Quest for a Depression-Free Life (Author Interview)

Quest for a Depression-Free Life looks like a great book.  What type of reader did you write the book for?
I wrote it for those who feel depressed, for those who know somebody who is depressed and they want to help. For those who seek a meaning in living their life. For those who are not fully satisfied with something and often feel negative emotions. For those who feel stuck in life and don’t know what to do next in their life. For those interested in various holistic health topics. For those who are on a spiritual path of awakening to their true nature, becoming consciously aware of that, which is beyond the physical and the thinking mind. It is for those who are open-minded and for those who prefer to live a love-based life in a love-based society.

That’s an amazing cover.  Can you tell us a little about it?
The path to our goals, dreams, achievements is never or rarely a straight line. It’s like a maze where you start, but you don’t see all the steps. The next step (some doors open and some doors close) and the next challenge presents itself suddenly and unexpectedly as you follow an intention. We have a few certainties in life and one of them is “change”. We have to learn to embrace change and not fear (anticipating pain/failure) it. Attitude is important, because it hugely affects how we approach life situations, what we do with them and how we feel about them. Attitude is something that is completely within our control. There is also often more than one way to get to the destination. We are all unique beings, we have free will to express ourselves, we live in our unique set or environmental factors and circumstances and we experience and perceive it from our unique point of view. This means that when talking about solutions, there is more than one way to get what we want, and often, different people need to use different solutions. When we get lost or discouraged, what we highly benefit from is help from others who walked the path before us, who have other, new points of view and can give us motivation, inspiration, vital information, to continue and break through current obstacles, which seemed to us to be unsolvable before. There is often more solutions, we just don’t know about them yet, we don’t see them yet, and that’s where this book can come very handy. One of the questions is: “What is this whole journey about in the first place?” What makes sense to me is that ultimately whatever we do, when we do it with love (the heart symbol), when we receive love, when we give love, this always seems to feel good, very good. When somebody wants to feel happy, joyful and other positive emotions, what these emotions have in common is: “feeling good”. The highest form of feeling good appears to be when love is involved. Love towards the self, love towards others. I would like to help people find their way to feel love again, not just occasionally, but every single day. Live life from a place of love, not restricted to romantic type of love. Think what love would think, say what love would say, act what love would do such as acts of kindness and goodness, and feel different forms of love. The majority of mental suffering is due to thoughts, if you start thinking more loving/love-based thoughts (symbol of the heart in the head/brain) and when you do this frequently, then you can more easily start to feel associated positive feelings.

Hit The Prompt (Author Interview)

Hit the Prompt looks like a helpful book for kids.  What grade level is the book for?
It is primarily for Grades 3-5 but however, students from 6-12th grades can use this instructional tool to write thematic essays and have a pre-planned strategy to be able to develop an academic writing product.

Can both teachers and parents use the book?

This book was specifically designed for teachers, who need an organized plan on how to teach students to write essays and certainly, provides a basic strategy for parents who may not be curriculum experts to help their students at home. 

What inspired you when writing Hit the Prompt?   

My greatest inspiration for creating this writing strategy were my own children, of whom helped me to become their (after school) teacher and those students whom I taught that really struggled to stay on task and focus when writing.

The Work Ethic Sensation (Author Interview)

The Work Ethic Sensation looks like a great book.  What type of reader is the book for?
You are never too old or too young to change. This book is for everyone who believes in change and does not want to cling to the status quo. The comfort zone could turn out to be a real addiction. You can pick as much cozier alternatives as you want in life but in the long run that would rip you apart. You do not always have to do great things. Just do whatever you can in a great way. Besides, the goal should be to live a life worth living. A life that inspires at least a single soul on the planet. A life that positively impacts at least one person during his lifetime. A life that persuades at least one person to believe that dreams do come true. None of that is possible if you succumb to inaction, laziness, and procrastination. In Shrimad Bhagwat Gita, Lord Krishna stated – “Perform your obligatory duty because the action is indeed better than inaction.” 

