Why Did You Write The Book: Mohammed Yousuf

Ascending Adversity: The Journey of a Polio Survivor Dealing with Disability and Discrimination

Mohammed Yousuf’s journey began in India at the age of two when he was first diagnosed with Polio. Although he learned to live with this new challenge, he decided early on that his physical limitations would never define his potential. Mohammed came to the United States in pursuit of a new tomorrow. He went on to realize his American dream, find his purpose in society, and to portray a vision of hope. Mohammed became a thought leader in disability development, research, and innovation. He has spoken at prominent national and international conferences on transportation research and disability development. He also serves on technology research committees and is the founder of EquallyAble, an organization that amplifies the voices of those living with a disability.

Why Did I write The Book

Author Interview with Malisa Hepner

Author Malisa Hepner

Hi! I’m Malisa. I am a first time author but have had a passion for writing since junior high.

I spend my days hoping to make an impact with kids as an elementary school counselor, as well as working with the newly bereaved with a hospice in OKC, that I’ve worked with since 2013. I also hang out, taxi, pull my hair out doing school work, bite my tongue, feed, clothe, etc… with my husband and three kids.

My first book is a labor of love born from a vision I got when I was in 8th grade. I had already experienced a lifetime’s worth of trauma but knew more was in store for me. Something told me that I would one day take all of that pain and make it my strength. I decided that I was going to help others with my story. So while I certainly have more left in me to write, this was always going to be the start for me.

I hope that you will read my story and that you will feel hope and meaning for your own life.

Where are you from?

I’m originally from Moore, Oklahoma and now live in Yukon, Oklahoma. Both are suburbs right outside of Oklahoma City.

Why do you write?

I write to express myself. I’m known for lengthy Facebook posts that I’m sure my friends grow tired of.

What do you write about?

I usually just write about whatever is weighing me down.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I think I have a pretty conversational writing style.

What are obstacles that come in the way of writing?

My biggest obstacle with writing is my own fear. I can get pretty nervous about how it will be received.

Owning My Crazy

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember but this is my first book!

When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?

In 8th grade I had a very distinct moment where I just knew I wanted to be a writer. I was really struggling with my family stuff and something just told me that I would be able to use those experiences to help others one day.

How long does it take to write a book?

I had the first draft of this book done in a week and then the second draft done in another two weeks.

Book review for Malisa

What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story?

My biggest challenge in writing this book was to try and not make the reader so sad that they couldn’t make it to the end and see the work I’ve been able to overcome. It was hard to keep a flow of events without bogging it down. I feel like I left so much out but it was an important part of the process. Picking what to leave out felt just as important as what to leave in.

What does your family think of your writing?

I mean… I think they like my Facebook posts. Ha! I gave my brother a sneak peak of one chapter. Other than that, nobody has read any of the book.

Do you see writing as a career?

I want writing to be a career and I’m hopeful that it will be.

Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers?

I just want the reader to know that my biggest intent with writing this book was to show that it is possible to overcome even the worst of circumstances.

The book is releasing on 29th April 2021.

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Author Interview with Christopher J. Buxton

CHRISTOPHER JAMES BUXTON
Christopher J. Buxton

Christopher J. Buxton is a UK based new indie author, with his debut Sci-Fi novel Alternate. He graduated from college with a building studies qualification and has worked as a draughtsperson and design technician in the construction industry since. He enjoys film, creative stories, space, video games, music and believes family is massively important. He has been reading novels and listening to audiobooks for a few years. And finds writing refreshing and the perfect doze of escapism from the mundane of everyday life. Mostly a write of Sc-fi but is experimenting with other genres.

Where are you from?

Nottinghamshire, England

Why do you write? 

I find it a good escape from the reality of everyday life. The combination of working 43 hours a week, doing the school run in the morning and be a parent can get mundane, de-motivating and sole destroying. My full-time profession as a designer in the construction industry is good but can also be mentally demanding, draining, stressful, complicated and sometimes sole destroying. Spending all day working on someone else’s design / project – it just feels a relief to be able to work on something that is mine, my own project. One that I fully control and just write what I want to, as I am sure a lot of people can relate. It started as a hobby, as one day I just thought I’m going to have a go at writing a story, and still is a hobby – but a serious one.

