Matt Johnson Takes to the Court with His New Book

Matt Johnson approached me for an interview yesterday. I was having my usual night in with a beer and a few books– did I want to do an interview about his new book? Well, yes… It literally took seconds and said yes. We sat down at around 1am my time and Matt answered all my questions with honesty and precision. The book is about basketball and if there’s one thing I love reading about, it’s sports. Sit down and watch as Matt breathlessly works his way through an interview about his true loves– basketball and writing.

MattQ) Matt, why did you write a book?

A) I wrote a book because it has always been one of my dreams. I have always enjoyed being creative and have had a goal of being an author for a few years now. I also love basketball and wanted to write about something that I am passionate about.

Q) You love basketball, too? Tell me what started your love of the game.

A) Oh boy. I would have to say that it started when I was about eight years old. I would play with my older brothers, Kent and Brian, in our driveway. Then I played for some YMCA teams and all the way up a bit in high school. I love watching it, reading about it, and playing it. It has brought me so many memories, friendships, and happy times.

Q) It sounds like, in a way, basketball helped shape your personality. Would you agree with that statement?

A) Yes, it is a big part of my life. So many aspects of basketball make up my personality. The competitiveness, the hard work it takes to be a good player, and just the love of taking on a challenge. I felt the same way in writing my book, The Biggest What-If’s in Los Angeles Lakers History. It was a challenge and one that I relished.

Q) Can you tell me about the biggest challenge you have faced in your life so far?

A) The biggest challenge of my life is helping others and being the person that I know God wants me to be. I think we all have the potential to do great things on this planet, but sometimes we fall short for whatever reason. We tell ourselves we are not good enough. I think it is important to look inside and see the potential we each have. We can each make a difference in our communities and our families. That is what life is all about.

Q) Well said! So do you spend a lot of time working with your community?

A) I try to. I have done various things, such as coaching a youth basketball team. I went on a church mission to Houston, Texas and tried to help the people there. I just enjoy helping people. It helps me forget about my own problems or worries.

Matt Johnson

Q) You sound like the all-American boy to me. Tell me about your writing process. Do you write at night? During the day? With music?

A) Ha, well thank you. I like to write at night. I am a night owl. I typically don’t write with music, as I find that the background noise muddies up my thoughts. Every now and then, I will turn on some music and just relax as I write, though.

Q) Sounds to me like you take your writing seriously. Let’s talk some more about your book. Is it about the strategy of basketball? The history? Your experiences on the court?

A) It is a hypothetical look at “what-if” scenarios of the basketball team, the Los Angeles Lakers. It poses questions that fans would find interesting and would enjoy debating. For instance, “What if Magic Johnson had played long enough to have played alongside Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant?” It’s just fun questions like that to ponder in your head.

Q) Los Angeles Lakers– you’re Californian?

A) No! Far from it, although my girlfriend is from Los Angeles and my dad grew up near there. I am actually from South Dakota. It was my dad that passed on his love of the Lakers to me.

Q) About the Lakers, do you follow them solely or do you like other teams, too?

A) I root for the Lakers because I love their tradition and many of the players they have had. So I root for them above any other team; but as a basketball fan, I do appreciate talent. I also like the Dallas Mavericks and the New York Knicks, but the Lakers are my one true love.

Q) Let’s talk about the impact of your book. How are people taking to it so far?

A) Well, it just came out this morning and so far the sales have been a bit disappointing, but it is early. It is a short book meant to entertain, so I hope people realize that. I have received a lot of support from my friends and it has garnered some “likes” on Facebook, so hopefully people will enjoy it.

Q) I am sure sales will pick up! Give it time! Where can readers get it?

A) I haven’t set up a facebook page yet, but I am in the process of it. If anybody wants to buy the book, they can do so at CreateSpace and it will be available in the next week on Amazon.com. The best way to contact me is to add me on Facebook, or visit me at my portfolio, http://mgjportfolio.weebly.com/

Q) Well, I will be getting a copy! What do you like to do outside of sports and writing, Matt?

