An Author Interview with Dr. L.A. Davis

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L.A. Davis

It is a great pleasure to introduce Dr. L.A. Davis to you this week on our author spotlight session. In her latest book, she shares her personal story of her trials as a doctoral learner. I truly enjoyed interviewing her as it gave me an opportunity to get up close and personal with this brilliant and kind-hearted young lady.

I truly love how selfless she is when it comes to helping the needy. I hope you’d enjoy reading this interview with Dr. L. A. Davis as much as I did.

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Dr. L. A. Davis’ new book

Describe yourself in five words:

Straightforward, Giving, Compassionate, Tenacious, Affectionate

What fact about yourself would really surprise people?

Every year I try to do some type of daredevil activity that scares me. One year I went skydiving in tandem, and another year I took a motorcycle lesson. Halfway through the class, I got kicked out. I couldn’t handle the bike and I dropped it. Gone was the dream of me riding a crotch rocket with my hair whipping in the wind under a helmet with a dark visor. It was a disaster. LOL, I wish I could go into detail.  The second fact is, I used to be a mechanic. I won’t say which kind, but I do know how to swing a torque wrench.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear?

I do things afraid. There is nothing in the world worse than regret.  If I fail at whatever it is, I just call it an adventure and move on.

What scares you the most?

Not being able to take care of myself financially. Money to me is not about status but about security.

 What makes you happiest?

Being around my family, having money in my bank account so that I can pay my bills and buy the things I need. I also enjoy giving when and however I can. You can never have a happy life if you are not giving. I do not care if you have billions of dollars or if you are dirt poor. Unless you share what you have with others, you will never have a happy life. I am not just talking about giving money. Many people are struggling and cannot afford to give monetarily but giving an ear or a shoulder to cry on, a word of encouragement, a smile.

Have you always enjoyed writing?

No

What writing are you most proud of?

 My dissertation. If I write 1,000 books, and they all make it to the number one bestsellers list, I do not think it will top the pride I feel about writing my dissertation.

What are you most proud of in your personal life?

 My children

 What books did you love growing up?

I was an avid reader. In high school, I read 10 novels per week. I did not have a specific genre, I just loved to read. I was never into romance novels though, something about them seemed too far out there in fantasy land for me.

What do you hope your obituary will say about you?

That I was a giving, loving, kind, and compassionate woman whose desire was to leave a legacy.  That I raised my children as my positive investment to society. That I built an after-school tutoring center to help children including the blind or visually impaired.

 Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?

I was born on the island of St. Thomas United States Virgin Islands in the historical neighborhood of Savan.  Though Savan is not the gem she used to be, I would not trade growing up there for anything in this world. I live in Texas but will be relocating eventually.

How did you develop your writing?

My book was very easy to develop because I wrote it directly from my experience. I started writing in 2016 but did not complete it until 2018. I did that on purpose. I needed to finish the journey in order to finish the book. Though I was angry when I started writing, I used it to fuel the finished product. A simple story about healing and triumph. I am grateful that I wrote down so many things back then. It is amazing how much you forget until you go over old notes. I am working on my second book called “Where are my Children.”  This book was also born out of a painful experience during the hurricane season of 2017. I am hoping to have that self-published in 2019.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?

The writing was difficult. It was painful to remember my experience. Getting published was easy because I self-published. Marketing has been the most difficult. I have heard of authors not selling a single copy of their work. For someone to put in their time and love into any project and not get one ounce of recognition from it is sad. I did not want that to happen to me. I have only sold one eBook since September. I was elated because the buyer was someone that I do not know. Every other sale of my book came directly from me. They came through book signings, in person, or email. No one wanted the book unless I signed it. Even if a friend purchased one and they told a friend, they did not want to order it from the site. I am not complaining, I love it and I am grateful.

 Do you find it hard to share your work?

Yes, because I am not a well-known figure. That part of it makes it difficult to get it out there. If I am standing in a room full of people, I can share what my book is about. Never in a million years did I think I could stand in front of anyone and talk about anything, but I love it. I have a dream to do a TED talk one day. Only thing is, I have no idea of what I would talk about.

 Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?

My family has been extremely supportive. Many of my friends have been very supportive and others have not. My work might not be their interests, so I do not take it personally, I cannot afford to.