What do you write about? 

Thriller and Sci-fi fiction. I started writing sci-fi and self-published my debut novel Alternate: A Jimmy Ray Journey. Which is a just a fun multiverse sci-fi adventure thriller, which for a first novel I was happy with it. But now I am trying my hand at Thriller. I was working on the sequel to Alternate and needed a break from it for a while. So decided to try something totally different. I thought it might be a good idea to write a short story. And so, with that LYLA’S THREAPY was materialized into existence. Ha ha…. Totally different in the fact it is a tense psychological thriller with a twist or two!!! For a short story I really think it holds weight, and I am surprised how it turned out. I will be honest I’m proud of it.

Do you have a specific writing style?

Just try to start with building suspense, and confusion to try and get the reader to say to themselves – what on earth is going on…. But also, I’d say, I try to always maintain a level of comedic, sarcastic, and skeptical humor in my characters. I try to keep them down to earth so to speak, and relatable – but with a small sense of there is something slightly different about them.

What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? 

Most probably the same that most indie authors face. Finding the time to write. But its not just time per say it finding the free time when I’m in the right frame of mind to right too. Time when I am also motivated and inspired. Sat a desk working on a computer all day designing, leaves me uninspired and tired. So, when I get home after spending time with my children. All I want to do is relax. So, a lot of writing has to wait for weekends.

What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?

It was in a review for my first book. The description of narrative was so that you felt like a film was playing out in your mind. Some interesting characters and twists and turn. Great novel can’t wait for the next one.

How long have you been writing?

4 years.

When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?

The moment I finished watching a film called Bandersnatch on Netflix in Dec 2018! This was an interactive film and I just thought it was so creative. Maybe it triggered my creativity lol.

Lyla’s Therapy

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

Busy…very busy…

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

British common slang and skeptic sinical sarcasm.

How long does it take to write a book?

My first novel Alternate took 16 months including editing process. My new book LYLA’S THREAPY took roughly 4 months including editing (as this is a short story)

Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?

Just start writing, get a feel for it. And spend some time watching some tutorials and tips.

What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story?

Trying to keep the dialogue as real and as close to what people would actually say in real life. Trying to realize when it becomes too staged. Also, to keep the story dark and not let it drift off into cheese land……Also perspectives can become tricky.

What do you think makes a good story?

Nothing explained to begin with. Keep the reader guessing for as long as possible with drip feeds of reveal. And a story that’s relatable too.

What does your family think of your writing? 

They think its great, they love it and are impressed…Or at least that’s what they tell me…ha. ha.

Do you see writing as a career?

Probably not no. There is just not enough money in it and would be too lonely. And would eventually become less enjoyable. Staying as an indie author for now with my current situation works well for me. But in the future, who knows – maybe!!

Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers?

Just that if you want to try writing, just go for it. You don’t have to have been writing and reading all your life. I am 37 and only started 4 years ago. And in that 4 years although it’s been a steep learning curve. My word I have learned so so much. Don’t be scared. The only other thing I should probably add is that my new book / novella is out now on Amazon and Goodreads. If you want to find out more about LYLA’S past and why she is in therapy – give it a try. That would be massively appreciated for the support.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I still don’t!!

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An Interview with author Liam P. Cunningham

Liam P. Cunningham

Where are you from?

A little rural village in Southern Ireland that had eleven pubs two Churches a Military Fort, a two teacher school and a small police station.

Why do you write?

I write because I love telling stories, in my mind I create characters, I leave them alone, then for some strange reason they begin to interact with one another. Then after a little while longer I begin to hear what they sound like and their personality is born and I take it from there.

What do you write about?

Basically anything that comes to mind,  love retelling old stories I have heard down through the years.

Barney: A Death, A Life, A Love

Do you have a specific writing style?

I want the written word to sound just like the spoken word I want the reader to see ‘word pictures. I want to create the broad brush strokes and let the reader fill in the finer detail to their own liking.

What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?

 “Holy shit was that true”.

When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?

