Reigh Simuzoshya, Author of “The Perfect Prescription: Godly Wisdom on Public Health”

The Perfect PrescriptionWhat is your book about?

The book is about disease prevention. Most diseases mankind contends with, whether communicable or non-communicable, are preventable, which makes disease prevention a significant aspect of any health care system, particularly in face of the rising cost of health care in general. Preventive strategies such as smoking cessation programs or cancer screening programs and vaccinations are cost effective strategies that can significantly reduce morbidity and mortality rates. Disease prevention dates back to Bible times when there were no hospitals as we know them. People mainly relied on preventive measures to stave off diseases and to enhance individual and community health. The book, The Perfect Prescription: Godly Wisdom on Public Health, highlights the amazing similarities between disease preventive measures articulated in the Bible and those espoused by modern public health professionals. The book is written from a health perspective. It does not call anyone to any faith. Rather, it advocates preventive health care that can benefit any person regardless of their religious affiliation. We know that microorganisms are oblivious of any religious affiliations and boundaries.

How long had the idea of your book been developing before you began to write the story?

The book has been in the making since I began to understand how refraining from certain activities can promote health. I have been fascinated by the inverse relationship between engaging in injurious activities and good health from the time I was in high school, decades ago. Therefore, I can say that the book began to form in my mind from that time. Probably this is the reason I chose public health as my profession.

How long did it take you to write your book?

If I add the time it took me to seek, sift through, and synthesize my research material to the time it took to actually pen the material down, I can say it took about six years to write the book.

How much of the book did you have in mind before you start writing it?

In this case, when I started mulling over the idea of actually writing the book, a rough sketch began to form in my mind. That is what motivated me to start conducting and collecting relevant research material. Then the mental sketch morphed into an actual outline, which guided me in writing the book. However, that outline was subject to modification and revision, particularly as I progressed in my writing.

Did you do any research for the book? If so, how did you do it? (searching Internet, magazines, other books, etc.)?

Yes, I conducted extensive research for my book. I searched for books and journal articles written by scholars and experts in the subject matter I was writing about. I also pored over periodicals and magazines, and I studied the Bible for principles and strategies for disease prevention. I provide a list of notable public health professionals, biomedical scholars, researchers, theologians and other published authors from whose work I borrowed at the back of the book.

What about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

We all know that our health, both physical and mental, is one of the most valuable assets we can ever be endowed with. Without it our ability to function well, and our quality of life are significantly compromised and impeded. Therefore, I believe that any form of literary work that espouses health- enhancement guidelines should surely be able to pique the interest of the reader.

Do you have specific techniques you use to develop the plot and stay on track?

What works for me is to first develop a tentative topical outline or framework of the subject matter I am writing about. Then I build my thoughts and ideas around the topics in the outline to form a coherent argument. The outline is always fluid, which means it is subject to modification as need arises.

How (or when) do you decide that you are finished writing a story?

When I start writing a book, I am motivated by the fact that I have something I want to share with the readers and that is what guides me. The book provides, in visible and tangible format, my ideas and thoughts. Once I have, to my knowledge, thoroughly shared my ideas, I feel I have finished writing the book.

Is there a message in your writing you want readers to grasp?

I would like the reader and me to understand that we are only given one body in this life. It cannot not be exchanged for a better one if it is abused. Although some diseases are congenital, and others come through natural and environmental events that many be beyond our personal control, it is important to understand that there are diseases- communicable and noncommunicable, virulent and nonvirulent- that can be prevented and controlled by adopting healthy lifestyles and behavioral choices. These lifestyles and behavioral choices have been articulated in the book. This actually places, on each one of us, a measure of personal responsibility and control over the direction of our health.

What challenges did you face as you wrote this book?

Some of the challenges included identifying appropriate research material and synthesizing it in a coherent manner before incorporating it into the book. It was also challenging to maintain the necessary focus on the actual purpose for writing the book. Finding the appropriate vocabulary and terminology without risking alienating the reader by sounding judgmental was challenging as well.

