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Interview with Barry Tutor, author of Never Giving Up & Never Wanting To


ABOUT NEVER GIVING UP & NEVER WANTING TO

Like most, I knew about Alzheimer’s disease. It causes old people to forget. When my relationship with this disease began, it highlighted how little I knew. Following my widowed mother’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis, I researched this disease to gain insight about my new role as her caregiver and decision maker. What I learned and experienced during her affliction still left me somewhat unprepared for what was yet to come. Sixteen months following my mother’s diagnosis, my dear wife and best friend was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Though now I was familiar with this silent killer, my wife’s diagnosis set into motion many changes and challenges in our lives. Someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s every sixty-eight seconds. Currently, Alzheimer’s is the only disease in the top-ten causes of death that is on the increase and has no means of prevention and no possible cure. Given these facts, support for those afflicted relies on increasing levels of caregiving as the disease progresses. Let me explain something about this “old folk’s disease.” Alzheimer’s affects more than just parents and grandparents. It is also the disease of siblings, spouses, and children. Alzheimer’s forces many families to decide between home versus institutional care. An estimated fifteen million caregivers provide some level of care to the Alzheimer’s victims still living at home. No matter what level of care you are providing, the importance of preparation is paramount. Arming yourself with knowledge begins that preparation process. I was unprepared for the roller-coaster ride my life became as the sole caregiver for two Alzheimer’s victims. To meet their varied challenges, I adapted and developed multiple techniques for targeted personalized care. If only I knew then what I know now. By sharing my knowledge and experience, I hope to better prepare you for your caregiving journey.

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How has your upbringing influenced your writing?

In my book Never Giving Up & Never Wanting To I write about my 44 year old mother as she stood steadfastly by my father as he lay dying from a brain tumor. In the six months he was at the local hospital, after each workday she would spend as much time she could at his side. When my grandfather was at the Veterans Administration hospital in Fayetteville, North Carolina dying from cancer, my grandmother would close the little mom-and-pop restaurant she owned and operated so she could go to visit him nearly every day. This trip was about one hour each way which for a little old lady was quite a journey. My family has always risen to the occasion and has stood by the sick and dying without hesitation.

When and why did you begin writing?

My writing career began back in the 1970s when I was a Logistics Specialist for various government contracting organizations. My writing was of a technical nature about various Navy systems and subsystems. Some writing efforts were just paragraphs where others were multiple chapters to be included in presentations, manuals and training materials. In the late 1980s until the mid-1990s I was the sole proprietor of a business that supported small businesses developing a wide variety of written materials including business plans, advertising copy and general presentations. Additionally this business supported individuals in writing/editing resumes, writing letters of complaint to corporations, editing op-ed pieces and editing graduate student’s dissertations. I did not start writing my “Great American Novel” until about 2010 when I began putting the pieces of Never Giving Up & Never Wanting To together.

What do you consider the most challenging thing about writing?

The most challenging thing about writing for me was identifying my audience. I was told early in my writing career to write to the lowest common denominator. I thought long and hard on who my audience was to be. Since my audience will most likely be the “average person on the street” I endeavored to write to the person that may only be high school educated. I don’t mean to sound like an elitist snob, but people with money tend to be better educated and, quite frankly, will likely be able to afford a professional caregiver or institutionalization. The second most challenging thing about writing for me was just finding the time to do it. If you read my book, you will find that I have a major set of responsibilities with caregiving and handling the duties of homeownership which puts a crimp in writing efforts.

Do you intend to make writing a career?

There currently resides on my computer several pages of rough notes for the follow-on book to Never Giving Up & Never Wanting To as there will be an obvious change in the principals of the book, and hopefully there will be improvements to report in the search for better treatments or a cure. For those who have read the book and have gotten to know my wife, Lynne, and our struggle with this disease, I feel that they will want to know how things progressed until the end. I don’t know if after this second the book if I would continue writing or not. I do enjoy it, but I don’t know if I am a one subject expert willing to beat back the competition with additional neurologic disease offerings.

Have you developed a specific writing style?