If I strictly must select only one age group as the primary audience of the book, that would be the youths in their teens and 20s. However, no age group is immune to the principles in the book. It is always better to live with pain and pride of a positive action than to live with the regret of comfortable inaction. As Karen Lamb said-"A year from now you will wish you had started today." I have dedicated this book to my family and all those great souls who will genuinely work towards building a world-class work ethic after reading the book. This book is so simple that even the most notorious fiction lovers would have no difficulty in understanding and applying the wisdom into their lives.

What inspired you when writing The Work Ethic Sensation?

Basically the world around us. You see, there are millions of people who feel overwhelmed in this modern world. We are literally being bombarded with information and content all around the web for passive consumption. With the constant pressure to perform in study or work, finding even an hour outside school or office to work on yourself seems impossible. A person without a strong work ethic will most certainly stumble at point of time or the other. In addition, there are people advocating about passion or demonizing academics, grades, and jobs. This adds to the confusion. A naive mind would certainly look for a quick fix and may turn into countless options of escapism in the form of alcohol, drugs, sex, Netflix binges that may turn into an addiction.  Nevertheless, the problem is soaring more so than ever.

The Radical Declaration (Author Interview)

The Radical Declaration looks like an insightful book.  What can you tell us about it?

The Radical Declaration uses the Declaration of Independence through the landscape of American history to say that in addition to the country’s stated goals of liberty and equality, there has been the unstated third party, paradox.   Paradox instigates the tension between the ideals of liberty and equality. Never named, but imbued in the Declaration, paradox represents the distance between the perfection of the idea of pursuing liberty and equality as stated values and the imperfection associated with its execution.  Moreover, paradox began when the Founders deleted any commentary about the slave trade from the original draft of the Declaration, helping to create a scenario by committing to liberty and equality on paper, but subjective liberty and inequality in practice.

Did you write the book for a specific political side?

Not at all, America is pregnant with high and low moments with varying political parties serving as protagonist and malefactor. It shows the influence of paradox has had on the American narrative.

What inspired you when writing The Radical Declaration

That’s a great question! I was most inspired by those who would not accept what may have  been the Founders intent, in order to move the nation closer to its stated goals.  The unofficial intent of America’s founding was white male landowners.  When you think about it, not only did that disenfranchise women and people of color, but also a large portion of white males.

Breaking Your Barriers (Author Interview)

Breaking Your Barriers looks like a helpful and motivational book. What type of reader did you write the book for? Breaking Your Barriers is for all readers. Everyone has Barriers and Unhealthy Life Cycles that keep them from moving forward. It is a reality that most people do not know they have them and that they deserve to live a better life. Though change is not instantaneous, Breaking Your Barriers highlights some of the least talked about barriers and perpetuated cycles that hamper the growth of many. This book is your guide in identifying your Barrier and Unhealthy Life Cycles and how to break them.

That’s an amazing cover. Can you tell us a little about it? The cover tells the story of a young woman who has been in mental, emotional and physical incarceration all her life. She had been nonexistence but not living. It was after she began to break the barrier and loose herself from the Unhealthy life Cycles that held her back that she began to unravel her true self. This young woman is you, the reader. This is a story of a young woman who wants to equip and empower others too. Let the truth set you free from that which holds you back.

What inspired you when writing Breaking Your Barriers?   
My life is a testament of the power in breaking barriers. Ever since I started the journey to living a better life and finding my true self I have seen an immense amount of change. My true inspiration actually comes from believing that it would propel others into fruitfulness and fulfillment and seeing it happen. I believe most of all the Change internally precedes change externally, and for anyone to live their best life they MUST address the inconsistencies of the inner man.

What will readers get out of your book?
BREAKING YOUR BARRIERS was written to inspire and equip men and women with the knowledge they will need to live a more fruitful and fulfilling life. It is a powerful call to action towards the life you were meant to love. You will be equipped with the know-how for you to break the barriers that block your progress, change unhealthy life Cycles that keep you in circles and Unravel the true you. You CAN and You WILL break free from your fear, your insecurity, regret, grief and self defeat!

