An Interview with author Yolanda Oliver

Yolanda Oliver
Yolanda Oliver

Yolanda Oliver, God agent, super blessed MOM, Leader, Entrepreneur, Domestic Violence Advocate, Community Volunteer, and Servant. Yolanda lives in New York City with the heart of a southern bell. Retired from corporate America in 2018 after years of successful leadership, God planted a seed of purpose in her to serve women and children who are in crisis, which led to Yolanda becoming the founder of Live Fearless Inc. in 2019.

After developing a successful coaching program with Live Fearless Inc., Yolanda developed her for-profit coaching business, Purposed Gems Consulting Services, in 2020. Supporting victims of violence requires heart but also skill. Yolanda is a Domestic Violence Advocate as well as a Certified Master Coach. Research shows an urgent need to have a judgment-free zone to release the impacts that life experiences have had on women’s lives. A safe place to finally unload the weight of guilt and fear to move forward in life with purpose. And that is Yolanda’s mission.

Establishing herself in her community is important to Yolanda. She works with organizations that allow her to support women and children—serving as a Scout Den Leader, a Youth leader for her church organization, and a community health worker for Columbia University’s InTOUCH program to name a few.

“I believe in my purpose and I know that God has given me so many gifts and a heart to serve and support women just like me. I am excited and look forward to the opportunity to serve you!”

Describe yourself in five words

Purposed, Motivating, Compassionate, Strategic, Supportive

What fact about yourself would really surprise people?

I danced at the academy awards when I was 9 years old.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear?

Prayer, Setting Goals and Executing, Positive Self Talk using Personal Declarations and Affirmations

What makes you happiest?

Spending time with My Son, Family, and Friends

Why do you write?

This is the first book I have written. I was giving this visionto write this book as a testimony of hope for women who might be just like me.

Have you always enjoyed writing?

Actually, NO! I started to embrace writing when I started on my healing journey. Journaling was a fantastic outlet for me.

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What motivates you to write?

Sharing my story to support other women as a light of hope and transformation that whatever situation they are in, they are worth every effort to fight for better.

What are you most proud of in your personal life?

My son is my greatest accomplishment.

Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grewup and where you now live? I grew up in NYC and have always lived here in different parts. I love the South, specifically Alabama where most of my family lives. I spend my holidays down there and it is the most amazing time.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?

I self-published so once I learned the process it was easy. The writing wasn’t hard, once I created
a strategy for getting it done. I first created an outline, which for most can be the hardest part. Once I did that, the process because easy. The other thing I did was set a specific time to write and stayed committed to that schedule.

Do you find it hard to share your work?

YES, I had so many feelings about producing this work, I didn’t feel worthy enough for the task since I am a
first-time author. I felt no one would be interested in my story. Once you put down painful memories on paper, it is a forever stamp so I had to be mindful of how it might impact my family. Thank God they are amazingly supportive in all of my work so my fear erased away once they read it and gave me feedback.

An interview with author Clay Cowan

Clay Cowan

I’m Clay Cowan, the author of A Guide to Raising Sons to Manhood, Daily Affirmation for Men, and How to Find and Marry the Girl of Your Dreams I hope you’re all keeping safe and well during these troubling times. In the meantime, please feel free to explore and enjoy my online home.

Stay safe. Thanks for visiting. Here you’ll find a collection of book s and journals that I have written or designed. Please check me out and give my books a try. If you like one buy, and leave me a review on

Describe yourself in five words.

Loyal, Creative, Innovative, Visionary, and Honest.

What fact about yourself would surprise people?

That I’m a very analytically minded person. I can see numbers in the air, and I can add or multiply them without writing them down. This is the main reason I had a career in Engineering.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear?

I pray about it and try to remember times that I made it thru. I often meditate on things that I have doubts about.

What scares you the most?

Dying without finishing all I need to do. Also, I have a fear of heights, I mean the very tall ones, like looking out over the grand canyon.

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What makes you happiest?

  I love bowling, when I’m in the zone, nothing feels better, watching that ball roll off my hand and it feels like the strike is an extension on my hand. It’s simply wonderful. I also enjoy spending time with family, reading, and writing.

Why do you write?

I have gained so much knowledge and experience doing my life, I believe it would be such a waste to not share my inner thoughts and help with the world. I feel I have so much to give the world from my life experiences.

Have you always enjoyed writing?

Yes, just never had the time with work and raising a family. I have had to study hard to work through the grammar that is needed to be a good writer. So I was late in life before I started writing as a career.

What motivates you to write?

I feel I have many stories and events that need to be told. After publishing my first book, I knew I wanted to do many more.

What writing are you most proud of?