What else do you do, other than writing?

I live a very simple and private life. I am a dissertation coach which again falls into writing, or at least showing others how to write. I specialize in qualitative methodologies. I am very eager to learn more about quantitative methodologies and eventually mixed methods. In 2019 if I can return to researching, I would love to tackle a quantitative study.

 If you could study any subject at university what would you pick?

Studying at a university will never happen again since I have already earned my doctorate. I believe I missed my calling as an engineer. I would specifically go into the aerospace engineering field. I stink at math and I only know how to draw stick figures, but I know how to think, and engineering would have been an incredible experience for me. I love trying to figure things out.

 How do you write – laptop, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?

All the above! I really enjoy writing in notebooks also. Notebooks protect your information when technology decides to fail.

 It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign?

I try not to discriminate when it comes to marketing considerations. I am willing to try almost everything until I discover which works best for me. So far, word of mouth has been selling my books, but it can only go so far. I want my book to go global so I am trying your site since it has an international audience. Radio interviews, blogs and just getting my links out there are other options. In a year, I will be able to tell you which campaign worked best.

Tell us about your new book?  

I have always been the blue M&M. It has not always gone over well but it is who I am, and I have no choice but to accept it. It is called. “So, You Want To Be A Doctoral Learner Huh? Are You Nuts?” A short story of my difficult journey as an online doctoral learner, and some tips to help you succeed. I do not know what genre to classify it in yet. It is my story about my doctoral journey. I would say it is my story wrapped around a guidebook

Why did you write it?

I had a very traumatic experience while going through my doctoral program. The difficulty came from a chairperson who made it his business to hinder me from completing my program. I found out that he not only hindered others, but he was also poaching. I will not say much more about the poaching, but the university would not help.  I was bitter and angry and decided to write a book. I wanted to warn people about this university. As time went by, I did not want to put that negative energy into the atmosphere. I did not want to hurt anyone, even the university. I decided to use my negative experience for positive. It is not very long because researchers do not have time to read.

 If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask?

I would invite all my ancestors. I want to kiss and hug my grandmothers again. I want to meet my grandfathers that I never knew. I want to meet the people I never met so I could see where I come from. I would ask them if I made them proud, what I should do to reach my goals, and if they liked my cooking.  If not, I would ask what they suggest I do to make it taste better for our next visit.

When you are not writing, how do you like to relax?

The freedom of putting down the pen, papers, and computer is the beginning of the relaxation. Going into a bookstore and having the occasional cup of coffee is one of the things I really love to do to relax. Having a huge cup of ginger tea or what we Virgin Islanders call bush tea is very soothing. Walks, working out, the occasional jog, and sauna sessions are things I love to do. The most relaxing thing in this world to me is having my children around debating anything with me. Whether I agree with their positions or not, being able to listen to how they have turned into independent thinking adults is the most wonderful thing in this world to me. I am a very blessed woman.

What do you hope people will take away from your writing?

I want Ph.D. or Ed. D learners to understand that they can make it through their program with good guidance. That their study is important, and it is not about them. The most important thing is to enjoy the journey, good bad or indifferent. It is the thing I dislike the most. I did not enjoy my journey outside of my coursework.

 How will your words make them feel?

It is my hope that my words will motivate learners all over this big blue marble to finish their journey. If they do not finish, I want them to understand that they are still awesome. I quit my program. I am no different. The only reason that I am Dr. Davis today, is because I told the right person THANK YOU! I am no better because I completed my journey. It was all in the bigger plan for me so that I could fulfill my purpose; whatever it might be.

Do you have links that you’d like to share for others to read?

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1642545503

http://thebp.site/160199

https://thedissertationcafe.com/

email: drdavis@thedissertationcafe.com

email: davislad2018@gmail.com

Dr. L.A. Davis

P.O. Box 690923

Killeen, Texas 76549

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Dr. L.A. Davis

2403 W Stan Schlueter Loop #690923

Killeen, Texas 76549

Thank you to everyone who read my interview, and I hope that you enjoy reading my book.

 It was a great pleasure to interview you, Dr. Davis, and we wish you all the best in your future undertakings!

