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message 1: by Steven, About The Author (last edited Jan 22, 2008 08:41AM) (new)

Steven | 65 comments Mod
WHY DID YOU WRITE YOUR BOOK OR BOOKS?

It is said, and I believe it to be true, that everybody has a book inside them. However, putting your story into print and getting your book published is undoubtedly a very difficult task.

That said for those who do get their books published, what was your reason for writing the book or books? Some people have visions of huge financial gains or even fame, but in reality only a handful of the many thousands of authors actually achieve this.

Well, now I've made the statement, I suppose I should give my reasons for putting my stories into print.

1st Book: AMONGST THE MARINES

As a kid, I had two war time heroes. These were Audy Murphy and John Wayne. I housed a childhood ambition to become a Marine when I grew up and pursued this as soon as I was old enough. However, what I didn't know then was the type of person that my chosen career would turn me into. Just after the Falklands War, I completed my basic training and was assigned to my first commando unit as a keen young 18 year old. Sadly, I received a very violent reception in the early weeks of my assignment when I realised I had walked into a very violent culture, at that time. It wasn't like that everywhere around the Marines' but it was where I was posted back then. From that time on I made myself a promise that I would never allow that to happen to me again. I would never cause trouble but would also never back down from those who brought it my way. My personality changed from friendly and easy going, to hard and unforgiving. Unfortunately, this was also reflected in my home life during times when I went home on leave. Eventually, this kind of behaviour led to me being courtmartialled, which I strangely managed to get away with. During the court case my father had died and my mother had unfortunately suffered a severe road traffic accident and was put into intensive care. Stangely, my father, although never really there for me as a child, came to me in a dream and told me that I would be found not guilty. Subsequently this was the verdict! Shortly after this a friend of mind, said that he felt I could write a book, so that's exactly what I did. I wrote it and put it into the cupboard for 12 years before I searched for a publisher for it.

After its release, it did cause some controversey and people who knew me at work started to look at me in a different light because of the content of the book.


2nd Book: ALWAYS A MARINE

Consequently, I wrote the sequal to explain the journey I underwent, the hardships I'd experienced and the path I followed to walk away from the violent past I'd led as a soldier. I even used it to explain why I wrote the first book. This part of my story covers the next 13 years after I left the military. I was still very much a Marine and being one wasn't just something I could switch off. My military approach was not always endearing to those around me and eventually I had to look for work abroad. Subsequently I got mixed up in all kinds of situations including fighting against a Foreign Legionairre in a Thai Boxing ring, a business scam, having gun shots fired at me on the border of Morocco and all kinds of other hair raising stuff. After some years I strangely found myself in the world of the Ninjas who view aggression as a sign of weakness.

By the time I'd reached the end of writing this book I knew my military frame of mind was behind me and at last I was able to move on with my life. This time on I see myself as being lucky to be able to put my stories into print and feel doing this was part of the much needed therapy I needed at that time.


Maybe my story is a little different t others. I imagine so.

So why did you guys write your book or books?

Kindest Regards

Steven Preece
Author of Amongst The Marines
And
Always A Marine


message 2: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Moran (authorkellymoran) My 1st book, Forty-Second Street, was a high school english assignment, which later got picked up by a publisher. It was never edited, and sorry to say, not very good.
My 2nd book, An Insomniac's Dream, was always there, just now in print. I always had my hands in poetry and ghost stories fascinate me.
My 3rd book, When The Leaves Stop Falling, was my first attempt at taking my writing seriously. The characters became real to me and I think it paid off, people are interested and it's getting great reviews.
Whatever the reason, keep doing it, there's someone somewhere that you will connect with.
Kelly Moran
home.wi.rr.com/kellymoran
myspace.com/authorkellymoran


message 3: by Steven, About The Author (last edited Jan 23, 2008 08:23AM) (new)

Steven | 65 comments Mod
That's a very positive reply Kelly. Thank You.

