An Interview with Kathryn Sunantha

Bliss Pure Foods: Living in Full Colours is Sunantha’s upcoming book in May

Born in Singapore and currently temporary based in Nepal, Kathryn was a graduate of Lasalle SIA College of the Arts. A certified business image consultant, art educator and healthy eating life coach, Kathryn has built a strong foundation in the arts and public speaking under the tutelage of internationally acclaimed transformation speaker, Mr Robert Pante. She holds a BA in Metaphysical Sciences as well as a Diploma in Art Education. She champions the practice of ahimsa (non-violence) through conscious eating and lifestyle choices. She also travels frequently to empower people towards health and bliss. When she presents, people listen! Her style of delivery is candid and yet caring. She naturally possess the magical ability to connect people with their own self love, wisdom and respect. She does not transform people. She inspires them to transform themselves! She is also the author of “Wealth From Within: Unlocking Your Innate Wisdom” and “Playing to Lose: Actually You Will Only Win & Learn”. Kathryn travels often to train and provide workshops on arts, healthy vegan cooking and medicinal raw food making. She also teaches online via YouTube & Udemy at BLISSPUREFOODS Channel. During her free time, she enjoys taking time alone in Nature and meditation retreat.

Live interview with author Kathryn is available on our YouTube channel.

Describe yourself in five words
Candid. Playful. Creative. Curious. Open to possibilities.

What fact about yourself would really surprise people?
I look and feel very young but my actual age surprise people. I am approaching 40.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear?
When I have self doubts and fear, I like to go into my own silent space to study my own thoughts. Then I would speak to a few reliable and emotionally supportive friends to work through limiting thoughts like a sounding board.

What scares you the most?
Death. Especially sudden departures of very close and loved ones. I experienced two very sudden deaths who are very close to me in my life within 6 months and it made me felt very sad and behind the grief was fear…. The fear of losing/ abandonment.

What makes you happiest?
WHEN I SEE PEOPLE BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR THEMSELVES, EATING HEALTHIY, BEING VIBRANT, HAPPY AND ALIVE, IT MAKES ME HAPPY! Healthy and beautiful foods made from the heart also delights me.

Why do you write?
Most of the time, its for self expression and an outlet for creativity.

Have you always enjoyed writing?
Only when I am inspired. When I feel deeply for a subject, then I write with enjoyment.

What motivates you to write?
To bring value, beauty, wisdom and possibilities in other people’s lives motivates me to write.

What writing are you most proud of?
I wrote a book named WEALTH FROM WITHIN: UNLOCKIING YOUR INNATE WISDOM when I was 21 to pay off my own education fees. This book is available in national libraries in singapore. Next was PLAYING TO LOSE: ACTUALLY YOU WILL ONLY WIN AND LEARN where I wrote about my dark experiences as a school teacher. Lastly, is my new upcoming book BLISS PURE FOODS: LIVING IN FULL COLORS where I shared all my vegan, raw vegan and vegetarian recipes with many beautiful colorful photos and instructions that are easy for people to experiment and play in their own kitchen. These recipes are foods made in my cafe in Nepal.

What are you most proud of in your personal life?
I am proud to be able to live the life that I love and living it powerfully. I am a person who loves to explore unknown territories and enjoy traveling and learning.

What books did you love growing up?
I love astronomy and it was one of my childhood dreams to study the stars and planets. But now, I love any books that can open my heart with wonder, joy and inspirations.

What do you hope your obituary will say about you?
FULLY USED UP.

Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?
I was born in Singapore and have lived in many parts of the world. USA, CANADA, INDIA, MALAYSIA, NEPAL, AUSTRALIA, CHINA, JAPAN and currently I am looking relocating myself so that my work can be further empowered to benefit more people in eating healthy and cooking nutritious foods at home.

How did you develop your writing?
I treat writing like painting and would not say that I am a professional writer. But I do write from my heart when I write.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?
I feel it is writing and marketing. Getting published is not difficult since there are many possibilities around self publishing now. Writing takes a lot of time and effort. Marketing is another world of skills that helps you get your work out there. So both are hard. Hardest, I feel is marketing because one has to know how to sell themselves daringly.

What else do you do, other than write?
I experiment food recipes in kitchen a lot! I also love to hang out in natural quiet spots. I love visiting nice vegan cafes and restaurants too during my day offs.