 

 

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An Exclusive Interview with B.T. Chand

I met Brina on Women’s Day in the year 2017. We were introduced by a close friend of mine, Vithiya, who called me one day sounding frantically excited about getting to know her sister’s friend, who is loves books and is a writer. I got to know that Brina is a proud cancer survivor; twice, and that she is a medical school graduate pursuing her dreams to become a full-time writer. I was awestruck and dropped her a message on Facebook in no time. It felt like we were friends for many years and we very much felt connected.

I find Brina strong and amazing, and it is a great honour to have her interview up on my site. I believe you would enjoy reading her interview.

Yours truly,

Jasveena, founder of IBP

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Author B.T. Chand

Janma Antare : Life, As It Was by [BT Chand]

Janma Antare

Where are you from?
Born and bred in Johor Bahru.

Why do you write? 
Well, writing has always been my passion. It has always been like an escapade into my own imaginary world!

What do you write?
Aaaah, I’ve written 7 books now. Two on clairvoyance, another on cancer (this work of mine holds a very special place in my heart as i wrote this book when i was battling with cancer, myself), and moving on, i have written one on inter-religious marriage. Oh yes, also Janma Antare which explored rebirth and the sequel- the eastern concept of Illuminati. Im currently working on the brothels and prostitution in Bangladesh. I dont particularly focus on one genre. I write on almost anything just comes across my mind!

What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? 
Medical school lectures( that is when i wrote almost all my books) and now, my temper tantrum throwing attention-seeking son!

What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?
Awww, the most memorable thing… was when a friend of mine (who was battling with cancer) read my manuscript and expressed how connected she felt after reading my work. That brought tears into my eyes…

How long have you been writing?
I started writing at the age of 10 after the untimely demise of a good friend of mine. Writing became a tool for me to express myself.

When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?
When i was 15, i told my father during dinner that i want to be writer and he rolled his eyes at me and said, a firm “No”. I went on to medical school but still did not stop writing. The passion and love for writing grew with me. And then one day, i decided to quit work and went on to pursue writing!

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?
I had always maintained a very disciplined schedule- i made it a point to write 5 pages minimum, daily and well, that went on at least till my son was born. Now i thank God, for a decent 5 minutes while i sip in coffee or to settle to read a book without him tailing and wailing by my side!

How long does it take to write a book? (if you’ve written one – published or non)
It takes me almost a year to write a book and maybe another half a year (or less) to get the manuscript typed out. 

Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?
To be a good writer, is to be connected to your work.

What do you think makes a good story?
As long as your readers are engaged in your book, that is more than enough to tell that you have indeed produced a wonderful work

What does your family think of your writing?
My mother simply thinks that im fantastic(though she’s not read my books) hahaha
My husband has been my greatest support till date. My sisters and my best friend have read almost all my manuscript and well, i can say they are my fans, they are my critics.

Do you see writing as a career?
Of course, i do!

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When my mother said i was one! And that happened when i was 17. 
Dear Brina,
I wish you well in your future writing projects. Let’s talk over a cup of coffee soon!

An Interview with David Lee Ross

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David Lee Ross

Clayton’s Mackintosh by David Lee Ross

Describe yourself in five words

Handsome intelligent and lovable

What fact about yourself would really surprise people?

Well I have in the past protected hi profile personnel including David Beckham, David Ginola, Kylie Minogue and some members of the Royal family although this was a great working  environment to be in it was quite dangerous at times….

What makes you happiest? 

Seeing my family do well as my children who I love dearly and to see my grandchildren do well

Have you always enjoyed writing?

Well the reason I write, this has always been an ambition of mine as I used to tell my brothers and sisters fantasy stories when I was young child and then told my children and nephew and nieces stories as every loving parent does and now at this stage of my life.

I can now publish my own stories now such Clayton’s Mackintosh, and the Twin Princess which now available on Amazon, and Barnes and noble due to progress of technology

What writing are you most proud of? 

Well although I write children’s books, I have been obsessed with the horror genre since I was a kid and I have written a horror novel under another name as a black man that is my proudest achievement to date …..

What books did you love growing up?

Well well I was young used to read children’s adventure books such as the famous five by Enid Blyton and war and action comics obviously being a boy but also I used to read the Britannia Encyclopaedia yeah I now I had a bit if a nerd stage.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?