A) I love spending time with my family. I have two older brothers (one of which actually helped me put this book together) and two younger sisters, and parents that I actually get along with! Imagine that, haha. I also love playing guitar. I am just a beginner but it is a lot of fun. I love watching movies, especially thrillers. You will often find me in the gym or on the basketball courts, of course.

Contact Matt on Facebook or at his portfolio, listed above.

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An Interview With Joel Seath: Author and Creator of Beauty…

Joel Seath is an author who writes to find the beautiful things in the world and to explore the characters that make life wonderful and sad. I met Joel on my travels and immediately cottoned onto his love for all things literary. We set up and interview and he answered my questions with ease. I found myself sitting back to listen to what he had to say rather than thinking of another question. Easy interviews are rare– but this was one of the easiest.

Joel

Q) So Joel, why did you become an author?

A) It’s a compulsion, a drive, I suppose. When you write you just need to keep on writing.

Q) What does a compulsive drive to write feel like?

A) It often feels like blocking out, locking in, sinking in. You know? Some days it’s a rush. Some days you read and re-read and it’s like you’re looking at something that shines (or might shine) and you want to keep that, show that, have that, always.

Q) Do you ever find it hard to stop yourself from writing? Is it like a daze or a dream you can’t break from?

A) Physically writing (or typing), yes, I suppose. I mean, it can be extremely immersive, as many writers will know. However, that immersion also plays itself out in the day-to-day, pen not in hand, computer not on. Words (or the possibility of them) are everywhere.

Q) Words are your thing as a writer? So what is your favourite word?

A) What an excellent question! A barman asked me what my favourite book was recently (your question reminds me of that): how to pick one? You can tell by the long pause that this has given me cause to think. I can tell you what my most recently learned word is (and, by extension, a current favourite): tenebrous.

Q) Tenebrous? So what does tenebrous mean?

A) It’s to do with the obscure, the dark, as I understand it. This isn’t a reflection of my writing; rather, the word has a sort of rhythmic quality to me.

Q) Well, you have to learn something new everyday! So, lets reflect on your writing. What do you like to write about? Tell me about your writing.

A) In all its forms, long and short, my writing is intended as a means of finding the small gems of this world. There are hidden things in between what we just see on the surface– there are textures and layers to relationships, subtleties, moments. I’m looking for the moments that also linger. There are ‘objects’ of beauty, even in the laments, in many places.

Q) It’s interesting that you write about “beauty,” as everyone’s definition of beauty is so different. What’s the most beautiful thing you’ve ever written about? What is “beautiful” to you?

A) Well, beauty is subjective, of course, but I’m sometimes taken aback by how things turn out. It’s unexpected. There are moments that happen which I read time and again because they still have some power over me. In one of my stories, a child’s brief interaction with the narrator takes me in every time; in another piece, it was something I wrote in a female voice because I needed to do this more, I was there with her, as her, in Venice because the words were in that flow state; poetry is a vanity, but there are lines of colour and there are lines that sink me sometimes. Questions such as these are like choosing between children!

Q) If you could write anywhere in the world– where would it be? What landscape would really incite your creativity?

A) On a beach, in the mountains, in a forest, all of these. Specifically, though I’ve done my fair share of overseas travelling, I’d come back to the west of Cornwall. Standing on the cliffs overlooking some of the little unknown coves down there, the sea and the wind in your hair and on your face, that huge sky (it really is huge, like they say in their tourism promotions), makes words just come in for me. The artists there laud it for the light; I just can’t get enough of the energy.

Q) I understand that you’re published so others can enjoy your creative energy. Which of your works are currently available?