As a follow up to my two autobiographies I have recently completed a Military Action Adventure novel. There's a purpose behind this story too, which is to highlight the issues former soldiers have once they leave the military and also the fact that their specialist skills often go wasted when they can be put to better use. This novel was more difficult to write than writing my autobiographies. I knew what happened in them because they are based on my experiences. However, with a novel there's a lot of soul searching involved to put it all together.

Even with the novel I still found that a lot of my personal experiences came into play from time to time whilst writing it.

As you'll know getting a book published is by no means an easy task and unfortunately my current publisher only publishes none fiction, so for me and my novel the search starts again. Ces't La Vie.

So come on then guys (Authors) please join the discussion and lets hear why you wrote your stories. I'm sure there are many keen readers very interested in this kind of topic.

Best Regards

Steven Preeece
Author of Amongst The Marines
and
Always A Marine


message 4: by Patty (new)

Patty | 2 comments Hi my name is Patty Pobanz and I'm the author of "Everlasting Peace In Your Life. God's Reminders to the World" and I wrote my book because I heard God's voice one morning telling me that he needed my help to write a book that could help bring more peace and happiness to the world. At first I thought I was making this up in my head, but I've always had a gift of hearing God, so when I finally realized what he was asking me to do, I set out and accomplished writing this book within 7 days. After that I submitted my manuscript to 4 publishing companies and to my surprise I was offered a contract by one of them and it has changed my life around. I'm working hard at promoting my book now because the messages that are in this book, I do believe can help most people throughout the world. Since its release, it's getting phenomenal reviews and I've also been on a whole lot of radio shows as well and will continue to do so. I only wrote this book because I heard God ask me to do so and I've always loved writing too. So once again...to my surprise now I have a book that's available around most of the world. I guess that's got to be God helping me then. Wouldn't you agree?

So I have to say that if there's anyone even thinking of writing a book. Then follow your dreams and listen to what your heart tells you to do. You'll never know if there's a pot of gold on the other side of the rainbow if you don't take the steps to make things happen.

Thanks,

Patty Pobanz
Author of "Everlasting Peace In Your Life. God's Reminders to the World"

Book is available at Amazon.com. For more info go to: www.pattypobanz.com


message 5: by Steven, About The Author (new)

Steven | 65 comments Mod
Hi Patty, I find being compelled to write a story from the Highest Level, like you have been, absolutely amazing. I have read the synopsis for your book and liked what I read.

I personally was not compelled to write my books nor did I receive any messages to write them. However, I did receive dreams from my father, one in each book when he helped me in my time of need. At the time I found that quite strange because he was never really there for me as a child nor as an adult as he passed away quite young (49), but later in life when I needed him most, he was there, indirectly in those dreams. Strange I know, but true.

The ninjas I train with these days don't believe in coincidence, they believe things are meant to happen. One of them once told me that he believes I was meant to write my books and that my past, although at times excessive, was merely a learning curve for something better in life.

These years on, those words are starting to make sense to me.

Best Regards
Steven Preece
Author of
Amongst The Marines and
Always A Marine



message 6: by Patty (new)

Patty | 2 comments Hi Steve, Yes, I believe that things are meant to happen too and I believe that we're shown signs and given messages throughout our lives and it is up to us to recognize them and use what we are shown to better our lives.

I'm glad that things are starting to make sense to you now. Always listen and follow what your heart tells you is correct and know that this is always the right path. Sometimes our minds get in the way and throw us the wrong direction, but our heart is never wrong.

As far as your father is concerned, if you've heard from him in your dreams, believe and know that this is real and listen to what your dreams tell you as well. Maybe your father is trying to get close to you now and know that this is ok to do now too. Don't feel weird, don't feel bad, don't be mad, except him because there's more to life then what we have here on earth. Life continues even after we leave our body and this may be your father's way of getting close to you now, by helping you achieve much higher and greater things then maybe you have even ever imagined. Follow your heart, listen and believe.

Have a great day!