As I have already mentioned the change of technology for budding authors’ such as myself as in the internet, getting published was the hardest, I obviously went through a plethora of throw downs from the main publishers given you the inadequate and adequate reasons why they cannot publish you writing comes easy to me and now the internet is worth its weight in gold for marketing.

Do you find it hard to share your work?

I am sorry I am  very protective over my work until it is completed, I am terrified of the chance of someone stealing it before me,espacally whe I was actively pitching my work to various publishers  because of the time and effort I have donated to it, but I suppose that is just me, and I eventually have to share it with the world anyway.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?

Well wouldn’t say my family is running to breakdown the doors of the bookstores to get my books, but I get more support and interest from friends regarding my writing but I suppose as much as I would love to be the centre of attention of my family in their lives I am sure they have their own priority’s in life.

What else do you do, other than write?

Well I am a normal person in that sense when I am not writing at every waking moment I have, I just socialise with family and friends, a keen sports watcher weather it be on screen or live of American football, soccer, international rugby and the like but my treat is wining and dining whether it be alone or with family and friends

If you could study any subject at university what would you pick?

Well once again I have already done that and guess what that was, yes writing and publishing (actually it was writing and publishing and American studies Joint Honours believe it or not at Middlesex University in London) although I did not complete it due to my family commitments it was refreshing and set me up with the knowledge I acquired to be published.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

Wow that is a question, well if I won the lottery or became a bestselling author worldwide, I would either have to live on an island or buy an island in Central America or by the Solomon Islands as I have always lived around and in big city’s all my life so that would be the life for me to get ultimate serenity for my writing.

How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?

I write with my lap top and absolutely take it everywhere with me, I don’t jot anything on paper for ideas, or anything like  that, I don’t write in bed , I always have my lap top with me just in case I have an idea or to prepare a story.

How much sleep do you need to be your best?

Well I am a bit if an insomniac so I don’t have to have much sleep in order to operate so I am lucky in that sense it is very rarely that you will see me complaining when I have been up till the early hours of the morning writing Clayton’s Mackintosh….

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you? 

Well obviously every writer wants to be the number one best seller, I think I would settle for that as well, as that is the height of achievement and for in this genre and seeing that kind of success  would be great to be recognised myself a black man writing in this genre….

Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?  

Well my book is called Clayton’s Mackintosh this story is about a little boy that has been given at first a Mackintosh coat that does absolutely nothing and is a very old type of coat but as the story goes on Clayton now the owner of it realises that his coat can talk, walk and do magic, who helps home to a challenge from some mischievous demons and his mackintosh calls in some legends of soccer and basketball assist them to overcome these sporting duels.

It is a hearty family fun book of fantasy and sporting mayhem and some comedy ….

If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask? 

Well that is easy I would invite Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X and Vanessa Williams, sorry I am a red blooded male, although I think myself Nelson and Malcolm would be fighting over her, I would have to calm this by reiterating to them that Malcolm X and Nelson Mandela are only invited to dinner for conversation and Vanessa Williams is my dessert and no one else’s……

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?

Wow, my last and final question, well most of all I would like the readers who buy my novel to have read it and to their children, to read just for a nice comforting story where they can just escape in their minds for a couple of minutes.

Check out David’s book on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Claytons-Mackintosh-David-Lee-Ross/dp/1326850687

An Interview with Lyndell Williams (Layla Abdullah-Poulos)

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Lyndell Williams (Layla Abdullah-Poulos)

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My Way To You

Have you always enjoyed writing?

Absolutely not. When I was younger, I was plagued with terrible handwriting and teachers who constantly criticized me for it. I hated writing because of it and limited myself and either spoke my ideas or remained silent. It wasn’t until I attended a trade school for word processing and then studied literature in college.

What motivates you to write?

I write for a variety of reasons, but my primary ones are that I want to tell the world about the experiences of people often overlooked and convey stories filled with social commentary. I want to express humanity in an often an inhumane world.

What writing are you most proud of? 

Any of my work that positively affects people gives me pride. I’ve had people tell me they’ve felt empowered or learned something I wrote in a small article as well as more significant works. I’m fortunate that a lot of my work has that effect and hope to continue to create writing that does

What do you hope your obituary will say about you?

