Lost Era (Author Interview)

Lost Era looks like a great retro fashion and art collection.  How many pictures are in the book?  
At it’s core I wanted Lost Era to just be a book of inspiration for creatives and art lovers alike. I wanted there to be enough content for anyone to look through and enjoy, but more importantly, push to create. Lost Era has five separate editorials with each editorial having at least six images. Of course there is way more than thirty images but that gives you an idea of how much content there is in a forty paged photo magazine.

How did you find such a wide collection of retro items and clothing?  
We are lucky enough to have incredible friends who own vintage shops and just live a vintage lifestyle. For instance, my favorite piece I have is from the amazing Junk Fairy at Bad Granny's Bazaar in OKC, and it is a boombox that bumps if I need to get people hyped up. Outside of that, Josie and I go out to vintage shops ourselves and scrounge around. You never know what you’ll find but I do generally have an idea of what I want for the shoot.

Who is your target market for the book?
I like to think that Lost Era has two audiences. The first being creatives, artists. It is meant to give people a place to create and be inspired. The second audience I like to think are women who love to support women and self confidence. A huge part of Lost Era is creating an environment for women to feel sexy and explore their true badass selves.

What inspired you when creating Lost Era?   
When I started to really dive into the pop culture of the 70s, 80s, and 90s it was hard to not be inspired by the figures like Kate Moss and Helmut Newton. You see these people and many others being unapologetically themselves. They created art they believed in, they did not copy any one else, they were original.
Working with other models and photographers inspire me daily I love seeing energy and enthusiasm to create something that might not be the norm.
The true inspiration comes from wanting to build a community of like minded individuals who inspire each other and creating a place for people to create art they want to create.

When creating Lost Era did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  
The biggest challenge for Lost Era was actually just getting the name and message out there. We’re in a world of constant media and getting over that hump was specifically challenging. Basic business really. Figuring out my target audience and really nailing how exactly to describe Lost Era in a short phrase, I feel there is so many layers to this brand. Nothing out of the ordinary, things every brand and business go through.

Where can fans find out more about your work?
You can find more about Lost Era and join our community on our website
There we have a killer line of clothes we are dropping and of course our photo magazine!

Depression No More (Author Interview)

Depression No More looks like a great guide for people suffering from depression and anxiety.  What types of topics does your book cover?
It is about how to identify and defeat depression using a ‘treat yourself approach’.
It covers such topics as understanding depression, the nature and cause of depression, post-traumatic depression and healthy lifestyle changes to combat depression.

How did you come up with the ideas in Depression No More?  
This book reflects my strategies that I used to cope with my own depressive experiences. It is a compact and easy to use guide, which anyone can follow.

What will readers get out of your book?
Readers will get a set of easy to use practical instructions on how to deal with their depressive state, these methods do not require any prescribed medications.

What inspired you when writing Depression No More?   
Depression effects more and more people in the world. Some of us immediately reach for the tablets without even trying alternative methods first. I wanted to provide readers with a sustainable and healthier alternative to the use of medication where possible.

When did you decide to become a writer?
I come from a family of writers and journalists. I became passionate about writing as a teenager, however, started to write professionally only in the last few years.
‘Depression No More’ is my first published book in the upcoming series of 6, tackling the subject of mental and physical health.

When writing Depression No More did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  
When you write you open yourself to the world. Your beliefs, your ideas and feelings are broadcast through your writing, it might feel quite challenging. This is why believing in yourself and your ideas is very important when you write. If you don’t fully believe in your ideas how are you supposed to convince others that your book is valuable and worth reading?

What do you like to do when not writing?
I like to unwind by going for long stimulating walks in the countryside with my dog.

Where can readers find out more about your work?
Readers can stay up-to-date with my new book releases by visiting my Amazon Author page

Preschool Preparedness for an Active Shooter (Author Interview)