I think I have wanted to be a writer for a long time but always thought that you had to have a special talent to do so. About five years ago I must have thought ‘what the heck’. Bounced a few ideas around with my wife Patricia (she has a very flexible mind) and with her encouragement I got started.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

Work schedule, don’t really have one, when ideas come to mind I write them down on sticky notes, write it later when it’s all settled in the mind.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I’m dyslexic, not up to speed on, comas, punctuation marks, apostrophises etc. So my solution write it as I hear it said in my own mind. Try my best to paint word pictures for my readers. After all we don’t use full stops and quotation marks when we speak.

Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?

I believe, to write a good story you must be able to hear it as the reader would see it.

What do you think makes a good story?

A good unbounded imagination is a good start, write as you would speak, and just like life itself there has to be dead ends, unpredicted twists,  happy surprises and ‘Oh shit I didn’t think he was going to do that’ moments

What does your family think of your writing?

What do my family think, basically it’s a case of ‘we never thought he could do that, to quote my daughter “Dad there is nothing stranger than sitting up in bed reading a sex scene written by you own father” need I say more.

Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers?

Go with the flow walk with me a while and let me tell you a story and when you have heard it you can tell someone else, you can twist it, turn it, add to it, I’ve given it to you, it’s yours to do what you wish with it. After all a story told is a story shared, life is sharing.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I don’t consider myself a writer that would in my mind be presumptuous I’m just a dyslectic storyteller.

Author Interview with Michael Froilan

Michael Froilan

Michael Froilan is a Filipino-Canadian poet and artist. He was born in Manila, Philippines and grew up in Scarborough, Ontario.

He self-published his first poetry collection Clouded Thoughts on Valentine’s Day of 2021, dedicating it to his family, friends and significant other.

His work illustrates themes of Personal Transformation. Awareness. Humour. Duality. & Empowerment.

He’s a student of Revelation and an advocate of Gratitude.

Where are you from?

“Been an east side ting from time. Scarborough from time, G”. Haha.

Seriously though, my roots are from the Philippines, but I was raised in Scarborough, Ontario, “styll.” 

How long have you been writing?

I started writing when I was twelve. Hip-hop/Rap has always been a major influence in my life. My dream of becoming a musician was what kick-started my writing. So, it’s kind of funny how it led me to publish a poetry book.

What motivates you to write?

Love. Death. Life/Art. Family. Music. Trauma. The mundane. The Cosmos. Doubt. “God”.

Tell us about your new book? 

Clouded Thoughts is more of a spiritual book rather than poetry. It’s about identifying with your truth/true power, which is more than just flesh and bone. Of course, like all poetry books, it entails love. But it’s also about perseverance and overcoming. 

What is the significance of the title?

There’s a couple of reasons behind the title. As you know, part of life is encountering downfalls. And adding to the pressure are the millions of thoughts that cloud our minds.

I thought of the title in the hope that people will look up whenever they feel defeated. Because “if you can look up, you can get up.” Not only that but to search within for their truth. To seek their light which is overshadowed by rationality and society’s judgments. With that said, the main reason behind the title: When you see the word “cloud” in the bible, I read that it actually means “spirit.” So really, the actual title of the book is “Spirited Thoughts.”

Why did you write it?

Aside from alerting people of their worth, the primary reason I wrote this book was to turn a dream into a reality. And if the readers take anything from it, I hope it’s the fact that you can materialize unfulfilled wishes that are dying to come alive. 

When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?

As far as I can remember. But to be honest, I don’t consider myself a writer. I’m just another misunderstood soul with a dollar and a dream.

What other jobs have you had in life?

I worked many years as a cook. I’d go so far as to say that you’ll bump into some of the realest people working for restaurants. I mean, of course, there are all kinds of true-hearted characters in every workplace out there. But I feel like the kitchen life exposes an individual’s true persona much quicker than any other field. There’s no denying or hiding grittiness, rawness, and sincerity in the kitchen work environment.

The most real people I’ve ever met are restaurant coworkers.

Clouded Thoughts on Amazon

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?

I’d say it’s a tie between writing and marketing. Anybody can write about anything, but not everybody (including myself) can write about things that hold value. And more often than not, anything valuable takes time. 

