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August 4, 2016

It’s not usual for me to read “dog books,” but the cover of Will Pollock’s book alone was hard to resist.
On the cover is an old, sweet girl; A full-breed terrier that had a hard beginning.
It was hard to ignore her story.
Passed by a few families and heading towards euthanization, Will took Triscuit home and they formed an unbreakable bond.
This isn’t just a “dog book.”
Dog experts and dog psychologist glean their expertise throughout the book, accompanied by entertaining and humorous YouTube videos of Triscuit.
The book delves into the psychological trauma a pet can experience when their owners leave home on trips.
Leaving Triscuit is a comprehensive resource which gives pet owners a psychological roadmap of what to do to make being a part from each other as easy as possible.
The book dives into a “metaphysical” realm and explores how we can communicate with our pets by using mental pictures.
Using mental pictures effectively by instilling the most positive outcome in all situations upon departing or arriving with our pets, makes for a less traumatic, almost enjoyable experience for our pets.
Leaving Triscuit is a different kind of book.
The author has done his research and his words are brilliant.
Will Pollock has a natural, yet authoritative style of writing that makes you want to read anything he writes.
Bravo. Excellent read!

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Published on August 04, 2016 06:55 • 884 views • Tags: dog-books, new-non-fiction, pet-books, will-pollock-author-review

July 7, 2016

It’s not usual that I review books. Being an attempted writer myself who gave up on his books three years ago, I never thought I would be willing to review a book.

On the pleasant note, I want to reveal a book I feel has merit. It’s title alone makes you do a doubletake: “Learning to Stutter.”

I mean, who wants to learn how to stutter?

That was the first sign I wanted to review this book.

Secondly, it’s not brand new. It’s had a couple years to get its footing, some literary battle scars, and a few 5 stars.

It’s also not a flash in the pan. At over 400 pages, Davis’ book has considerable merit and stature.

But, the real reason I’m reviewing this book is because I have always rooted for the underdog.

We all know about Rocky and we loved Rain Man.

Learning to Stutter has the same premise. But, it goes deeper. It goes deep into our psyche and leaves us satisfied but a little unsettled.

It becomes glaring that we take advantage of our faculties.

Kenneth the main character, who seemingly has it all, except for this speech impediment, befriends another stutterer and a widow also dealing with these stumbling blocks.

Learning to Stutter has a slight optimistic tint while being dark. It’s not dark, as in American horror or Drama, but dark as in the writings of the Russian greats, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and Chekhov.

Being over 400 words, Learning to Stutter touches the distance that these great writers wove realities, created tragedies and brilliant ironies.

Being an underdog myself and part Russian, I love this book.

As Humans as a whole, I believe our main purpose for being here is to overcome a setback, disability, or tragedy and turn that into a light others can embrace, love and become better from.

Learning to Stutter is such work.
It not only teaches us gratitude, it can remain in our libraries forever and be drawn upon whenever we’re feeling a little too cocky, unsure, or need direction.

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Published on July 07, 2016 06:52 • 1,370 views • Tags: sherm-davis-book-review

February 13, 2015

Book Excerpt

Rose Mwiti seemed utterly alone, sliding from her chair onto her knees on the dirt floor. Her eyes were wide, but unseeing. She looked past Sara as if seeing through her, through the wall, out beyond Mathare Valley and straight into some unimaginable pit of hell. The small child she had sent running had returned and ran towards his mother, dropping a think plastic bag so that the glass-bottled Cokes inside it dropped out and rolled along the ground. Clutching the child seemed to quiet her slightly, but, still she kept up the other-worldly wailing.

Maybe she won't stop, Sara thought, until God answers.

The sound of Rose Mwiti's shrieking must have rattled the ground beneath them. Neighbors came pouring in, shaking heads and clicking tongues and snapping back and forth at each other. The scene was quickly descending into a chaos of grief.

About the Author

Debra Pickett is best known for the “Sunday Lunch With …” column she wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times for five years. Interviewing notable figures from Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to Bears player Chris Zorich, she learned that she did, indeed, have ways of making people talk. It’s a skill that has also come in handy when eliciting confessions from her three rambunctious sons.

REPORTING LIVES is Debra’s first novel. She lives in Wisconsin with her family and, when she’s not too busy working on her second book or sussing out who’s responsible for flooding the bathroom, she manages a boutique PR firm serving lawyers and their clients.