Preschool Preparedness for an Active Shooter looks like a helpful book for educators.  What will readers get out of your book?
Preschool Preparedness for an Active Shooter was written specifically for those who care for children. The book provides early childhood professionals with evidence-based, actionable tools, tips, and resources that can be implemented quickly and affordably. Readers will learn proven techniques to help aid their preparedness efforts. This includes ways to increase security, conduct training and drills, implement effective policies, and develop action plans for threats both inside and around their program. Ultimately, I hope readers will take away a sense of empowerment - there are easy to implement, affordable, steps we can take today to make us better prepared for the threats we may face tomorrow. 
What motivated you to write Preschool Preparedness for an Active Shooter?
The Institute for Childhood Preparedness was established to help early childhood professionals prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disasters. Our driving force is to ensure early childhood professionals have the tools, training, and resources needed to help keep children safe. Our team has the honor of working on-site at early childhood programs throughout the United States each week. From our first-hand experiences, we have seen the need for this information. In recent years, significant resources have been spent preparing public schools, universities, and other entities for active shooter scenarios. However, the early childhood community has largely been excluded from these planning efforts. We originally developed our active shooter training program to address these concerns. Our on-site training program has been delivered to thousands of early childhood professionals across the country. This book was developed to help capture the knowledge we have gained through all of these interactions, discussions, and training sessions.
Can you tell us a little about the rings of security you mention in the book?
In 2008, I moved from Illinois to Washington, DC. I have had the privilege of working throughout the government, in the US Senate, and many White House meetings. Even when going about your daily life, you can’t help but notice the large security presence that protects these important American institutions. As I was coming out of a meeting at the White House one afternoon, I stopped to reflect on all of the mechanisms, systems, and personnel that were in place to ensure the building was secure and protected. 
As one of the most secure buildings in the world, these systems are impressive without a doubt. I then began thinking about how we could apply similar concepts to child care programs, Head Start centers, the homes of family child care providers, schools, and other places where young children spend the bulk of their time. This is where the rings of security concepts come in. Essentially, the rings of security are a way to think about your security strategies and opportunities. 
Start to think about how a threat could impact your program. The threat would have a starting point - likely in your parking lot. For many, the parking lot represents our biggest ring. It is our first opportunity to recognize there is something out of the ordinary happening. Despite the availability and low cost of high definition cameras - we see many businesses (early childhood programs, religious organizations, etc.) lack the ability to monitor their parking environments. This is an opportunity missed - as the quicker we can identify an issue, the better - as we will have more time to take action.
Thinking through the rings of security allows us to identify potential opportunities to make things safer. From cameras in the parking lot, to the type of doors/locks used, to internal policies and procedures - each ring has the opportunity to prevent or slow potential threats. 
How did you come up with the ideas in the book?
Many, many hours of research went into developing our in-person training and our online courses. The book was no different. Our goal is to have evidence-based strategies and techniques that can be implemented in an emergency or disaster. Our team studies each active shooter incident to learn what worked well and where improvement could be made. However, that is not simply enough. We must then take these valuable insights and translate them so that they are relevant to the early childhood community. Our audience is much different than a traditional business. Where options for run, hide, fight may work well in a traditional office setting - they do not easily translate into a classroom full of infants and toddlers. 
The methods and ideas in the book have been developed, tested, and vetted by early childhood experts. We want to ensure they meet the needs of the field and take into account the various nuances that come with working with young children. 
Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Preschool Preparedness for an Active Shooter?
A couple of things for certain! This topic is so dynamic, so ever-changing that it took a while to know when to call the book ‘finished’. Sadly, we keep seeing new incidents happen - and I wanted to ensure we provided the most up to date information as possible. 
As we have seen over and over again, not only are we attempting to learn all we can so we can be as safe as possible - but the bad guys are doing the same. So our challenge is ensuring we are aware of the latest tactics and strategies - to stay one step ahead of the next bad guy. This was difficult, as the book represents a snapshot in time. However, thanks to our online courses and in-person training - we can provide the most up to date information. 
Also, I am a visual learner and enjoy interactive environments. I believe the information contained in this book will be a very useful tool for many, but at the end of the day, we need to practice and exercise to prepare for emergencies. Fortunately, we have that capability through our on-site training, and I’d love to show all our readers how to put these concepts and theories into practice - that is where the rubber meets the road.
What do you like to do when not writing?
I spend much of my time relentlessly working to ensure early childcare professionals are prepared to respond to and recover from disasters. Part of this mission includes disaster relief and recovery. Since the devastating hurricanes, I have been working in the Caribbean, assisting the US Virgin Islands Department of Health and the Puerto Rico Department of Health to help bolster preparedness, response and recovery efforts for early childhood programs. Through our wonderful partnerships with the Region II Head Start Association and the National Environmental Health Association, we have been able to make significant impacts, and most importantly raise the awareness on issues impacting children. When I’m not traveling and working, I love playing/watching hockey and spending time with my loving wife and our nearly 17-year-old Yorkshire terrier at home in Washington, DC. 
Where can readers find out more about your work? 
We would be delighted if folks would visit us on our website or any of our social media channels. Our Facebook page is very active - and we are constantly posting new stories, videos and tips to help keep children safe. Follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube. More information about how to sign up for preparedness training, and to learn more tips through our timely blog posts are available at The Institute for Childhood Preparedness website

A Cold Drink of Meaning (Author Interview)

A Cold Drink of Meaning looks like interesting poetry and commentary book.  Can you tell us a little about it?  

