don't serve you.

How long did it take you to write Kiss Me or Kill Me?

It kind of flowed to me. Some of the poems were already written, but when I'm going through something, and I get emotional, Inspiration comes pretty quickly, so it only took me around three to four months to write it.

What inspired you when writing Kiss Me or Kill Me?
This book was written at a time when I was feeling trapped and helpless.


 I had just moved away from everything I knew, from Florida to FREEZING Michigan, I was having a hard time adjusting, and no one I could really talk to about it. 

Economics: A Different Perspective (Author Interview)





How did you come up with the ideas in Economics?
The ideas in Economics mainly come from observations/correlations I have made over the years. For example, the vast majority of start-ups fail within the first 3-5 years. When I started thinking about this a little deeper, I realized that start-ups are similar to mariages (in terms of success rate and considering the fact that vast majority of divorces are initiated by women). The more I thought about it the more it became clear to me that making these types of observations is not enough: There are key lessons/insights that can be learned by looking at our lives from an economic standpoint. Each chapter in Economics contains very insightful observations, lessons and questions that I believe can help us all lead happier and rewarding lives.

Economics looks like a great book on how economics affects our lives.  Can you tell us a little about it?

I’d be tough for anyone who is not a fan Dave Chapelle and/or George Carlin’s comedy to enjoy reading Economics: A Different Perspective. Both of them are huge influences of mine when it comes sharing one’s insight on various topics and it shows in my writing. In this book, I share valuable insights on what I consider to be the main aspects of our lives (love, masculinity, femininity, war, skills, media, religion, debt, and beauty) and raise questions that will lead my readers to meaningful answers. Through Economics: A Different Perspective, I invite my readers to embark on a journey of reflection that I believe will lead to positive and meaningful adjustments in their lives.


What inspired you when writing Economics?   
My decision to write Economics: A Different Perspective came from my buring desire to finally put my writing skills to use. When I asked myself “what should I write about?” I immediately came to the conclusion that I should write about Economics, as I majored in Applied Ecnomics in college and have been working in the financial services industry for a few years now. Another motivating factor was the fact that when my then fiancĂ©e and I broke up 4 years ago, I started writing a romance novel, and even though the process of writing that novel was very therapeutic, I was unable to finish that novel. So, I promised myself that this time around, I’d finish what I started. 

IT IS FINISHED: Man's Inhumanity to Man




www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B086WHT2K5/

More than once, Tom Murray held someone as that person died in his arms in Ireland during the conflict between the Irish Republican Army factions and the government of Great Britain during the troubles from the 70`s.

Born a Catholic in Derry in the heart of the Bogside on the 12th of July. The very day the Protestant Orangemen march throughout the province but especially on the Derry walls looking over into the Bogside with a shout of “no surrender”. While many joined the IRA various factions against British rule became a volunteer as a medic, at the First Aid post in the language of the time and location. He didn’t care who was wounded, he only wanted to help those in great needed of first aid before medical aid was available.


Being born into a Catholic family does not make a person a Christian, as Tom would learn. When US President John Kennedy was assassinated, Tom took a major step in following the Catholic teaching but it was not the full journey that he’d make later in life.

This is most decidedly not a story about the fighting. This kind of story is played out across the world every day in conflicts that make international news and violent disputes that barely make the local media. As Tom says in the introduction, "This book is about a conflict that goes far deeper than the history of Ireland, or of any other place – the conflict within the soul, which has expressed itself in a myriad form of ways since man first rebelled against God at the dawn of creation."

It is the story of one man trying to come to grips with his fellow man and the inhumanity displayed toward each other. The time and the setting are real, the Northern Ireland conflicts and the people are equally real. It is the IRA factions war against the British forces.

In these very real battles that are also a metaphor, Tom sometimes identifies the people by name and rank. The atrocities of conflict are very real, but Tom does not dwell on the horrors of that. In other words, this is not a story of fighting, blood and gore in the physical realm. The fighting Tom goes through is just a real but is on the spiritual battlefield.

Tom signing up as a cadet as a first Aider, brought his journey into the horrors of the conflict which was an unforgettable one.

Left to Their Own Devices: How Digital Natives Are Reshaping the American Dream



www.amazon.com/dp/1633884449

A sociologist explores the many ways that digital natives' interaction with technology has changed their relationship with people, places, jobs, and other stabilizing structures and created a new way of life that is at odds with the American Dream of past generations.Digital natives are hacking the American Dream. Young people brought up with the Internet, smartphones, and social media are quickly rendering old habits, values, behaviors, and norms a distant memory--creating the greatest generation gap in history. In this eye-opening book, digital sociologist Julie M. Albright looks at the many ways in which younger people, facilitated by technology, are coming "untethered" from traditional aspirations and ideals, and asks: What are the effects of being disconnected from traditional, stabilizing social structures like churches, marriage, political parties, and long-term employment? What does it mean to be human when one's ties to people, places, jobs, and societal institutions are weakened or broken, displaced by digital hyper-connectivity? Albright sees both positives and negatives. On the one hand, mobile connectivity has given digital nomads the unprecedented opportunity to work or live anywhere. But, new threats to well-being are emerging, including increased isolation, anxiety, and loneliness, decreased physical exercise, ephemeral relationships, fragmented attention spans, and detachment from the calm of nature.In this time of rapid, global, technologically driven change, this book offers fresh insights into the unintended societal and psychological implications of lives exclusively lived in a digital world.