My first book; “A Guide to Raising Sons to Manhood, which is a book on guiding your sons into manhood. Since there are so many broken families today, and many where there is no male figure in the boy’s lives, I felt this was necessary.

What are you most proud of in your personal life?

Most proud of my children. Who are well established in their own lives. They make me prouder every day. I love them so much.

What books did you love growing up?

I grew up reading many types of books. I truly loved all sci-fiction. I loved “A Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” by Jules Verne. My favorite fiction authors were Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Isaac Asimov, and Ray Bradbury.

What do you hope your obituary will say about you?

That I will be remembered for all the good times my family and friends had together. That I have very few regrets in my life areas. That my books helped someone with their problems.

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

I grew up in a small town in North Carolina. Growing up in a small close-knit community helped me adjust to living in a bigger city. Knowing most of the people in town, it was a big adjustment after I moved to the city. I currently live in Stone Mountain, Georgia now.

How did you develop your writing?

By studying many courses, I am an avid reader and hired a writing coach.

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

The hardest is marketing. Marketing was something I had never dealt with before.

What marketing works for you?

Amazon ads, then Pinterest and Facebook. Social media is still a challenge for me. I’m getting better at using it for marketing.

Do you find it hard to share your work?

No, I do not. I write to help people, so sharing is easy.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?

Yes, family and friends are very supportive. I could not be a successful writer without their support. I wish to especially thank my wife for her support.

What else do you do, other than writing?

I still do engineering contracts as a side job. I have become a worker of wood. I’ve built raised garden beds for the family to grow gardens in the city.

What other jobs have you had in your life?

I‘ve had a variety of jobs, mainly as a design engineer. I’ve worked in retail, sold vacuum cleaners, pumped gas, and construction.

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

If I went back and study something else in college, it would be English. I was always good in math and sciences, but in English, I did just what I needed to get by. I never thought I would need it for writing the way I do now.

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

Either Hawaii or Destin, FL. I love the beach, not necessarily the water. The cool breezes and soothing waves just totally relax me.

Tell us about your family?

I’m married with three children two boys and a girl. I also have 4 grandchildren and 1 great-grand. They are my pride and joy.

A guide to raising Sons to Manhood

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

I write on my computer, I use Microsoft word for my books. I make notes on paper when I get ideas or see something I want to remember for future writing topics.

How much sleep do you need to be your best?

I try to get 8 to 10 hours of sleep every night.

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

My wife and children, my sisters, and their families.

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

Success is to reach enough people through my writing to make a difference in the world.

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

Marketing is hard work, I use Facebook as my main source of connection with my readers. I use Pinterest as a lead magnet and for book pre-sales and promotions.

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

My new book is a book on marriage rules. It is part of a series of books I’m writing. I wanted to help young (or older) married couples understand just what it takes to stay married as I have over 40 years with my wife.

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

I would invite Jesus, Martin Luther King, King Solomon, the Obamas, Maya Angelou, and Michael Jordan.

How to Find and Marry the Girl of Your Dreams

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

I enjoy listening to music and watching music videos and concerts. I have over 700 music CDs. A collection of music concerts and music videos. Reading and watching sci-fiction shows. I am an electronic geek.

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

My unique perspective on how things work together in our world. I want people to feel my passion for the subject.

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

Staying on course, dealing with constant distractions. I do all my research myself, which sometimes hinders me from writing.

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

How it gave them insight into another point of view on raising boys.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing for about 1 ½ to 2 years.

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

After I retired from engineering, I wanted to do something with my time that was meaningful.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

I try to write at least 3 hours a day,  5 days a week, min.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

My point of view on many different subjects. I’m an introvert, so this is my solution to expressing myself.

How long does it take to write a book?

It takes me anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months. Since I do all my research it may take longer than I wish.

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

Find your niche first, the rest will fill in. Write every day,  don’t worry about what you write the first time, editing will correct most errors or mistakes.

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

I often write several books or articles at the same time, thus I don’t always finish a book when I planned to.

Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, I have turned writing into my second career. It is so rewarding to get great reviews on my books. I wish the reviews I get in person or online could add it to add to my website on Amazon review pages.

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An interview with Dr. Magdalena Caproiu

Dr. Magdalena Caproiu

Dr. Magdalena Caproiu earned her PhD in Mechanical Engineering under the shadow of Communism in 1960s Romania, the only female graduate in her class. Dr. Caproiu has been an educator for sixty-seven years, is fluent in eight languages, and has written twenty academic research papers, six textbooks, and five class learning booklets on the subjects of math and engineering.