I don’t want an obituary or eulogy.

Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?

I grew up in abject poverty surrounded by pain and sexual predators. My life changed when I married. My life is a whole lot more stable now. I do draw from my experiences when I write, which is probably why quite a bit of my stories contain domestic violence and sexual abuse in the plots. Its real and a lot of people (especially women) suffer, so I want to keep giving it a voice.

How did you develop your writing?

My writing is a result of a lot of whining, moaning and temper tantrums. I do credit my skills to the phenomenal instructors I had in college who always challenged me to do better as well as an incredible writing coach who demanded it.

It’s been my experience that people who can take criticism and use it as a tool for improvement become some of the best writers. It’s really the only way to progress in the craft.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?

I’m a staunch proponent for indie publishing. Historically, publishing has been an industry of gatekeeping and squelching authors’ voices, favoring a few over others based on arbitrary parameters that restrict creativity and opportunities for readers to enjoy some good authors. So, I always encourage authors to strongly consider doing the publishing themselves, the hardest part of which is by far the editing.

Editing is a torturous waiting game and a costly one. You pay three people (content editor, copy editor and proofreader) the chunk of your publishing budget to tear your stuff apart. You agonize over who to trust with your project, and then there is going through them when you get the manuscript back. It is incredibly arduous and capricious. Even publishers don’t get this part of the process right all of the time. I’ve had quite a few authors crying to me over the phone because of issues with their publisher’s selected editor. Editing is entirely the hardest part. Writing the book is a stroll in the park compared to the editing gauntlet.

What else do you do, other than write?

I teach U.S. history and homeschool my children. My work as an educator—both at the college and home—is gratifying. Shifting between collegiate and primary learning can be challenging, but the influence I have as an educator makes it worth it.  

How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?

I have a tiny, cluttered corner in my bedroom equipped with a laptop and an additional monitor. The array of writing I have to create in a day (novels, journal articles, blog posts, discussion boards, lesson plans, etc.) requires a lot of back and forth between programs.

I doubt I would write even half of what I do if I had to use a pen and paper.  I know plenty of writers who prefer to write by hand first, but I head straight for the keyboard.

How much sleep do you need to be your best?

Sleep? What’s that? My circadian rhythm has been off for decades. Rest is good, but the realities of my life as a writer, instructor, wife, and mother makes it continually elusive.

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support?

My husband. He works very hard so I can do the things I love.

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you? 

For me, successful writing is when I get to write what I want and it positively-affects people. A lot of my work addresses issues that make people some people feel uncomfortable, but I do it because it’s important to use my skills to try and affect productive change. Even in my stories, I try to entertain and inform. If I get to do that and influence readers, I’m a successful writer.

A covered Muslim woman would be the last person readers would expect to write a romance. What made you want to write in the genre?

Romance is a driving force of society. Love influences so much of who we are as individuals and societies. Romance novels are more than entertainment. They demonstrate how we navigate through essential human emotions and the ethics we create to do it.

I write romance because it is at the core of the human experience.

Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?  

My Way to You is an interracial romance featuring an Asian American man and African American woman. The couple has to struggle through intolerance and bigotry to be together. I wrote it to highlight some of the challenges of interracial relationships.

People often think the existence of interracial couples is an example that our society is doing away with racism, which is a huge misconception. There is a lot to tackle in addition to the usual problems that come with being in love.

How did you determine the racial makeup of the love interests?

Well, I made the conscious decision that all my female protagonists will be brown African American women. There just aren’t enough books out there with Black women love interests. It’s growing, but I wanted to be part of centering dynamic African American womanhood.

I chose to make the male protagonist Asian American because of the expanding BWAM (Black women-Asian men) movement in the United States. I wanted to readers to have a chance to explore how love and race between members of two minority groups may be influenced by it inside and outside of the relationship.

What are some of your favorite romance tropes to read? Any guilty pleasures?

I mostly enjoy friends to lovers and second chance at love stories. There is just something hopeful in the idea that the heart can heal and love again. I’m also a sucker for a wolf shifter romance. There is something so alluring about alpha male protagonists I can rarely resist.