Patty Pobanz
Author of "Everlasting Peace In Your Life. God's Reminders to the World" www.pattypobanz.com


message 7: by Steven, About The Author (last edited Jan 28, 2008 04:40AM) (new)

Steven | 65 comments Mod
Thanks Patty. I do understand what you are saying as I'm currently studying Reiki and Psychic abilities, which I find intriguing. My learning experience in this area has taught me that maybe I was a little angry about my childhood for a lot of years after it. I certainly feel that it had a lot to do with the violent lifestyle I led as a marine and wrote about in my first book. Although I did walk into a violent culture at that time and undoubtedly adopted it as my own. But looking back now with a different mindset has helped me to understand those years.

See newspaper article published shortly after my second book was released.

http://archive.thisisthenortheast.co....

This time on, I continue to train in Ninjutsu, which is a martial art without aggression. It has helped me to spend my time living inside the crowds as just another face amongst them, rather than playing center stage. I wrote about this journey in my second book. Thankfully the fire that burned inside me for so long is now subdued and my mind is free from any outside influence.

These days I enjoy my time with my family and see everyday as a learning experience.

Many thanks for your kind responses Patty. I appreciate them.

Best Regards

Steven Preece
Author of
Amongst The Marines and
Always A Marine



message 8: by Steven, About The Author (last edited Jan 29, 2008 05:11AM) (new)

Steven | 65 comments Mod
Hi Diane, (Author of HIM) I've just read your profile. I sympathise with your background. My pet hate is men who are violent towards women. Unfortunately, my mother was a victim of this type of behaviour. A lot of it was witnessed by me as a very small child. I wrote about this in my first book and found it really difficult whilst writing as I practically relived the memories in my mind and found some of it quite emotional.

Re: Your book. It must of taken a lot of courage to put your memories down on paper. It couldn't have been easy.

Best Regards

Steven Preece
Author of
Amongst The Marines
and
Always A Marine


message 9: by TK (new)

TK Rosevear (windowl) | 1 comments Hi Steven, it intrigues me that our books were much like a therapeutic writing for your military experiences, as I counsel many combat veterans who suffer from PTSD.
I was prompted to writing my 3 books after the Tsunamis in late 2004. It was a project that I'd been compiling and procrastinating with for over 11 years, as many of my clientele were insistant on making my 'healing techniques' more easily accessible to the masses. I began the first, Sailing through the 7C's in January and finished it within a couple weeks, then the second, Beyond Symptoms was born about a month later. We went on a vacation to the Bahamas and I returned to birth the third, Puzzled Isles of Spirit. All three books are non-fiction and related to Mind, Body & Spirit Healing. I am a Nutritional Herbologist and Rational Emotive Therapist and I pursued the 'publishing' game for awhile, then was distracted with the threat of having to move from Southern California, as a huge development was putting my "Sanctuary" for animals and humans in jeopardy. We escaped California, however with collateral damage as we have yet to sell our 5 acres, now facing foreclosure with so many other property-owners around the country. But, we've found a new paradise and I self-published all three books last year with Xlibris and I'm still learning about the promotion game.
Namaste'
TK Rosevear


message 10: by Steven, About The Author (last edited Jan 30, 2008 04:05AM) (new)

Steven | 65 comments Mod
Hi TK:
my story is very different from others. I didn't write about the combat side of things as that's what most people do. I had a personal story I wanted to tell. My first book is a no holds barred account of all kinds of antics that went on in my private life as a Royal Marine Commando in the 80's. I didn't have the best of child hoods and I housed an ambition to one day become a Marine when I grew up.

However, I passed out of basic training in the aftermath of the Falklands War and walked into a very violent culture. During the first couple of nights at my first Commando unit I was dragged out of bed in the middle of the night and beaten with a big stick. There was at that time a lot of unacceptable behaviour going on amongst the ranks, especially with new young marines. My fate, at that time was because of a misinterpretation of comments from another guy. However, from that day on I decided I would never back down from violence again and I never did. I learned to adopt the violent culture as my own and never tollerated fools easily. At times, I admit, I was undoubtedly out of control and eventually my behaviour led me to be court martialled near the end of my career. It was also around this time that I took my resolve with the marine who had assaulted me six years earlier. It was fate that made our paths cross again that time on.

