Recently I launched 4-U-Nique Publishing, LLC; as well as releasing the first of four books that I have written, You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving. The questions I have received the most about these events are, “How does it feel about releasing your book and Publishing Company?” and “Are you excited about your accomplishments?” Well if you know me I hardly get excited over anything. My feelings on the accomplishments are I am happy that these resources are finally available for the public. I feel when I accomplish any goal that I have set; I am/was supposed to reach; so I am never surprised, shocked or excited when that goal is achieved. This doesn’t take away the importance of the goal that was at all.
What was the inspiration behind You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving?
The book is a collection of writings I wrote in a time period when I was finding myself. In life change is the only constant thing. We by habit change and have to find ourselves continuously throughout our lives. This book was actually written in the time periods of 2007-2010.
What took so long for this book to get released?
I had several Publishing Companies wanting me to sign with them. The more I found out about the Publishing/Author business, the more I understood that once you sign a contract with a publisher, they now own the manuscript of your work. I couldn’t give control to someone/something over what I feel/felt and let them change my writings. I quickly found out that the resources available for Authors that wanted to self-publish were limited and expensive. From there I created 4-U-Nique Publishing,LLC and wrote and finished 3 other books, while putting the release of You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving on hold.
What are the messages hoped to be received in this book?
Overall, the messages that I hope people will get out of this book are; being true to one’s self, never giving up, and going after what you want in life no matter what anyone says, loving yourself and each other, as well as keeping others (all creatures) in mind.
Ultimately, I know that each person will get something different from each topic. I learned a long time ago to allow people to have their own experiences. For example in My Son, I have had people say I was too hard on my son’s mother. However, that piece is about a man that wants to be there for his child, but for whatever reason he isn’t allowed. Not every man that isn’t in their child’s life is a deadbeat and just walked out.
My Love, people think that is about a woman in my life. I wrote that specifically like that so people could relate. In truth that was about the game of basketball.
The only selection in the book that I tell people what to think is The Writer and The Pen. When I first wrote this and shared with a small few they couldn’t understand the connection between the writer, pen and brain in the literal sense. In order for the message to be received I told the readers who/what each metaphor was at the end.
Was everything in You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving based on first-hand experiences?
In some way or another, yes. I realized the more I shared some of my writings people were relating to what I wrote. So in turn I would listen to people more. I would take their experiences, add them with mine and then wrote a piece from that.
What has been the initial reaction of the book?
The reviews of this book have been great thus far. I am realistic though. I know that you cannot please everyone. As much as I would like to please everyone, that isn’t my goal. My goal is to have as many people as possible to read and practice the messages that the book presents. My editor, Marci Wise, gave me the first sign that this book was good. I am hard on myself. I definitely had low expectations for this book, however, Marci told me it help her make the decision to take a journey that she was in doubt of for a long time. A few others have told me similar stories. That is what matters most to me.
The messages received are what matters the most. You know people these days try so hard to fit in but being unique and standing outside the box is so much more fun. You accomplish more going on your own path and listening to the voice inside you. This is what I speak on in Coward. It’s so easy to follow the crowd and to hate. That’s the coward’s way out in life. It takes strength to go your own way and having people doubt you and make fun of you for being different. The strongest person in the world is a person that loves. Do you know how challenging it is to love? Hating something you don’t like or understand or agree with is easy. Loving is a challenge, because it takes patience, understanding, looking outside of yourself, pass other’s differences and being hurt. Show me a person that loves unconditionally than I will show you a person that can conquer the world.
I recently released a short ebook called Getting Out of the Dark: How to Have a Life Full of Success, Wealth, and Happiness. I talk about how time management and investing in yourself leads to a life full of success and happiness.
Vid’s Viddles is due out in September 2016. This book is a daily dose of medicine for the mind. I actually wrote and finished this book before You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving was finished. At one point, I wasn’t even going to release Vid’s Viddles, but with encouragement from others, I had to put this book out. I think it is what the people want.
Where can one purchase You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving, and Getting Out of The Dark?
You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving, and Getting Out of the Dark are available at every major retailer including Amazon, Ibooks, and Smashwords.
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