Book Description

Local TV reporter Sara Simone gets the chance of a lifetime – an assignment to follow a story from Chicago to Nairobi, Kenya. She’s certain it will be her big break. But, when she arrives in Kenya and is confronted with the realities of life in its urban slums, she finds herself unable to manage the job she was sent to do. Her great talent, getting grieving people to go on camera and tell the audience how they’re feeling at their lowest moment, feels, suddenly, beyond useless. With the richly described setting of East Africa as its backdrop, REPORTING LIVES chronicles a moment of personal and professional crisis in the life of a complex, fascinating heroine.



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Published on February 13, 2015 08:11 • 180 views • Tags: action, adventure, author-spotlight, mystery, thriller, women-s-adventure

January 22, 2015

Book Description

The Shepherd and the Princess is a book about learning to dream and then systematically removing the barriers standing between you and the life you’ve always wanted to create for yourself and your loved ones. This ancient story is full of true gems and “nuggets of gold” that will propel you toward the attainment of your deepest desires!

About the Author

Author, Empowering Consultant, Coach & Speaker Helping You Reach For New Levels Of Performance & Success. Gary is a businessman and business owner with over 30 years of experience in leading business organizations, developing people, and helping them both achieve their dreams. He has a proven track record of success in helping both businesses and individuals grow and prosper.

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The Shepherd and the Princess:
7 Keys to Conquering the Goliaths in Your Life
Achieving Unuasual Greatness:
Timeless Lessons from the Trail Already Blazed
The Customer Conundrum: 9 Crucial Steps for Winning Customers and Outsmarting Your Competition
Book Excerpt

We all have fears. It's never a matter of if we have fears, it is just a matter of what makes us fearful. David's fear showed his humanness. It takes a strong person to be able to admit hi fear and then face it. Facing your fears not only makes you stronger, it encourages and empowers all those around you.

What are the most common fears related to your success? There are four common fears that represent the majority of the fears that hold us back:

Fear of Failure
Fear of Rejection
Fear of People
Fear of Success

The question you need to deal with is: What do you do when you face situations that cause fear in your life?


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Published on January 22, 2015 14:59 • 278 views • Tags: gary-l-smith, the-shepherd-and-the-princess

December 1, 2014

Seth Mullins writes visionary fiction that merges our invisible inner world with the waking world that we call ‘the real’. His stories aim to reveal aspects of the deeper mysteries of reality and of our own souls. His most recent project, The Edge of the Known trilogy, was largely inspired by his experiences as a twenty-something songwriter and performing musician. Seth has spent years in Connecticut, New Mexico and Oregon, and currently lives in Vermont.

Today we are interviewing Brandon Chase, a character from "What Casts The Shadow?" by Seth Mullins.This interview is being conducted by Erik Christian as part of a book tour. Feel free to follow along with the rest of the tour, by following the link at the bottom of the page. Please join us as we go a little more in depth with Brandon...

Character Interview with Brandon Chane

How do you feel about your family, now that you’re an adult?
There’s really no way to romanticize the situation. I’m only close to my sister Rachel. She’s thirteen years younger than me, and I basically had to act as her dad because our real father was completely checked-out. Yeah, my father, who’s pretty much drinking himself to death these days, he acts like he wishes I’d never been born. And my aunt Gail, who’s raising Rachel now, thinks I’m a loser who’ll never do anything more with his life than bus tables.
My anger has taught me a lot of things – thanks to Saul’s help. But it wouldn’t if I cast it out as blame; or if I stuffed it, disguised it, tried to let it go without ever stopping to listen to what it had to say. Among other things, it’s taught me that I deserve better than where I’ve come from.

What do you want from life?
I try not to fall into that trap, the myth of perfection. There’s never that moment when anyone’s ‘made it’, where every question is settled and all growth is accomplished, even though so many people keep chasing that. In our band, we’ve gotten to see a new face of the world every day, to be beholden to no one, to express the deepest movements of our souls in our music night after night. The music’s more important to me than longevity. It’s not the length of life but what you make of the time that matters. I just don’t want to have to decide between the Muse and freedom and just basic human happiness. Can’t you somehow keep your vision intact and yet still enjoy a fulfilling life here?

If you were granted three wishes, what would you ask for?
To succeed in music and to do so completely on our own terms, without compromise. That’s two for me; and for the third, I’ll wish happiness for all the people close to me. See, to really make our mark we’ve gotta be free to express our idealism. In this industry, you’re seriously expected to be cynical and jaded. But I believe in humanity and I believe in myself. If we’re gonna attain fame or monetary reward while betraying our Muse then that’s no better than holding on to our day jobs. You have to be true to your vision at all costs, and trust that it’ll see you through.