I started writing poems about twenty-five years ago after reading some writing advice from the great Ray Bradbury. True to his advice I found that poetry helped me say things with a certain amplification. I used to try my poems out on certain web sites and found that a lot of people connected with them in the spirit in which I wrote them. I had over a hundred poems I’d written over the last couple of years, along with certain observations and meditations on things, just sitting there. As I read over them I realized that they had an implicit theme of trying to find meaning in what I wrote about. Wanting to find meaning in things isn’t specific to me. We all want our lives and the world to be meaningful to us, and we want it badly. We just don’t stop moving long enough to make a customized space for it. That’s my reason for writing this book. It’s just one person’s way of pointing to the reality that, without meaning, it’s pointless to keep wearing ourselves out living through unexamined and substituted narratives (the air is full of them) that eventually leave us exhausted and empty. It’s my way of saying that one can stop at any time, clear a space, and establish a simple gound of meaning from which to proceed with purpose. I don’t have to prove my thesis because the news is a daily chronicle of things falling apart from meaninglessness.

How did you come up with the poems and thoughts in the book?  
I never know when something will prompt me to write a poem or record thoughts. I might be listening to music, be reading an article or book, or hear a snatch of conversation. I might be taking a walk and thinking about something and suddenly see a deeper part of it. Each poem is just the end result of some unexpected interaction with everyday life or the result of focused thoughts about something. I feel like I find treasure every time it happens.

What will readers get out of your book?

I believe that human beings, no matter where they’re from, are much more alike than they are different. If I speak from that within myself that is genuine, then I believe I’m automatically speaking to the same thing in others. If I’m correct about that then readers should feel as if they’re just plugging into something akin to an underground current that runs beneath us all. In fact a tagline on the book’s landing page says that “these poems are you thinking aloud.” I hope they come away feeling like they were inwardly confirmed in some way even though they don’t know me. I want them to experience my words as a witness of meaning through a variety of expressions (in the book I compare them to jazz riffs) that help them feel a bit less disconnected from things. It remains to be seen how well I’ve pulled it off, but that’s what I’d like for them to get out of it.

What inspired you when writing A Cold Drink of Meaning?   

The material was already written. As I said, it was when I perceived the theme that I decided to assemble the parts under this heading. I ejected some things, modified others, and added new material. What I found interesting is that, while I was going through that process, I encountered several arcticles and a couple of television interviews with writers of very different backgrounds centering in on the loss of meaning as a source of much of our ills. Naturally, that inspired me to feel like what I was doing was aligned with what some known writers were also trying to say in their own way.

When did you decide to become a writer?

I’ve always known that I wanted to write because I’ve been a reader since childhood. I’ve written mainly personal things over the years. Back in the eighties I had a local following based on letters to the editor and articles I wrote for the local newspaper. But it’s only been since I’ve gotten older and out from under certain responsibilities that I’ve given more serious focus to developing as a writer, and to facing the reality that writing something others want to read is not a simple task.

When writing A Cold Drink of Meaning did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  

Once I decided that I wanted the poem by that title to be the theme of the entire book, the challenge became how to unify everything in a genuine way without it coming across as forced under the theme. So I read and reread my words many times until I could feel what belonged and what didn’t. I put it all aside for a while and then came back to it with a fresh look. That’s when I could see that the theme of meaning, at least for what I was trying to do, wasn’t like a theme in an essay. It was more like a theme that worked like a bassline in a jazz band, allowing riffs and explorations of the theme to take the reader in different improvisational directions while still providing a solid link.

What do you like to do when not writing?

 I work in Information Technology as a technical support person. I like to read a lot. Fiction and non-fiction. The writing of others teaches me and stretches my own comprehension. I like watching a good movie with my wife. I also like to jog, take meditative walks, and go to the gym.

Where can readers find out more about your work?

They can look up the book on Amazon. That would be the best way. It’s the only public work I have. Well, there is an ealier book of poems there but I plan to rework it. I’d like to say they could Google me but they’d just come up with other people with the same name. I want to ask these people to stop using my name but somehow I don’t think they’d listen. If readers have any questions or comments they can email me at salutarywords@gmail.com. I plan to start on a new book. I have several ideas I’m playing with and as soon as I decide on a direction, I’ll get started.

My Ugly Truth (Author Interview)

The Ugly Truth looks like a very emotional memoir.  Can you tell us a little about your journey?