Born in 1930 in a small Transylvanian village, Dr. Caproiu began life without most of the modern conveniences we appreciate today: electricity, telephone communication, or even running water.  In her childhood, she survived the ravages of War World II, being forced to wear the Star of David and facing daily anti-Semitism by the Iron Guard, Romania’s version of the Nazi party. As an adult, she persevered through the struggles of living under Romania’s Communist regime, with its rampant corruption, food shortages, and threats by the Secret Police.

After moving to the United States with her family, Dr. Caproiu started her life and career over at the age sixty as a Math Learning Specialist at Antelope Valley College. In her 70s, she rekindled her love of travel and has now visited more than eighty countries (and counting). A lifelong educator, she finds purpose in touching the lives of her students with her unshakeable optimism.  Her motto states, “The difference between a good day and a bad day does not consist of a change in the day.  It consists of a change in you.”

1. What inspired you to write this book?

Across the decades of my life, I had to develop survival skills in order to overcome the many obstacles I faced. My intention for sharing my story is to show how I developed these life skills. I had to learn to fight for what I wanted, trust my intuition, connect with others, and be grateful for what I had. These qualities are universal and apply today as much as they did ninety years ago.

2. Summarize your book in one to three sentences as if you were speaking to someone unfamiliar with your book and its topic.

Surviving on Longitude and Latitude chronicles my 90-year life journey through political turmoil, discrimination, and my undying passion for education. I now share my survival skills and life lessons in the hopes of inspiring others.

3. What is the overall theme of your book?

The central theme is survival, resilience, and the drive to pursue your dreams against all odds.

4. Where does this book take place?

The bulk of the story takes place in various locations across Romania. However, in the latter part of the book, we travel across oceans to find the book’s finale in the United States of America.

5. Who are the main characters and why are they important to the story?

This book revolves around my life and the lives of my family who were always at the core of my pursuit of a better life.

6. Why do you think that this book will appeal to readers?

It is easy to look around and find reasons to be discouraged, or read about one-in-a-million success stories that are difficult to relate to, but this story is different. My success comes from my attitude and ability to turn obstacles into opportunities. These lessons can apply to anyone regardless of their place in life.

7. How is your book relevant in today’s society?

This book shows that there are many things to be grateful for, even in the darkest of times, and that people have the incredible capacity to survive many difficult situations as long as they have the right mind set.

8. Is there any subject currently trending in the news that relates to your book?

Whether it’s politics, the Covid health crisis, or economic turmoil, it’s easy for someone to feel they have no control over their situation. My journey took me through many bleak and chaotic situations, and yet I emerged with a story of hope.

9. What makes your book different from other books like it?

This book is a first-hand account that spans nine decades of anguish and joy, through unique locations within Eastern Europe and the world. It’s a peek into a different time, place, and a simple way of life that most people could never experience otherwise.

10. What do you want readers to take away from your writing?

I want readers to develop their own survival skills in order to improve their lives, learn coping strategies, and hopefully be inspired to follow their own dreams.

11. How did you learn about the topic?

First-hand account through personal experience.

12. Is there a particular passage from your book that you’d like us to utilize?

“Though I was young when the darkness of the world first showed itself to me, I had learned from my family that your place in life doesn’t determine your happiness.  Rather, you must choose to be happy despite your situation, and find the simple joys brought through gratitude, friendships, and purpose.  As a young girl, the unknown filled me with anxiety.  I feared travel.  I have gone from my childhood fears of leaving my comfortable little nest to becoming a world traveler who loves nothing more than planning her next trip.  I have visited eighty countries so far, and I’m not done.  The power of the natural world rejuvenates me and expands my love for life.  Every place I go has its own history, culture, and traditions, all of which warm my heart and expand my understanding of others and myself.”

An interview with Ujjwall Uppuluri

I am an International Economist who enjoys reading in his spare time historical fiction, fantasy, and science fiction novels. I studied economic history at the London School of Economics and the University of Edinburgh. I was fascinated by the history of the Byzantine Empire written by Treadgold and Ostrogorsky and I wished for this empire that once spanned two continents and was known for its diversity and wealth to once more be exposed to modern literary circles. To be added to my mailing list please send a message to To learn more about the novel and the characters in it, visit the following website:

Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc.

I was born in India and grew up in the United States, and studied in the United Kingdom. Currently, I live in Washington D.C. and attended to the University of Edinburgh and the London School of Economics for my undergraduate and graduate studies.

What inspired you to author your book?

I had always been interested in fictional literature—more specifically historical fiction, science fiction, and fantasy novels—and as a kid, I grew up reading Steven Erickson, Isaac Asimov, and Harry Turtledove. I was also quite interested in counterfactual historiography and what-if scenarios, and I thought why not create a novel that combines my interest in an alternate history with my interest in fantasy. As strange as it sounds, in middle school, I had a dream, and it left such an impression on me that I decided I had to put what I had dreamt about on paper. Of course, that was back in middle school, and as my writing ability matured, the current plot is quite different from what it was back then, though the essence of what I had dreamt is still present in this novel.

Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?

The inspiration for the book’s cover came from a graphic designer who I had hired to help design it. I felt that the sword and the crown best represented the nature of war and politics in the medieval period.

Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?

A Japanese author known by the pen name Ryukishi 07. He wrote a horror-mystery novel called Umineko When They Cry, and his writing style is one that focuses on the idea of the world being a chessboard and the actors in it pieces. These pieces follow a set of rules and interact with each other, but they don’t know that they are pieces. In the meta world, there is the player, and there is the game-master. The player is the reader. While the game-master is the author, his books emphasize that the story is a game played by the reader and the author where the author creates an illusion around the true meaning that he is conveying with the story, and the reader tries to break through that illusion to understand the truth.

What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

The biggest challenge I found was that I would have times where the ideas would just flow, and I would make lots of progress, but at other times I would be stuck and not know how to proceed. Furthermore having to go back and edit a 100,000-word storyline by line was also challenging, but I overcame both challenges through perseverance.

Tell your readers about your book.

It’s the year 1071, and the Roman Empire is on the verge of collapse. Romanos IV Diogenes, the emperor, is overthrown by his military general Michael Ducas as nobles rise against the state. Smelling blood, and encouraged by the chaotic state of affairs in Constantinople, foreign powers vie to crush the once-mighty Empire. But not all is lost, yet. The Sword of Emperors, home to an ancient spirit, transports itself to another time and place hoping to find a worthy champion. Ending up in modern-day New York, it lands at the feet of the most unlikely candidate. Anil is a homeless, ex-operations commando making a living on the streets. Feeling the weight of his failures, all he wants is a chance at redemption. When Providentia, the spirit of the sword, appears to him, it shakes his world. Eager to redeem himself and to make his mark, he accepts the spirit’s request for help. Transported to 1071, he is the Roman Empire’s only hope. Will Anil survive long enough to prove himself and restore glory to the Empire or die trying? Through the lens of Anil and various historical figures, we are taken on a journey entwined with Imperial Constantinople, Hungary, Italy, the Near East, Persia and the Levant.

Who is your target audience, and why?

My target audience is fans of historical fiction and alternate history. The book has been written in a style to appeal to all ages, because I wish to share to the wider world the world medieval byzantine society. If you were going to give one reason for anyone looking at your book to read, why should they buy it? The reason why you should buy my book is that it is able to strike a balance between historical facts, adventure, and story, and war, leaving an impression in your mind about a once-great empire and the colorful historical figures who led it, fought against it, and who lived in it.

What do you consider your greatest success in life?

My greatest success in life was when I successfully completed my undergraduate thesis at the University of Edinburgh. The effort I put into that thesis from collecting data to writing the final paper, I not only a learned much about the period I was writing, but I was able to hone my skills as a writer and thanks to the marks i received in this thesis, I was able to enter the graduate program of my dream university.

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

One thing that sets me apart from other writers in historical fiction is that I am someone who tries to balance cultural diversity with character development and plot to create a book that not only tries to capture the state of a society in the past but does so with a focus on ensuring that the main and secondary characters grow as the story develops.

How do you overcome writer’s block?

I leave the book for a bit and do other activities such as going for a walk. I also listen to upbeat music and try to think about where the story should go next.

What one piece of advice do you have for new authors?

One piece of advice I give to new authors is. In this modern world we focus a lot on character identity and diversity. While this is important, make sure that the plot does not suffer as a result and make sure that what defines your book is not the external features of your character but who they are internally. This is because people connect far better to a well developed character than to a caricature. That does not mean you should have character diversity, but don’t make that be the focus at the expense of character development. After all, I am sure no author wants Mary Sue’s or Gary Stu’s in their novel. Tell your readers anything else you want to share. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me. I look forward to you’re thoughts on the novel and this being my first novel I ever published, I would love it if you do purchase the book to leave feedback.

An interview with author Frank Dixon

Frank Dixon- Best Parenting Books Author
Frank Dixon

Parents. Moms & Dads. Families that live together, or separated. There’s no official handbook for new parents. Every family and situation is unique, and the idealistic pedestal isn’t only what we see in movies and on TV.
My own childhood was engrained with turmoil which left me a past filled with its share of guilt, shame, depression, low self esteem, and anxiety. It often made me feel trapped, and is what set me on my professional course to helping parents find direction.
Putting my insight, strategies, and experience into the written word extends my reach farther than a limited number of face-to-face sessions ever could. Since then I’ve published several books on the subject, with more on the way.
The titles within the Best Parenting Books cover a range of skills on specific and important topics that are “easy to digest” and implement. In there I place many useful resources that are beneficial to any type of parent or family member.
Together I hope we’ll be able to pass on positive parenting onto future generations to come.