I hate to admit it, but I can get with well-written enemies to lovers story. I tend not to like them because authors tend to drag the “enemies” part out a little too long. If a book has a right balance in the trope, I get all squishy inside at the moment that the couple admits they are drawn to each other.

When you are not writing, how do you like to relax?

I am an unrepentant binge watcher. Some of my best downtimes are when I get to stream a series or watch a bunch of movies from a particular genre. I might decide that I’m in the mood for a horror marathon. Then my screen will be filled with slashing and gore while blood-curdling screams permeate the room.

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?

It would be great if readers have a blast reading my stories and have something to think about after reading them. I want my words to be catalysts for conversations and change.

Links:

MY WAY TO YOU will be released 12/1/18 and is available for pre-order on Kindle. Link here https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K3PZXHY

Layla Writes Love Blog – https://laylawriteslove.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/laylawriteslove/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/laylawriteslove

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/laylawriteslove/

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/laylawriteslove

Amazon – http://amazon.com/author/laylawriteslove

 

An Interview with Charles Umerie

 

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Charles Umerie

  1. We are happy to have you on our blog. Tell us about yourself.

My name is Charles Umerie, and I’m 27 years old. I’m a writer, and so far I’ve written a book, movie scripts, essays, and articles.

  1. I read your book, Kingdom Tales, and I must say it’s a good read. Can you tell us more about it?

Kingdom Tales is my first book and it’s an allegory to the events that took place in Africa towards the 1960s. That was a time many African countries got their independence, and after that came a lot of civil wars. So Kingdom Tales was based on those events, and at the same time, I made sure it’s entertaining so people can read it and enjoy it. Even those that doesn’t know anything about these places can still read it and enjoy it as a simple fairytale.

  1. What inspired you to write it?

As an African writer, I feel like there’s nothing more important and inspiring than writing about the growth of Africa. That’s the inspiration behind it.

  1. This question is definitely for young writers out there. I know a lot of them complain of not being able to complete their book. So can you tell us how you wrote your book, what methods did you use?

I honestly do not have any secret formula for writing a book. People are different, and they have different ways of writing. But what you can do is whenever you start, make sure you finish it. No matter how unprofessional your work might seem at first, you just have to finish it. That would be your foundation, then you go through it over and over again, rewriting, adding and removing certain things.

  1. Do you have unpublished work? Or a book you are still working on?

I have another book coming out this year. It focuses on the Mali Empire in the 14th century. I also want to use this book to let people know more about the Mali Empire and its surrounding at that time. Most schools don’t teach that anymore, so I will inform and entertain at the same time with this book.

  1. How would sum up the reading culture in Africa now?

I can only speak for Nigeria, and in my own opinion, I think the reading culture in Nigeria is quite low. People would rather watch or hear it, than read it. The low literacy level and few number of libraries in Nigeria also play a part in that.

  1. It was definitely nice having you. To surprise our readers, tell us one weird fact about you. Something about you that is almost unbelievable to anyone that knows you.

I forget things very easily! A lot of people don’t know that, but I have learned to manage that. Thanks for having me.

 

Thank you so much, Charles, for participating in this blog interview.

Charles’ book can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/Kingdom-Tales-Charles-Umerie/dp/1329727010 

An Interview with Troy Gathers

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Take Me With You by Troy Gathers

#1 What inspired you on this book?

Take Me With You Volume 2 was actually inspired by my relationships with others. Over the past 10 years, I’ve really embraced the fact that we are dealing with character types more so than people. Have you ever met someone who reminds you of someone you knew your whole life, just by their actions? That’s what inspired me to write this book.

#2 Why did you want to become a writer?

I’ve always wanted to be a writer. In middle school, I would enter all the writing and drawing contest to display my interest. I won a few of them and received awards of participation for others, but the passion was always there.

#3 What was the hardest part of creating this book?

The hardest part of writing this book was actually finding the time that I could sit down and just write. Currently, my day revolves around finishing up my Ph.D and running multiple businesses. I did find the time to finish up the book but it usually came at the price of sleep.

#4 What do you hope people gain from reading it?

After reading Take Me With You Volume 2, I want the readers to leave with a sense of discernment. This book is packed with biblical scriptures, wisdom and lessons. I want people to gain a better understanding of who’s in their life. The wrong friendships could really hurt your future.