At the age of eighteen I found myself in my first, “real” co-dependent relationship with my first husband and father of my two eldest children. My old habits I must have learned back in childhood, quickly arose while I stayed in a very unhealthy relationship. It became my new normal. Pleasing others and not living this relationship was my new normal. I wasn’t wise enough until three marriages and being abused in all forms. I had an addiction to the pain! I was so dependent on someone to emotional nurture me that I allowed abuse to happen for fifteen long years of my life. My father died and my life fell apart when I was 25 years old! I had low self-esteem, poor boundaries, a need to save others, self-denial, perfectionism, and control issues. I literally had to fall on my face to realize I needed to wake up. I began to help myself by seeking therapy and working on me. I became my best advocate. When I began writing the book in 2010 it was hard to realize what I was doing to myself and I made a priority that I would help anyone and everyone who needed to see how to get the fuck out of a poor relationship safely. I had spent thousands and continue to spend thousands of dollars dealing with the PTSD of abuse. I knew the average person would never be able to afford what I put into working on myself and I was compelled to share with others from a survivor’s point of view what to do in order to get out of an ugly relationship. Writing this book healed a lot of wounded parts I was afraid to look at and forgive. By showing my wounds to others I wanted them to be ok to heal themselves and make a better life so they would not continue the vicious cycle of abuse. If someone would have asked me 21 years ago what I would be doing, this is definitely something I would not have stated. My journey wasn’t easy but, at the end of the day I am happy, I am alive, and my children are well. I would not one to change anything about me.
What are you hoping readers will come away with after reading your book?

Tools and techniques to love themselves and know what self-worth is about. To really love themselves and know they are not alone and that they can do it but, need to provide some self-awareness and work behind their psyche.

What inspired you to write The Ugly Truth?   

My daughter and boys. I wanted them to know what was not ok. To really know self-worth and to really love their selves. If you don’t love yourself how could you really know what love is. Love is just a definition and there are so many of those definitions. It’s really just an energy and if you only know the worst kind of energy only those narcissistic behaviors of others will show up on your doorsteps. To be quite honest I was tired of picking up books or talking with therapist who had never experienced abuse. How can you tell someone what they think they should do if they never experienced? I have helped hundreds of women get out safely and provided them with their own roadmap of happiness. Everything is a choice and I wanted my readers to know they had a choice.

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing The Ugly Truth?

Seeing how I allowed myself to mistreat the beautiful person I am and to allow myself to be brainwashed and lied to made me upset when I wrote this book. A lot of self forgiveness had to take place. To also recognize I was hurting my children as well as my family.

What do you like to do when not writing?
Cooking, traveling, and being near a body of water. Anytime I can be around my two best friends who make me laugh I would take that any day of the week. A good hearty laugh is what everyone needs in life. We should not take life so seriously for we never know when we will go. My dad was super young when he died and when he died a piece of me was broken. He taught me to never give up my faith. Even though my faith was messed with when I was abused by the priest through a lot of therapy I know this is not what God intended. My faith for the Lord is between me and his spirit and no man nor woman will ever change that. I really enjoy sitting in front of the open host and being with the Spirit. I would say food, family, faith, laughter, and the water are my top five things I do when I am not writing. My kids are my world and seeing them evolve into these amazing creatures fascinates me every day.

Where can readers find out more about your work?
They can follow me on facebook at Jillian Edwards Coburn
or Instagram at gigijillian
or on my website at www.jilliancoburn.com

Keys to Success (Author Interview)

Keys to Success looks like a great motivational and take-charge kind of book.  Who is your target market for the book?

Keys To Success provides powerful encouragement to anyone seeking personal, spiritual, and financial improvement.

How long did it take you to write Keys to Success?

From when I first conceived the idea to write the book to when it was released took about five years. A lot of the time I was figuring out how to do it. In 2015 I started a local writers group and the members motivated and inspired me to finish it and get it published.

What inspired you when writing Keys to Success? 

I wrote Keys To Success to share insights and strategies of becoming prosperous. I wrote to make a difference, to share affirmations, mantras, and quotes and to help people through my spiritual experiences.

Why did you decide to become a writer?

When my grandmother Cora passed away, I had to write her obituary. When I was researching her past I was amazed at how successful throughout her life she was. During the funeral, the Pastor was reading her biography full of accomplishments over her eighty years on this earth and he stopped in mid-sentence and look directly at me said... “Kora, write your grandmother's story. You have to do it.” I accepted the challenge. After the funeral, I met with scores of family members to help me put the memories of her life together. Also, with the help of DNA research, I was able to locate over one hundred family members here and abroad to help me piece it all together.

How did you come up with the ideas in Keys to Success?
Over the years, I kept a journal of all my favorite quotes and anecdotes that keep me motivated and inspired to moving forward with my goals for creating prosperity and success.

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Keys to Success?
The only challenge I had was to figure out how much content should be put in the book without doing an information dump. I wanted to write something meaningful that people would incorporate into their daily lives that would make a positive impact on them.

What do you like to do when not writing?
When I am not writing I love spending time with my family. I have over one hundred family members and having potluck dinners on Sundays is our family tradition. Currently, my grandfather is ninety-four years old and my youngest grandchild is nine months old. Spending time with family is priceless.