Why has Frank Dixon dedicated his life to giving advice about parenting?

Frank had a very difficult childhood and if it wasn’t for his perseverance and clarity of mind, his life could’ve turned out very differently. That’s why he has dedicated his career to giving advice to parents of babies, toddlers and teenagers to help them raise independent, confident and successful children.

Who is the creator of the Best Parenting Books series?

All the books from the Best Parenting series are the brainchild of Frank Dixon. They have all been published many times over and become very helpful for parents and caregivers in raising happy and confident kids.

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What are Best Parenting Books?

The Best Parenting Books collection was written by Frank Dixon who’s a parenting and child development specialist. After facing many obstacles and challenges during his own childhood,  Dixon dedicated his career to helping parents raise happy, healthy children by writing a series of books.

Why are the Best Parenting Books helpful to parents?

Frank Dixon’s series of works on parenting cover a wide range of ages, from birth to early adulthood, and a huge array of tips and offers a variety of tips for a huge range of parenting methods and skills that every parent will find valuable and applicable to their circumstances.

What makes a good parenting book?

A good parenting book should be challenging yet consoling and remind us that being a good parent who is present, kind, forgiving to their children, we must first learn to be all of these things to ourselves. 

Are parenting books aimed only at parents who have problems raising their children?

No, parenting books can be of benefit to any parent at any stage of raising a child regardless of whether you are currently facing a challenging moment or not. All parents want to raise extraordinary children who succeed in life by being an effective advisor and guardian to them. My books are full of actionable advice and applicable in all situations.

My parents or grandparents never read books and I turned up alright, why should I rely on written advice?

Parenting nowadays is not what it used to be even in your parents or their parents and grand-parents generations. It has evolved alongside the family structures and hierarchies. Kids were literally raised by ‘the whole village’ within close knit communities and with help from family, relatives and friends. Nowadays, we live further apart and kids are taught different values. Modern families can take many shapes and forms and we can do with all the extra help to raise our children, including in books such as the ‘Best Parenting’ series.

What makes the Best Parenting Series stand out from other similar titles?

As parents we all want our children to be happy and successful but very often best intentions could end up having the opposite effect. In our books we aim to teach parents not how to ‘make’ their kids happy but rather to help them develop social skills in their children (such as emotional regulation, anger management, communication, discipline and independence) that will set them in the right path to grow up and become balanced and successful adults in the future.

I understand that books are a good source of understanding the theory behind child development but how will they help me in practice?

Even though we base a lot of our arguments and research in modern developmental psychology findings,the Best Parenting Books series are also very practical in their approach. We give you specific advice and help you develop skills that will help you not just to understand your child better but to also support and help them to develop to their fullest and best potential, all day, every day.

I’m not familiar with children’s psychology, can I still benefit from the Best Parenting books?

Yes, absolutely. You don’t have to be an expert or even familiar with any concepts of children’s psychology. We give you easy to follow guides, without confusing lingo so you can raise resilient and confident children and banish negativity from their (and your) lives forever.

How do I know if this book will help me find a solution to my challenges as a parent?

You can read a preview for each of the books in the series when you go to Frank’s page on Amazon. In addition you can also read the reviews that other readers have left, ask a question or check out the testimonials on the website.

What’s the best way to use the Best Parenting Books?

These books are written to be used over and over again, so it’s best to think of them as reference sources and not as something you read once and then put it back on the shelf to be forgotten. You can use them over and over again, because depending on the situation you will come to appreciate different parts of the books in more detail and from different perspectives as time goes by.

Who else can benefit from the Best Parenting Books?

The insights and practical advice in the Best Parenting Books series can be of great benefit not only to parents but also to grandparents, other family members and caregivers, teachers and everyone who has a vested interest in the upbringing of a happy and confident child.

Where can I buy the Best Parenting books by Frank Dixon?

All of our books are available as paperbacks and in kindle format on Amazon as well as on Audible as audiobooks.

What do I get if I sign up to your newsletter?

If you sign up to receive information from us, you will always be up to date with the latest on our publications and also on many developments in the field of parenting and child psychology. Right now, we are also offering a free gift to everyone who signs up – a book entitled “Learn the Top 10 Parenting Skills to Raising Extraordinary Kids!”.

Author Interview with Dr. Emmanuel Nzuzu

Dr. Emmanuel Nzuzu

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Certified Addictions Professional. I have been in practice as a therapist for over 10 years working for private hospitals, substance abuse treatment agencies and public mental health institutions. I specialize in helping people to effectively deal with destructive-dysfunctional thought patterns and behaviors related to alcohol/drug use, repair broken relationships and regain trust of loved ones. I also assist with stress management and empower people to lead active lives in the family, workplace, and community.