The Magical Journey of Bob Crane (Author Interview)

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 a teacher for almost thirty-five years. I grew up in Upstate New York with my mother, father and two sisters. My mother was my role model. She was also a teacher. I loved going into her classroom and help out. I knew at a very young age I wanted to be a teacher as well. I attended college at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado. I have a Master’s of Education and a gifted and talented education endorsement. Currently, I am living in Richland, WA, with my husband John, my son, William, my daughter, Rachel, and their two dogs, Maddie and /Gus. During my spare time I volunteers for Love on a Leash with Maddie, a certified therapy dog. Maddie recently has been approved to be a crisis and court dog. I was a Wishing Conductor for Wishing Star Foundation for about a year. Karen’s favorite activity is watching the variety of birds that visit the bird feeders in her back yard. When I retire my husband and I plan to move to Spokane, WA. One person I have always wanted to meet is Jay Getty or Ellen which ever comes first.

What inspired you to author this book?

I was inspired to write “The Magical Journey of Bob Crane” because each year 60,000 sand hill cranes migrate through Washington. They land in Othello (about 30 minutes from where we live) for about 3-5 days before continuing their journey. One of the sand hill cranes decided to land on our street. Every morning when I looked out the window, I saw a crane walking up and down our street. It became comical seeing him so our family named him Bob. Bob was like a sentry walking around for about a week. I saw that as a sign he wanted me to write a story. In my book Bob lands in Othello and decides he wants to find a way to thank all the birds and animals that live there. While he is there he meets a fairy wren. Bob and the wren come up with an idea of how to say thank you to the animals. The general theme of this book is “paying it forward and helping your community”

Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?

Love My Colors (Author Interview)

Love My Colors looks like a powerful book.  Can you tell us about your motivation to write it?

Growing up, not loving my skin color, praying and living in the anticipation, that every morning when I woke up my skin would be lighter. Bullied at school, for the color of my skin, and what I wore to school, not having a father figure in my life, my mom working extremely hard to give me the best education. People complimenting my light skin cousins, right to my face and looking at me with disgust and saying, “Why is she so black?” Trying to make friends with light skin people, so that society would accept me. The first time someone told me that I am beautiful was in Canada and it was a white person. That had me search deep into my soul and question my hate for my skin color. I realized it something that stems way back in slavery and the norms of the society. You see, society has placed me and other dark skin people in this box, if you are not light skin you aren’t beautiful.

The metamorphosis of getting to love my skin by uncovering the box and walking out of it, has not been an easy task, but the incidents that have occurred, have shaped and molded my life and have given me the courage to step boldly in society, unapologetically and to work hard at my dreams. Not letting the negativity of naysayers’ sip into my bones and contaminate how I feel about my complexion. Not afraid to look at myself in the mirror and admire my dark melanin. I try to encourage  young girls and boys and everyone from every ethnicity, nationality, culture that you should love yourself, because deep beauty comes from loving self, and your skin color was given for a reason, so you need to find out your purpose and think positive, because whatever negativity you perceive about self can be detrimental to your growth.
What will readers get out of your book?
I would like my readers to know that the society you were born into, will always change, so don’t get into the box society has labeled for you. You cannot change the color of your skin, but you can definitely change your circumstances by changing the label on the box and making the world a better place.

Road Map to a Successful Football Career (Author Interview)

Road Map to a Successful Football Career looks like a great book.  What can you tell us about it?

As it is often said that your life trials either bring out the best or the worst in you, the book was born out of my own personal struggles as an entrepreneur who started out with a burning passion for the beautiful game as it is called but I got knocked many times by mistakes. I decided in 2012 to find a way in sharing my experience as a football administrator with the world, I felt the best way it can be done is through a book and that was when I started putting together information through my own personal travails of trying to help young kids that are in love with the game just like me and are looking to make a career out of it. I had no idea it will take this long before it will be completed but I am glad it did. 