Where can readers find out more about your work?
The best way to find out more about my work is to Google me - Kora Sadler  or my

Rewiring Your Success (Author Interview)

John Qreshi

Rewiring Your Success

Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.
I was born in a small town in the communist country of Saudi Arabia. My parents each stem from different countries, one from India and the other from Pakistan, because we were poor, I was raised with loads of limiting beliefs, when I was in middle school our family started experiencing extreme financial hardship. My parents couldn’t support me in any sort of educational path. This is about when I started losing interest in school. I saw no value in working so hard for no future, but I also saw clearly how the real purpose of school was linear and to learn one thing, the difference between what is and what isn’t important. The school system was designed to acquire job not entrepreneurship but good for if you want to be a doctor or lawyer.

The knowledge you acquire in school is a process in and of itself, but it doesn’t do anything for you, or really provide you with anything. It doesn’t teach you how to do your taxes, how to pay your credit card or how to run a business, how to be financially confident... No, school was actually designed to guide you toward finding a job, all so you can continue to live your life, work for someone else’s dream, and all the while, allow others to decide how much you should earn. This, in fact, reminds me of something my mentor Earl Nightingale is known for saying, “Most people tiptoe their way through life, hoping they make it safely to death.” Well, living with the programmed belief that I had no choices other than to work as a slave for someone else, I saw no point in school. I received poor grades, so I dropped out with the hopes of getting a job to help my parents make ends meet.

What inspired you to author this book?

The first reason is simple. I want you to succeed! This has been my mission from a very young age because fifteen years ago, when I was lost, I wished there was someone who could guide me like what I have laid down in this book. Second, there’s so much information out there. One guru says one thing, then someone says the opposite; they all contradict each other, making your life even more confusing. This is where I come in so you can start creating a legacy by becoming a leader in your field

Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
My vision and my intuition gave me inspiration for the cover.
Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
I have had many distant mentors & real time mentors including legends like Earl Nightingale, Andrew Carniegie,  and especially Jay Abraham, Elon Musk and Daymond John. There are many more whom I could list, but these great men influenced me the most.

What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

Gathering all the masterpiece into one book followed by finding the time and energy to compile the draft.

Tell your readers about your book.

Can you rewire your mind to help you become successful in everything you do? What's missing from your life that you really want? Maybe it’s success in your business, a promotion at work or financial confidence; perhaps it’s certainty in life or significance, good health or whatever the next level is for you. If so, what’s prevented you from making this change already? Author John Qreshi explains how it’s not just about the doing of it. It’s about breaking it down into actionable steps and then doing it. So, he’s combined all of those actionable steps, one by one, into one book, and has called it Rewiring Your Success. This book is a business treasure for entrepreneurs, CEOs, educators, trainers, coaches and anyone looking to gain massive confidence and have financial freedom. Whether you are lost and not knowing how to do or what to do, or you are trying to get that Upgrade in your career, figure out how to quit your job and become a freelancer, launch your entrepreneurial idea into a business scale.

Who is your target audience, and why?

It is a business treasure for entrepreneurs, CEOs, educators, trainers, coaches and anyone looking to gain massive confidence and have financial freedom. Whether you are lost and not knowing how to do or what to do, or you are trying to get that upgrade in your career, figure out how to quit your job and become a freelancer, launch your entrepreneurial idea into a business, scale your existing business to the next level, or turn your current success into something very significant, Rewire Your Success has an amazing insight for you.

What do you consider your greatest success in life?

I think my greatest success was my failures because they make me who truly I am and who I have become. My failures gave me learning, un-learning, and re-learning. I believe success is not necessarily only financial achievement but also anything that counts as progress to you or the next level to you in your life. For me, I believe testing my potential so I can learn to grow and evolve more and become is the sign of success for me.

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

There is always someone who has invented something that you are doing, but what uniquely sets me apart from other writers is me myself, my story, and whom I have become. I want to make a difference in the cognitive study of our psychology and mind and discover why we do what we do and how we can make a difference in our lives to become more. Why I am different is because I want to give the truth out as it is and the most profound and most hidden layer of all belief is, “I am not good enough.” The biggest power inside the human mind is one’s self-image, i.e., what image they are giving themselves. I believe your life reflects upon what self-image you’re giving yourself. I think if we can fix that unconsciously, then what is impossible for you to achieve? Most of the things we do, we do unconsciously. It’s not about fixing things consciously but unconsciously and one of the ways we can do this is by being aware of why we do what we are doing; therefore, consciousness equates to awareness.

Injury Free (Author Interview)

Injury Free looks like a great book for elite athletes.  What type of reader is your book for?

Injury Free – Mental Training for Elite Athletes is for athletes training for the Olympics, for professional players (both retired or current), or even for someone just trying to improve their golf game. Injuries can take a devastating toll on athletes no matter what level they compete, and this book takes you on an epic and life changing journey through my ground-breaking ‘Quality Mind’ program, giving you the tools to alleviate injury and break the negative cycles and limiting beliefs that are holding you back
The book is perfect for any athlete, coach, sports scientist, parent, or anyone else wanting to enhance their performance and mindset. It all starts and ends with the mind, and the Quality Mind book plus app has proven itself time and time again, as readers will learn through the many case studies enclosed. 

