Jerry Weaver lives in Charleston, South Carolina. He is a veteran of the United States Army and now specializes in helping other veterans adapt and adjust to the civilian world while dealing with issues such as PTSD, depression, and substance abuse. Jerry was like many veterans, lost and confused after finishing his time in uniform. His life quickly spiraled out of control, and he was at the breaking point. It was during his recovery and regrowth period where Jerry discovered the healing power of writing. He began writing down his thoughts and processing feelings and has gone on to become a staunch advocate for veteran’s addiction and recovery. Jerry’s first book, the Addiction Manifesto is the product of his life. You can follow Jerry https://twitter.com/jrweaver0 , https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100012290374512 Or checkout his website to learn more: author website https://authorsc.com/jrweaver/
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Describe yourself in five words:
Living my best life possible
What scares you the most?
Relapsing, going back to the life that I fought so hard to escape. I”ve lost too many friends over the last few years to overdose.
What makes you happiest?
When I see somebody finally doing well after they struggled with addiction, watching the ‘light’ come on in their eyes.
Why do you write?
I write to stay sober and to help others find their way back.
Have you always enjoyed writing?
No, I really didn’t pick up a pen until my last arrest
What motivates you to write?
I’ve seen the dark side of life and I know how powerful it can be, but I also know it can’t compete with the power of recovery.
What writing are you most proud of?
The Addiction Manifesto, it will always be a special book to me because it was unexpected, it was written for me by me to battle my demons. If it can help save me then it can help save others.
What are you most proud of in your personal life?
My sobriety (4 years sober this November) and my engagement to my soul mate, Carrie Smith.
What do you hope your obituary will say about you?
How did you develop your writing?
I think my style is special, I think people can ‘feel’ what I’m saying.
What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?
Marketing, you can write the perfect book to combat addiction but if nobody knows about it…..
What marketing works for you?
I depend on social media to get the word out.
Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?
Yes, my amazing family and friends that didn’t give up on me when I was the worst possible version of myself.
What else do you do, other than write?
People say that getting sober is ‘boring’ but I beg to differ, I have done more in the past 4 years sober, I’ve been skydiving, white water rafting, surfing, kayaking, I’ve organized 2 recovery bridge walks. I’m planning on hosting a Recovery’fest whenever this covid stuff goes away.
Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support?
My fiancé, Carrie Smith, she challenges me to be a better man (and also calls me out on my bs lol)
Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you?
My success won’t be about money or fame, it’ll be about meeting somebody in recovery a few years down the road and they introduce me to their new family. All because I kept preaching recovery and planting the seeds of recovery in them.
It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about yourmarketing campaign?
I’ve done a few interviews, Kindle promotions, I’ll do a few more social media campaigns scattered over the next few weeks, I am wanting to find people in Europe, Asia, Russia, Middle East that could help me with marketing in their areas.
Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?
“The Addiction Manifesto” wasn’t really planned, it just sorta happened because I needed to find a better way to stay sober. Writing has really helped me find the areas of my life that I needed to improve if I wanted to stay sober. I think my book is geared towards preaching a ‘whole life’ type recovery. Its more than being abstinent from drugs/alcohol, its about rebuilding your life to be more balanced in all phases.
What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?
A better understanding about addiction, whether they are going thru it personally or they have a family member that’s struggling with it. It’ll give you better insight to what addiction does and how to combat it.