After self-publishing, I wasn’t prepared for the whole marketing side of things. I’m actually still in the learning process as we speak. I have to hand it to all the marketers out there. This isn’t a piece of cake.

What is the most difficult part about writing for you?

Tuning in emotionally. I feel like living hardens our hearts. We’re all so accustomed to functioning with our defensive mechanism that it’s a barricade more than anything. So much so that we defend ourselves from ourselves, if that makes any sense. It takes a lot out of us to dive in and be centred.

Do you find it hard to share your work?

Somewhat. The irony is, sharing my thoughts and feelings is the hard part. I’m a very private person (I’m a Scorpio, can’t you tell?). I’m probably the most closed-off person you’ll ever meet. So, it’s kind of funny because being an “author” means being an open book. And it’s something I’m still adjusting to.

What’s the most memorable thing said by a reader about your work?

Hmm… I hate singling anybody out, so I’d say people reaching out to me and mentioning they related to various pieces from the book. That is probably the most noteworthy because it’s a reminder that I’m not only writing for myself. And the fact that we are all inspiring people without even knowing it.

Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?

I feel like I’m in no position to be giving suggestions for becoming a better writer because I’m still learning how to become one myself. But if I had to give one suggestion, it would be to read. 

What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book(s)?

That you can make people feel seen through your writing.

What do you think makes a good story?

When it comes from the heart because then it’s meaningful. And people can always tell when it does or doesn’t.

What does your family think of your writing? 

Probably what everyone else thinks who reads the book: They think a crazy person wrote it. Haha. But jokes aside, they’re all very proud of me and are supportive of the book.

What makes writers different from other people? I am actually keen to know this.

I recently watched an interview of an American Humorist, David Sedaris, and he expressed it best. He points out that it’s a privilege to be a writer because when bad things happen to “normal people,” there’s nothing they can do with it except feel bad and complain. Whereas, when something terrible happens to a “writer” – or anything for that matter (good or bad) – they dissect and assimilate the situation emotionally, mentally and spiritually through their writing. So it’s like, writers have more outlets than “other people.” They are more prone to empathy. And in a way, it’s a gift and a curse.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear?

I remind myself of all the dark times I’ve been through and overcame. It’s so easy to get lost in the future that we forget about the hells we’ve endured. And I feel like presently remembering all the battles you’ve won is helpful when it comes to asserting your truth.

Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers?

Don’t neglect your soul. The spirit precedes the physical.

An Interview with Author P.D Blackmon

P. D. Blackmon

Where are you from?

I’m a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. Long time Los Angeles resident. 

Why do you write?

I write to tell stories targeting young people not yet told, from an urban perspective. 

What do you write about?

I write moralistic fantasy tales, for kids, ancient history published articles and culturally driven articles. This is my first graphic Novel which is based off of my film screenplay written in 2006. After it was nominated for best screenplay (Beverly Hills Film Festival) turning it into a animation feature film was our goal. So far, that has not happened. So I decided in the interim to turn the screenplay into a manuscript. And here we are. 

Who are your target audiences?

My target audiences is the youth market, encompassing kids’ tweens teenagers and young adults. I’m looking to write inspirational uplifting and inspiring books something I feel is much needed especially in today’s environment. So, I guess timing is everything. May be 15 years ago 2006 was not our time. It is possible we were in need of such a time as this. He may not come when you call him, but he’s always right on time.  

What else do you do, other than write?

I am a 25+ year veteran in the entertainment industry, Network radio producer, engineer, filmmaker, and writer. 

How did you develop your writing?

The initial ZeaZoo & the Land of Boo screenplay was written in 2006 and took 2 -5 years to write and develop the many Fantasy CGI Animation Characters. The manuscript adaptation process took about 6 month.  

Who encouraged you to write this book?

This book is dedicated to my grandson Isaiah, who was my soul loving inspiration, for this epic fairy tale. And may it inspire every person who reads it. Everywhere. Nana loves you. 