Do you think writing this book changed your life? How so?

Writing about health guidelines has helped me understand more acutely, at a personal level, how necessary it is for healthy lifestyles and behavioral choices to unfold in my own life. I discovered that I was writing not only for the reader but for myself as well; to live what I was writing about. That is life-changing.

When where you first published? How were you discovered?

Although I have, in the past, written a couple of short articles that were published by the American Public Health Association, my first book was first published in 2013. My daughter happened to watch a spokesperson for my publishers on a TV show and suggested that we contact them, which we did. The rest, as they say, is history.

What writer influenced you the most?

To pinpoint only one author as having influenced me most would be unfair to the host of authors who have set me on my writing career. There has been a concerted influence from an array of authors such as public health authors, biomedical authors, Christian authors, secular authors, and authors of biblical material as well. I am standing on the shoulders of a great cloud of witnesses, as it were. However, I will mention a few of them such as Mary-Jane Schneider, Viktor Frankl, Philip Yancey, Richard H. Hiers, Paul Copan, some authors of various biblical material from both the Old and New Testaments and many, many others.

What advice you would give to an aspiring author?

Write from the heart and write honestly about something you love. Do not follow a trend because trends are transient. Do not write something just because it is what you think will grab the attention of publishers or editors. When you write about what you love, you write with passion. You pour yourself into the work and in the fullness of time the readers will take notice of your work.

How have you marketed and promoted your work?

My book is found on Amazon website:
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John McFarland, Author of “Annette: A Big, Hairy Mom”

momHi Pat. My new novel is my first for Young Readers. It is about Bigfoot and is called “Annette: A Big, Hairy Mom.” It is currently available from New Babel Books, from Amazon. My website is

Welcome, John. What is your book about?

The novel is a richly illustrated story of a spoiled second grader who gets lost in the woods and is rescued by a lonely, middle-aged Sasquatch mom who is suffering from empty nest syndrome. The tale is based on an alleged true story and follows the adventures of the unlikely pair as Annette devises a plan to get the boy safely back to his parents while avoiding a hungry mountain lion, hunters, and a sweets-loving cryptozoologist who wants to capture Annette.

What inspired you to write this particular story?

I have been interested in Bigfoot since I was about ten, when I saw an article about them is a magazine I found in my grandmother’s magazine rack. I met my illustrator in 2010 after my first novel was published, and I wanted to think of something I could write that she could illustrate. Bigfoot seemed like a perfect fit.

When were you first published?

I was first published nationally in the early 1980’s in The Twilight Zone Magazine. Later I appeared in National Lampoon and in the anthology A Treasury of American Horror Stories, along with Stephen King and H.P. Lovecraft.

What do you like to read?

I enjoy classic horror like the great 19th century masterpieces. Also mainstream work like Flannery O’Connor, James Joyce and William Faulkner.

What one book, written by someone else, do you wish you’d written?

I would say Frankenstein. A great Romantic and metaphysical work, not only on horror, but on mankinds connection to science and nature and the penalty for abrogating responsibility.

Who gave you the best writing advice you ever received?

Isaac Asimov. I corresponded with him when I was a teen. I lamented that my best ideas kept popping up as movies and other peoples stories. He said original ideas are overrated and nearly impossible to come by. Take the idea and make it your own, he said.

Have you written any other books?

Yes, my historical horror novel The Black Garden appeared in 2010 to universally positive reviews. I have several other unfinished novels in the works.

Do your characters ever take on a life of their own?

Most definitely. I am amazed at how organic a process writing is, how it constantly surprizes me and things develop in my stories I didnt forsee.

Who did your cover?

The cover for Annette: A Big, Hairy Mom was done by my illustrator, Brenna Vaughan, who has illustrated many other children’s books.

Where can people learn more about your books?

On my website,, and on my author page on Amazon and Goodreads.

How to be Twittertastic by Jo Linsdell

How to be TwittertasticWhat is your book about?