I don’t have a specific writing style. If I were to put a name to it, I would call it conversational or casual. But as it says in my book I am not a writer – I am a storyteller. I believe the importance of clearly conveying the message outweighs the importance of the style.

What is your favorite quote?

My favorite quote comes from the movie My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys. “Just trying to get by without shoving.”ABOUT BARRY TUTOR

As a lifetime problem-solver, I faced the challenges of caring for my two AD victims by researching the disease and developing caregiving skills to assure their comfort and care.


Interview with Erna Mueller, author of K-9 COP


Erna MuellerI was born in Austria and my family immigrated to the U.S. I loved living here as a child and considered the U.S. my home. My family returned to Austria and of course I had to tag along. I missed the friendly faces and the cultivation of the free spirit which America symbolizes. In Austria I completed my education but always wanted to return, so here I am.

I traveled the world and lived in many exciting cities such as Paris, Munich and London. I currently work as an accountant for a large pizza company in Seattle by day and passionately pursue a career as a writer in my spare time.

My new book, K-9 Cop, is adapted from my multi-national award winning screenplay.  The book has won several awards including first place in the 2009 National Good Read Competition sponsored by awomenswrite.com.

Please visit my web site at http://www.k9cop-woofwoof.com for more reviews and other info.

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About the Book:

K-9 Cop 2No one thought as highly of Lieutenant Spencer Watley as he did himself. This selfish cop met 14 year-old Justin Andrews during an important stakeout. Determined to nab a group of cyber killers, he wasn’t going to let anything get in his way, especially a smart mouthed teenager like Justin.

After Spencer bids him good riddance, he is killed by the hackers and stands before the gates of heaven. But – what’s this? After a life of putting dangerous criminals behind bars, he’s locked out?

He yells at the angel blocking his entrance, only to find out he needs to go through the J.R.P. program before he can enter. That’s the Jerk Redemption program, otherwise known as sensitivity training boot camp, which to his horror consists of non-stop Oprah and Dr. Phil reruns. Or he can go back to earth and help Justin’s dysfunctional family. Spencer opts for the lesser of two evils, to help Justin.

But the Angel pulls a fast one on Spencer. He can only go back to earth in the body of his K9-Partner. Spencer refuses, but like it or not, Spencer becomes a dog. He falls back to earth and is slowly morphed into a dog that closely resembles a mop.

And if being a dog wasn’t bad enough, Spencer also swallowed an important microchip his killers need to hack into PC’s and steal millions. Now the criminals are hot on his trail for the only existing microchip that’s logged in his belly.

Justin and Spencer butt heads constantly; both are stubborn and willful, neither one wanting to give an inch. Spencer needs to find out what the killers are up to, so he swallows his pride and forms a bond with the boy. Spencer relays to Justin his past and together with the help of Justin’s girlfriend, Shahla; they discover the hacker’s plans. Spencer has broken down Justin’s reserve and he finally learns the meaning of unselfish love.

But it’s too late, the hackers have captured them.

Can Spencer maul the shins (and other choice areas) of his kidnappers and stop them from their evil plan?

Can a selfish man find a heart?

You bet. He just has to become a dog first.

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Thank you for this interview! I’d like to know more about you as a person first. What do you do when you’re not writing?

I work at a great Pizza Company in Seattle in Accounting. When I’m not writing I love to read history books and biographies.

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?

Hawaii. I’d just sit under the palm trees with my IPad and stare at the ridiculous beauty of nature.

What do you find fascinating about the Young Adult genre?

I love the fun and adventure and the growing up into Adulthood. I haven’t gotten there yet and I’m a senior citizen. I’ve reconciled myself to the fact that I’m going to stay a kid forever.

When was the adrenalin rush – writing that first chapter or the last and why?

It was the last chapter but the rush came when I finished editing. Editing takes the most time. In fact, writing is mostly rewriting.

What is the most important thing about your book that we as a reader should know?

K-9 Cop started out as an original screenplay which received 1st place at the Huston International Film Festival and the Hollywood Scriptwriting Institute among others. But as a first time writer it’s difficult to find a production company that will back your screenplay. An agent suggested I adapt my screenplay into a book to gain recognition. I took the advice and found the novel process more enjoyable and rewarding. It was a great writing experience since the story is so humorous and uplifting. After adaptation my novel won 1st place in The Good Read Novel Competition at awomenswrite.com.