A) I’ve got a collection out at the moment (Disintegration and Other Stories). I loosely label this as literary fiction (though that term can be interpreted in many ways). DaOS is out in ebook and print. This collection came together in an odd way: I didn’t realise that there’d been a thread running through some of my writings for a number of years. It was like seeing invisible ink slowly become visible. I’m working on a collection of micro fiction, which will be a first volume (Four Kinds of Wreckage) to be added to. Micro fiction is much misunderstood. Away from fiction, I’m also published in the field of what’s known as ‘playwork’ (a particular way of working with children). I’ve had writings taken on by the national/international playwork publication for the sector, as well as credits with the organisation concerned with psycholudic playwork practice. (Now though, I fear I’m stepping into the jargon of my other calling – though writing is also a big part of this, too).

disintegration

Q) So tell me Joel– why did you want to be interviewed by me?

A) You do a good job of finding writers, Nick. When I became aware of your work I came over to your blog, and yes, I like what I see here. What you’re doing is exactly what writers need– a way of getting their words out there.

Q) Thank you, Joel. One of my stock questions is to ask– if you could be any writer from any time who would it be?

A) As far as writers are concerned, I have a range (as we all do probably): Milan Kundera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Jeannette Winterson, Iain Banks, Ian McEwan, Italo Calvino, Jack Kerouac, Neil Gaiman, Adrian Henri. There are others. I wouldn’t want just one small list to define me, though we start somewhere with questions such as these.

Q) Characters are important to you. What makes a good character for you?

A) The unusual wrapped up in the usual. Subtlety people often might not see. The strangely put. Love in odd places, ways; perceptions of this. Someone who aches in some way.

Q) It has often been said that “repeated readability makes a book.” Would you as an author agree with that?

A) Yes, I think I would. Who was it who said that journalism is read once, whilst literature more than this? Something like that. Anyway, it’s the sentiment here that counts. There are books on my shelf that I come back to time and again; there are passages on some pages that just astound me. Kerouac wrote about ‘fields the colour of love and Spanish mysteries’ in On the Road. I come back to that time and again.

Q) You strike me as an intellectual– someone striving for the beautiful things in life. Would you agree with that?

A) I don’t know about intellectual! I certainly am on the search for the beauty of the world though. That’s in words, in moments, in art, in love and lament, in the play of children, in the play of us, in nature.

Q) What would you personally deem as “ugly”?

A) There’s nothing so ugly as not wanting to see, perhaps. Ugliness is also wrapped up in the politics of power, greed, deceit.

Q) Power, greed, deceit are words usually entwined with politics. How do you feel about the political scene in America right now? Are you an Obama follower?

A) For me these words are part of Politics (as in that which a politician is involved in); however, these words are also within the politics of everyone, their relations. Lennon had an angle here! As for Obama, I don’t really get too immersed in Politics anywhere, if I can help it, because politicians bring the media to their door in many ways. That said, when politicians willfully ignore children and their play, this gets me going! Back to Obama, he strikes me as intelligent enough, though of course I’m not in the US and not directly subjected to American policy.

Q) Well, I think we’ll end there Joel. Thank you for a great interview!

Great article from hot selling author Alex Laybourne! Check it out and enjoy it!

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When George Orwell penned his novel 1984, and created the character of Si; the man who, tells the reader about the Inner Party’s plan to reduce language further and further, issuing reduced dictionaries, eliminating words until there are only the absolute minimum of words remaining with which to communicate, I doubt even Orwell could have imagined how true that would be.

Putting aside the technology of flat screens, CCTV and webcams, all of which can be found within this wonderful work of fiction (?), it is the clear prediction of the destruction of language that strikes me as being the most accurate.

I may be biased because of my nationality, but I think that the English language is the best in the world. It is expressive and can be used to conjure images and scenes far more romantic that even the most dashing of Frenchmen could conceive, and whose poetic…

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Clash of the Titans- British Author Nick Wale Interviews American Author Joseph J. Langan

Young writers come and go like the leaves on perennial trees. It is a fact that many people want to write books. In a survey conducted it was said 93% of the population of the USA wish to write a novel or biography. It is very easy to become lost in the deep waters of the literary world. I am telling you! Forget those worries as just one look at Joseph J. Langan tells you that he is going to be a hit on bestseller lists for a long time. With one hit anthology under his wing already, he now has a solo project on the way that will knock you off your feet. The book is provisionally called The Encoded Promise and has a plot that is already driving his fans nuts with anticipation!