What other jobs have you had in your life?
I was a fashion designer then became a business image consultant and life coach trained by Mr Robert Pante. I worked as an image consultant and trainer for 7 years and then thought of becoming a school teacher to fulfill my other childhood dream. Taught for a short while in government schools and decided to quit because I wasn’t feeling my own inner fulfillment. Then I went back to being my own boss. Now I run a cafe, travel and teach classes like eco living, healthy vegan cooking, medicinal raw food making, inspirational talks, coaching etc.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Anywhere that has fresh clean air, good people, nature and an abundance of raw living water, a land for planting biodynamics crops and a nice kitchen and dining area to cook and host friends.

How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?
Laptop most of the time.

How much sleep do you need to be your best?
8 hours of sleep is what I usually get.

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support?
My dad. Without him, there is no me today.
Getse Rinpooche, my dharma teacher, who gave me all I need to live life courageously and meaningfully.
Robert Pante, my life coach, mentor and best friend who have seen me grow up since 17. I taught me arts, design, English language and the power of presentation.

Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?
My new book BLISS PURE FOODS: LIVING IN FULL COLORS is a full colored vegan , raw vegan and vegetarian recipes book that contains all natural ingredients and fully plant based. These recipes are created from my years of traveling ands experiencing life. It is a fusion of west and the east incorporated with superfood and superherbs. What I mean by this is foods that are high in energy and vibrations and with just a small dosage, you get great nutritional benefits out of eating them. In the book, most recipes are made from scratch like enzymes oil, probiotics filled fermented foods, raw foods that have an asian touch to it plus clear instructional photos. I wrote this book with the intention to support and empower busy people to do more home cooking that canals be creative and fun activities to engage in during free time. The recipes are generally simple and easy to make. So this book will be very useful for mummies who wants to bond with their kids in the kitchen. Food has the ability to heal people and to bring people together. This is what I wish my book will do and bring to those who bought it.

We had so much fun learning about Kathryn and we believe you will benefit from her work on Amazon as well. Find her work on Amazon and be sure to catch up with her live interview on our YouTube channel!

Bliss Pure Foods: Living in Full Colours. Get it on Amazon today!
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An Interview with LaToya Thomas

It is a great pleasure to interview, LaToya Thomas, a children’s book author. LaToya’s new book ‘You Are Beautiful, Beautiful You Are’ will be published on Amazon on 23rd February 2019. We hope that you would enjoy LaToya’s interview as much as we did.