Life Is My Teacher (Author Interview)




Life is My Teacher looks like a memoir and journey.  Can you tell us a little about the book?

Yes, Life is My Teacher is a book series based on my personal authentic experiences combined and expressing through my own version of writing and storytelling.

What inspired you when writing Life is My Teacher?

I thought about one day either if I am alive or not, my future children, grandchildren or readers that I have not yet met, can feel a part of my story and pass along my spirit through this writing.

What inspired you to publish Life is My Teacher?   

We have to go back to the time when people have no telephone or internet or high-speed travel where they can visit people instantly as finger clicks— the main way of connecting is through writing a letter. People would write a long letter to discuss how theyre feeling and whats going on with them. Theyre writing that and read it. You get a look into the inside world of the other people and it helped to develop a strong powerful intimate connection with people you are corresponding with. How obviously not a chance with social media or email. You just not simply communicating information or business or banality of your life but you actually expressing to them some of the things you are feeling to what you are going through, you desire, etc. Which is more intimate confession and intimate level of communication— This way you can learn about the other people or the readers that are writing back to you. Im expanding my circle of people. I published this book to invite other people to see my world, getting them out on papers or off a screen. It is a great way to get connected to people you normally have a superficial connection to and let them see what are many other people going through in different parts of the world.

What will readers get out of your journey?
           
Following the previous question. I personally think that there are already many of the greatest books that you can find in every category that you interested to immerse yourself into. However, whats missing on the bookshelf is an individual story, an authentic personal experience story. I chose to write a memoir for a reason—you will realize that, this book is the other way I connect to other people. This book is actually crafted from my journal and a long letter from me to those whose I desired to connect on a deeper level. What the readers will get out of this is a story that you wont find or heard from anywhere else and likewise, I hope after they read my book, the readers would feel the courage to write their story too and share it with the world if they want to.

When writing Life is My Teacher did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  

I went through a different range of emotions but nothing is as particularly challenging that I cannot overcome or to the point that it stops me. I’d say though, after I wrapped up the book I thought about not publishing it. Pressing a publish button probably the most challenging part (coming from a private person.)

What do you like to do when not writing?

Researching, observing or experimenting. Many things. I am a lover of learning. I cant pinpoint just one thing or two or three… Sometimes I spent my time in secluded home reading and studying, or sometimes Im in a big busy city exploring. You will find me in many random places and situations. I like to gain a broad experience and somehow turn that into an art project in my own way. Currently, I wanted to get into aviation.

Where can readers find out more about your work?

You can go to my website at  www.chanutra.com


Farewell to the 6% Commission (Author Interview)



Farewell to the 6% Commission looks like a helpful book for new real estate buyers and sellers.  Can you tell us a little about what the reader can expect?
I don’t see the book aimed at new buyers and sellers but instead everyone. Most homeowners don’t fully understand there’s the likelihood 2 agents will be involved with the sale of their property. The one they hire which is the listing agent and the one who represents the buyers. I believe the buyers agents deserve more than 50% of the commission. I say this because just about any agent knows how to post a new listing on the MLS which then gets electronically shared with 700 consumer-facing real estate websites like Zillow, Trulia, Redfin, etc. But, there’s only 1 agent who delivers the buyer and therefore should be properly compensated.

The Zillow’s, Trulia’s, Redfin’s etc. have been educating homeowners and potential buyers of homes and condos for 20 years. Because of this the knowledge gap between consumers and real estate agents has been leveled. What consumers don’t know is how to keep a transaction on a track that leads to a successful closing. Real estate agents who represent sellers nowadays are far less mission critical than they were in the past. My goal was and is to enlighten consumers so they know commissions can be easily negotiated and that they would be wasting a lot of their precious hard-earned equity if they choose to over-pay.

Can you tell us a little about your background and what you do?
My background is in Internet technologies. I started two venture capital backed technology companies. The first one was Desktop Video Conferencing for PC’s over the Internet. I started and sold the company long before Skype and others entered the market. The second startup company was based on advanced speech recognition technology like Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, etc. I raised several million dollars from strategic partners and venture capital firms. I hired 4 PhD’s in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence for the engineering department and a Harvard MBA for the sales and marketing department. While we had what many told us was the Dream Team of executive management the company failed when Apple introduced the iPhone. As you probably know speech recognition technologies have many issues to deal with such as ambient background noise if a person is in a car, bus, airplane, TV or Radio playing, etc. With an iPhone consumers could easily type their questions and not have to rely on voice recognition technologies.

I diversified my investment portfolio company to include residential real estate in 2004. I obtained a real estate license then for the purpose of lowering my transaction costs. At the time I never imagined being a real estate agent who helps buyers and sellers achieve their goals but that’s what ultimately happened.