Joseph strikes me as a young man who will change the world. The real man comes from Ohio and loves it there. Although it rains a lot– he wouldn’t want to be anywhere else in the whole world. Looking like nothing other than the young American dream he smiled and settled down as we started the interview.

Q) Hi Joseph! Let me ask you, are you nervous?

A) Hi Nick! Not to an unmanageable degree. Just excitement anxiety. This is my the first interview I have given recently about my writing!

Q) Well, I’ll take it easy on you Joseph. I know you’re a busy guy so let’s start off with the obvious. What is your new book called and could you tell us a little about it.

A) The working title is The Encoded Promise. It’s set far in the future and is about a girl living on Europa–one of the moons of Jupiter. After Earth became uninhabitable, the Government moved the surviving population to this moon and pressed the restart button on society, banning most art forms, music, religion and other cultural expressions. The girl lives in a utopia, but slowly learns the world is not as it seems. With the Government running everything and lawless rebels running about beyond the confines of her Installation, she quickly learns her world is really a dystopia. The novel really picks up speed when her home is attacked and she has to leave the world she knew, venturing into the unregulated chaos in search of her kidnapped brother.

Q) Sounds like a great idea for a bestselling book Joseph. Do you think the world will ever evolve into such a ‘big brother’ society?

A) In some ways I think it has already begun. The silk has started to spin and our cocoon is in the works. Will we go through the whole metamorphosis into a not-so Brave New World… I certainly hope not.

Q) Only time will tell I suppose. So you wouldn’t want your book as a reality? Is it more of a warning?

A) That can be said about it. I’d rather my readers make that conclusion for themselves. In some ways society would benefit, in terms of peace; in other ways, we would be stripped of our humanity. There are pros and cons, but that’s for the individual reader to decide.

Q) How have readers so far taken to your work?

A) I’m an active member of a writers’ critique group. Being the youngest member, they have taught me a lot and I certainly think I have grown and evolved. Generally, the response is very positive, and if not, I always value constructive criticism. I don’t take it personally, it helps me to flourish as an author.

Q) How do you handle criticism without merit?

If it has no merit, I take it for what it’s worth.

Q) So how did you get into writing? What drives you as a writer?

A) I have been writing religiously since grade school. My second grade teacher inspired me to put pen onto paper and since I have never wavered in my ambition to succeed as a writer. When I’m writing poetry it’s the emotion that drives me. I feel the rhymes coagulating with the feelings, mixing into a dangerous cacophony of passion. Be it fiction–it’s the story that drives me– or the revolutionary idea such as “What if Twitter posted people’s current state of consciousness instead of a written status, and if we clicked on them we saw through their eyes, felt what they felt?”–which is the main idea that propels a short story I wrote called Big Brother. Whether it be emotions, the plot, or even the “big idea,” I am never at a shortage of inspiration.

Q) Many of your readers will already know that you’ve written a lot of material, and are an experienced writer. Do you have a personal favourite?

I’m very proud of my upcoming novel, The Encoded Promise. When the story was just a twinkle in my eye, it got me thinking. I transitioned from more of a high fantasy/horror storyteller into a manufacturer of seedy Science Fiction prose. I think The Encoded Promise captures the feel of a classless society and the struggles they face, as well as paints a strong contrast with the rebels who in many ways mirror the modern day “punk” sub-culture— just with anti-gravity weapons and the ability to digitally send thoughts from one brain to another. *Laughs*

Q) It sounds fascinating to me and I am sure it’s a going to be a great success. For people out there what are your latest hits?

A) I have several short stories and poems published in the anthology, Grim Vengeance. They are more horror-themed though, written before I solidified as a SF writer.

Q) Where can people purchase your work? I’m sure a lot of people will be curious.

A) Grim Vengeance is available on Amazon in both print and ebook formats. Be on the lookout for my stories The Moles and Human Farm as well as my anti-abuse poem, Victims and Vultures.