Our Land of Boo “Small World” Gift Giveaway will take place on EURweb April-May 30th. All are invited to Enter and Win! https://t.co/PMPeWuc1HQ

ZeaZoo and the Land of Boo is available in EBook and Paperback also Land Of Boo Journal and Notebooks sets are all apart of the new BOO brand merchandising. 

This is the beginning of a franchise for us. Wish us love and light. 

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An interview with author Lewis J. A. Corbett

Lewis J. A. Corbett

Lewis J. A. Corbett can usually be found doing writing and reading. Lewis loves reading plays and non-fiction books. His favourite book is The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.

Writing a play has always an ambition of his and eventually, he finally achieved his ambition when The Tragic Death was published.

When not reading or writing, Lewis loves going to the cinema, playing overwatch, and doing jigsaw puzzles. He lives in the South East of England.

Where are you from?

I’m from Brighton, East Sussex in England.

Why do you write?

I like being creative, I conjurer up short stories and then adapt them into plays.

What do you write about?

I mainly write horror plays and short stories, I’m open to writing other genres but I seem to fall back on horror as my main genre.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I find my writing style to be somewhere between Joe Orton and Edgar Allen Poe.

What are obstacles that come in the way of writing?

Use to struggle with getting my ideas down on paper. I’m not a fast writer so I would have to remember the story ideas and type them up when I was at a computer.

What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?

I’ve only just published my first book but I have been asked multiple times if I am planning on writing more.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing short stories for a few years, I would say I started in around 2017 but I’ve only been writing plays for a since March 2021. I have just published my first play called The Tragic Death by Lewis J. A. Corbett.

When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?

I have wanted to be a writer for a long time, ever since I saw that Treehouse of Horror episode of The Simpsons when Lisa reads The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe to Bart and Maggie. It was that episode what lead me to discovered Edgar Allan Poe and read some more of his works.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

I try to write at least 3 pages a day when I have a new play on the go but if I’m writing a short story, I try and write it in one sitting.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

When writing, I just go with it. I type and see where the story leads me.

The Tragic Death

How long does it take to write a book?

The Tragic Death took me about 3 weeks to write, but I had a week break in between that. Short stories take me about an hour or two to finish.

Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?

Write ideas down, any ideas and let them develop into bigger stories. My book The Tragic Death is based of a short story I wrote back in 2017.

What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story?

Character names, I find it hard to choose names. When writing a new character I wanted a name that sounded natural. If I picked the wrong name and published, that name is there for ever.

What do you think makes a good story?

When writing plays and short stories, I find what makes the best stories are the ones with good characters building. You have to be able to relate with the character.

What does your family think of your writing?

My Nan and her husband Les said they really liked my book and my aunt Katie and her husband Chris are very supportive of my writing too

Do you see writing as a career?

I would love to have a career as an author, I guess whether or not I can make a career of it is down to if the reader likes my plays and short stories.

Do you have anything specific youd like to tell the readers?

I’ve just released my first book The Tragic Death by Lewis J. A. Corbett is now available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle.

If you do pick up a copy, I would love to see and read some of your reviews on Goodreads.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I first considered myself a writer when I started writing short stories back in 2017.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I love going to the cinema, I have one of them cinema cards what is a fixed monthly price so I can go and see as many films as I like each month. I also like playing overwatch, and doing jigsaw puzzles.

What is your favourite book?

My favourite book is definitely The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. I just love that book so much, I have multiple copies of it including a sign copy and the audiobook.

Book Review: The Desire Factor by Christy Whitman

The Desire Factor by Christy Whitman

Manifesting your desires has never been easier with New York Times bestselling author Christy Whitman’s newest book, The Desire Factor, which offers the tools for you to find happiness, abundance, and success.

The Desire Factor proves that desire is the force behind every act of creation, and it is the mechanism through which everything in this boundless spiritual universe is made manifest into physical, tangible form.

However, the true gift is not in acquiring our desires; it is the people we become in the process of allowing our desires to move through us. The skills, the strengths, and the character traits we develop in the process of manifesting our desires stay with us always.

The Desire Factor unfolds the precise steps for bringing about the manifestation of any desire. Take author Christy Whitman’s advice and learn to lean into prosperity and abundance.

Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I will re-read this book surely as I am completely blown away with the raw and honest way of writing. This clearly shows how the author has put her heart and soul in writing this book. I was a little skeptical when I started reading this book as the Law of Attraction can easily misguide us into obsessing over something, we want. However, when something is not really meant to happen, we beat ourselves up for not trying hard enough or wasting time “wanting” it. The last chapter of this book will tell you exactly how to release attachment with your Desire Factor. I truly appreciate the experiences of the author that have been shared in this book, as it further adds to the credibility of the author in this field of work. I have also been seeing a lot of angel numbers as I read this book and I am sure that if you are someone looking to be guided by your Desire to live a fulfilled life, even if that means more money, you will thoroughly enjoy this book. I will go back and read this again sometime soon.

An Interview with Author Megan Virona

Megan Virona

What is your mission in life?

My mission is not only to free myself from a settled life but to free others as well. I don’t want anyone to think that they have to live a life they aren’t completely in love with. I want to show others that they can do anything that they set their mind to.

Describe yourself in five words

If I could describe myself in five words, I would say that I am: 

1. Optimistic

2. Passionate 

3. Driven / motivated

4. Motivating or inspirational

5. Lastly, I would say that I’m very persistent because I do not give up when it comes to my goals and dreams! I don’t take no for an answer. I will always strive to reach my goal no matter what.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear?  

The first thing I would like to mention is that I always treat myself as a friend would treat me. If you think about it, a friend would never talk negatively about you, a friend would never put you down. Friends are there to support you and motivate you! So if I ever have a doubtful mindset I would act as a friend by comforting myself as another person would – and this really does help in many ways because not only are you fighting for yourself and giving yourself a positive outlook, but you’re also providing a good company and this encourages independent behavior. So I will continue to argue back-and-forth until I feel confident. 

Sometimes that doesn’t work. not because I don’t believe in myself, but because life often isn’t fair. I have a pretty good relationship with myself to the point where I mostly never have to doubt myself and my potential, but there’s always going to be something that may make me feel like I am not going to achieve what I want. In this situation, my approach will now be to research testimonies because I know others have done exactly what I want to do. and it’s very reassuring to see people who have started where I am at and are now living the dream that I have. 

Also when I’m feeling doubtful I just let it in. I remember that it is okay to feel these negative emotions instead of rejecting them and bottling them up. I give myself time to feel them and then I’ll eventually move forward. And every time I do move forward, I get stronger. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone as motivated as I am -so I know that these methods that I use personally do work! I 100% recommend other people using these methods too.

What scares you the most?

What scares me the most is living a settled life. I never want to settle. I know what I want in life and I am so determined to get it, but there’s always going to be the fear that I put my hands up and say “This is too hard! I’m tired of working and not seeing results!”  I’m afraid I will go about my life working a 9 to 5 never knowing what it’s like to travel to live to explore. That’s why I am so eager to work whether it be on my book, courses, or my worksheets. I work overtime every day to ensure I won’t be living this settled life.

What makes you happiest?

Life! Rainy days, making love, surrounding myself with motivated people, taking risks, tropical plants, abstract art, museums, greenery, travel, writing, teaching, taking notes, passion, growth, the sun, the beach, rain forests, jungles, food, exotic animals, nature, freedom

Why do you write?

I write because as a kid I never felt like I was able to write. I’ve never felt like I had a voice. I never felt like what I was saying was important. After years and years of silence, I got tired and eventually started speaking. I started off by speaking to myself with writing and just video memos but later I came to a realization that what I had to say was significant. I realized that my words have the ability to literally change lives by inspiring people.  I think it’s beautiful that I can make markings on the piece of paper and when others are staring at the paper, they can gain an incredible amount of motivation and even change their own lives just by looking at the paper. I write to inspire others and organize my own thoughts. I want others to be motivated. I feel writing has been one of the most effective ways to get my voice out there, my teachings out there. And as a reader I can confidently say that this has been one of the most effective methods for me to learn and grow.

What are you most proud of in your personal life?