Describe yourself in five words
Responsible, loyal, fun, busy and determined
What fact about yourself would really surprise people?
I am not afraid to fail. At least then I will have at least tried.
How do you work through self-doubts and fear?
I research… a lot. I weigh the pros and cons. Being an optimist by nature certainly helps.
What scares you the most?
Snakes
What makes you happiest?
Completing projects on my to do list, peace of mind and vacations
Why do you write?
I write when I have a message to share or when I randomly get inspired. I work with children and children are funny. I always find myself thinking, “That would make a great story!”
Have you always enjoyed writing?
Yes, I have always enjoyed writing. I used to write plays when I was a child. I also kept a journal since as far back as I can remember.
What motivates you to write?
The children I work with motivate me to write. My daughter was the driving force behind my book You Are Beautiful, Beautiful You Are. Then, there were countless conversations between myself and other adults that confirmed that writing the book was necessary.
What writing are you most proud of?
I am proud of the way people have been so receptive of You Are Beautiful, Beautiful You Are. When I wrote the story, I never told anyone until after it was written, illustrated and ready for print. Then, I blasted it to the world. I could not believe the response I received. There were people who told me they cried. One person actually cried while reading the book in front of me. We cried together. It was awesome!
What are you most proud of in your personal life?
In my personal life, I am proud to be accomplishing my goals one by one. It has not been easy, but every time I set my mind to something and I focus, I reach my goal. That is worth being proud! Now, I am working on celebrating these accomplishments. I have not always been good at that. I rarely stop to smell the roses and I believe it is important to do that.
What books did you love growing up?
Growing up, I loved Amelia Bedelia. I thought those books were hilarious. I also loved Dr. Seuss books and the way they were written. My mom would order children’s magazines for me and I remember loving to do the activities inside.
What do you hope your obituary will say about you?
Yikes! Uhhh. I hope to live forever. Haha, but if I must go I hope people will remember the many ways in which I tried to help people, my giving spirit and my optimism.
Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?
I grew up in the city of Philadelphia PA, west philly to be exact. I currently live approx. 30 mins west of where I grew up, in King of Prussia PA. Its more suburban here.
How did you develop your writing?
I was always given writing materials as a child. I had tons of notebooks, so that is where it all started. In college, I took some courses that required writing research papers. I enjoyed it. I love research and when you are well versed on a subject writing about it is easy.
What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?
Marketing by far is the hardest. However, the reality is none of it is hard. It’s all easy. It’s just tedious, costly and/or time consuming… or all of the above!
What marketing works for you?
I have found that social media sites can be very helpful. Also, there is nothing like word of mouth. Luckily, that is one concept from the past that we still have. People love to share what the love… and of course, what they don’t.
Do you find it hard to share your work?
I don’t find it hard to share my work. I do get weird feelings though, sort of like butterflies. I always want everything to be perfect, so I find myself giving disclaimers and explanations that are totally unnecessary.
Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?
I have received nothing but great vibes from everyone. I am so grateful for the support I have received.
What else do you do, other than write?
I work with children. I have worked with children for the past 19 years. I have experience with children who have special needs. It has been very rewarding to be a part of their lives.
If you could study any subject at university what would you pick?
I have studied early childhood education and behavioral science. I would probably continue to study psychology. I love psychology. Much of behavioral science is also psychology, but it also has human services and a sociological component.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Miami Florida, Atlanta Georgia and where I currently live. Preferably a home in each state.
Tell us about your family?
I have two children, ages 12 and 8. They are amazing.
How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?
All of the above and even on my phone if I am not near my computer or don’t have a pen and paper.
How much sleep do you need to be your best?
I need between 6 and a half and 8 hours of sleep. I wish I could only get a couple hours of sleep and still be at my best, but that was not in the cards for me..
Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support?
I would like to thank my mom for always being there for me. She really did an amazing job and I am still realizing the sacrifices she made as a mother, especially since I am now at that stage in life myself.
Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you?
A successful writing career to me would be creating books that connect with people. I would like people to read one of my books and want to read more of my books. Books can have an emotional connection with readers. That is my goal, to be able to connect with readers. Of course, I would like to sell massive amounts of books, become a bestselling author and make a living from writing my books. That would be the ultimate goal.
It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign?
Because You Are Beautiful, Beautiful You Are is written for children and is in picture book form, my readers are mostly parents, caregivers and young children. I am interested in marketing to schools, childcare centers, libraries, conferences and most certainly book stores. I will be offering author visits. I will also have a social media presence and I am counting on word of mouth as well.
Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?
I wrote You Are Beautiful, Beautiful You Are because I realized that there is a lack of self-love in our society. I wanted to be encouraging to other adults, ones who would read my book to their children. My hope is to instill self-love, confidence, encouragement and acceptance of self and others in young children.
If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask?
The first person to come to mind is my Grandpa Jim. I remember being a child and we would play board games as a family. No one could ever beat Grandpa Jim in checkers, but one day I did it! I beat him. It was the best feeling. I would invite Grandpa Jim over and we would play checkers until we were tired of playing, which would take a long time. (This question brought me to tears.)
When you are not writing, how do you like to relax?
When I am not writing, I love to swim, shop, dine at new fancy restaurants and travel the world. There are so many places I would love to see!
What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?
I hope people will get reminders of their self-worth and the importance of self-care, self-love and conficdence. I hope these people will then share the message of accepting themselves and also accepting others as they are. Then, and only then, will the world be a better place.

You Are Beautiful, Beautiful You Are

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An Interview with Donnovan Campbell