Can you tell us a little about the app Quality Mind and how it relates to the book?

The QM multi-level system eliminates life's challenges by using smart phone technology and trained Mind Mentors™ to reduce the likelihood and severity of injuries, illness and burnout.
We are balancing and connecting people to their intuition and pointing them in the right direction. When you are fully plugged into the NOW and racing toward your highest excitement, anything is possible. This book will push all levels of understanding, education, and mainstream psychology as we dive into an understanding of reality and our relationship to life that is radically beyond today’s widely expected and accepted life experience. We’ll do all of this with practical mental training that will help you to elevate yourself to your next level or bring you back in line with the athlete you’ve always been, no matter the sport you play.
As you read through this book, AND TAKE MASSIVE ACTION, it will recode you to a higher understanding, get rid of the default programs clogging up your mind, and wake you up to the true (and better) version of yourself. The one who moves through life and sport the way you were always meant to — effortlessly, consistent in performance and free of injury.
The book requires you to pick up your mobile phone and download the Quality Mind app to your iOS or Android device. The program is highly interactive, and you’ll find that the app is the best friend you could have in your pocket along this journey. This book was written to be used alongside and in unison with the phone / iPad app. The book will put you on the right path, while the app will keep you accountable to the learning as well as grounded and connected to the community along the way.

What inspired you when writing Injury Free?   

As I’ve mentioned, Injuries take a devastating financial and emotional toll on athletes and their clubs, and I personally learnt this the hard way after being recruited by St. Kilda FC (AFL) in 1994 by Trevor Barker, and suffering multiple injuries that eventually led to me walking away from my life-long dream. I just wasn’t mentally equipped to handle the immense pressure (and subsequent injuries) that came with being an elite sportsman. The stress proved all too much, but this failure stayed with me, and it ultimately drove me to build my ‘Quality Mind’ business.
So many athletes go from being the biggest fish in a small pond to a small fish in an ocean when they are first recruited. Suddenly, they are surrounded by other athletes who are just as good as they are, if not better, and this creates pressure.  Most athletes also struggle with the pressure of consistently performing to a higher standard, continually striving to prove themselves to their peers and coaches. The pressure goes on, they can feel discouraged and disillusioned, and then the body breaks down.
I wrote Injury Free – Mental Training for Elite Athletes to teach other athletes how to handle the high pressure of elite sports (or everyday life) and consistently reach the pinnacle of performance.

How did you come up with the ideas and concepts in Injury Free?

After 15 years of working with Elite Athletes and Business Leaders, I began trialing my system in 2015, and they experienced immediate and notable success and improvement.
I also trialed the program on my best mate, who was really struggling with anxiety and depression, and had been for many years. I used a lot of trial and error on him, and as he gained traction and understood the process more, we were able to build something amazing together. A life-changing strategy that finally enabled him to turn a corner, and one he hasn’t looked back from since. We created the universal ‘Personal Activation System’ — a system that works for Executives, Employees, Athletes, and anyone that is struggling with the inevitable day to day pressures of life.
Before I knew it, I had more Quality Mind business than I could handle. Meanwhile, Engage & Grow Global was really taking off across the world as well, enabling me to travel the globe for 4 months of each year. I realized I needed to coach more people remotely in real time, and this is when the Quality Mind program really began to evolve, via the introduction of the mobile phone app.
Quality Mind is now a thriving International Business with a strong presence in 35 countries, and as I’ve travelled the world as a keynote speaker over the last five years, one thing has become abundantly clear to me. The inability to manage pressure (perceived or otherwise) is the single greatest issue holding people back on a universal level. From Vietnam to Istanbul, it spans all cultures all industries, and all walks of life.
The QM program not only allows you and your people to break the predictable and common cycle of pressure, stress, overwhelm and burnout, it also provides you with a clear, exciting and achievable vision for your future, and a control mechanism to erase the inevitable self-doubt and insecurity that will undoubtably reemerge. If you can’t see it for yourself, you can’t create it, and therefore you can’t live it. You have to want it first and foremost, but even when you have a clear vision of what you want, you need to let go of the limiting beliefs that will hold you back from getting to where you want to go.
Quality Mind represents continual growth, and as you progress through the program you will be learning, evolving and manifesting more for yourself constantly, unleashing new levels of energy, passion, abundance, performance and fulfillment.
In the last few years, I’ve finally refined the Quality Mind program and app to exactly where they need to be, and I’m thrilled to share that this business is now my full-time passion and my full-time career. I have been amazed by the extraordinary results and growth that we are achieving, and I now say with surety that I am living my true purpose. This book will take you on quite the journey, but I implore you to stick with it, and I promise you that if you do, your life will change significantly for the better!