What three things would you take to a Desert Island?
My guitar, my notebook, and my cigarettes for those moments in between inspirations.

What, in the outside world, is preventing you from getting it?
Well, my mentor Saul says that we don’t have to figure out the world at all, we just have to know ourselves and perceive our lives as being self-created. Then things start falling into place. Musicians like me hear it all the time, how our chances of “making it” are a million to one. You just have to stop thinking in terms of odds. Success isn’t a roll of the dice to begin with. That’s another thing Saul taught me. You think of the world as your enemy and that’s how you’ll experience it. The belief in demons creates them. And by the same token, the belief that we are the authors of our own lives turns demons into paper tigers.

What, in yourself, is preventing you from getting it?
I started out with this philosophy that my art meant total freedom, no rules. But I was rebelling against repressive restrictions and then turning around and creating a bunch of my own. I need to stop railing against the hate in the world and instead offer up some kind of alternative - find something to love.
When I started writing songs I was depicting a reality that made sense to me. It was, in a sense, a world that was more real to me than my actual surroundings. During the early days of our band, I tried to present my personal story to the world, in the hopes that it might be accepted, become a part of that world. Then I’d no longer have to choose between realities.

What must happen before you overcome this?
Well, this is a simplified way of putting it, but basically Saul has been there to help me identify my limiting and destructive beliefs and the music’s been there as an outlet for feelings that I can’t otherwise deal with. Either way, the best way to overcome obstacles is to expose them to the light of day. Things become a much bigger deal when they’re allowed to linger in the shadows of our minds, growing distorted in the darkness. Drag them out in the open and they’re just thoughts and feelings with no more life than what we invest in them. From there… self-understanding leads to further creativity, which in turn leads to deeper plunges into the unknown. Eventually, maybe, I’ll satisfy Saul’s wish for me and stop thinking of society as the enemy.

In your relationship with others, how are you different with family than you are with friends? Why?
I’ve been pretty solitary overall – a recluse. Saul has described me as misanthrope, because I’ve seen myself as this sort of visionary who’s set apart from humanity, who is on a special spiritual mission. From that idea, it would naturally follow that no one could ever really understand me. That includes family, friends, my counselor, my bandmates and even my girlfriend. That’s one of the things I’ve been trying to work through, shedding that belief.

How do you fall in love? At first sight? Over a long period?
I’m wary at first, so if I think I’m falling in love quick it’s probably a fantasy, ‘cause there’s no way I could even know a person – or let them know me – that fast. There were times, even after we’d been dating for a while, where I felt like I had to drive Janie away before she rejected me, before she realized that I was this ‘alien being’ who had no real place in the world. Basically, no one had ever touched me like she had, and that scared me.

What parts of loving come easy for you? Hard?
I do think I’m a sensitive soul, so the easy part of love is the compassion, the empathy. Hell, I even feel love for my father, who’s done next to nothing to earn it. But I also got to viewing my whole reality from the standpoint of being the ‘wounded and gifted’ artist, which meant that I was exaggerating everything that set me apart from others and turning a blind eye to what I had in common with them. Obviously it’s hard to express love in concrete ways when you hold yourself aloof – at least in your own mind - like that.

How do you decide if you can trust someone? Experience with others? with this person? First impressions? Intuition? Do you test the person somehow? Or are you just generally disposed to trust or not to trust?
Well, the person who I’ve felt the most trusting of, and for the longest time, is Tommy. And our friendship started out pretty thorny, so I guess I’d have to say that I warm up to trust slowly. Once we started playing he continually encouraged me to channel my feelings into the music. That wasn’t easy to do at first. I’d trained myself to disguise my gifts and the things that I had to say for fear that exposing myself as I really was would set me on the path to prison or the psychiatric ward. Tommy was the first person to ever challenge this belief in me, and he earned my lifelong loyalty for doing it. I doubt that I ever would have become a musician – or even a relatively stable human being – if not for his friendship.

When you walk into a room, what do you notice first? Second?
First I feel the overall ambiance, particularly if there are people there. The jar of bad feeling in the air can hit me like a physical blow. After that I’ll notice people’s expressions, the things they’re communicating without words.