Your best friend is an aspiring author and his book really sucks. What would you say to him or her?

I would advise my friend to hire an editor. And I hope my friend would also be honest enough to tell me the truth about my writing. How do you expect to improve without critique? Of course that critique has to be given in a constructive tone.

You’re sitting at a dinner party and seated next to NY bestselling authors. They are intimidating indeed and one of them remarks that your book sucks. What would you say to him or her?

I would ask why and try to get as much information out of them as possible. Good editors cost a fortune and I would cherish the opportunity for free professional advice.

You catch someone sitting on a park bench reading your book whether on an e-reader or the real McCoy and you walk over to him or her and what do you say?

I would kindly ask them if they would like me to autograph their book. If it’s an e-reader I would ask them if they enjoy reading my book, and if so, thank them that they made my day.

You’ve just been offered the Pulitzer Prize. Who do you thank?

I would thank God. And for those who don’t believe in God, I would thank the Big Bang.

Any final words?

I just wanted to stress the importance of imagination. Albert Einstein hit the nail on the head when he said “I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” Wow, that gives me goose bumps and makes my knees wobble.

 


Interview with Corey Perlman, author of Social Media Overload


 

Social Media OverloadTitle: Social Media Overload
Author: Corey Perlman
Publisher: Garnet Group
Pages: 169
Genre: Business
Format: Paperback/Kindle

You shouldn’t be on any social media site without a clear direction or purpose. This book will help you:
• Determine which sites are right for your business and ignore the rest
• Avoid website mistakes that are costing you business
• Attract more prospects by outperforming your competition on Google
• Stay “Top of Mind” with prospects using content marketing
• Strengthen customer relationships and earn referrals using Facebook and LinkedIn

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How did you come up with the title of your book?

I speak on the topic of Social Media for business. Attendees are generally frustrated and overwhelmed by the amount they feel they need to do to be successful with social media. I titled the book, Social Media Overload, to help them solve those challenges.

What is your writing environment like?

I write in coffee shops. I need the energy of other people around me – I can’t write in solitude.

What is your favorite quote? Why?

“Don’t die with the music still inside you.” Dr Wayne Dyer.

We can all find other things to do other than write, so we must make it a priority or it will never get done.

How has your upbringing influenced your writing?

My parents were both in the field of communication and helped me write in a style that was easy to understand. There are literally thousands of other social media / internet marketing books, but I say it in a way that everyone seems to be able to understand. I thank my parents for that gift.

What inspires you to write?

My clients and their challenges.

What do you consider the most challenging part about writing a novel, or about writing in general?

Like the gym, just doing it consistently.

Did you learn anything while writing this book? If so, what was it?

I always learn when I write. I tend to do a lot of fact checking and a lot of research. My topic is always changing so we must change with it!

What have you done to promote this book?

I did a Birthday book launch and partnered with other authors to launch. I also speak for a living, so I sold my book to audiences and meeting planners.

What are some of the best tools available today for writers?

elance.com
fiverr.com

Both can help you get things done in a quick and cost-effective way. I got the cover of my book done on fiverr.com for…you guessed it…five bucks.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

If you’re frustrated by a lack of results from your social media marketing, you’ll gain a lot from this book. www.socialmediaoverload.com

Corey Perlman

Corey Perlman is an entrepreneur, author and nationally-recognized social media expert. His most recent book, eBoot Camp, (Wiley) became an Amazon.com bestseller and received global attention with distribution in both China and India.

Corey’s company, eBoot Camp, Inc., provides digital marketing services to small and mid-size businesses. A proud member of the National Speaker’s Association (NSA), Corey conducts his critically acclaimed Social Media for Business Keynote to audiences around the world. He’s the proud father of a 3-year-old daughter who has already tweeted, has a youtube channel, and asked for a Mark Zuckerberg doll for her brithday. The apple truly doesn’t fall far from the tree.

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