How to be Twittertastic is a writers and authors guide to the social media site Twitter. It covers a bit of everything from how to set up your account and personalise your profile to third party apps and getting the most leverage out of your tweets. It’s also packed full of useful resources to help you make the most out of time and marketing efforts.

How long had the idea of your book been developing before you began to write the book?

I got the idea for the Writers and Authors Guide to Social Media series a while ago but as I was working on illustrating some children’s picture books for clients and was also busy publishing a children’s picture story book of my own (The Box) and so I didn’t have time to develop the idea right away.

A couple of months ago I decided that Twitter would be the topic of the first book in the series as it’s the site I use that gains the best results. As soon as I had some free time I started brainstorming and plotting out a rough table of contents. It didn’t take me long to know what I wanted to write.

What inspired you to write this particular book?

I’m a real social media junky and often get asked by other authors for tips on how to market their books online and build their author brand. When you have a passion that also happens to be in high demand it makes it easy to get inspired.

This whole series is designed around the idea of making social media easy for authors to understand and to supply them with information and tips to help them get the most out of their time and efforts.

Social media is used by billions of people worldwide on a daily basis. Our audience is online and can be reached free of charge without us even having to leave our homes. Authors need to be taking advantage of this opportunity to connect with their readers and build their fan base. A lot of authors aren’t using it because they don’t know where to start. Others are using it but not making the most of it. I hope this series will help them build their online presence and give them some ideas for what and how to post.

How long did it take you to write your book?

A couple of weeks. The book is a quick read. I didn’t want to keep repeating the same things over and over (I’ve seen others do that to bulk out a book and found it very annoying) and to be honest, there is only so much you can write about Twitter. The site is designed around the idea of clutter free, to the point, content. I wanted the book to be the same.

Did you do any research for the book? If so, how did you do it? (searching Internet, magazines, other books, etc.)

I researched online using Twitter search to find examples to use in the book, and Google to find statistics, etc… As social media is one of my hobbies as well as a tool I use daily for marketing, I was already quite up to date on most of the details. I’ve also done several webinars on the topic and so already had a lot of notes to work from.

What’s your writing schedule like? Do you strive for a certain amount of words each day?

I’m a mum of two and so I have to grab time to write when I can. I don’t have a fixed schedule as such. I normally try to get some writing done in the morning and then again in the evening once the kids are in bed asleep. As for word count, I tend to ignore the actual number of words written and concentrate more on finishing a segment of the book instead.

Do you have any rituals that you follow before sitting down to write?

I usually get myself a cup of tea or a glass of water to drink and something to snack on. I tend to do this even if I’m not hungry or thirsty. It’s my way of subconsciously eliminating excuses to stop writing once I get started.

What one word describes how you feel when you write?


What do you think the most influential change in book publishing will come from?

MT900442271[1]Writers themselves. We’re no longer at the mercy of the big publishing houses and with companies like Amazon making it increasing easy to self publish we now have control. Authors can choose whether to go the independent route or to go with a traditional publisher or small presses. We have more options than ever before. The publishing revolution is already well under way.

Where can people learn more about your books?

All my links can be found on my website at

How to be Twittertastic: Writers & Authors Guide to Social Media BOOK 1

Purchasing link:

Goodreads book page:

Rami Ungar, Author of “Snake”

snakeWhat is your book about?

“Snake” is about a young man (and I mean young) whose girlfriend is kidnapped over the phone. Later events cause him to have a break with his sanity and he becomes a serial killer, determined to hunt down every member of the mafia family that has his girlfriend. It’s a very dark thriller, and it’s very unusual to have the serial killer as a protagonist. I’m hoping that will allow people to enjoy the story more, though. Fingers crossed, at any rate.

What inspired you to write this particular story?

I guess maybe it was the movie “Taken”. Yeah, there are plenty of similarities, but it’s definitely it’s own story. That’s actually what I wanted: I wanted to create a much darker story than “Taken” portrayed, though that was pretty dark in itself. I like to think I’ve succeeded in that respect. We’ll see what the reviewers say.