When you walk into a room, what do you expect people to notice about you?
I’ve learned that oftentimes people feel a bit threatened, thanks to my penchant for wearing bracelets, armbands, studded belts and other regalia that looks like combat gear. And then, of course, the people who also dress like that will gravitate to you right away.

Describe yourself to me.
I like to think I resemble a Plains warrior. My hair somehow accentuates the Cherokee in me, from my father’s side. This also shows in my complexion and bold jut of a nose; and in my natural swagger, which many people over the years have mistaken for insolence. I have a head of crow-black hair that has grown free for over two years. I let it drape over my face when I’m performing so that I don’t have to look at anything and can just let the music paint its own landscapes.

Is one sense more highly developed than another? (Are you more visual, or audial, etc, or do you rely on the famous sixth sense?)
Well, if you’re a musician then you’d be a fool not to treasure your ears. But I do often feel and know things that can’t be rightly corroborated by the senses.

Did you turn out the way you expected? The way your parents predicted?
My mom wasn’t around long enough to make any predictions, really; and around the time that she died is when my dad seemed to give up on me entirely. As for my own expectations… I hardly have space to entertain them. Life is measured in heartbeats and breaths, and I’m just trying to make it to see next week. It’s been hard to separate my own perception from everyone else’s, too. There’s always seemed to be this presence that wants to hold me back, to keep me from becoming the man that I’m desperately fighting to be. It speaks in the voices of teachers and other authority figures from all throughout my life: Anyone who’d ever tried to tell me what life was all about instead of letting me figure it out for myself.
What really moves you, or touches you to the soul?
If you really open yourself up to life then you feel like everything is sacred. I guess I most treasure those things that bring me more deeply into that felt sense: Music, or art in general, love…

What's the one thing you have always wanted to do but didn't/couldn't/wouldn't? What would happen if you did do it?

What do you consider are your strengths?
I have intense focus and drive. I’m willing to risk everything in pursuit of my Vision, so I suppose you could call that a kind of courage. And I like to think that I pursue my art for the right reasons. Every breakthrough will hopefully be not just a benefit to me but also to all those whose lives I touch.

What do you consider are your weaknesses?
Maybe I’m too intense, too single-minded. My focus grows so one-sided that the rest of my life suffers as a result It’s tough, because a lot of what I want to achieve… you kinda have to have this tunnel vision, to be a bit obsessive in order to see it to fruition.

What is one physical attribute you are proud of?
Probably my hair. When I consider all the ridicule that I endured for it, throughout High School…

What one physical attribute would you change?
For a few years there I really hit the weights hard and built up a solid physique. But now I’m thinking that maybe I wouldn’t have been so willing to fight, all those times, if I hadn’t known myself capable of doling out some serious physical damage.

What do you consider your special talent?
I can take what seems inexpressible and lay it down in words and music. I can spell out feelings, desires and sensations that the average person has no names for.

What do you wish your special talent was?
Relating to other people.

What are you most proud of about your life?
When we made our first record, when we laid down our contribution to the living myth that had sustained us for so long, it was the justification of all the ordeals that I’d surmounted leading up to that time.

Is there anything you've always wanted to do but haven't done? What would happen if you did it?

What's the worst thing you've ever done? Why?
I lost control so bad, this guy I was fighting could’ve wound up dead. It was a fit of madness that at the same time felt exhilarating. He’d thrown me down, and I wrested his beer bottle away and broke it over a rock near where we were struggling. I pinned his arms together at the wrists with my left hand. Then I pressed the edge of the broken bottle against his neck. I’ll never know how far I planned to go. Thank God Tommy was there, and was able to reach me and talk me down.

Describe your ideal mate.
Oh, I could name all these characteristics and then go out there and fall for somebody who didn’t fit that description at all. You want someone who can really meet you, is the thing. The way that someone can spring into your life and so perfectly mirror your hopes and fears, your longing for love as well as all the parts of you that shun it, is a miraculous thing. Of course she’d have to be pretty far off the beaten path, in order to even relate to me in the first place…

What are you most afraid of? Losing control again.

What's the most important thing in your life? What do you value most?

How do you feel about your life right now? What, if anything, would you like to change?
Aside from being happy with Janie, with my relationship with Rachel and the handful of friends I’ve got, I pretty much want to change everything about my life. Every day, you tell yourself that the big breakthrough is just around the corner. That’s how I try and keep my mental equilibrium.