#5 When you were a kid, what were your favorite books?

Great question. When I was growing up my favorite books were the The Trumpet of the Swan, James and the Giant Peach and The Scarlet Letter. These 3 books will always be on my favorites list.

#6 What is your advice to people who are not excited about reading?

Usually those that don’t like to read a whole lot are more visual people, which is fine. What I would tell them is, just imagine a movie that only you could see and you make up the faces of the characters and you determine the imagery of the story. Reading is the only pastime that gives you that experience.

#7 Why should we buy your book?

Everyone reading this interview should buy my books because I put real life aspects in my books. I guarantee with all my books you will learn and adjust from my writings. I only deal with facts and personal experiences of others and myself. When you buy any one of my books you are buying information and not opinion.

All book projects by Troy Gathers are Available on Amazon.com

About Troy Gathers

“Not everyman can be famous, but everyman can be great!” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “When I first read those words from a memorial wall at South Carolina State University, I was touched,” Gathers said. “In life, sometimes all we can hold on to is words and a belief that they will manifest.” “Growing up, all I could do was dream.”

These words continuously push Troy Gathers towards his dream to strive for excellence. When asked about his childhood, Troy explains how it has played a major role in his future; Troy said, “The pain from my past has prepared me for the future.” “In college though, I found that I was very different. I found that welfare and section 8 were foreign to some college students.” The entrepreneur said that he began to see his purpose for his upbringing; “I have the voice to help people grow through trials.” After graduating from South Carolina State University, Gathers sought out to be a voice for the young and an inspiration to all. “As a public speaker, I have the stage to reach people far and near with my message”, he says joyfully. I’ve actually spoken to inmates on a continuous basis across the state of South Carolina in penitentiaries.” I have spoken to groups ranging from age eight to forty. Since I am one with the generation it is possible to hold their attention throughout the entire speech,” Gathers said. “Knowing that the speaker went through a similar situation less than ten years ago allows the audience to leave with a sense that there is a way to overcome their present adversities.”

By the time Troy reached seventeen years old, he had attended seven different schools and lived in six different neighborhoods. To escape the everyday troubles of society, Troy focused on success. In High School, despite the constant moving Gathers still managed to join NJROTC, the newspaper staff, and Future Business Leaders of America to name a few. Gathers stated, “Because of the constant moving, I spent a lot of time wishing for stability and praying for strength. Throughout my life I remained positive and knew that if I continued on this path I would be successful. Given my life experiences, I am able to communicate and relate to the younger generation.”

Once Gathers got settled at South Carolina State University he finally got a chance to show one body of students what he was capable of achieving. At South Carolina State University Gathers formed Intramural Sporting teams, served as the Vice President of freshman dormitory, joined the Young Democrats, SGA, wrote/directed two short films with students and made the grades for The National Deans List. Troy was also the host of the radio show B.E. Y.O.U. which aired on WSSB 90.3FM. (SCSU Radio) The show was based on positive individuals and their accomplishments. Gathers credits his focus at SCSU to his mother and mentors that assured his faith and head was always high. “Even in college people doubt you and try to bring you down, but I have special people that kept me focused on the big picture”.

After successfully completing his MBA program, Troy is currently enrolled in the Public Policy and Administration PhD program. B.E. Y.O.U. is Troy’s Educational Lecture Program for the youth that promotes success in their lives. B.E. Y.O.U is Troy’s cry to the youth to be themselves and step out of the crowd. Under his B.E. Y.O.U. imprint, Gathers has published 3 book titles. In all of Gathers endeavors he keeps God first and only expects great things for the future.

An Interview with Gabriella Goddard

 

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GABRIELLA GODDARD

Author of “Gulp!: the 7-day crash course to master fear and break through any challenge”

http://www.gulptime.com

Describe yourself in five words:

Visionary, creative, empathetic, adventurous, agile

What fact about yourself would really surprise people?

I have a fear of deep water. So a few years ago, I decided to do a diving course to try and overcome it. Luckily I was so distracted by the beautiful fish swimming past me that I forgot I was 100 yards under!

How do you work through self-doubts and fear?

