The Tak tse Profit spent most of life observing conditions, circumstances and people. He spent most his adult life in service to people known and unknown, considering and noting differing factors in life: both in his and other’s. He accepted his commission to share the Philosophy of Etiam Tu: inspired by his young son’s convicting of his heart for having given up on mankind.
1.What got you into writing / what made you sit down and actually start something? After many years of dispare about the direction society was headed in and its failure to correct its behavior and unify even following the attacks of 9-11, I had given up on it ever correcting its ways. I had decided I would leave society and go live far away from western culture as soon as I could make that possible. My young son though with his big loving heart let me know that I did not have the right to just give up on mankind, and that I was responsible to be my brothers keeper. Not long after that I felt compelled to find a solution for the problems that were leading mankind astray.
2.What is a usual writing day like for you, how is it structured? Currently I am in between books, but typically I do extensive research and gather information that will provide inspiration for my thoughts as I begin to stitch together the ideas that will be the road map for my written work.
3.Do you get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it? I look around for some elixir to allow my mind to wander and consider and contemplate differing circumstances or questions until I find subjects that are useful to my goals.
4.Are you a plotter or pantser when it comes to writing a story? I have not written any stories though I have a few in the hopper for my later years. I would say I am a plotter but travel from point to point by the seat of my pants.
5.Are you traditionally or self-published? So far my first and only book was self published.
6.What was the publishing process like for you? Any advice to aspiring authors. Actually publishing went pretty quickly not nearly as lengthy as the research, writing and editing parts that I did. For aspiring Authors I would advise them to gather as much money as possible, do not write by hand, pay for the full year of spell and grammar checking, or hire editors and begin promoting your book long before you get to close to finishing it.
7.What has been your highlight since becoming a published author? Just knowing I have completed it and seeing it in print and available for the public.
8.Can you share a little of your most recent book with us, including genre and targeted audience? In our defining of Hate, we may choose to contrast it with Empathy. While not the exact opposite of Empathy, it is often constituted by one’s state of complete indifference for the discomfort, imposition or deprivation of, or pain, suffering or anguish of, a particular individual or group. Such selective indifference is by definition prejudicial and exclusionary. In making our observations let us imagine that the difference between complete Empathy and complete indifference/Hatred is expressed as a straight line running between two extremes of possible personal outlooks and behaviors.
My book is about the first subject addressed as mankind’s most pressing issue, it is a part of a Philosophy. I believe the target audience would be liberally minded individuals but pre promotion has shown it to be popular with teens and young adults in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Tanzania.
9.What tip would you give to new authors when trying to build a fan-base / get followers and market their books? (What to do and what not to do.) I have only had success in finding people who like my facebook page where I released excerpts on a regular basis. I would advise them to begin promotion as soon as possible.
10.How long on average does it take you to write a book? Start to finish my book was a little over 9 years. I anticipate my next books will be completed much quicker, do to higher tech methods and my intention to hire editors on future books.
11.Tell us about the book cover/s, how the designing came about, whether you had much input etc. I first noted the type of image I would use 15 years before I began writing the book. The image is an ophthalmological photo of the back of my eye. I represents the position that the book is written from my point of view.
12.Apart from writing, what do you do in your spare time? I serve the public by transporting those incapable of transporting themselves. The time spent with others is part of my ongoing research of current real-time reality for humanity.