If you could be an animal, what would it be? (You can adapt this question to fit the character ie/make it what kind of car, plant, whatever.)
Maybe a Blue Whale, ‘cause then I’d have a lifetime of nothing to prove to anyone. Who’s gonna mess with you, or deny you your basic needs? To be king of the ocean and then just mind my own business, I’d enjoy that.

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Published on December 01, 2014 08:41 • 289 views • Tags: character-interview, seth-mullins, what-casts-a-shadow

November 11, 2014

I'm a big fan of Law of Attraction and have been studying several natural laws religiously as of late. Dr. Hank has tapped into the success principles of the laws and has broken them down into daily insights. I actually do feel better when I'm reading this book. It could be a daily reference to remind all of us to "let go" and "let creation, God, Universe, or whatever, take over." As Philip Humbert states: "We are what we think about all day long," or "We are the total sum of our thoughts." Happy people usually think positively most of the time, whereas negative people think negatively most of the time.

There is a dawning in our thoughts, which imprint upon the collective consciousness, and the time of ignorance, violence and other atrocities will be remedied just by raising our overall positive vibration. Dr. Hank is one thought leader who stands in front leading us there.

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Published on November 11, 2014 11:53 • 174 views • Tags: dr-hank, encouragement, new-ebook-review

October 28, 2014

Spiros Gratsias is a native of Montreal, Canada, born to Greek immigrants. He moved back to Greece twenty years ago and has been living there ever since. Gratsias has a master's degree in manufacturing technology and thirty-five years' experience in the aerospace and consumer goods industries. An amateur painter and dedicated student of history, he devotes much of his time to reading and writing.
Character Interview with Matthias Adkins

What really moves you, or touches you to the soul?

Acts of self-sacrifice against all odds really touches my soul.

What's the one thing you have always wanted to do but didn't/couldn't/wouldn't? What would happen if you did do it?

I was doing what I always wanted to do, but now after my journey of discovery I want to dedicate my life to the fight against injustice and in the protection of freedom and good.

What do you consider are your strengths?

The harder the fight the stronger my determination.

What do you consider are your weaknesses?

The loss of my family and the fear of the void they left in my life.

What is one physical attribute you are proud of?

My hair and eyes.

What one physical attribute would you change?

I would have liked to by naturally more muscular.

What do you consider your special talent?

My analytic abilities in simplifying complicated situations.

What are you most proud of about your life?

Continuing my family’s commitment to fight against the darkness.

What's the worst thing you've ever done? Why?

Let my fears guide my actions, this truly stops life.

Describe your ideal mate.

We all have one wing the ideal mate is our other wing.

What are you most afraid of?


What's the most important thing in your life? What do you value most?

To love and support my love ones.

How do you feel about your life right now? What, if anything, would you like to change?

I feel that I have been reborn by taking this journey of pain and discovery; I would not change anything except that now both Linda and myself will have to live with the dangers that come with the job of being knights against the dark forces of the Sanctum.

If you could be an animal, what would it be? (You can adapt this question to fit the character ie/make it what kind of car, plant, whatever.)

I would be an eagle.



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Published on October 28, 2014 17:43 • 235 views • Tags: author-interview, c-enigma-book, character-interview, new-book-review

October 20, 2014

Tell me a little about yourself and your background? What were you like at school? Were you good at English? What are your ambitions for your writing career?

Me was good at English – yeah! I was a vocal and printed talker, founding and running a high school paper, working for the Daily Cardinal and running for student senate while at UW Madison. My father was a psychoanalyst, speaker and author. He wrote “When Smart People Work for Dumb Bosses” with my mother. I illustrated the book, published by McGraw Hill.

In terms of the next stage in my writing, I am going to continue this series with a second book, then I have another character in mind for a new period series. At some point I am probably going to crank out a marketing book. Anyway, it should be a busy decade.

Which writers inspire you?

I was probably first drawn to the glamour before the work. Most writers want to party like Hemingway, but can’t touch his words. Once I got past the Papa Dobles and started real work I found inspiration in satirists: Kurt Vonnegut, Michael Chabon and crime writers Elmore Leonard and the great Mickey Spillane.

What was your life like before becoming an author?

I don’t know – I’m still a writer and have been for 25 years. Writing this particular book has been a variation on my day job as a journalist and a marketer.

Which comes first - the character's story or the idea for the novel?

Everything comes together in one Big Bang. It’s not piecemeal for me – the story appears as a whole and then I start mapping it out.

What’s your writing process?

