Empowered (Author Interview)

Empowered looks like a great book on wisdom and inspirational quotes.  Any plans to release similar books or make it part of a series?  

Thank you.  Empowered is the first book in a series.  I would really like to make it into a series of inspirational books but that depends on my inspiration over the next few months and beyond.  The book contains 120 quotes and I already written 60 more since then so it looks positive for next year.

How did you come up with the ideas and quotes in Empowered?  
The quotes originated from my interactions with people, my observations of the world and personal experiences. I feel that they came "through" me and not "from" me, that I am simply a medium through which these messages are relayed.   In the last few years I have felt compelled to write inspirational blogs and quotes. I did not plan to write a book but the quotes became so many, and I received such good feedback that I decided to compile them into a book.

"Empowered" stimulates creative thinking and encourages energetic debate.  It presents life truths in thought-provoking ways and enables readers to use the quotes as a starting point for self-exploration and introspection and soul-searching. The book is a platform that revitalises the mind and presents an alternative means of making sense of the world.

The nomenclature: Empowered denotes a sense of courage, self-belief, energy, resolve, in my view.  I want those who choose this book to feel all of those sentiments and to enjoy and share the quotes with others.

What will readers get out of your book?
Modern life throws up a range of challenges to people.  The ability to appreciate and use the power of words to explore issues and find solutions is beneficial to all. The book presents a creative way to examine issues and boosts understanding in a fun and novel way.  This is not a book to read and put away; it is meant to be shared one quote at a time and will help readers make sense of the many challenges and situations we experience in our daily lives.

In the book I demonstrated, using a few quotes, how they may be applied, but for the most part the quotes are presented without explanations as to what they could mean because I did not want to influence the thought processes readers. I anticipate that those who embark on this journey will enjoy it, gain insight, apply the quotes to life, and gain wisdom for their decision-making and life choices.

Readers will find that Empowered is different from other books in its genre. It can be used by individuals as well as groups - from the boardroom to the classroom; the family room to the place of worship. The inspirational utterings can be used as a starting point for discussion, exploration, critical thinking, creative thinking, problem solving, analysis and ultimately self actualisation.  It is relatable to a wide range of audiences and can be used by individuals from varying generations and backgrounds as well as by business, religious, and social groups. 


What inspired you when writing Empowered?   
The inspiration for this book came from many years of interacting with local and global communities, working with people, running social enterprises, raising a child with special educational needs and juggling the different roles of parent, business-woman, writer, linguist and inventor.  I find inspiration in a number of unexpected places; it emerges from good situations as well as from challenging ones. It is unpredictable, random, spontaneous and natural.  I found inspiration when I was not looking, when no one was looking and where the rest of the world was looking.

When did you decide to become a writer?
My first book: Practical Business ABC – a Guide for Budding Entrepreneurs was written in 2010.  As in the case of “Empowered”, I did not plan to write a book but felt compelled to document my experience in business versus my education in business.  I had completed a Master’s in Business Administration and I was surprised to see how my experience in business was different from what I had learnt at university.  I realized that some things had to be experienced, no theory existed for certain lessons that business people needed to learn.  My second book: “Jamaican Proverbs, People and Places” was published in the same year.  Both books were written simultaneously over a period of three years from beginning to publish date.

I did not make a conscious decision to become a writer.  My habit of documenting my experiences led me to compile materials which later became books.

When writing Empowered did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  
To be totally honest I did not have any challenges in writing the book. As I mentioned, I was simply documenting my thoughts which occurred to me as inspirational quotes. I had no deadline, no stress.  There were times when I had the thought but had to coin the words in a way that would be more appropriate for a quote but in each case the fundamentals were already there.

What do you like to do when not writing?
When I am not writing I am working on my Pocket Learner educational development system.  It is an award-winning innovative programme geared at empowering parents of children deemed slow learners or diagnosed with learning difficulties.  My daughter has special educational needs and I developed this programme based on my work with her.  We are sharing the system with other parents and aim to impact children across the globe.  That takes a lot of time, as you can well imagine. When I have a moment I like to go online to listen to good speakers and I attend personal development seminars when possible.

Where can readers find out more about your work?
My work can be found on my personal website: andreacampbell.co.uk and on pocketlearner.net where readers can find details about my Pocket Learner educational resource.

Rise to the Rhythm (Author Interview)

Rise to the Rhythm looks like a great motivational and take-charge kind of book.  What type of readers did you write the book for? I wrote this book hoping it would reach and touch the lives of those who may feel as though they’re stuck in the rhythm of a life that’s going nowhere. Yet, they’re still hanging on to a glimmer of hope. And if this is you know that your, “Hope Has Arrived!” How long did it take you to write Rise to the Rhythm?
 It took me four and a half years to write this book. It truly has been a labor of love and frustration. Here’s what I mean. Labor of Love: I was, not dying but, living to do a book about how important it is for you to find your life’s rhythm and get connected to living it on the beat. Because you’ll find it to be the glue, you need to reassemble the broken and scattered pieces associated with the disconnect of living a stagnant life in which will get you nowhere.
 Here’s the thing: This book isn’t necessarily about dance in which one might perceive from the title. It’s about achievement through mental movement and “life in action” choreography designed by me for your mind, body, and soul.
 Frustration: It was difficult to come up with solutions for problems we all deal with such as  how to handle rejection, finding the motivation to get up & groove, procrastination, and overcoming your fears. My goal was to put a different spin or twist on these common setbacks and or challenges, so they wouldn’t bore or seem to be so cookie-cutter to the reader.
 What inspired you when writing Rise to the Rhythm? I wrote Rise because I desired to do something different, bold, and a bit daring.
 Why did you decide to become a writer? I speak about this in the book. Here’s a sneak peek.
 Rise to The Rhythm-Groove to Improve Get Back on Beat Thinking about his story gave me a lift, despite the minor setback. Especially when I thought I had such a good flow going. Either way, it was time to rise to the rhythm and get back on the beat. Here’s why. What people may not know is that I’d always wanted to be a writer, and I developed interest during the early stages of my career. I’d written materials for the stage, for print, radio commercials, television spots, and other media outlets. However, it was nothing as serious as writing a book. What influenced my decision the most was blogging. I was introduced to it in 2009 by a female friend, and an amazing make -up artist whom I’d worked with frequently.