One of my recent projects that I am particularly proud of is writing and publishing an addiction self-help book How To Stay Sober, which is the outcome of my year-long professional quest for a new addiction treatment model that will allow people with alcohol and drug addiction recover and stay sober without relapsing. A staggering 50% to 90% of people relapse within a year after successfully completing a treatment, and it’s always been very frustrating for me to watch them and their loved ones suffer when they do. Therefore, I spent about five years researching, analysing, and testing different treatment methods to identify a model that will not only get the addicted person to clean up, but also will give them the skills they need to stay sober long-term.

Where are you from?

The first thing you may have noticed is my last name Nzuzu. Let me tell you the story behind my name. I grew up in Zimbabwe and Nzuzu means mermaid. In the late 80s I moved to Manchester (UK) where I lived, studied and worked. Before moving to the United States in 2003 I was a management consultant in Swaziland, South Africa and Zimbabwe for both government entities and private commercial companies. In the United States I completed a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling at Springfield College in Tampa Fl and went on to study for my PhD in psychology at Capella University. Once I graduated with my Master’s degree, that was all that the state of Florida required to get me licensed as a mental health counselor, but I knew in my heart that my standards are to be the best of the best; and that is why I spent four years studying for a doctoral degree at Capella University since that extra qualification would give me everything I needed to serve my clients.

Why do you write? 

Over the years I have seen many alcoholics and drug addicts move in and out of treatment programs without being able to overcome alcohol and drugs. This book was written for people who have a desire to be sober but have run out of their options. It is a life line to those people who believe that they have tried everything but nothing works.

What do you write about? 

I write about health, healing and wellness.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I have not identified my writing style yet but I tend to write as if I am having a conversation with the reader.

What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? 

Sometimes no inspiration and motivation do write even when the ideas are there.

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

Many people have told me that my work has changed their lives at a time they had given up trying. Others have said that my work has helped them to look at their problems with hope, expectation and anticipation of getting better.

How long have you been writing?

Over 30 years but all of the writing consists of unpublished short stories and essays as well as auto-biographical material.

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

I realized that I have the gift of reading and writing when I was in grade school. I have boxes full of unpublished short stories and essays on human behavior and organization performance.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

I don’t have a writing schedule. I make notes as the ideas come to me and after sometime put together those ideas into book pages.

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What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I love describing real life experiences based on my observations and people’s responses during conversations. I like my writing to be as close as can be to lived experiences.

How long does it take to write a book? (if you’ve written one -published or non)

I didn’t intend to write a book . It started as notes of interesting issues and observations over a 3 year period. It was in year 4 of writing the notes that I saw the possibility of converting them into a book

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

I really don’t have any advice for new authors because I don’t know where they are at and what their needs are. I didn’t start of as intending to write a book. I was recording my observations over the years and after sometime I realized that they formed a coherent pattern of messages which I can put together into book to help people with alcohol and drug problems.

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

How to Stay Sober is a book about healing, hope and living life again to the full. The greatest struggle was finding a way to convey the message in a manner that brings about healing, wellness, health and wholeness to my readers. I wanted to show the reader that both the addiction problem and its solution are inside the addict and not external. Sometimes, it was tempting to write in a judgmental, criticizing and blaming style—my fear was that this approach would offend the people I am supposed to help. So, I struggled to show that the alcoholic and drug addict are their own worst enemies without pointing fingers. I had to find diplomatic ways to show that they persevered in self-abuse and overseeing their own misery and suffering.

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What do you think makes a good story?

To be a good depiction of reality and less fictitious.

What does your family think of your writing? 

My family don’t understand the complexities of writing, publishing and marketing. They are supportive but they often don’t know how to fit in so they end up being there but detached.

Do you see writing as a career?

I write if I think that I have an answer to some important question of life or a message to address a need of specific target group of people.

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

The book seeks to convey the message that recovery is possible and always available. The major ingredients for sobriety are motivation, a clear vision, and  honesty. Recovery is possible when you need it and seek it from inside the heart. You can live a life free from alcohol and drugs but you have to cherish and embrace the new life and give up the old one. Your willingness and commitment to becoming brutally honest with yourself are key to successful recovery. A desire without willingness to change will remain just that, a desire and nothing else.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I knew that I have writing creative ability by the time I completed high school and I was 18 years old.