I’m incredibly proud of my progression as a person I’ve talked about how I was before versus how I am now. for those of you who don’t know me I’ll give you a quick rundown of my story: I was brought up in an incredibly toxic environment to where I felt like my voice never really mattered. I would stay quiet all of the time because if I would have spoken I would be given the reason as to why I was wrong, why my voice didn’t matter, why I should just stay quiet. So, taking that with me from basically birth to the end of my high school years made it incredibly challenging for me in my early adulthood. I use this example a lot because it’s funny to me how much progress I’ve made but for example my boyfriend and I would go out to eat and I remember clenching his arm every single time we would have to order and my heart would race and I would just be standing behind him the whole time I whisper in his ear “can you ask for the number two” or whatever I wanted on the menu at the time. And this would go on for years and years and years and years. I am not exaggerating. That’s just a small example of how before I could barely speak up I would never book my own doctor’s appointments. I would never leave my room for the fear of having to talk to someone and saying the wrong thing. One day I decided I did not want to be this person anymore. So I changed. Fast forwarding to now I would like to announce that I have my own successful podcast show, I’ve been on my own solo vacations, I have my own home, I have my own book, I’m looking into mentoring other people, and hopefully getting into Public speaking in front of really big crowds! How ironic right? So I can confidently say that the biggest accomplishment I’ve ever made is becoming a person that I’m not ashamed of. Being an inspiration to my younger self. Being the type of person who knows what they want and not being afraid to speak up and immediately grasp it. I want to also mention that it doesn’t always happen overnight. change is a work in progress. But the fact that I knew what I wanted and didn’t want, and every day showed up as the person I wanted to be is one of my biggest accomplishments.

What is hardest: getting published, writing or marketing?

For me and I would say marketing. I’m never the type of person to force anything on others. Even if I’m completely confident in my work, I’m still a little bit shy to get it out there. I don’t ever want to be annoyingly pushing my products out there. I’m more of the type of person to sit back and let people come to me. I know I have value within my books, but I would like to be genuine every step of the way. I would love for my readers to feel more like friends. I’m still learning that it’s okay to accept, because I provide a lot of value.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?

I have an incredible amount of support. As a matter of fact, I don’t surround myself with anything but support! It’s not only important, but crucial for everybody to have a supportive foundation if they want to grow. Being around anything less will set you up for failure. If you’re reading this: Please surround yourself with only supportive people!

What else do you do, other than write?

Besides writing, I create abstract art, I travel, and I’m also a photographer. I’m blessed to have passions that go hand in hand. I like to travel and work on my art while I’m in these beautiful destinations and take pictures to capture memories of the moments to remember.

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

Personally, I think pen and paper is always going to be my go to. Something about looking at a full page of written ideas makes me feel so fulfilled. As for finalizing my rough drafts I use my laptop usually laying in bed.

How much sleep do you need to be your best?

Eight hours! And when I wake up, before I check my phone or even get out of bed, I have to have at least one big glass of water. 

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

All of my friends, followers, anyone who has believed in me and been there from the start. 

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

When I have people telling me that I have changed their life, and I’m an inspiration to them. That’s when I will consider myself as a successful writer!


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

My new book is only for the inspired. If you really want something in life and you’re willing to work for it, but you just don’t know where to begin or how to approach reaching this goal, this book is for you. I wrote this book to help people organize what they want and realize that it is possible with a plan, organizing. In this book I also encourage you to surround yourself with positivity along with a mindset that forces you to not settle. This is a workbook, so you’re going to have to work! And I think that’s the beauty in this book because you can’t just sit there and have temporary motivation. You’re going to be encouraged to do certain activities. You’re going to be encouraged to get up to write, highlight, take notes, and to research. That’s why I say that this book is only for the inspired.

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

I love warm showers, making love, massages, watching a funny movie or TV show, exfoliating with scrubs, eating a great meal, and sleep of course!

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

If you take away anything from this book, I want you to know that you can do this, and you will do this! 

You have to stay focused and you have to really want to achieve this goal. I think it’s important to romanticize every step of the journey to where you have that warm feeling when you think about your goals, or every time you pull out that book.

