Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I am a true spirit and highly optimistic individual who enjoys life to the max. I find my spiritual energy through nature looking at the beauty of life that surrounds us each and every day, I look at the stars and the moon to reflect on my gratitude for what life has given me. All I have written over the years contained in this book is about the will to survive in the search for answers in the life recovery. With the rate of relapse today and all of those who suffer from addiction I have written only what I have learned, what I know and what I’ve experienced in life’s trials and tribulations. This arduous journey has not come to me without some pain, suffering, and difficulty. I have survived and come out on the other side with a renewed faith, and inner wholeness, and a new vigor for life in recovery. For every moment of our life has a purpose, and the circumstances of each day carveout our actions no matter how small, dull, or routine they may be; our life has meaning, value, and worth. What inspired me most was a quote I read, “If there is a book you have not read, then write it.”
Tell us about your books.
This book Addiction to Recovery / Unlocking your Potential is an accumulation of existential realization, many resources, years of recovery, education, insights, and years working in the field of addiction, with all adepts in the goal of personal transformation from addiction to recovery. This is an integrative approach to living and wellness of recovery. I vacated my own mind to a deep personal process, my own form of meditation, and this book came about.
How did you go about getting published?
This book was self published which was a long process looking at many self-publishing companies.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
Addiction to Recovery / Unlocking your Potential was nine years in the making a labor of love to help those who suffer from addiction and to enhance the recovery of those who need it. I read over 300 books in eight years from Aristotle to current psychology, every book I could read on mind, body, soul and self. Studied world religion and practiced many to get a better understanding of the answers I was searching for. By the time I had finished I wrote over 7000 pages by hand. For me the best time of the day for my writing is at 4 AM I am at my most creative at this time of the day it is very important to know your body rhythms to bring out your full potential. Also while I am writing I listened to rock and alternative music as it drowns everything out and allows me to focus fully on my writing.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
My current full-time job is head chef as I have a passion for cooking, my plan is to semi-retire and continue to write as I find it the most enjoyable.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
A book cover needs to be well thought out it should reflect your book and also catch the eye of the individual. The title should also be well thought out. For myself I began thinking of the cover and the title from the very beginning of my writing many sketches and many different titles until I found the perfect fit.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
One of the hardest things that I have found is getting your book to the audience one of the most important things you can do is know your target audience when you’re writing a book. No matter what your genre is if you do not have a target audience the great accomplishment of writing a book and becoming an author can be disappointing if it is sitting on your shelf.
What’s your favorite book?
There are too many to list as I feel be unfair to so many great books that I love just choose one.
What are you reading now?
Currently I am working on my next book.
What’s your next book project?
My forthcoming book, Recovery: What Cost so Little is Worth so Much. This book will provide a new optimistic outlook as a guide for the unwary who had failed at recovery in the past and those coming into recovery for the first time.