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Injury Free?

I think the most challenging part was how to get a complicated message across in the simplest way possible.

What do you like to do when not writing?

When I’m not working and travelling for work, I love to spend time with my family and friends.

Where can readers find out more about your work?

Richard Maloney is the founder of both Engage & Grow Global and Quality Mind Global. With over 20 years of experience in the sports industry, and having worked with hundreds of elite athletes, Rich has proven time and time again that the body is led by the mind. Now, he has a unique and tangible system designed to minimize or eliminate injuries from athletes through systematic mental training, allowing you to unlock your ultimate sports capability and your true potential, in both sport and in life. Richard lives in Brighton, Australia with his wife and three young daughters.                                                                                                         
You can learn more about Quality Mind Global and Engage & Grow Global via these links below.
And you can view and buy Injury Free – Mental Training for Elite Athletes here:

Get That Job! (Author Interview)

‘Get That Job!’ is a #1 Best Seller on Amazon, congratulations!  Can you tell us why the book is such a hit among your readers?
I think it is very easy to read and provides a simple guide to help you gain confidence when going into your next job.

How long did it take you to write ‘Get That Job!’?

Probably about six months. I’ve had it done for a while, and just needed to build the confidence to put it out there. It’s kind of an intimidating process if you’ve never done it before. But now I’ve got my first book out, I will continue to develop more books.

What inspired you when writing ‘Get That Job!’?  

The students at the college have inspired me to write books. They come with questions and concerns about different challenges they face, and I felt that if they were feeling this way, then the majority of college students will most likely be feeling the same way.

Do you get a lot of success stories from your readers?

My book has been out for just over a month, so yes, I’ve had some great feedback. Particularly, those that are unfamiliar with video interviews. And, basically those that need to prepare prior to and during one.

How did you come up with the ideas in ‘Get That Job!’?

I thought about all the challenges our students face and what information they would need to help them be successful.

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing the book?

Just trying to keep it simple for young readers of all skills and reading abilities.

What do you like to do when not writing?

I love to work. So, usually I try to focus on different current projects I’ve got going on. Whether it involves my nonprofit, AfrikRising or something else I have going on at my 8 to 5 job. I also like going on trips to Mexico, and spending quality time with my boys.

Where can readers find out more about your work?

They can visit me at: https://tipstostartingcollege.com

The Manifestation Formula (Author Interview)

The Manifestation Formula looks like a great philosophical and metaphysical book.  What will readers get out of your book?

I believe readers will find a new and practical technique that will help them successfully achieve their goals by managing their thoughts, choices and actions. The category of self-help, self-improvement, positive thinking and the law of attraction programs is immense. The conventional practices recommend techniques for people to use to help transform their thoughts into successful outcomes, whether it’s obtaining something specific like financial security or a lifestyle or wellness goal.
 When  I became interested in the self-help category, as I was facing some personal challenges, the first and most popular concept I discovered is the law of attraction. I got enthusiastic about the promises about how I could achieve my goals. But like many other people, I discovered that while most of the programs had great and positive advice, they never really worked for me, and did not connect at a level of common sense and believability.
My background is in communications and behavioral research. I  worked for 50 years identifying how information influences people, how we learn and how we pursue our interests. I decided to apply my professional research experience in answering a single question — how do I transform my ideas and thoughts into successful outcomes?
I discovered two things:
First, most everything I read or listened to was based on centuries of wisdom, but there was never a convincing explanation of how the programs actually worked and how I could adapt them to the way I learn and do things.
 Second, there was one fundamental concept that was present in almost all advice, but never explained; the secret to manifestation success was to be positive “most of the time” - to have a positive outlook, to maintain my belief in the success of my goals. But no one could explain what I felt was the central point – if I had to have positive thoughts most of the time, what did most of the time mean? If I had any negative thoughts, was I doomed to fail?

I did my research, I interviewed people, I read and reread dozens of books and blogs, and I reassessed people I’ve known and worked with. I also analyzed what many people in public life have said about their secrets of success, and it also was very consistent. I organized all the information into a targeted concept of how we can successfully transform our thoughts into successful goals. It is a very simple formula and is based on the basic math of the universe that describes the statistical probability of everything that occurs. The bottom line is that we do have to control our thoughts. And the formula is simply a mechanism to ensure we have a specific balance between our positive thoughts to our negative thoughts, to ensure that we are not overwhelmed, disappointed and discouraged by our doubts, uncertainty and fears which drive our choices, emotions, and actions.