Firstly, I dig deep and try to understand what the root of the fear is and where the emotion is in my body. Then I try to imagine a better and more positive outcome, and notice where that emotion is in my body. The secret then is to dial up the positive vision and feeling so that it drowns out the fear.

What scares you the most?

Being bored.

What makes you happiest?

Working on my creative projects and being around people who are doing cool stuff.

Why do you write?

Writing is an important part of my job as the coaching director at the brainsparker academy. Every day I’m writing blog posts, articles, top tips and course content. Writing for me is a great form of self-expression where you get to say exactly what you think and feel – without any interruptions. (lol)

Have you always enjoyed writing?

Actually for me, sitting down and typing words on my laptop is quite a painful process. I live for the day when the ideas in my head can be telepathically transferred to a recording device. What I do enjoy about writing is the editing process. This is where true magic can happen.

What motivates you to write?

Words are a powerful form of communication. How many times have you read something and found that it triggered a new insight that shifted your thinking? This is the power of words. And I am grateful that I have the confidence and ability to express myself in this way, and make a difference in people’s lives as a result.

What writing are you most proud of? .

I am very proud of my first published book, “Gulp! : the 7-day crash course to master fear and break through any challenge,” which was a dream come true.  I’d suffered a cancer scare and this was a real wake up call. I had always wanted to write a book, but just never got around to it. After my cancer scare, I asked myself – if not now, when?

What are you most proud of in your personal life?

I’m really proud of finally finding work/life balance.  Throughout my career I’d always been a workaholic. It wasn’t until I started developing my creativity that I realized the importance of taking time out. Most days are now a healthy balance of work, rest and social.

What books did you love growing up?

My favorite author growing up was Nancy Drew. I loved how she solved mysteries and the fact that she was a girl. If she could do it, so could I!

What do you hope your obituary will say about you?

I’d love it to say “she made life happen no matter the obstacles.”

Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?

I was very lucky to grow up in New Zealand which is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. And like most Kiwis, I travelled around the world and lived in worked in countries like Japan, France, UK, Mexico and USA which was an amazing experience.  These days I’m based between the South of Spain and London, UK and get the best of both worlds – beach and city buzz.

 What else do you do, other than write?

I run a company called “brainsparker” which helps people boost their ability to think creatively and come up with better ideas. Our free brainsparker app uses random prompt cards to spark new ideas and is very popular with writers. And our brainsparker academy offers a range of online training and coaching programs to help people develop their creativity and innovation skills.

What other jobs have you had in your life?

For the past 15 years I’ve been working as an Executive Coach and Leadership Development Facilitator in the corporate market which has been incredibly rewarding. And before that I worked in international marketing and branding in the telecom and technology industry which was very exciting.

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you? 

For me, success in writing is about getting words on paper. Once they’re there, you can do so many things with them. But you have to get them down first. Plus, as soon as they’re out there in black and white, you leave space in your brain for new ideas to ferment. And you never know what might pop out.

Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?

One day, out of the blue, I found a lump in my breast. It was devastating. And while I was waiting for the doctor’s results, I spent many hours reflecting on my life and the dreams I never made happen.

One of those dreams was to write a book. So when I got the all-clear from the doctor, I decided to make that dream happen. After a few false starts, I ended up writing a book about my experience called “Gulp! : the 7-day crash course to master fear and break through any challenge.”

Luckily for me Penguin UK liked it and published it, followed by Random House in the USA.

It was amazing to make that dream come true, and now I coach other people to do the same through our Brainsparker creativity app and academy.

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?

“Gulp!” is all about helping people to make their big dreams happen. It includes loads of inspiration, tools and techniques to help people overcome their fears, and find the inner courage and confidence to step outside their comfort zone.

So many people have amazing ideas that never see the light of day, which is such a shame. I really hope that Gulp! can give them the inspiration to at least get started.

We’ve just launched a really cool Gulp! eKit which includes the digital ebook for Gulp!, plus 25-page workbook and 8 weekly coaching lessons.

If you have a big dream or a creative idea but you feel stuck or lack confidence, check out our Gulp! eKit at http://www.gulptime.com
If you are a writer and want a cool app to inspire your writing with random prompts, then check out our free brainsparker app at http://www.brainsparkerapp.com