I start with a general outline – broken into three acts, so that whatever I produce can be made into a movie. When I know where I’m headed – and why – I produce an outline. I usually do this in spurts and can have a whole book shaped up in a week. Then the work begins. I write two chapters at a time – changing the outline as the story changes. My goal is to get a first draft out while the story is writing itself. The real work begins in the rewrite – which begins immediately after the first draft is done. I start by polishing tow chapters, then move forward by working on a following chapter and revisiting a preceding chapter. In this manner I revisit each chapter twice, checking for consistency and continuity. When I have gone through the second draft in this manner I put the book aside for two weeks. I then return with a fresh eye and reproof the whole thing. I then turn it over to a copyeditor. I give the third draft another review then tur it over to a formatter. This fourth iteration gets another review – specifically looking for typos – before heading out the door. If it’s not good by this point, then I probably suck.

Why do you write?

Who the fuck knows. Because I have something to say and need a paycheck!

So, what have you written?

If we leave out all the white papers, magazine articles and stories for newspapers like the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times, that leaves the following:

I am a marketing humor columnist for and

I have written two novels: The Manipulator, A Private Life in Public Relations and Rogue.

I have written one screenplay: Swines of Chicago

I have written a series of one act seven minute plays, which are not collected. One was preformed WAY off Broadway in Chicago.

I have pissed my initials in the snow in five states – does that count as writing?

Where people can buy or see your current book?

My satirical techno noir #thriller,The Manipulator, which was an Amazon Top 100 best seller in satire is available on Amazon. A Kindle promo starts on 10/24 and runs through Halloween – 10/31. You will be able to acquire it for .99 here:

Give me an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

Jack Vance, the main character in The Manipulator, represents what every fast paced advertising executive secretly wants to be. He is smart, inspirational, and, like every leading character, can consume mass quantities of substances without suffering too much physical damage. For all his braggadocio and outrageous behavior he has a talent that many real life bosses lack: he recognizes talent in staffers and isn’t intimidated by it. Jack Vance is a rogue, driven by the mission, who will stop at nothing to accomplish a goal if he reward warrants the effort.

What sparked the idea for your book?

Many years of working in the media and in marketing exposed me to more outrageous, unbridled episodes than most writers could imagine. Couple this with dynamic and increasingly data driven and intrusive advertising capabilities and I had the makings of a Vonnegut-esque look at the near future of a media addicted world.

How do you market your book?

This is a vast question and the key to success for any book that is well written and has a clearly defined audience and market. There are many companies, books, “gurus” and websites that will gleefully accept your money to instruct you in the magic voodoo potion that translates into book sales. Having skimmed most of what’s out there, run a marketing firm for 15 years, and put what I think will work into practice, here is what I have been doing and what I would advise you do:

Your marketing process begins 18 months before your book is published.
During the fun period (the time you spend writing – which is not work) you will establish your base. This base should be maintained on many channels including twitter, facebook, youtube, your blog, and the development of an email list.
Your base development should include people who are interested in the same things as you (and the nature of your book) comparable writers, journalists, bloggers and review sites.
Develop your materials. This should include various types of press releases, blurbs, review solicitation letters, chapter excerpts and tweets supported by an editorial calendar.
Once you have published your book it’s time to gather reviews. There are around 600 indie review sites – you can find them with a little google work. These reviewers are typically swamped, but will respond to a well written query letter.
Begin your campaign: get as many reviews as possible online. Tweet relentlessly. Blog weekly, making sure that your posts are keyworded for your audience.
Conduct a kindle promo – and support it with a blog tour.
Drink a glass of wine every night and spend an hour or so engaging in chat rooms and forums to promote your book (OK, two glasses of wine.)
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Published on October 20, 2014 15:06 • 247 views • Tags: new-author-interview, steve-lundin-new-book, the-manipulator-by-steve-lundin

October 18, 2014

Avraham Anouchi is an author, engineer, inventor, and entrepreneur. He grew up in Israel dreaming of studying engineering at the Technion Institute of Technology in Haifa. He earned his engineering degrees in the United States, but left his heart in Haifa. He is a former Vice President in United Technologies Corporation. He is now the president and founder of a high technology engineering company.

The dream was shattered when the 1948 War of Independence broke out before he finished High School. After the war he earned his engineering degrees in the United States, but left his heart in Haifa. His career led him to become a Vice President in United Technologies Corporation. He is now the president and founder of an engineering company.