Q) People keep saying how hard it is to sell books. How are sales holding up for you?

A) Grim has done very well! At peaks, it’s been in the Top 5 in new Drama anthologies and in the top 50 for new Fantasy anthologies. I’ve received a few messages from fans who enjoyed my work. That made me feel like a million bucks!

Q) That’s great to hear, Joseph! I’m glad you are garnering such success! Do you have a writer’s page people can follow?

A) I sure do! I’m on Facebook and Twitter and am updating my blog, so hopefully that will be ready soon. I have plans to create a website, as well.

Q) How would a reader get in touch with you? Do you have a contact address?

A) The best way to contact me privately would be my email, JosephJLangan@aol.com I’m always delighted to hear from fans!

Q) You strike me as a genuinely nice guy, Joseph. How about telling us a bit about the man behind the typewriter?

A) *Laughs* The man is inseparable from the stranger behind the typewriter….But in all honesty, I view myself as a nice guy. Sometimes, I play the bass and record and mix music. I don’t believe chivalry is dead, and in some ways, I can be quite the romantic. I’m kind of a private person also—always more of an observer than a doer, but aren’t most writers? I care deeply about my friends and spend a great deal of time pondering the future. If there’s any way I can apply my abilities to make a difference, I do so.

Q) I’m not sure your agent would want to hear that his next bestseller writer wants to change the world. However, how would you change the world?

A) That’s for you to find out once it’s accomplished. *smiles*

Q) I’m sure we will all be watching to see what you do next. So, tell us all what is next for you?

A) I’ve written over half a dozen short stories, so I’m shopping them around. In the meantime I’m editing The Encoded Promise and plotting the potential sequel, on top of working at a library. What’s next for me? Polishing the manuscript and finding the perfect publisher, of course.

Q) Thank you for your time, Joseph. Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers and fans before we finish?

Feel free to check out my Facebook page, my Twitter or shoot me an email. When it comes to fans, I’m an open book. Be on the lookout for The Encoded Promise, and to aspiring writers: stick with it. You are the only thing standing in your way from success. Believe in yourself and you can achieve. Thank you for having me, Nick! It was a pleasure.

What more can I say, Joseph? It was a pleasure and I hope we can do it again sometime.

With that the interview was over and Joseph returned to his work. There are so many talented writers in this world and for some it is a choice. For guys like Joseph J. Langan it is a calling and they cannot afford to ignore it! I believe with this new book The Encoded Promise there will be no stopping this boy!

Check him out on the links below:

Joseph J. Langan Facebook Page

Joseph J. Langan Twitter

JosephJLangan (at) aol.com

Don’t forget to check out Grim Vengeance

 

A writer to watch!

A writer to watch!

Interview With Nick Wale

Looking to the future

Looking to the future

Below is an interview Nick recently conducted for journalist Mac Miller.

When he arrived I did not know what to expect from him. Slowly, he looked around and noticed me. The first thing I noticed were his eyes, unlike any I’ve seen before. Nick Wale is handsome, rugged and a man completely away from his own generation. His size struck me more than anything– he’s working class– yet classically Roman. I was taken off guard as he smiled at my wife. Still, when we started the interview I was put at ease by his friendly and easy going nature.

Q Nice to meet you Nick– this is your first interview– correct?

A) Yes- my first for this book– I have been interviewed before.

Q) I won’t take it easy on you then.

A) Naw, now don’t be mean to me. I am new to this!

Q) First off, let me ask you what that record is under your arm?

A) Bobby Darin sings Ray Charles on Atlantic. I think Bobby Darin is just the end! Have you heard it?

Q) No– is it good? I’m a Darin fan too!

A) Get out of here! Well, it’s a swinging album, brother– here take this one and I’ll get another.

Q) Thank you– I will take it easy on you now– ready for the first question?”

A) Shoot

Q) So, you’ve finally finished “The Rose Amongst the Thorns”. How does it feel to be an author?