Strangely, in the beginning, when she mentioned “blogging,” I did not understand what she was talking about. Until she explained further. She said it was the same as writing a newspaper article, but this time I’d become the journalist. I could write about any topic I want, yet it has to come from my perspective and or personal experiences. She then told me how she had built a fan base of interested readers, who also commented on what she wrote. This blew my mind because I didn’t know there was such a platform to express oneself. It intrigued me to explore it further. Then I “Made It A Date Not to Procrastinate!”
How did you come up with the ideas in Rise to the Rhythm?

They all stemmed from the concept that movement (mentally, physically, and spiritually) is life and life is movement. It’s a fact, “The Rhythm of Life Is A Powerful Beat.”

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Rise to the Rhythm?

Yes, it was a complete challenge trying to create chapters I felt would not only appeal to readers but also provide them with an action plan that didn’t feel so tedious but one with intrigue, excitement, and obtainability.

What do you like to do when not writing?
I’m an amusement park fanatic. I love rollercoaster rides, the food, and playing the games, etc. However, most of my friends and colleagues are too afraid to even attempt the rides, so it’s difficult to find someone to go with. Do you have any suggestions?  Second, I love fine dining and going to the movies. In fact, I could do so two or three times a week if I had the time.

Where can readers find out more about your work?
There are several places where you can get more information about me and my work.  Check them out below.
New Book: My book is on preorder worldwide now until Oct 19, 2019, launch date. “Buy It Now!”
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I'm Rising (Author Interview)

I’m Rising looks like a great book of inspirational poetry.  How does it differ from your other poetry book When Love Rises?
Thank you! While both books, in fact, offer an element of inspiration When Love Rises takes you on a journey through the different phases of romantic love. From that initial spark to discovering your soulmate, unbearable heartbreak, healing, feeling whole on your own and then finding the courage to try love again, then ending in an inspirational and upbeat tone.

I'm Rising is a collection of empowering messages about what is often a journey to discover self-love and the power we have always had within to survive and thrive.  It was written to ignite a spark to remind us that facing our fears and pain helps us evolve.  With messages applicable to both women and men, the prose inspires us all to grow and rise to our fullest potential.

How did you come up with the poems in I’m Rising?  
Over the past several years, many of the ideas and concepts came about as I wrote in my journal or used writing prompts. However, most of them came to me as I searched for messages to support my Rising theme for this self-love collection.

What will readers get out of your book?
I hope they will allow themselves to embrace their own fears and challenges and then travel with me through an evolution of growth.  Ultimately, I want people to come away, feeling inspired to own their power.

What inspired you when writing I’m Rising?   
The realization of sharing my experiences and metamorphosis to a stronger and more resilient woman could help someone else drove me to honor my truth.

When did you decide to become a writer?
I’m not `sure that it was as much a decision, as it was a natural acceptance that I was a writer. I’ve written poetry and short stories for as long as I can remember. Deciding that I wanted to publish my work and become an author occurred as a young adult shortly out of architecture school.

When writing, I’m Rising, did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  
Writing the pieces in the Challenges Chapter required truly ripping off the scars and bearing my soul. There were literally moments when painful memories or thoughts would come out of nowhere and crowd my mind. Writing it out was a therapeutic way to process the pent up frustrations and hurt. It was difficult, but worth the realization that acknowledging my feelings resulted in finding my voice and strength.

What do you like to do when not writing?
I love the arts, both visual and performing, so checking out shows, and small art collections are always fun to do with family and friends.  To wind down and re-energize I like to curl up with a great read or pull out my acrylics and watercolors for a little painting. I also enjoy sketching, taking photos and taking on creative do it yourself projects.  Given I no longer design buildings, these activities allow me to exercise my creative.

Where can readers find out more about your work?

Readers can learn more from my website, www.michellestradford.com. To stay updated on my next book release, read samples of work in progress, etc., please connect with me as follows:

Instagram @michellestradfordauthor
Pinterest @michellestradfordauthor

They can also find both of my books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Books, Indiebound, and other major book retailers.

Plus One Plus None (HUGEOrange Publication Review)

HUGEOrange Publication Review
Plus One Plus None, by Emica Mao

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

The Million Dollar Alphabet for Life (Author Interview)

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

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

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

Millionaire by Choice (Author Interview)

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

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

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

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

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

My Roller Coaster Ride to Motherhood (Author Interview)

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

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

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

What will readers get out of your book?

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

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

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

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

When did you decide to become a writer?

My Roller Coaster Ride to Motherhood is the second book I wrote.  Before that, I wrote “Luxe is in the Air” https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VLVC5PG/ which was loosely based on my work experience in the luxury travel retail business.  I have always loved writing as I grew up not having my voice heard or my opinion valued, I liked diving into the world of words, either from reading or writing.  I finally managed to steal moments while my baby was taking long naps and I wrote just like that bit by bit everyday.  And of course, my children are my biggest inspiration to start the first page!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prepping For Success (Author Interview)

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

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

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

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

Of Myriad Paths (Author Interview)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What do you like to do when not writing?

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