I hope that you will feel encouraged to use a journal and understand that your story is worth taking notes on. You can have a lot of fun growing if you make it that way. I want you to feel like your thoughts are being projected onto paper, so that you don’t have to overwhelm your mind. Also – a little time planning, visualizing, and projecting can go a very long way. And I think you will start to understand that later on as I did. As long as you put all of your passion into this, you’re all set up for success!

Thank you Jasveena for letting me be hosted on your website! I love what you’re doing and can’t wait to see how far you come in the future! 

Thank you so much, Megan!! 🙂 I am so happy to host you over here and I wish you many more successes in the future!

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

Amazon link

Podcast 

I host a podcast show called Self Development With Virona if you wanna check it out!

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/self-development-with-virona/id1492630885

Self-development with Virona on Instagram

Author Interview with Dylan Walker

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DYLAN WALKER is a researcher at heart. After earning an undergraduate degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, he spent two years working as a Software Engineer. He earned a post-graduation degree in business management with a specialization in finance. For the last ten years, he has been a Research Analyst focusing primarily on IT hardware. When not working or writing, he spends his free time watching documentaries, tracking national and international politics, and think-tanks to remain abreast of current international relations.

Where are you from?

I am from and residing in India.

Why do you write?

I consider writing as one of the most respected form of communication since the arrival of homo sapiens. This is the best way to get engaged with people in order to spread your thoughts in an effective manner.

What do you write about? 

I present to the people about various news items that might have skipped their attention, within an espionage spy thriller format, thereby it serves as an edutainment version of reading.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I adopt the popular format of international thriller writing style with action, adventure and love interest properly woven in order to keep the reader engaged and not feel like that they just reading newspaper op-ed.

What are obstacles that come in the way of writing?

The choice of style itself was a bit difficult to find. I have been more inclined towards monitoring international events and tracking IR analysts and foreign policy thinktanks. The process to striking the right chord that resonates both to me and the larger audience took its own sweet time.

What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?

A reader after reading “A Summit without Mercy” said to me that it was like a proper action movie script, it was greatly satisfying as it reinforced my capability a taking current affairs event and successfully converting it into a captivating work. I was even more glad, when I came to that he was working with the peripheral part of the filmmaking industry.

A Summit Without Mercy

How long have you been writing?

The engine got its ignition mode back in my school days. Of course, that more of a historical documentation based on my school history textbooks.

When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?

It was generally seen weird during my school days. History was considered one of the dry subject to taught. However, I found it to be very interesting as I viewed them as a story based on real events. In fact, the thought of writing an altered history with an alternative timeline was the first moment when I actually wanted to become a writer.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I visually create avatars of characters and would interact with them during night, when I am free to have mind open for such interactions.

How long does it take to write a book?

It takes me 1-2 months to properly synthesize a knot into a storyline and then into a proper international thriller fiction.

Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?

Observe things and events around you that influence you be it positive or otherwise. The emotion that takes your heart for a ride would automatically reflect and evolve in writing.

What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story?

While, till now, I haven’t been searching for story knots as I see them abundantly around, challenge remains at areas where I have to choose the location as I want the audience not to be entirely familiar with such places thereby nudging them google and analyse about those places. In addition, the choice of character names as well as is a significant challenge while I write the story.

What do you think makes a good story?

The prime mission of a story is to engage and entertain. There is no second thought on that part. However, a good story must not just educate the reader, whether it is about an event or about a location or even about a restaurant in that location. The writer when takes the responsibility of providing such value addition apart from an engaging story, it becomes a good story.

What does your family think of your writing? 

They were initially surprised, however, they are really supportive at my endeavor.

Do you see writing as a career?

I do. It is not just about the monetary aspect, as I am currently with a professional occupation, which serves that purpose. However, it is the thought of reaching to people and sharing my thoughts and awaiting their feedback on my thoughts that drives me to take this up as a career.

Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers?

The world is once again at brink of getting transformed. As the former US Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, said, the global pandemic will “forever alter the world order”. I am striving to present you the international espionage spy thriller stories based on this ever changing global affairs.

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

     Amazon Book Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08XWCSMC9/
     Amazon Author Link: https://www.amazon.com/Dylan-Walker/e/B08XWFM6L3

     Facebook Page Link: https://www.facebook.com/dylanwalkerauthor