What was the most difficult part about writing the book?

Probably time and school work. You want to devote all your time to writing, but inevitably things get in the way, and you end up taking several breaks. In the end it took me six months to write this book, though if I’d had more time to work on it, I might have gotten it done in half the time.

Tell us a little about your main characters.

First off, we have the Snake, our very unconventional protagonist. He’s gone through a great change, and it’s why he’s the killer he is now. I purposely did not reveal his real name in the novel, because I wanted to imply that we all could become like the Snake under certain circumstances.

There’s also Allison Langland, my main character’s girlfriend. Unlike other damsels in distress, she’s a bit more proactive. She doesn’t waste away in a cell hopeless or hoping to be rescued. She’s a fighter, and I love that about her. I think that’s also why the Snake loves her, come to think of it.

Did you do any research for the book? If so, how did you do it?

I did plenty of research on New York City, where the story takes place. I also did research on serial killers and psychopathy, the better to understand what sort of character I was constructing. I even had a forensic psychologist and profiler give me his diagnosis on the Snake based on crime reports I created. All in the name of authenticity.

What about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Well, it’s an unusual story, so I think that might get people interested. And if people really take the time to check it out, I’m sure a few of them will end up enjoying the story and identifying with the characters. That’s the hope, anyway.

What are you working on right now?

I’m writing another thriller novel, as well as editing the sequel to my previous novel “Reborn City”. I’m also working on interviews, blog posts, and articles. As usual, I’m busy as a bee.

Are you writing to reach a particular kind of reader?

I guess I’m aiming for readers who like what I like. That means Anne Rice, Stephen King, and James Patterson, with a dash of manga and anime. Don’t know how many people are like that, but I’m trying to find them.

What, in your opinion, are the essential qualities of a good story?

I could probably spend hours philosophizing about that. There are many, many components that are needed to make a good story. But in brief, a good mastery of vocabulary, spelling, and grammar, a good plot and wonderful characters, and hard work will make for a good story.

What advice you would give to an aspiring author?

Read, write, work hard, and never give up.

Where can people learn more about your book?

Where Snake is available:


JoAnne Myers, Author of “Murder Most Foul”

Welcome, JoAnne. What made you want to be a writer?

I have always been able to write. I had a teacher who suggested I become a journalist, but I took a different route.

Who or what was your inspiration?

I don’t believe I had inspiration from any one person, it was just something I wanted and could do.

What made you decide to write your books?

I write what I am interested in, and Murder Most Foul, is a fictionalized book based on a true crime.

I then became inspired by paranormal movies and wrote Wicked Intentions.

My love for monster movies inspired Loves, Myths, and Monsters. This story seemed to flow from my imagination. It was a fun book to write.

Poems About Life, Love, and Everything in Between, was inspired by my life, including the good and the sad parts.

In The Crime of the Century, the victims and the perpetrators were my inspiration. This crime sent an innocent man to death row, before DNA set him free. This crime took nearly thirty years to actually solve and bring the right perpetrators to justice. It is still the worst crime and only double homicide in my small town of Logan, Ohio. No one had written about it at that time, and I was always fascinated by the case. It was very shocking and citizens still talk about it today.

Flagitious came about while I researched The Crime of the Century and is loosely based on true crimes from my area. I discovered these crimes while watching the news.

How long does it take you to write a book?

My first true crime book The Crime of the Century, took several years to write. I had to have all the facts correctly, so I scoured newspaper clippings, courthouse documents, and witness and police statements. Writing true crime turned out to be more time consuming than I realized. But it was worth the effort. I really enjoy true crime stories. Some stories took only a few months. Fiction is much easier in my opinion then biographies.

Do you have a dream cast for your books’ characters?

With true crime books I of course use the real characters. How the crime actually took place, and what the victims went through. The fiction books I use imaginary names but some of the characters characteristics come from actual persons I have met over the years. When writing about monsters, a writer can pretty much say anything about the character. In some vampire stories, the vampire can fly, and in other stories they can’t. It depends on the writer and what he or she wants the monster to do, such as their weaknesses and strengths.