A) Pretty good, Mac! I guess it’s all down to good luck and blessings from God that we managed to finish it. I just follow the old adage– good luck brings forth more good luck and a little quicksand at times.

Q) How do you promote your work?

A) Well, I guess I use all the old carny tricks in the book. We make great use of Facebook and Twitter. I have a mailing list and of course the blog. I was recently telling Lori, my beautiful fiancee and co-author of “Rose”, about the importance of the blog– 1000 hits in two months is pleasing! I know we can do better.

Q) 1000 hits in two months? You don’t consider that a resounding success?

A) I consider it a beginning and I know we can do better. The way I see it is simple. There’s a 1000 hits now and perhaps 10,000 tomorrow and it’s all down to marketing and audience share.

Q) Do you believe “Rose Amongst the Thorns” is a hit?

A) I believe that it is not just a hit– I believe it is the hit of the decade. The book tells a dramatic true life story and tells it well. Lori is an excellent writer and I believe she has done some of her best work. This book isn’t just a book– it’s a movie and a series of books.

Q) Social commentary?

A) Indeed and a huge chunk of history to go with it. The original manuscript had more social commentary than this cut– but we gave up some story to make it more commercial– more viable for an audience.

Q) So it was rewritten?

A) Of course, who can write a book without rewrites and editing? We took it upon ourselves to do the first rewrite and the second was down to advice we were given from a great agent.

Q) So, an agent gave you some insight?

A) Yes, absolutely! Andrew Murray emailed me directly and read the first rewrite and loved it. He gave us invaluable advice and then we took his words and ran with them. The man was a guiding star to Lori and I!

Q) So, tell us about Nick Wale the man.

A) I’m a simple guy really– very easy going and devoted to my home life. I like to wake up slowly and get enough sleep. That’s one thing I loved about the process of writing “Rose”. It was one of those wonderful processes over a few months. I just worked hard and rested easy. Relaxing? I never relax in the day– I work and I catch up with my fellow writers and political buddies. I have a lot of friends in the business and some I would even like to represent as an agent.

Q) So, you want to become an agent?

Mac– I believe in doing as much as possible and I would become an agent in the time it takes to write my name. I have met some incredible authors who just don’t get the sales that they should. For example take Doug R Cobb– he is an excellent writer– yet he doesn’t get the sales he needs to give up the day job. I believe he could be the biggest thing since Steven King if given the chance.

Q) Douglas R Cobb? Author of “Crossing The Dead Line?”

A) Yes– I believe he has a film already written with that one.

Q) I’ll be sure to look out for it Nick– so what’s your home life like?

A) Bit personal, eh? Well it’s the same as everyone else’s– we don’t have any dinosaurs in the bath or anything. Lori and I like music and TV and we spend a lot of our time together. I believe in spending time with my family and nothing makes me happier.

Q) What does Lori think about the success you’ve had so far?

A) I think sometimes she worries that I’m a carny– she cringes a lot when she sees some of the things I do for promotion. I think she is proud though and happy– if she wasn’t happy I would give it up and get another job in an instant.

Q) Does Lori have any side projects?

A) She cross stitches and watches TV– she likes Mexican food and I think she has a new book in mind. It’s about a bored housewife running off to Greece and Turkey. I believe it’s a winner and it’s based on truth.

Q) Thank you for the heads up about her new work. Do you have any new projects on the go?

A) I have some news articles I’m currently working on and hope to sell to papers and I have two new books in mind. The first is a prequel to “Rose” and the second has the working title of “Poverty”. I will be previewing a few chapters soon on my blog.

Q) You seem to be pretty adult orientated for a 22 year old! What do you attribute such a strong work ethic to?

A) Well, Mac– I guess I’m not the same as other guys my age. I just see the world and look for the opportunities. Lori calls me a visionary at times. I believe it’s more down to the fact that I want to achieve. I like being me and that means that I want to be me for a long time. If I wasn’t writing or trying to write or be around writers, I wouldn’t be me.

Q) Back to “Rose” for a moment– can you tell us more about it?