Road Map to a Successful Football Career is a step by step guide for aspiring football (soccer) players looking for how to make their dreams of making it to the professional level a reality. It is an ideal roadmap for prospects that are serious about football; this book is a great way for children as young as seven, teenagers, and parents to get introduced to the sport and culture surrounding it.

I’ve had the privilege of watching thousands of individuals start training as children and go on to play for clubs, colleges, and professional teams all across the world. In my experience there are very predictable and consistent ways that motivated players can succeed, and this and many more are what I shared in the book.

The Awakening (Author Interview)

Q. The Awakening looks like a great self-journey.  What can you tell us about it?
The Awakening follows the harrowing story of my life as a “Colored” born in South Africa, who has lived a life that few would envy but many will see themselves in. Born “Cape Colored”, as they say in South Africa, I am of mixed race, which made me a target of much ire or ill-will home and abroad as an Immigrant.

My struggles go beyond my race. Born to a man who lived much of his life in the closet, my familiarity with secrets and shame became all too apparent as my life progressed. From sexual abuse to homelessness; to a move to the United States, and then bad marriage; my life has been paved by traumas and struggles.

This poignant memoir not only details my struggles but also aims to inspire others. Although my own story is riddled with unspeakable pain, it also offers insights into how I rose above the trauma and heartache and found a path forward—one that lends itself to help other trauma victims and advocate  for their needs and well-being. After becoming a Domestic worker, I experienced a modern form of abuse. The abuse continued with a trade. This continuous abuse opened an opportunity for me to have two bills written and passed, making it law.

I started my company “My Character References LLC” after losing my place on referral sites following some negative reviews that did not accurately represent me as a professional worker. I came to America as an immigrant, and following my divorce had to take work as a domestic worker. I joined online sites that utilized a referral basis, and when I received these negative comments, my positive reviews were hidden or even deleted, and I had no recourse.

I decided to use my personal experiences to assist others in similar situations. I realize that many people in this industry were minorities, people of color and immigrants. My Character References is a website that maintains employee histories for domestic workers, home health aides, and anyone working in the personal care industries, more specifically immigrants who might not be able to get due process. My goal is for all workers to have a place where they can feel safe and can keep their reviews, both good and bad, alive without fear of their profiles being deleted altogether. Not only did I make a difference for immigrants and essential workers with ways to protect them, I also wrote a book called “The Awakening” where I share my story to help others in similar situations.

#IMUST (Author Interview)

#IMUST looks like an immensely helpful book.  Can you tell us a little about it?

#IMUST is a book about how to get through grief or loss. The reason why I made it 40 days is because 40 is a number correlated with a wilderness experience. I feel that getting through the pain of grief, is very similar to going through a “wilderness experience” or a period that is not clear in our lives that is associated with great struggle.  People tend to only associate loss to a death of a loved one, but I would like to define loss as the death of an expectation. Loss is when you expect something to happen, and that expectation dies. Grief is a side-effect of a loss. I think many do not think their losses are valid because it might not be a death. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a loss could be a loss of freedom, celebration (graduations, weddings), or the loss of a job. All of these can cause grief. One thing I’ve always had pause with is how little we talk about dealing and managing grief in Christian forums. The goal of this book, is to help people get through the different stages of grief and loss through using the Word of God.

How long did it take you to write #IMUST?

I started to write this book in January 28th, 2020. The reason why that date is important is I had a deep personal loss on that day of my own. I also went through another loss very soon after that. When dealing with my own broken-ness, I had to find a way to manage. This book is literally the ways in which I encouraged myself through my own loss. I wanted to be able to share those words with others. I took me about 2 months to get eventhing completed, and literally the day I finished writing was the day we were all locked into isolation for COVID-19. I didn’t write the book specifically for the pandemic, but I know with all that has happened in the world, it can help people who are going through things in the pandemic.