Live Author Interview with Bruce Whealton

I have dedicated my life to helping others and have done so as a psychotherapist/clinical social worker. I am also a Certified Peer Support Specialist where I can use my lived experience as a survivor of trauma, injustice, and abuse to help others. I must heal myself so that I can help others to heal and find hope. I find writing to be therapeutic and a powerful part of my healing journey. I have written in both non-fiction and poetry.

Currently, I am resuming my career journey by pursuing employment opportunities in the mental health/psychiatric field with the ultimate goal of working as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist drawing upon my many years of experience, education, and post-graduate training in psychology and psychotherapy. As a peer support specialist (PSS), I will use different skills and be filing a different role than that of a “therapist.” A PSS is not a therapist.

With all that I have accomplished, I believe anything is possible.

I recently have found my calling as a creative non-fiction writer. I believe this is what has been calling me my whole life, but I didn’t know if there was an audience or how to reach others. I write to communicate something to others. Poetry seemed easier because people gather for people gather for readings and poems are brief/succinct. Today there might be a more obvious market for fiction, but I hope to reach an audience with creative non-fiction – memoirs.

The ideas for writing fiction, non-fiction and poetry are similar. We want to evoke a response from or in the reader. When I say creative non-fiction, I am mostly talking about memoirs. In one book, I felt like I had several “stories” to tell and ended up putting together an autobiography. I’m not sure how much market there is for an autobiography of someone who isn’t famous. One can find that I have written other books that are shorter and more focused on the broad array of topics presented in my autobiography.  

Question: Where are you from?

Answer: I grew up in a small rural town called Southington, CT, USA. At 18, I moved to Atlanta, Georgia to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). I chose that school because I thought I wanted to be an engineer. After graduating from Georgia Tech, I had already figured out that I was going to go into psychiatric social work. I ended up by chance getting a job as a technical writer in Wilmington, North Carolina. I would come to call Wilmington my home and if I am asked, I’d say I am from Wilmington.

Question: Why do you write?

Answer: I write to be read. Writing can be a solitary activity, but I envision a reader when I am writing. I envision telling a story and having an audience. My creative non-fiction has places where I directly address the reader while at other times within the same book, I try to immerse the reader in the story. I strive to evoke a reaction. I also find writing to be therapeutic and cathartic. It’s part of who I am. It’s how I make sense of life and process the events of my life.

Question: What do you write about?

Answer: I write about personal experiences or the experiences that I have overserved others to have described to me. I work in the psychiatric/mental health field. I am fascinated by the psyche, psychology, and people in general. I write life stories and I try to help the reader to get inside the mind and body of the character whether writing a poem or a memoir.  

Question: Do you have a specific writing style?

Answer: I suppose I have answered that already. In terms of poetry, I only write free verse. I discovered an affinity for poets when I first started writing and build a social circle around the poetry scene in Wilmington. As noted above, I would end up calling this home and this is where my life really took off. The people in the area I met all had English degrees and I felt like just a dabbler in poetry. I chose free verse because I don’t have an ear for rhyme or meter. I suppose that is why it is fitting that I turned to writing creative non-fiction (prose).

Question: What are obstacles that come in the way of writing?

Answer: Motivation and writer’s block are problems. I think that because I am a mental health professional and enjoy working with others, writing can be a problem because it is a solitary activity. I might have doubts that my words will be read by anyone, and this will hold me back.

Question: What’s the most memorable thing said by a reader about my work?

Answer: There are a couple of things. Two recent readers reported that they couldn’t put down my books when they first picked them up and that is memorable because I wrote long narratives. One of my books is over 530 pages. However, the most memorable and touching comments were from my dear friend Thomas Child’s who died in 2010 from an unexpected heart-attack. I am including a photograph of him and what he wrote for my book.

I do have some additional books that I am currently writing. One is titled “Prosecuting the Victim, Gender Biases and the Psychological Impact of Injustice” which is available on Wattpad at this link:

https://brucewhealton.com/victim

Here are some links to my books and websites:

My Amazon author page: https://Amazon.com/author/brucewhealton

“Memoirs of a Healer/Clinical Social Worker: Autobiography of Bruce Whealton” is on Amazon at https://brucewhealton.com/memoirs-amazon

“What Really Matters: Poems about Love, Loss & Trauma” at https://brucwhealton.com/what-really-matters-amazon

“Overcoming Shyness and Loving Lynn – A Memoir” at: https://brucewhealton.com/loving-lynn-amazon

Creative writing blog by Bruce Whealton: https://brucewhealton.com/creative-writing

Facebook pages:

https://www.facebook.com/CreativeWritingByBruceWhealton

https://www.facebook.com/AutobiographyOfBruceWhealton

https://www.facebook.com/JusticeForBruceWhealton

https://www.facebook.com/LovingMemoryOfLynnDeniseKrupey

Live Interview with Latanya 3rd Jan 8PM CST

Latanya Lyons is a passionate author who loves to educate and empower others through her stories of triumph. Having had a stressful childhood, she understands what it feels like to be in most teenagers’ shoes. Despite the challenges she faced, she still managed to become successful in life. Through her first book My Escape, she encourages teenagers who are living in a stressful household or are in a bad situation not to give up in life. For there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Latanya’s vision is all about making a difference in other people’s lives. She wants to see others winning and taking advantage of the many opportunities that life presents.With 11 years of working experience as a Certified Nurse Assistant, Latanya loves being of service to others. She is patient, compassionate, competent, and a hard-working individual who takes pride in everything she does. Committed to her career, Latanya holds an Associate Degree in Allied Health. She aims to make this world a better place by spreading love to every person she meets. When Latanya is not busy helping others, you will find him cooking, running, and skating. Reading books is one of her hobbies and also a stepping stone to becoming one of the best authors.