Over the years I was guilty of many things during my career but I wasn't really guilty of the charges initially brought against me. It was during this court case that my father came to me in a dream and told me that I would be found not guilty. When I awoke the following day I told everybody that I would be found not guilty and they thought that my comments were amusing. However, the verdict was NOT guilty and rightly so. I did mention this earlier, but my father was never really there for me as a child, but that night, in that dream, he was there when I needed him most.

The story in my second book tells how I left the marines but was still mentally a soldier. I think this is true for most soldiers. It took me 13 years to move on from my military frame of mind and a lot of this time to move on from the ways I had adopted during my career. Those years were a long and arduous journey, but thankfully after experiences that took me all over the world and got me into all kinds of situations I got there in the end.

Maybe I'm one of the lucky ones. Some times I think I am. I have former colleagues who suffer from various conditions including PTSD and other physical injuries. When I'm training hard in the gym I think of them and I think of how lucky I am, after all I've been through, to still be able to do this at a very high level of fitness.


TK: I think the speed that yourself and Patty completed your books is amazing. But I guess when the writers flow comes and keeps flowing, its a great thing.

Mind, Body & Spirit intrigues me these days. The more I learn about this subject, the more fascinating I believe life is. And beyond..........




Best Regards

Steven


message 11: by Steven, About The Author (new)

Steven | 65 comments Mod
TK: Good luck with your radio interview. I have a friend who suffered from PTSD. He wrote about it in a book. He said it was his way of dealing with it. I guess there's a few authors here who, also like myself, wrote their books for similar reasons. i.e. to help them deal with their experiences or even to move on from them.

Best Regards

Steve


message 12: by Kim (new)

Kim | 3 comments Hi. I'm Kim and I wrote the young adult novel Songs for a Teenage Nomad that was published in June of 2007 by Hip Pocket Press. It was recently named the winner of the 2007 London Book Festival in the teenage category. I wrote my book because I love words and stories and characters, but also because I love teenagers and respect this time in their lives very much. I’ve taught high school for over ten years and so many of the characters in my book are amalgamations of students I’ve taught over the years. I had one student in particular early in my career, a freshman, who had been to 10 schools so far and then moved on again about three months into the year and I remember thinking, “what do they keep moving from?” Calle’s story in Songs for a Teenage Nomad is my little creative answer to that question.


message 13: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Moran (authorkellymoran) This is a great group of people here! You guys all have something great to say! Keep up the dream..
I posted above!
~K


message 14: by [deleted user] (new)

Hi Steven, Thanks for inviting me to join this group. I have attempted to write but so far no luck really getting it done. I did 30 pages of a werewolf book about ten years ago which my mother and husband told me would never sell. I am a military brat who married a somewhat violent ex who was also a product of a military background, then I married an ex Marine and my son is military so I am used to what you write about here. I read The Great Santini on the advice of my ex sister-in-law who said it described her father. Then I bought Military Brats which tells about the psychological profile of people like me who have no roots really and are like chameleons in our ability to blend with our surroundings. I still hope to find a copy of your book. I am sure I will be able to relate to it.
I have also done some Reiki and have a book about it somewhere (own too many books). Glad you were able to write about it. I still have lots of that stuff bottled up inside.
Alice


message 15: by Julie (new)

Julie Powell (julie_powell) | 2 comments Hello Steven

Thank you for inviting me to join your group. I have posted my reasons for writing two of my books...hope it's okay.

Thanks again

Julie Elizabeth Powell


message 16: by Steven, About The Author (new)

Steven | 65 comments Mod
Julie: of course its okay. Welcome to the group.


Alice: I recall the film about: The Great Santini. The strange thing is, after all these years, I only just mentioned it to my son a couple of days ago and now you've mentioned it!!

Anyway: I thought I'd finsihed my recent manuscript last year, but realised after I'd put it away for a while that it needed more work. I believe at the time, it wasn't finished because it wasn't ready to come out of my thoughts until recently. So now it is complete.

Maybe your writing is the same. Pick up the manuscript you were working on and give it another go.

Best Regards

Steven Preece
Author


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