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Author interview with Daniel Mainwaring

Thirty years ago I cut my teeth in writing fiction and enjoyed both sci-fi and historical fiction. A strange combination right? I agree. As time went on I found myself drawn away from fiction and spent many years working on factual matters related to travel and business. It kept me very busy and I enjoyed the research and the writing. But in recent years, I’ve slowed down on the steady work of “fact” and slowly returned to my first love: fiction.

I must confess that I have a certain devilish very dry sense of humor. This manifests itself in my books. I don’t strive to write comedy — far from it — but if you’re seeking something absolutely dry and heavy on science then you’re looking in the wrong place. If you’re looking for something with an actual scientific basis, careful research and just a dash of dry humor then I may be your man.

I’m interested in concepts but fundamentally I am far more interested in people. If a volcano erupts, that is interesting. But I’m more interested in how people react to it. I’m fortunate in that I have travelled the world and seen the proverbial good, bad and ugly. That is what drives my stories.

Describe yourself in five words

Tall, funny, eccentric, irreverent, nutty

What fact about yourself would really surprise people? 

I am a licensed soccer coach and referee

How do you work through self-doubts and fear? 

Meditation, long walks, going to the gym

What scares you the most? 


What makes you happiest? 

Spending fun times with friends and family

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Why do you write? 

Fiction that draws heavily one people and places I have experienced

Have you always enjoyed writing? 

Always, since I was a very young kid I’ve had an active imagination

What motivates you to write? 

The idea of escaping from the monotony of life.

What writing are you most proud of? .

I have made a lot of money with finance publications but I much more enjoy writing fiction and that’s the work I am proud of.

What are you most proud of in your personal life? 

My daughter

What books did you love growing up? 

Science fiction books, and Charles Dickens classics.

What do you hope your obituary will say about you? 

We made a mistake, he’s actually just sleeping

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

I grew up in London, but I live in Texas now. Same language but different worlds in so many ways.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? 

Mostly they are supportive but you always get that one cantankerous “friendly” reviewer.

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

In a Bure in Tahiti

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

It’s been in the works for many years and I started it, stopped it, changed it over and over again while I finished many other projects. I finally got to the point in my life where I felt I could relate to each of the evolving characters and satisfactorily bring this book to a conclusion.

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

Charles Dickens, maybe someone like Stalin just to beat the crap out of him.

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

Hopefully it’s real enough to connect with but unpredictable enough to offer them some joy.

An interview with author Hurricane

Memphis Ayoade

My name is Memphis Ayoade, I am currently a rising athlete. I have independently written and published my own book, which has entitled me to become an author. I am a CEO and founder of a ltd company, Hurricane Enterprise.

Where are you from?

My name is Memphis Ayoade. I am from the UK, and the Author of The Nature Of Hard work.

Why do you write?

I write to inspire people and help motivate the unmotivated.

What do you write about?

The Genre I write about is self-help and non-fiction.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I wouldn’t say I have a specific writing style I would class myself as versatile.

What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? 

When writing my first book, my schedule was very busy because I was still at school.

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

The most memorable thing asked by a reader, I would say, is when people say I am inspiring because I’m the only author they know and youngest.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing for just under a year.

How long does it take to write a book?

I independently published my first book at 17 years of age. My first took me I’d say over a week to write and publish.

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

If people want to write my suggestion to them is to find something they’re passionate about, this will help with their confidence when writing and prevent them from running out of things to write about.

What do you think makes a good story?

What makes a wonderful story? It’s simple. A start. Middle. And end. Your readers want to feel as if they’re in your shoes when reading, make it relate to them.

What does your family think of your writing? 

My family & friends were surprised when I told them I published my book, they questioned whether I really did because no one they knew especially at 17 wrote a book.

Do you see writing as a career?

For me, writing is a hobby not a career although if I makes money consistently from it, all glory to GOD but I do it when the occasion is written. I also write blogs for my website

An interview with author Paul G. Wright

Paul G. Wright
Paul G. Wright

Paul G. Wright is a native of Atlanta. He has worked as a newspaper journalist, freelance writer, and screenwriter. He studied acting at the Warehouse Actors Theater and earned his degree in filmmaking from Columbia College Hollywood, in Tarzana, CA. ‘A College Story’ is his first novel and is loosely based on his undergraduate experiences at a small North Georgia school. He continues to live in the Atlanta area with his wife, Tara, and their cat Dusty.