A) Sure– “Rose” is the true story of my mother who suffered with depression. I guess the truth is that she went haywire for a time and things were hard until I met Lori. Mum and Lori were like oil and water to begin with and times were tough, but mum made the effort to fix herself and change her life. I am so proud of her for that– it’s a long and shocking tale– but it really does show the lows that depressives go to. Depression is a rampant disease, Mac, and it’s only by sharing experiences and making a positive change that we will fix it. There are lots of people out there suffering because of it.

Q) So, you want to help people?

A) Yes, sir, that’s one of my main goals and it will always be one of my main goals. I have been given a lot in this life and I would like to put back as much as I can. I believe that everyone should have opportunities and with this book I hope to give many, many people opportunities.

Q) How will you do this?

A) I want to start working with teenagers to get themselves into a profession and out of the jobcentre. I want to get people to write their stories and share their experiences. I would like as an agent to pick up books by writers who aren’t making enough money– and make them the money. I am not in this for myself– I’m in this business to make it happen for everyone I meet.

Q) Who is your personal hero?

A) Well, there’s a guy named Ed Powers who is one of my best friends. I really feel that he changes a lot of lives through his sermons and such. I have spent many hours talking to him and he just believes without question in things I do– that takes some guts because people say I’m crazy.

Q) Why crazy?

A) 22 and an author– ideas and marketing like mine– they say to me– Nick you are loopy– I just smile, hey Mac! Perhaps I am loopy.

Q) Not loopy– driven I would say Nick.

A) Well, thank you! I do realise that my age is against me in many ways. I guess people just don’t take guys my age seriously– they say “Hey, wait till you grow up a bit, boy.”

Q) What do you say to that?

A) I always just smile and say if I wait any longer — I’ll lose it!

Q) So when will “Rose Amongst the Thorns” hit the shelves and internet sites?

A) It’s with publishers right now and I’m waiting to hear back. There hasn’t been a single rejection yet of the new manuscript and I think they’re going to love it as much as we do. I guess it’s all a waiting game now.

Q) Well from what I’ve read– I love it and I hear the whole book has been described as Pulitzer worthy?

A) Aww, I don’t know about that! I just hope its book-binding worthy!

Mac) Thank you for your time Nick and I wish you every success.

Nick) Thank you, Mac!

We shook hands and with that it was over and he left. Nick Wale, a guy with drive and ambition, was gone and all I have to say is– good luck to him and thanks for the record. This is a guy to watch! We will be seeing a lot more of him, I’m sure!

Nick enjoying the Darin disc.

Nick enjoying the Darin disc.

Want a good publisher? Try Darrell Bennett!

Darrell BennettOn my travels I meet some very interesting people. I interview writers and publishers and every other interesting person I come across. However, I have a question for all of you out there:

Do you have an inspirational manuscript?

Have you been turned down? I know how that feels. I also know a guy who can help you— he’s a small publisher right now… Tomorrow? He is going to be a giant in the industry.

Darrell Bennett writes inspirational work himself. He has had two hit books. Check them out!

1) Daring to be Different: 25 Tips for a Life of Success

2) The Power to Think, The Will to Act

You can also pick them up on his website. I would suggest sticking around and taking a look at his videos, too!

The Official Website of Darrell Bennett

Now, what else can I say? This guy is a Harvard Lawyer with a thriving life and a thriving business. I think he can say much more about his life and career to you through his own website and lectures. I guess I just respect him because he has made a success of his life. There’s a lot of people in America who deserve success. I think more and more people are failing because of the blocks put in front of them. If we all just stop and think about our lives then we can go around them. We can all get what we want if we just try our best to get there.

I wrote this article many months ago before I had a computer. Now with my life turning around, I can afford to change this page and make it what I wanted it to be. I hope to show you all that if you take some good steps forward the whole world can change for you. Publishing with Darrell Bennett would be a good step for all of you guys out there. If you keep getting turned down– keep looking for all the avenues you can find. You will make it! Just like I made it!

“If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.” Darrell Bennett

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