How long did it take you to write The Manifestation Formula?
It’s a two-part answer to how long it took me to write the book.
First, I’ve always been interested in philosophy and many aspects of metaphysics, and my research profession used many of the principles of communications, influences, and human behavior. So, the personal and professional foundation for my book is 50+ years.
The catalyst for the book was about 15 years ago. Someone recommended a book by Dr. Wayne Dyer, Manifest Your Destiny. I was going through my own challenges and I was looking for ideas about how I could psych myself up to be positive, productive, and believe I could achieve my goals.
In the Dyer book, I discovered that he gave full credit to the thousands of years of philosophical teachings about the power of our thoughts and our connections to some broader universal energy or intelligence. I didn’t know that I had always been a practitioner of metaphysics philosophies, but that book started me on a personal quest to find a formula worked for me. As I noted, I never did find a book, a writer or teaching that turned me into a full believer. Thus, I started my own research to find a method that would work for me. And the proof is that once I discovered the formula for managing positive thinking with a simple feedback process, I was able to proceed successfully. For the Manifestation Formula, I had notes going back many years, and once I started writing, it took me about 6 to 8 months to create the first draft.

Within two years, I wrote three books, was asked to do radio interviews, joined an organization as Director of Personal Transformation — so I manifested my goals of transforming my interests and postretirement career into this new field of personal transformation programs.

While writing The Manifestation Formula book, I realized that there was one more missing piece to bring the book to life. I’ve read a lot of books, but a book alone may not be enough to help you reach your manifestation goal. I also needed a way to put the concepts into practice and to get immediate feedback about how I was doing. So, I created a mini-course, with a workbook that covers the principal recommendations for the reader to use, and one other critical tool, the Thoughts Scorecard. The scorecard is a simple way to keep track on a regular basis of how you are thinking about your goals and to track your levels of positive and negative thoughts so you know how you are progressing to reach the necessary level of positive thoughts and enter the successful manifestation zone.

What inspired you when writing The Manifestation Formula?   

Even before I started writing the book, I was always fascinated and inspired when I would hear other people, primarily celebrities, who were asked about the secret to their success - how did they achieve their goals in entertainment, business, sports or academics or science? By far, the most common answer was that the celebrity said that someone in their life told them that they could achieve anything they wanted, they could be anything they set their mind out to do, and anything was possible if the really wanted it.  Many of these high achievers had some positive mentoring and support, and they also had a clear focus for what they wanted to achieve and remained incredibly persistent until they achieved their goal.

Why did you decide to become a writer?
I’ve been a writer all my life. I enjoyed literature and writing in school, in business I’ve written thousands of reports, business plans, proposals. And I have always read extensively.  I like the idea of being able to identify concepts in my mind and transfer them to a written format that clarifies the concept, and we can share these ideas with others. I’ve learned so much from reading thousands of books over the years, just as someone might watch a sports figure or entertainer and aspire to similar achievements. In my case, I was in love with great writing, and I wanted to find out if I could pursue an interest in writing that was not mandatory as it was in my business but as a way to express my own creative ideas.

How did you come up with the ideas in The Manifestation Formula?

I mentioned that I'd read hundreds, maybe thousands of books, blogs, listened to webinars and so on. But I still never found that single fundamental concept that explained how I could manage my ideas and thoughts and transform them into a successful outcome. At the same time, I’ve been interested in many popular science developments, and particularly quantum physics. As many people now know, quantum physics investigates how things work at the most fundamental level in the universe. There are many variations of the quantum theories, but fundamental principles seem to be universally recognized -the most fundamental level of everything in existence is in the form of energy which contains information about its nature. Everything in existence is composed of the same energy, which can be combined and organized in an infinite number of ways to create everything that we know. What I discovered, as many people have over the past nearly 100 years, is that some of the earliest philosophers and scientists, going back to the Greeks and Chinese, intuitively understood that there was a connection between our human nature and consciousness, and inner energy and emotions, that is part of and connected to something in the universe. We are all part of one continuous field of consciousness or energy. Even though we may not have the ability to measure or prove every metaphysical concept, over the centuries, many of ancient observations about human thoughts, consciousness have eventually been proven true by traditional science.
As Nobel Prize physicist Leon Lederman said, “to believe something while knowing it cannot be proved (yet) is the essence of physics.”

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing The Manifestation Formula?

There were endless obvious challenges that are common to most writers, but only one is worth mentioning. I had an idea, I was doing the research, I was writing the book, but the persistent challenge was to really believe in what I was doing. Was I pursuing a hypothesis or a fantasy? Would I be able to prove my method by actually practicing it and manifesting my goals?  So, my research and writing for The Manifestation Formula was both a project and a very personal effort to use the techniques I was writing about in order to achieve my goals.

Where can readers find out more about your work?
My website is being updated, but it’s still available and has the book information and more. It’s at:


The book is also on Amazon, both print and kindle.