A College Story
  • Where are you from? Atlanta, GA.
  • Why do you write? I developed an interest in writing in grade school. My father worked as a newspaper reporter and I seem to have inherited his love of language.
  • What do you write about? I generally write about my own experiences and the people I know, but not always. Ideas come from many places and if it is a good one, I will explore it. 
  • Do you have a specific writing style? I think my style is influenced by journalism. I worked for a short time as a reporter myself and the desire to say what needs to be said, using the fewest words possible, is still there.
  • What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? Fleshing out the story. Having an idea for a story is the easy part. Working out who the characters are, what happens to them, what the story is actually about is the where the real work begins. I am writing a new book and am fast approaching what many authors call, ‘the muddy middle’. What happens between the beginning and the end.
  • What is the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work? I received a very nice review on Amazon by a current college student about my first book. The novel is based on my own undergraduate days and takes place in the late 1980s. In her review, she mentioned that she loved the book and that the journey of the protagonist mirrored much of her own experiences as a student. This was very rewarding because it validated something I’d believed while writing the book. That young people would still be able to relate to the story.
  • How long have you been writing? For at least twenty years.
  •  When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer? I read Judy Blume’s work when I was in grade school and something about her books connected with me. I remember thinking, ‘I think I can do this, too.’
  • What is your work schedule like when you are writing? I try to write between 5 and ten pages a day, as early as I can.
  • What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? I have music that goes with each story. A song, or songs, that I listen to before each writing session which helps me get into the story. Sometimes, it will take me a while to figure out what that song is. What that story ‘sounds like’.
  • How long does it take to write a book? (if you’ve written one -published or non) I wrote my first novel in just under three months. This is not typical for most writers and isn’t typical for me. The country was in the middle of the lockdown and I found myself with a great deal of spare time on my hands. Most books take longer to compose and successfully edit. The authors I follow often say that six months is not unusual to go from idea to finished manuscript. That being said, every story and every writer is different.
  • Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer? Read and write. I know that sounds simplistic, but it is true. Any coach will tell you that the best way to become a better athlete is to practice and every discipline is the same. The more you do it, the better you become and the more your confidence in your own abilities will grow. Read what others have written, take what you can learn from their work and create your own.
  • What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story? Often, finding the right name for a character can be difficult. The name has to convey the personality in some way, and it can be hard to hit on just the right one. There is a wonderful scene in the film ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’, which depicts the struggle writers go through in this process. In the movie, Charles Dickens is composing ‘A Christmas Carol’ and is trying to find a name for his lead character. He finally utters the name ‘Scrooge’ and Mr. Scrooge literally appears in front of him and begins talking. Very often, that is how it feels when you find the right name. The character begins talking to you.
  • What do you think makes a good story? A story needs to be relatable and needs to say something worthwhile. We watch movies, TV and read books to be entertained but also to learn. To connect with other people and see how they handle things. An instructor I had once said that all good stories are built on a ‘truism’. Something that is timeless and true for every generation. I think working out what that is for your story, what it is that your story is trying to ‘say’, is a good place to start. That will be your foundation.
  • What does your family think of your writing? As I’ve been doing this since I was a kid, my family isn’t surprised. I’m lucky to have a wonderful, supportive wife who, realizes her husband has this odd need to pull words out of the air and type them on his computer several hours a day.
  • Do you see writing as a career? Writing is always going to be my ‘career’, despite what I do to make money. It is what I was built to do and makes me happy. So yes, in that sense, I do see it as a career. Whether I will ever be as financially successful at it as someone like Dan Brown remains to be seen.
  • Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers? I hope you enjoy my book and all books you read and for those of you who are aspiring to write your own books, you can. Don’t let anyone tell you it impossible because it isn’t. It simply takes time, effort and discipline.
  • When did you first consider yourself a writer? I first considered myself a writer when I wrote my first short story in grade school. The words on the pages in front of me were mine. I’d put them there.

Author Interview with Achal Kumar

Author Interview with Achal Kumar
Author Achal Kumar

Achal Kumar is an author, a creative writer, a global thinker and an engineer. His work “Success and Happiness” is in the midst of being published on Amazon at the moment. His book is expected to be available soon on Amazon and all other major platforms.

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Where are you from?
Why do you write?
To share my thoughts and long managerial experience. I believe this is my social responsibility towards the next generation.
What do you write about?
Motivational quotes and stories. I believe everyone has right to get success and happiness. I am already working on it’s professional approach.
Do you have a specific writing style?
Yes, I write in simple language and use simple words
What are obstacles that come in the way of writing?
What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?
Well said.
How long have you been writing?
Last one year.
When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?
First I wrote a short story then wrote few poems, posted them on social media. They were liked by the peoples. After that I realized I should write.
What is your work schedule like when you are writing?
I write in night
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?
Write in such a way that at any stage, reader should not feel bore.
What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story?
What do you think makes a good story?
Stories based on healthy literature are the good stories.
What does your family think of your writing?
They encouraged me for writing.
Do you see writing as a career?
Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers?
Read good books which entertain you and provide lessons of life. Good stories play major role in the development of a person, this is my personal experience.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I wrote my first motivational short story.