Author Donnovan Campbell
  1. Describe yourself in five words
    I’d say funny, thoughtful, blessed, loved, and supported.
  2. What fact about yourself would really surprise people?
    I love baking tres leches cakes. This accountant and author bakes great brownies and cookies, but my best dessert to bake is tres leches cake.
  3. How do you work through self-doubts and fear?
    I first identify them when they occur. Then I normally see if what I am afraid of is actually true. As a Christian,
    I know to trust God and that whatever I cannot do on my own, I can surely do with him. Then I go for it. I admit I don’t always do this. I have many times succumbed to self-doubt and fear, but I am learning to apply this method.
  4. What scares you the most?
    Besides the Tennessee Titans winning a Superbowl before the Jacksonville Jaguars (I am a Jaguars fan after all), I would say that what scares me the most is leaving a burden to my family and friends. I work hard for those who have poured into me, and seeing that I have
    seen a lot of people in my life leave burdens that their friends and family can barely bear scares me the most.
  5. What makes you happiest?
    What makes me happiest is helping friends and family succeed. I am not going to pretend that I am a saint and that it’s always fun to see someone surpass me. I am very competitive. Nevertheless, I have been on a journey on discovering who I am and who I want to be. I found out within the last two years that I love creativity. I want to create books, movies, businesses, and more. I also found out that I love helping others and that it was a huge mission for me.
  6. Why do you write?
    I write because I love to write. I love creating new things. I also had learned a lot, especially within the last two years, that I wanted to give to others. I saw a real need in my community for what I had to say, and I hope it helps my community and the world like it helped me.
  7. Have you always enjoyed writing?
    I would not say that I always enjoyed writing, but I always loved making new things. I remember as a kid I would draw characters and make up stories in my head about them. I was not the best at drawing, but my stories were amazing. I also used to go in my family’s recycling bin and make all kind of things like ninja bo staffs, coolers, robots that did not move, miniature hockey table, and more. It wasn’t until middle school that I got into writing poetry and entering them into poetry contests for extra credit (Thank you teachers out there). From those writings, I learned to enjoy the making and expression of writing.
  8. What motivates you to write?
    Passion, the challenge, and a feeling of accomplishment. I have a passion to write if you cannot tell yet, and instead of sitting on my writings like I had for several years, I decided to take on the challenge of self-publishing my books. They are in the genre of fiction, which is highly saturated with competition, which motivates me more to succeed. Finally, I am accomplishing part of my purpose. That motivates me to continue writing.
  9. What writing are you most proud of?
    I am most proud of the book I am writing now, Unlocking the Future’s Past Book 2. It requires discipline to write 750 words each day, and every time I accomplish the writing it makes me feel great that I accomplished a task that is going towards a goal I have not accomplished yet: writing a 100,000 word book (less revisions and edits).
  10. What are you most proud of in your personal life?
    I am proud of being a part of a great family. I know I am blessed to have the support and friendship I would say with my parents and brother. Not everyone has that so I am proud to be allowed to have this blessing
  11. What books did you love growing up?
    I loved the Hardy Boys series and Nancy Drew series, as well as Agatha Christie books growing up. I know they are not within the genre I write, but I always loved the language and intrigue.
  12. What do you hope your obituary will say about you?
    I hope it says I made a difference. That is my ultimate mission. If it also says, “I am Batman,” that would be cool too.
  13. Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?
    I grew up in the Hampton, VA as well as the Newport News, VA areas and now still live in Newport News (although I am moving soon). It is like what they say, “Once you live in Virginia, you want to stay in Virginia” or something like that.
  14. How did you develop your writing?
    I learn best by doing so I develop my writing by writing, listening and reading books so I can apply what I learn, and by having a great editor show where I need much improvement. I am still working on developing more writing skills.
  15. What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?
    Although I heard that getting published is the hardest, since I took the route of self-publishing, I would say the hardest part is marketing. I am still new at it, but once you have developed the habit of writing, you must market your book, whether you go through a publisher or through self-publishing.
  16. What marketing works for you?
    So far Instagram and Facebook works best for me. I am trying different techniques and following a marketing plan I and a person who works in marketing helped developed.
  17. Do you find it hard to share your work?
    I do sometimes find it hard to share, but I have found that writing is something you must appreciate for yourself first and realize that many people have not accomplished it. If there is someone out there within the billions of people on this planet who could enjoy or use your work, even if it is just yourself, then it is worth sharing.
  18. Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?
    My family and friends have been very supportive. They have given me feedback on my work, purchased my books, and help spread the word of their release. They are a great blessing.
  19. What else do you do, other than write?
    I am an accountant and financial professional. I help businesses structure and run their accounting and finance systems, and I help families and individuals learn financial literacy. I help them save with a purpose, prepare a legacy for their family, and help people get out of debt.
  20. What other jobs have you had in your life?
    I have had only one other job, student worker. It was a fun job where I got to drive golf carts, set up at events, and talk to people at the front desk.
  21. If you could study any subject at university what would you pick?
    I would study Cost accounting. I have learned that no man knows everything. There is always more to learn in just about any skill a person has learned. Knowing that I have a lot more to learn in accounting, I would try to take classes that would improve my strengths.
  22. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
    I do not know exactly, but I would love to live in a place that is warm. I am not a big fan of the cold.
  23. Tell us about your family?
    I come from a blessed multi-cultural family. My dad’s side is from New York and St. Louis, Missouri. My mom’s side of the family comes from Canada and Jamaica. I get my love of warm weather from my mom, but as you can probably guess I did not get my dislike of the cold from either of my parents. I also have a younger brother currently in college studying to become an engineer.
  24. How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?
    I write by laptop. I made an outline with pencil and paper, but I write stories by laptop while sitting on my couch, recliner, or desk chair.
  25. How much sleep do you need to be your best?
    Enough sleep
  26. Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support?
    I would like to thank my brother and my parents for supporting me as well as my friend Michael who encouraged me to continue writing.
  27. Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you?
    A successful career in writing to me is one where I am continually writing and loving it while also having many readers reading my book. I would also like to make a profit as that is why I charge for my books, but overall, if I am loving what I do and earning money to keep it going, then everything else will work out.
  28. It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign?
    So far, since I learn by doing, I have been doing trial and error. I received advice of which avenues to pursue from a person experienced in marketing books. Since I am marketing three books at once, I promote each differently. For String Cheese: To the Cheese with the String, it is for children 12 years old and younger, so I promote on blogs, Facebook, and Instagram towards parents. For Unlocking the Future’s Past Book One, it is a Science Fiction books for teens, so I promote on blogs and Instagram towards teenagers looking for an inexpensive good read. The Chronicles of Mother Earth Book One: The Elven Uprising is a Fantasy book, which I promote in a similar way as my previous book. I also go to different functions and am part of a Creative Arts group where we help each other succeed and share our works. Finally, I promote through word of mouth. It is still effective.
  29. Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?
    I have three books that were just released. The first book, String Cheese: To the Cheese with the String, I began as a teenager in 2011. My mom was working during the summer in a private school library. I was brought along. It was very small, but it had two computers in it. I watched Youtube, made up PowerPoints for characters I drew, but one day, I decided to start writing. After that, I had to continue completing it. Throughout the rest of high school and college, I would write a few things and then stop for a while. Nonetheless, in 2018, I decided it was time to finish it and have it published. After researching what to do, I saw that for new authors, it was recommended to release at least two to three books, and that was why I wrote my latest two books. I am glad I did because the more I wrote, the better I became, and the more of my likes, dislikes, views, and personality I could share.
  30. If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask?
    I would ask King David, my parents and brother, my grandparents from both sides of my family, my great grandfather, Denzel Washington, Will Smith, and King Solomon. I think I can learn from them, and they would get along barring language barriers. In that case, I would also ask for a translator.
  31. When you are not writing, how do you like to relax?
    I read books and sports articles, watch anime and older shows like WKRP in Cincinatti and Johnny Carson, and I sleep (my favorite way to relax).
  32. What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?
    I hope people will feel the urge to not let their circumstances hold them down, not let themselves be defeated, but instead be empowered to use their experiences to grow themselves and help others.