Where can we learn more about your books?


“Murder Most Foul,” solving a double homicide is pure murder for F.B.I. Agent Walker Harmon. Available in EPub, HTML, PDF

“The Crime of the Century” this true case from 1982 terrified residents and destroyed families.

“Loves, Myths, and Monsters” 11 fantasy tales entwined within the human world

“Surviving the Fog — Kathy’s Recollections” by Stan Morris

KathyWhat is your story?

Surviving the Fog-Kathy’s Recollections. These crazy people started a camp that was supposed to preach sexual abstinence, but at the same time teach us about methods of birth control. Who would send their kid to a camp like that? Answer; my parents. Of course, by doing this, they saved my life.

Who are you?

My name is Kathy. I’m fourteen. And a half. I was born in Clayton Valley, California, and until I was sent to this camp, I was living in Morgan Hill, California, which is a bedroom community south of San Jose.

Are you the hero of your own story?

I’m not really sure there are heroes in this story. I am the narrator. Mike might be the hero. If we stay alive, it will probably be due to him and his gang; the Spears.

What is your problem in the story?

My main problem is that I’m trapped in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, with forty eight other teenagers, by a mysterious brown fog that seems to be covering the earth below us. We don’t have enough food, and we don’t have any place to live when winter arrives. And if that’s not bad enough, our camp was attacked by some bad men. I know one boy is dead, and two girls have been kidnapped.

Do you embrace conflict?

No way! The biggest conflict I want is my Mom telling me to put down my ereader and go to bed. If my Mom and Dad were still alive, I would do anything they told me to do.

Do you run from conflict?

Yes. When we were told to run across the bridge to safety, I ran as far as I could.

How do you see yourself?

I’m blond, blued eyed, and about sixty two inches. Sorry, I don’t know what that is in centimeters. I’m not really that good at math. I shy, and I don’t really like to be around boys that much. They’re too loud, and sometimes they look at you weird.

How do your enemies see you?

Well, Dumb Douglas calls me Scardy-Cat, and now a lot of the other boys are calling me that, too. I didn’t cry that much, and I’ve made a promise to myself that I’m not going to cry anymore.

Do you have a goal?

Staying alive would be nice.

What are your achievements?

Achievements? Well, I one day I got sick of how the kitchen was so filthy. No one was doing the dishes, and there were Styrofoam plates and bowls left on the counter along with utensils. I started cleaning, and some other girls and boys came in, and they saw me cleaning, so they started helping too. It was totally clean when we finished, and I think that boosted everyone’s morale. The Chief gave me the responsibility of creating a cleaning roster, so now it’s always clean.

There was a big knot on one of the wood slats that surround the girls’ shower, and someone, probably, Dumb Douglas, made a little hole next to it with an ice pick. That loosened the knot, and when some stupid boy put his thumb on it one day, it popped out. Desi and Erin were really pis… angry, because they were in the shower at the time. Desi told the Chief that he had better fix it, or else, and when he and John couldn’t figure out how to do so, I showed them how. My Dad taught me that. It wasn’t really that hard. They just had to attach the knot to a piece of wood and screw the wood to the surrounding slats.

What do you want?

I want to be back home, listening to my brother and sister fight over what cartoon to watch. I want to hear my mother scolding my father for caressing her in the kitchen instead of waiting until they were in their bedroom. That used to make me uncomfortable, but it wouldn’t now.

What do you need?

Everything. More food would be nice. Some adults that were kind to us instead of killing us would be great. At the moment, I would really like to know where the Chief is, and if he and the Spears have rescued Jackie and Maria.

What do you want to be?


What makes you happy?

I don’t know if I’ll ever be happy again.

What makes you angry?

Well… I know this is weird, and I know it’s stupid, but I’m angry at my parents for dying. I’m angry at everything.