After publishing numerous professional articles in English and historical ones in Hebrew, Avraham published four books: The Legacy - a memoir in English, Igeret Hamassoret - a memoir in Hebrew, The Hidden Scroll - a historical and archaeological novel, and From Timna to Mars - a fictional novel based on a real potential crisis for all humans on Earth, the depletion of rare earth metals.

2. Your real name and pen name?

Avraham Anouchi also known as A.Y.Anouchi

3. Please share some of the best memories of your childhood

I grew up in Haifa, Israel. My most important memory is my singing in a synagogue children choir. I dreamt of growing up to be a "Chazan" who chants solo. Although I was devastated when my voice changed and I had to leave the choir, I carry with me a repertoire of synagogue melodies and many songs I learned later in Hebrew, French, English and Ladino. I never stopped singing and even sang in a Pittsburgh Hebrew choir. I was fortunate to attend an elementary school which taught me four languages. I was fascinated by the complexity of chess. It turned out to be my best teacher on how to consider consequences of my decisions in life.

4. About your education

I hold a Master of Engineering degree from Harvard University and a B.S. Degree from Indiana Institute of Technology.

5. What career did you plan during your education days.

I always wanted to be an engineer and I succeeded in attaining my objective.

6. What languages you can speak and write?

In addition to my mother's tongue of Hebrew, I am fluent in French and English. I am semi fluent in Arabic and Ladino, a language I learned from my grandmother whose family came to Israel from Sarajevo.

7. What is your biggest source of inspiration in life.

History and archaeology

8. What hurts you most in this world?

The sudden increase in anti-Semitism, especially in European countries which experienced the holocaust.

9. What is the biggest challenge you have faced? How did you overcome it?

It was not a challenge, but it was hard to overcome. My first wife lost her battle with cancer. It took me more than five years to recuperate and continue my life.

10. If you had to live a day of your life as one of the living or dead personality, who would it be and why?

I would chose to be the brother of Queen Shlom-Zion, known as Salome Alexandra. She relied on him heavily as an advisor before and during her reign in Judea before the arrival of the Romans. She has always been my idol.

11. What is your favorite genre and why?

Historical novels, especially ones which incorporate archaeology. From childhood, I always wanted to know how people lived in the iron age and in Biblical time.

12. When did you start writing? What is the purpose of your writing?

My father's translation of novels from French to Hebrew inspired me to wish I could inherit his skill, but my profession in the United States limited my writing to technical articles in English. After my first memoir in Hebrew was published in 2000, I decided to translate it to English as a booklet for my grandchildren who grew up in Cleveland. Several years later, I joined an internet workshop of authors who edit each other's chapters. When three writers recognized me as not a native American, they labored in assisting me and managed to elevate my writing skill from that of a novice to a level which enabled me to published my third book.

13. Which of your work has been published so far? Would you like to share

a synopsis of your work?

"Igeret Hamassoret", a memoir in Hebrew.

"The Legacy", a memoir in English.

"The Hidden Scroll", a historical novel.

(See its attached Synopsis)

and "From Timna to Mars", a Space mission thriller.

14. What are your forthcoming writings?

I am writing another historical novel on the life and achievements of Queen Shlom-Zion, known as Salome Alexandra, who reigned in Judea before the arrival of the Romans

15. What are your future plans?

a. Pray that the next day will not be worse than its predecessor.

b. That I won't run out of imaginative ideas for my next book.

16. What four top most things you take care of while writing a book?

a. Weekly review my synopsis.

b. Analyze the plot structure to insure there are no conflicting statements.

c. Eliminate supporting characters who are not essential to the plot

d. Pray that I'll finish the manuscript before giving up.

17. How much real life goes into a fiction writing?

It is not logical for a writer to describe a mountain in Haute Savoie, if he or she has never been there. Describing the panorama views from Mount Carmel was easier for me since I grew up in Haifa. In my book "The Hidden Scroll", I included the details of a battle I was injured in. I believe that real life experiences make a novel more like real life. Writers who don't include in their novels their experiences, emotions, loves and fears are making a major mistake.

18. Is high level of imagination important to have for an Author?

Absolutely a must for novels. Without imagination, the author should not write novels. The Life of JFK can be written with some success without imagination, but I can't imagine a novel on the life of Alexander the Great without imagination.

19. Your dream destination on Earth?

To learn something new every day.

20. Your origin of birth and other countries you have visited/ stayed.

What best things you liked in these countries around the globe?