Do you have links that you’d like to share for others to read?
My website and blog, The Porcelain Cup, is at DonnCampbell.wixsite.com/author.

An Interview with Author Tracy Kauffman

Author Tracy Kauffman

Tracy Kauffman is a young adult and kids book author from Alabama. Some Works include: Southern Adventures, My Boyfriend the Squire, Richard the Lionheart, and Southern Attraction, Captain Honey Bear, etc… Tracy is in the process of writing part 2 to Southern Attraction; hopefully it will come out by Spring of next year. Stay Tuned

Describe yourself in five words. Shy, artsy, type A, loyal, compassionate

What fact about yourself would really surprise people? I’m a nurse too.

 How do you work through self-doubts and fear?  pray
What scares you the most? 
snakes

 What makes you happiest? spending time with family

 Why do you write? love anything creative, and writing is a type of free expression

 Have you always enjoyed writing?  yes
What motivates you to write? 
helping someone through my writing

 What writing are you most proud of?my kids books
What are you most proud of in your personal life? 
my family

 What books did you love growing up? loved reading Boxcar children and Alice in Wonderland

 What do you hope your obituary will say about you? That I cared about helping others

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

 How did you develop your writing? Practice

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? marketing

 What marketing works for you? social media

 Do you find it hard to share your work? no

 Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? not really

 What else do you do, other than write? nurse

 What other jobs have you had in your life? sales, secretary, teller

 If you could study any subject at university what would you pick? further my nursing degree,

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

 Tell us about your family? I am married and have 1 boy, 1 girl

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

 How much sleep do you need to be your best? 8 hours

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

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

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

 Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?  Captain Honey Bear.  Just came to me

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

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

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel? To love others and help others in some way.

Find Tracy’s book on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2CqhdMj

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TracyKauffmanFictionAuthor/

An Interview with Author Shannon Stewart

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Grief: Shannon Stewart’s book

We are happy to introduce Shannon, a woman who has a multitude of talents. She’s a socila media influencer and an author. Shannon’s debut book, Grief, revolves around the story of 5 people.

We asked Shannon a few questions to further understand her personal life and her new book. We hope that you’d enjoy reading her interview. 

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Shannon E. Stewart, MSN, RN, GFNP, CCRN is a December 5th, 2018 graduate from South University’s Family Nurse Practitioner program with over seventeen and one half (17 ½) years of clinical experience in critical care settings as a critical care Registered Nurse and holds CCRN certification. Out of the 3,000,000+ Registered Nurses in the United States, only roughly 2%-3% hold this advanced elite certification, truly making her an authority and subject matter expert in critical care and healthcare in general.