  • Where are you from?

Philadelphia, PA

  • Why do you write?

I write because it helps me reflects on my competences and I learn from them.

  • What do you write about? 

I like to write non-fiction books because I love to write about truth.

  • Do you have a specific writing style?

Yes, I have A narrative writing style because I like to share information

  • What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? 

As of right now there nothing the comes in the way of my writing because I am A single women with no kids. I live alone and I always have A specific time fame when I work on my writing around my work schedule and my other obligations.

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

I friend of mine that I knew for 15 years told me that I was brave. when I told him that I wanted to become writer and when I give him A free copy of my book. He told me I had A strong mind after reading my book to write about my childhood because he couldn’t tell the world if he had A terrible childhood.

  • How long have you been writing?

Exactly MY ESCAPE is my first book, and it took me A year to finish.

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

I realized I wanted to become A writer when I would go over my sister house and so how we will always start talking about our childhood. I would say “you know I can write A book about our life story”. My sister thought it was A good idea. Right there I knew I wanted to be writer but, I wanted my first book to be my life story.

  • What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

When I am writing I don’t start writing till like 12 am in the morning to 5 am because I always been I late owl and it’s the best time for me to stay focus.

  • What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Base on the fact this is my first I really don’t have A interesting writing quirk at the moment.

  • How long does it take to write a book?

It took me A year to write my first book.

Click here to go to Latanya’s website

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

As of right now I don’t have even suggestions on becoming A better writer because I am new to the writing journey. I don’t think I have enough experience to answer this question as of right now.

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

The challenges I come across in writing is the order I’m going to tell my story and what I am going to talk about in each chapter for everything can connect at the end.

  • What do you think makes a good story?

A true story when I person can put themselves in your shoes.

  • What does your family think of your writing? 

Well, I only get two family members that I am really close to my sister and my uncle and both are very proud of me, and they support me 100% in my writing.

  • Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, I do but, I won’t make it my only career.

  • Do you have anything specific you would like to tell the readers?

Yes, I would like to tell all my readers Thank You for reading my book and taking the time hear my story.

  • When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I consider myself A writer during the writing of my first book. when I was outlining my book, I didn’t think my book was going to come out like I wanted it to but, after the finish masterpiece and reading the whole book repeatedly. I realized I did A very good job and that I wanted to make writing one of my careers.

Film-making, imprisonment and writing: Author Live Chat with Fans

We’re going live on Facebook to interview author Carlos Murray who will be sharing his experiences on film-making, imprisonment and his writing journey. Do catch us live at 8PM CST 12 November 2019. Here’s where you can watch us live on screen https://www.facebook.com/InternationalBookPromotion/videos/545583059559853/

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About the Author:

Born in Gary, Indiana, May 13, 1973, Carlos Alexander Murray definitely became a product of his environment. Plagued with the ghost of three’s, Carlos has survived the passing of 3 siblings; an older brother, Torriano ‘MC Scoop’, and 2 younger sisters, Lakeesha and Cashmere. Being a native of these venomous streets of the Murder Capital, he spent his teenage years heavily engaging in going to church, selling drugs, pimping, and playing basketball.

Being a member of Roosevelt High School’s 1991 State-Championship, basketball team, a scholarship is what saves this young man’s life. Graduating from Central College in McPherson, Kansas, Carlos finishes his 3rd year attending Elmhurst College in Illinois.

Taking a turn of greatness or some may say a fall from success, Carlos A. Murray starts various businesses, along with his own record label which was first established by his older, deceased brother. As the music scene begins to take off, Carlos also stumbles on the set of the Big Screen which welcomes him into an acting career. Making his debut, Carlos co-stars in the motion picture ORIGINAL GANGSTERS which was filmed in Gary/East Chicago. He then began taking acting lessons at Act-One Studios located downtown Chicago while also modeling for BODY & BODY Swimwear.

Caught by a snag of the Federal Government, Mr. Murray’s life is put on pause with a 5 year sentence of incarceration. Here, he takes a stand to carve his future and set his own destiny. Here, he spends the majority of his hours writing. These writings thus became the voice and source of relaxation by all eager to read his creative thoughts. “My writings helped me get through it all as most had abandoned me…”

Now faced with a new start of life after being attracted to film and entertainment, Mr. Murray transfers his own visions into creative sparks of literature in which he currently has over 20 works-of-art completed ranging from Urban, Sci-fi, to Drama and Action. Carlos welcomes all to enter into his World of Imagination. Mr. Carlos Alexander Murray divides his time between Illiana (THE MIDWEST) and Atlanta, GA.

Press Release of Author Carlos Murray

Murray’s book can be purchased at Bittersweetpublishing.com
and Amazon.com/author/alexandermurray. His newest project is a game board/comic book entitled GAME OF CHASE. Learn more about Murray here https://bittersweetpublishing.com/bitter-sweet-about

Live Video Interview with Author Else Byskov and Barry Rice

Live Video Interview with Author Else Byskov and Barry Rice

It was an absolute fun to have Else and Barry, together with Gabby, who is Barry’s marketing agent. They were the participants of the May author interview for Spirituality and Religious genres, and having them sharing their experiences on Matinus’ teaching and life as a Vietnam veteran was an eye-opening experience for me. Check out the replay and leave us a comment on YouTube.

Do you want to be featured on video for an interview? Get in touch with us and we’ll schedule an interview for you.

Watch “Fantasy Author Eric Nierstedt speaks about writing a perfect-fit character for Danny Trejo” on YouTube

I’ve just interviewed author Eric through Google Hangouts and he has some interesting influence to share with us with regards to his writing journey!

Join us on the 9th of May at 8PM EDT for an interview with Dr. Wesley who speaks about how blindness affected his writing.

Watch it the interview with Eric here.

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