What, if anything, haunts you?

Okay, this is embarrassing, but sometimes I wake up from a dream where my parents DIDN’T send me to this camp, and I know I’m going to die when the Fog comes. I feel so ashamed when that happens.

Are you lucky?

I’m still alive. I suppose that counts.

Have you ever had an adventure?

Oh, I’ve had an adventure, all right. I just wish it would stop.

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Chris Hedges, Author of Average Joe’s Story: Quest for Confidence

Average Joe's StoryWhat inspired you to write this particular story?

I chose to write Average Joe’s Story: Quest for Confidence because it was the book I never saw on the bookstore shelves. Every book based on a person’s life experiences I have ever seen has always been written looking back on the past. I found it difficult to relate to the author’s journey because I couldn’t overlook how he or she was labeled…billionaire, legendary coach, or world-renowned expert. I think the Average Joe will be able to relate to the story better if the story is not written in hindsight, but rather in real time.

What is your goal for the book, ie what do you want people to take with them after they finish reading the story?

I want to inspire the reader to confront the adversity in his or her life that is keeping him or her from reach his or her dreams. I want the reader to pursue those aspirations that for whatever reason he or she thought were out of reach.

What challenges did you face as you wrote this book?

Being a cancer patient on disability the two major hurdles I faced were physical and financial issues that impeded my progress as I wrote Average Joe’s Story: Quest for Confidence. Fifty percent of this book was based on conversations I had with other people. All of those conversations were done face to face, and the cost of going to places like Nashville, San Antonio, and Atlanta on my budget was taxing. Then once the trips were arranged the physical toll on my body from actually taking them left me all, but bed ridden for days when I made it back home.

Do you think writing this book changed your life? How so?

No. I don’t think writing the book has changed me at all at this point in time. However, since I’m writing in as close to real time as I can I think the changes I’ll experience will come with book number two and all of my subsequent books. The potential success, or the possible lack there of, that I experience with this first book is where I think my life will be changed. I don’t think writing the first Harry Potter book changed JK Rowling’s life, but the success that came after it was finally published surely did.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Not really. I stumbled into writing by accident after I let my mentor look at the first 8,000 words of my first book hoping he would say it was terrible and I should give up. He did just the opposite though. He not only told me he liked what he had read, but I needed to push forward to get the book finished.

When were you first published? How were you discovered?

I was/will be first published on August 1st 2014. I sent a book proposal and a partial manuscript to Morgan James Publishing in August of 2013. I had a conversation with David Hancock, the founder of Morgan James publishing, and one of his acquisition editors. Two or three weeks later there was a contract for my book sitting in my inbox. One book submitted and one contract offered. I’m batting 1.000 so I guess there is nowhere to go, but down from here.

What is the most difficult part of the writing process?

Based on the way I write I am subjected to prolonged periods of dead time as I wait on people for interviews. These periods of inactivity are the worst part of the writing process for me. I really don’t like being alone with my thoughts.

What author influenced you most?

Malcolm Gladwell. I love the way he tries to find a new and creative way of looking at the same old questions and subject matter. I don’t think you can or even should try to mimic another person’s style, but I would like to think that the direction of my writing is comparable to Malcolm.

What advice would you give an aspiring author?

I think that depends on where the author currently finds himself in his career. What I would say regardless of where the author finds himself is that you need to treat writing as a business. Think about where your final destination is, and ensure that any energy you expend always moves you closer to that goal.

Who designed your cover?

Morgan James Publishing put together five different cover proofs for me to look at. The one I chose to use was based on the feedback I got from a dozen people as to which one they thought was best. However, the cover art came courtesy of my good friend Chris Hirata of Chris Hirata Photography in Hawaii. I called Chris and told him the name of the book, what I thought I wanted, and asked him to come up with a good photo. Two months later he delivered two shots. One of which is the cover art for my book.

Books will be on sale at Barnes & Noble August 1st. They can be pre-ordered or digital versions can be purchased via now.

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