Shannon is also an executive of 2MCH4YA Global Entertainment which houses a successful independent record label and publishing company that has collaborated with industry titans such as The Hype Magazine Editor-in-Chief Jerry Doby, multi-platinum record producer Andrew Lane, multi-platinum song writer and record producer Maurice “The General Starr”, platinum producer Will Baker, Hip Hop Pioneers Lords of The Underground, and many more, as well as producing 2 Amazon Best Selling books.

Shannon is currently growing her brand as an Instagram and social media micro influencer under the branding of Daredevil Bama Gurl and White Coat Woman. She is also a writer and has her first book on pre-order on Amazon.com, called “GRIEF”. Further, she has a children’s book series in development called “Eureka Teaches” which will focus on life lessons for younger audiences. Finally, she is in discussions regarding curating content as an interviewer at major sporting events. Shannon hopes that growing her brand allows her to bring more eyes to pressing issues surrounding caregivers and the disabled since she has been a caregiver in her professional life as well as her personal life with a 100% disabled veteran spouse.

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Describe yourself in five words

Thrilling, Intelligent, Beautiful, Loyal, Resolute

What fact about yourself would really surprise people?

I have jumped off of the tallest building in Las Vegas (855 feet).

How do you work through self-doubts and fear?

I pray and meditate

What scares you the most?

Failure, so I am driven.

What makes you happiest?

My husband

Why do you write?

I write to release the stories floating around in my head. 

Have you always enjoyed writing?

No. I used to not know how to complete a story because they came in fragments. Now I start whatever story is there and move back and forth between them.

What books did you love growing up?

Goodnight Moon written by Margaret Wise Brown

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

I grew up in Ozark, Alabama and currently live in Tampa, Florida

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?

My husband is supportive.

What else do you do, other than write?

I am a social media micro-influencer, model, entrepreneur, speaker, Nurse Practitioner and a CCRN certified Registered Nurse

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

I would live in Hawaii when there is no hurricane season and maybe Tokyo, Japan 

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

You are successful at writing if you are having fun doing it and at least one other person appreciates you for your craft. That won’t make you rich but that’s how I define a successful writer.

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

Grief is a short story I have on pre-order on Amazon. I write a different take on the 5 stages of grief that we typically go through multiple times in life.  I sensationalize each stage a bit to make it entertaining to keep people’s attention in today’s world but at the end of each of the 5 chapters I add some White Coat Woman education. I also have very sensational 1 minute book trailer to peak the curiosity of people who watch it.  

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

I would have dinner with Michelle Obama.  She is highly educated, beautiful, and an accomplished woman.  She is also very cool and doesn’t have a problem being herself. 

The links to purchase my book

social media handles (full urls)

http://www.whitecoatwoman.com/

whitecoatwoman@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/daredevilbamagurl/

https://www.instagram.com/daredevilbamagurl/

Thank you, Shannon for your time to answer these questions. We wish you many more success to come in the future! 

An Interview with Author Anmol Singh

Anmol Singh

Author Anmol Singh

Prepping for Success

Describe yourself in five words: A Person of Integrity

What fact about yourself would really surprise people? I have never had a job and have been running my own business since I was 18.

 How do you work through self-doubts and fear?  I recognize that fear is a natural feeling before we do something we haven’t done before. But with time, the more you do something, the more competent you get. The More competent you get, the more confident you become.

What scares you the most? Being the same person I was yesterday. I want to constantly improve and get better everyday, stagnation is what scares me.

What makes you happiest? Achieving my full potential and seeing others achieve their goals.

Why do you write? I write because there is a sea of information out there and my goal is to handpick the information that brings the biggest change in people’s lives.

Have you always enjoyed writing?  No, I was never a writer until recently. This was more a book I wrote for myself to prepare for success and now I share it with others. These same keys helped me achieve success in my life and now I wish to share it with others.

What motivates you to write? What motivates me is seeing transformation in others.

What writing are you most proud of? .I am most proud of my book Prepping for Success: 10 Keys for making it in life.

What are you most proud of in your personal life? What I am most proud of is that throughout my chasing success, I Never compromised with my integrity.

What books did you love growing up? Growing up I loved books by Paulo Coelho

What do you hope your obituary will say about you? He came, He transformed, He was true to himself and his values.

Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live? I grew up in Delhi, India and now I Live in New York, USA

How did you develop your writing? By simply putting ink to paper and writing, I think people complicate it too much, they try to get the perfect  book or the perfect writing style, in so doing they become just like all the other books out there.Rather then write as you feel and letting your true self shine through.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? Writing is honestly the hardest since it involves us getting In touch with our feelings and then letting it out on paper/ For most people, Getting Started is the hardest part.

What marketing works for you?Social media marketing combined with word of mouth. If your work is good, people will share it with their friends and on social media

Do you find it hard to share your work? Not Really I freely share my content on my social media accounts.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? Yes they were supportive throughout the process and encouraged me to write.

What else do you do, other than write? I am a Entrepreneur, I own multiple businesses as well as trade the stock market.

What other jobs have you had in your life? I have never worked for anyone else or had a job, have been an entrepreneur since I was 18.

If you could study any subject at university what would you pick? I went to university for Business and management, that is something I would always pick again. However if I had another chance, I would be interested in psychology or philosophy.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?New York and that is exactly where I live today.

Tell us about your family? I have 2 sisters. My father and mother.

How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk? I originally recorded the book in audio and then put it on word document on a laptop.

How much sleep do you need to be your best? 8 hours

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support? I would like to thank my followers on social media for their constant encouragement, without them I would not have been able to get the book out.

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you?  Successful career in writing is that the person reading your book enjoys it and then actually uses the information to better their lives.

It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign? I usually market through social media channels like My instagram @DeltaNinety and twitter accounts in conjunction with Facebook.

Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it? My Book is called Prepping for Success: 10 Keys for making it in life. I wrote a book that I wish someone gave me 10 years ago. Would have made life so much easier. I wrote it because as I prepared for success, they are the 10 keys that served me well and continue to serve me till date. Now I wish to share this recipe for true success with others.

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

When you are not writing, how do you like to relax? I like to relax by going to the spa, massage or simply laying on a hammock.

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

I can’t wait to hear about the changes and transformations people make in their lives after reading this book. This is a simple guide to a better you and my sincere hope is to help them achieve true success in each and every area of their lives.

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

www.preppingforsuccess.com/book

www.instagram.com/deltaninety

Link to Amazon: https://www.amazon.in/Prepping-Success-Keys-Making-Life/dp/1642370959

An Interview with Ray Rao

Ray Rao

Author Ray Rao

  1. Describe yourself in five words:

Funny, honest, sincere, hardworking, caring,

  1. What fact about yourself would really surprise people?

That I am spiritual!  Not from any sense of religiosity, but from my belief in an inner spirit that speaks to our better selves, regardless of religion or faith, and is the essence of goodness in every faith.

  1. How do you work through self-doubts and fear?

By confronting them and tracing them to their source, so I can deal with the root cause.  That does not mean I can conquer it, only that I at least get to know my enemy, and knowing my enemy is the first step to eventual conquest.

  1. What scares you the most?

Losing my way only to find that I am someone I never thought I was.

  1. What makes you happiest?

My family—my wife, daughters, grandchildren…and my Australian Shepherd, Bandit.

  1. Why do you write?

To live vicariously in a world I have created, where my inadequacies don’t hamper me. 

  1. Have you always enjoyed writing?

Going back to my school days, Creative Writing was one of my favorite subjects.

  1. What motivates you to write

I write so others might share the world I have created, and live in it too, however briefly.

  1. What writing are you most proud of?

Bloodbath, my first work of fiction, makes me more proud than all my professional writings, achievements and accolades.

  1. What are you most proud of in your personal life?

That my legacy will live on long after I am gone: my values (and genes!) that I have given to my children, which they will pass on to my grandchildren, and they to theirs.  Which, of course, means I’m immortal!

  1. What books did you love growing up?

I was a voracious reader of the classics (Dickens, Stevenson, Verne, Dumas, Austen, Hardy, Defoe, Alcott, the Bronte sisters, Salinger, Steinbeck, Lee, Twain, Fitzgerald—I could go on and on), popular fiction from that time (Christie, Charteris, Chase, Gardner, O’Donnell to name just a few), and Westerns (Brand, Grey, Short, L’Amour, and others).  Basically, anything I could lay my hands on, regardless of genre.  Or, more accurately, anything my parents let me lay my hands on.

  1. What do you hope your obituary will say about you?

That I led a good life, as a good person first and foremost, a good physician and aspiring author, and a good father, most of all.

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

I was born and spent most of my formative years in India, then moved to England as an adult, and finally to the US, where I have lived the past 35 years.  I am widely travelled—31 countries at last count—including 12 trips to Japan in 10 years.  All these experiences inform my writing—as one of my friends put it so cleverly, “Amar Chitra Katha (a collection of heroic Indian legends) meets Manga meets Mission Impossible meets The Avengers (a British TV action-adventure series with a male and female protagonist).”  Nuff Sed!

