How and when did you decide to become an author?
I started writing a journal in July 2008 because of the continued absence of my daughter in my life. Also, my best friend died in January 2008 after driving his RV into a utility pole while under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and then stepping on a live wire. My experiences in life inspired me to write “Never Surrender Your Soul” and a second book simultaneously over a six year period. You cannot rush inspiration, for inspiration comes from the body, mind, soul, and the cosmos.
How much time do you spend working on your books in a day/week?
I usually spent ten to twelve hours a day, six days a week on my books. Self-employment has many advantages, like having no boss and the choice of what to work on and when, but you are always on call, just like a doctor. If there is an immediate task, I am solely responsible for whatever it is, so I am always on the clock. Due to this, it can sometimes be hard to relax and enjoy life.
What topics do you write about in your books?
“Never Surrender Your Soul” speaks about religions, spirituality, God, and religious texts, with topics on reincarnation, health, family, parenting, work, life struggles, and the discovery of the truth on these subjects.
What is the title of your most recently published book and a description of it?
“Never Surrender Your Soul” is an account of the author’s life, his struggles with mental health issues, and how he was able to overcome his challenges to live a successful and rewarding life filled with peace and contentment – and how you can too!
Do you have plans for a future book?
I recently decided to publish a second book about organic and natural skincare. As an ecommerce entrepreneur, I have sold organic and natural skincare for 14 years and have earned excellent testimonials during this time. I have written many articles through my expertise and placed these on my website. I have more than enough material for a book.
Are you traditionally published or self-published? Why did you choose that path?
I think it’s too difficult to break into the traditional publishing industry and too much uncertainty. I am a self-starter and an entrepreneur, so I decided to self-publish by researching every step of the process through web research. I created a publishing company, called Big Bang Publishing, and Alex Polanco, who did the art design for my book’s front and back cover, designed the logo. There is less uncertainty when you self-publish, since it’s up to you to get to the finish line.
What do you like to read?
I grew up reading science-fiction. Most books that I have read today are about personal growth, self-help, spirituality, motivation, recipes, and health.
What are your favorite books?
I grew up reading science-fiction and have been blessed to read some of the classics: Dune, Stranger in a Strange Land, Rendezvous With Rama, Childhood’s End, 1984, The Martian Chronicles, and The Foundation Trilogy.
Who are your favorite authors?
Robert A. Heinlein, George Orwell, Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, and Frank Herbert will always be my favorites because they influenced my imagination during my teenage years and early adulthood. I will read these books again when I retire, because it will be like reading them for the first time. I grew up during the space race and in 1969 I remember I was at a Boston Red Sox’s game during the landing on the moon on July 20, 1969, and I was at a Dunkin’ Donuts shop when the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster occurred on January 28, 1986.
Do you find that you “mentally edit” other writers’ works as you read them? Does doing this help you or bother you?
No, I don’t do that. I just like to read a book to relax and take my mind off my work.
Where can we find your book?
You can find “Never Surrender Your Soul” at the following websites:
Available on Amazon, Smashwords, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble – Nook, Kobo, OverDrive, Scribd, Baker & Taylor, and Inktera
Never Surrender Your Soul Book Links:
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Where can we find you on the web?
Brian Michael Good
Never Surrender Your Soul
Best to Live
Big Bang Publishing