Israel is my passion. I grew up in it. With all its problems, Israel has history, archaeology and modern beauty. I am fascinated by its technological achievements. With seven million inhabitants it has six Nobel prize winners in the last eight years.

Paris has elegance, architecture and history of art. The French language is like no other in its brilliancy.

The museums in France, Spain and Italy kept me wanting to return many times. I visited England, Belgium, Holland and Germany, but not enough to evaluate their attractions to tourists.

21. Your favorite time of the day?

When I find time to be alone and undisturbed in my writing and reading.

22. Your zodiac/ sunsign?


23. Your favorite color and why?


It represents clear skies without approaching storms in weather and in life.

24. What is the last book you finished reading? What is the current book

you are reading?

Last Book was: "The Prime Ministers" by Yehuda Avner

Reading now: "Queen of the Jews" by Judy Ptsonk

25. Your favorite book and why?

"History of Time" by Steve Hawking (I read it four times already)

26. Your favorite movie and why? Casablanca.

28. Your favorite food? I eat to live. I don't live to eat. I prefer salmon to meat.

29. What three words come to your mind for each

Technology - Electronics, deep space, nanotechnology

Life - precious, short

God - Justice, order, soul.

Humanity - war, peace, won't last

Terrorism - must be stopped

Racism - jealousy, anti-Semitism

Childhood Abuse - stupidity, manic, bi-polar

Love - hate, marriage, joy

Parenting - blessing

Old age - a gift

30. State your signature line/ tagline/ best quote

a. Don't work hard, work smart

b. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

The last line of your autobiography would be

My Epitaph. Here lies a man who accomplished his dreams

31. What made you interested your genre - History, history and history

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How do you feel about your family, now that you’re an adult?

Grateful that I’ve been able to give them a very comfortable home and background, and to see the children get a goodish start in life.

What do you want from life?

I thought I knew that it was career success and fulfillment, but in fact I’ve been discovering that this is not enough. Exciting as career highs can be, I really want a relationship that more truly reflects my inner feelings.

If you were granted three wishes, what would you ask for?

• Happy and secure lives for my wife and children
• An authentic relationship with another man, which I don’t have to hide from anyone
• Material security balanced by emotional fulfillment

What three things would you take to a Desert Island?

• My new ‘husband’ Daniel (if that were allowed)
• The collected works of Christopher Isherwood
• A shaving kit with a year’s supply of razor blades

What, in the outside world, is preventing you from getting it?

My husband? Social and professional disapproval

What, in yourself, is preventing you from getting it?

Anxiety at losing what I have

What must happen before you overcome this?

A complete reckoning with all the people in my life and clarity with my work colleagues

In your relationship with others, how are you different with family than you are with friends?

I act the usual heterosexual, rather macho father and husband with my family but am much more confessional and intimate with my friends.


I choose to compartmentalize my life and keep one part ‘secret’ from the other

How do you fall in love? At first sight? Over a long period?

At first sight

What parts of loving come easy for you? Hard?

Sharing jobs and responsibilities. Allowing someone else to take the lead

How do you decide if you can trust someone? Experience with others? with this person? First impressions? Intuition? Do you test the person somehow? Or are you just generally disposed to trust or not to trust?

I am not disposed to trust at first sight, there is always a voice inside that says wait and see, test it out, don’t jump to conclusions. But another part of me is very trusting and loving.

When you walk into a room, what do you notice first? Second?

Whether there are friendly faces there. Who is the host or leader.

When you walk into a room, what do you expect people to notice about you?

Confidence and charm.

Describe yourself to me.

Decisive, a firm hold on events, a good strategic brain, a readiness to assess all angles of a situation, loyal over time, but with a reserve and sometimes even diffidence about my achievements/reputation. I consider myself a bit of a Renaissance man, who - as a gentleman - should wear his talents lightly.

Is one sense more highly developed than another? (Are you more visual, or audial, etc, or do you rely on the famous sixth sense?)

I am very instinctive and like to read body language as part of my strategic advisor/public presentation job

Did you turn out the way you expected? The way your parents predicted?

In some professional and family ways, yes very much so. But not the inner core of me perhaps.

What really moves you, or touches you to the soul?

Beauty, male beauty and youthful charm, high intelligence (which often supoersdes the importance of looks for me), the excitement of other cultures and foods, religions etc.
What's the one thing you have always wanted to do but didn't/couldn't/wouldn't? What would happen if you did do it?

I always wanted to make love with another man on a regular basis. I would probably blossom as a human being.

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