  1. How did you develop your writing?

I always enjoyed writing, but my professional career as an academic physician didn’t allow me the time to write uninterrupted.  It took a lot of time, but over the years, I developed the idea of Bloodbath into my first book—with a lot of help from friends and family initially, from whom I learned what works, and from my editor/publisher, Derek, who taught me what doesn’t work.

  1. What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?

Getting published

  1. What marketing works for you?

I have neither any particular preferences nor exclusions.  Derek has taken over the electronic and social media side, at which he is far more adept than I am, leaving me to do what I am most comfortable with, which is to personally market myself as an author.  As an educator, that part comes naturally to me—as my wife will tell you, the trouble is not getting me to talk, it is in getting me to shut up!

  1. Do you find it hard to share your work?

Initially, yes.  I gave up even trying, after over 300 rejections from literary agents.   Then, I met Derek, and he validated my writing.  It needed a major edit and we had many, sometimes combative disagreements over content and style, which we resolved, thanks to my considerable trust in him, knowing how vested he was in my book, and his understanding of when and where to modulate his advice in those rare moments when my convictions were particularly strong.

  1. Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?

I have no better way to answer that question than to quote verbatim from my Acknowledgments in Bloodbath, “…my wife, Kanchan, and two daughters, Divya and Anjali…are my three biggest cheerleaders.  Writing a book while pursuing a full-time academic career as a physician has been a challenge—maybe much more so for Kanchan than me!  To write without jeopardizing the precious bonds of family has meant many late nights and weekend evenings in seclusion.  It is a measure of Kanchan’s strength and love that her commitment to me and my writing never flagged.”

  1. What else do you do, other than write?

See above!  I am an academic physician, working full-time as an endocrinologist.”

  1. What other jobs have you had in your life?

See above (yet again)!

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

Been there, done that.  Medicine, Medicine, Medicine!

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

The US. 

  1. Tell us about your family?

I married my first, only, and last love.  She has been my soulmate for the last 44 years, , with whom I raised two wonderful daughters, one an art historian, and the other a budding cardiologist.  My life is now captivated by three gorgeous grandchildren, an eleven year-old grandson, and six year-old twin granddaughters.  If Victor Wooten is right that “Heaven is where the heart is”, then I am already in heaven.

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

Laptop, sitting in my recliner, preferably, although it could be literally anywhere—bus, train, plane, ship, airport, station, even a hospital waiting room!—except on the toilet or in bed!

  1. How much sleep do you need to be your best?

Seven hours.

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

Other than Derek, and my family, there are two others—a couple who are now like an adoptive son and daughter—who introduced me to Derek.  Without them, Bloodbath would never have seen the light of day.

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

That enough people like what I have written, and connect with the characters I have created.

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

Right now, the plan is to combine an aggressive SEO approach with my website and combine this with working on my author platform and expanding my reader base in this fashion. I also will be working on some author giveaways and trying to gain more exposure on Amazon, which is my main selling portal.

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

It was always a dream of mine—an unrequited fantasy!—to write a suspense thriller.   That’s tough to do while pursuing a full time career as an academic physician, combining the roles of clinician, educator, and researcher. Over the years, I would find an hour here or there to write a page or two of the story that evolved into ‘Bloodbath’, but it was just a disjointed collection of chapters and events.  Three years ago, after I cut back on my professional commitments, my work week went from 65-70 hours to 40 hours.  With 25 hours of free time, I found myself able to indulge my fantasy.  That became Bloodbath.

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

Peter O’Donnell, creator of Modesty Blaise, who bears some resemblance to Alexis, my female protagonist, in her combat skills, but little else.  

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

Reading, music, watching action-adventure movies and TV shows, walking my Australian Shepherd, Bandit, and (most of all) playing with my grandkids.

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

I could pontificate with some profoundly asinine comment like “Fundamentalism, and religious obsession are twin evils with dreadful consequences”.  Or, “It takes extraordinary acts from ordinary people to stop evil from triumphing”.   But, in truth, neither has anything to do with why I wrote Bloodbath.  I wrote it for fun.  And that is exactly what I want my readers to have when they read Bloodbath: FUN!

It was a pleasure to have you with us on our page for a fun-filled interview. We hope that you’d continue doing what makes you feel fun doing, which is writing! We hope to see you around as a participant for group author interviews and author giveaways that we host from time to time!

Rao’s book can be purchased here on Amazon