Author Bling

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Jacqueline Lorraine Conwell - An Author Interview

Jacqueline, Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

I was born in New York, but raised in Willingboro, NJ. I moved to FL in 1998, and have been here ever since. I've been writing for many years now, but in 2012 I published my first book, "Jax & Marbles". I enjoy reading when I get the chance. I now own a Kindle, but I still prefer to own physical copies of books.

Why do you write?

I write because I find that I can express myself easier through written word, whether it's a short story or a journal entry. It's relaxing for me, and I feel right at home when I'm focused on the newest thing I'm working on.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?

My aunt is a published author as well. When she found out that I had a book that wasn't finished, she asked to see a sample of it. When she read the few chapters I sent her, she made me promise to finish, and publish it. This is something I also promised a few close friends that insisted that I publish my work because they thought it had a lot of potential.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?

I write whenever I have the time. If I'm out and about and an idea comes to mind and I can find something to jot it down, I do it. If I'm at work and an idea for a chapter comes to mind, I take out my mini external drive, and add it. Sometimes when I come home from work if I think of something, I stop what I'm doing and I write. I'm kind of sporadic.

Where do the your ideas come from?

Mostly from the vivid dreams that I have. I make a point to log them when I can in case a piece of it can be used in some of my chapters.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

I prefer to see where my ideas take me.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

It take take me from six months to a year and a half.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

The hardest thing about writing is when I have writers block. Sometimes no matter what I do, I just can't seem to write anything. The problem is, if I can't see a new chapter playing out in my mind, I can't write it.

Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?

Keep yourself occupied and don't stress about not being able to write. Without realizing it, ideas will come pouring out, and it'll be as if you didn't have writers block to begin with.

Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?

I try to proofread / edit my books the best I can on my own, but in the end, I send it to a line editor to clean up anything I may have missed.

Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?

I try to do that as much as I can so I'm not frantically trying to change things later when it's going through the publication process. I try to exhaust any plot changes the best I can until I have no reason to think that dialogue, settings, or anything else, could somehow "sound better".

Who edited your book and how did you select him/her?

I went through line editing with AuthorHouse as part of my publishing package.

What do you think makes a good story?

If a story can pull you in as if you're really there, that to me makes a good story.

Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

I do, actually. Especially the ones that are in the middle of the books. They usually talk to me about the characters as if they're real people. They're able to express their love, dislike, etc. for them.

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

I try to read when I can. Currently one of my favorite authors is Erin Hunter. I also enjoy reading books by Stephen King, and Dean Koontz.

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

I prefer traditional books. And when it comes to the traditional books, I absolutely love hard back books. I have a Kindle reader now, but I'm still trying to get used to not holding a physical book in my hand. So I still buy a physical copy every once in a while.

What is your favorite quote?

I finally understand that I do not write, I leak.

- Tyler Knott Gregson

So, what have you written? How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

I'm the author of "Jax & Marbles" and "Pick-up Stix". So far I've written the two books. If I had to pick a favorite, I'd have to go with "Jax & Marbles" since it was my first.

Where can we buy or see them?

They both can be seen and / or purchased at Amazon, Books-a-Million, or Barnes & Noble. I've actually seen them for sale on Ebay and as well.

Tell us about your book cover/s and how it/they came about.

The title of the books helped with the process of picking a book cover for them. For a while I wasn't sure about them, but when I realized I couldn't get the titles out of my head, I knew I had to find something that had to do with them.

Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?

I do. I find myself picking up books in bookstores if the cover catches my eye as I'm walking by. That usually leads to reading the inside flap. And from there, I'm usually adding the book to my list of titles I'd like to own.

How do you market your books?

I try my best to share links from reviewer blogs on the Facebook page I have for the books, and by tweeting those same links to my followers.

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?

I keep a spreadsheet so that I know who I've already emailed, who accepted the query, and who rejected it. That way I can keep track of the reviews that are done so I can save the links, and so that I don't query to the same people multiple times accidentally.

What do you do to get book reviews?

I try to compile a list of reviewers I find online, and I go through the blogs to read their guidelines and rules. If they seem promising, I send a query email to them with as much information about the books as possible. Sometimes I get responses, and sometimes I don't. And some of the responses are that they'll be more than happy to review the books, while others are rejections.

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

Good reviews are always amazing. Bad reviews do sting a little, but it's the reviewers opinion. My writing isn't everyone's cup of tea.

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?

The main advantage to self-publishing is that you have control of your work. There's no one telling you that this needs to be changed, or that needs to be changed. If you like it the way you have it, then that's your decision, and yours alone. The disadvantage is the cost. That's honestly the only thing holding me up in regard to publishing book three.

What does your family think of your writing?

They love it. They're constantly asking when the third book will be ready for purchase, and they're amazed at how much imagination I have.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

My "first book" was written years ago when I was in junior high. I'm not sure how old I was at the time, though. It was dedicated to my dog Buster before he was put down because he was sick. It was full of illustrations and everything. I think my parents still have it.

What are you working on at the minute?

Currently I'm working on the third book to the Toy Box Series. I'm hoping to have it published late this year, if not next year.

What genre are your books?

Young Adult / Fiction

What draws you to this genre?

I enjoy reading a book that enables me to turn off the world around me. Especially when I can place myself in the story as one of the characters. It helps to imagine what everything looks like. Before I know it, an entire day has gone by. Which is something I don't mind at all when I'm reading a really good book.

How much research do you do?

Although my books are fiction, I try to make sure that a lot of the terminology is correct. I want it to be fiction, but I want it to be believable as well. If that makes sense. 

Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?

I haven't. I've been approached by fellow writers when they found out about my books and was asked if it would be something I'd be interested in in the future.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Don't let anyone tell you that your work isn't good enough, or doesn't make sense. One of the main reasons why it took me so long to publish my first book is because of a fiction writing professor I had in college. It took me years to realize that what she felt about my writing was her opinion, not fact. If you love writing, and others enjoy your writing as well, keep doing what you're doing.

Where can people connect with you?



Thank you for being a part of the blog this week, Jacqueline.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Bob N. Boguslavski - An Author Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My bio is here below, but in summary, I have been fortunate to be able to have done a lot of different jobs across multiple industries, in many places around the world, and that has provided the basis for my style and all the material for this book and future ones. It has given me a bit of a unique perspective.

Expressed mathematically, it might be something like this:
(Live + Think) x Different = Write Different

Born and bred in YUL, Canuckistan (home of the first peanut butter patent and Wonderbra™ trademark), of Ukrainian Polish heritage, Bob N. Boguslavski has been a bit of a world wanderer the last decades. Life, career, and school have moved him between multiple places in Egypt, India, Spain, The Netherlands, UK, and USA and he reckons he's not done yet either by a long shot. He has traveled to many other spots on the planet for business, pleasure, and a seemingly ungodly number of weddings.

Along the way, he has successfully managed to dodge his own wedding bullet(s), and collect a mass of raw fodder for literary porpoises [sic]. Having worked in several sectors for companies massive, tiny, and sizes in-between, some of his friends (and family) persist in thinking he once was (and maybe still is) some sorta spy or sumpin' like that. His real-life experiences and observations form the basis of a unique, eclectic, and humorous writing style. For some strange reason, cats dig him (he wishes it would work just as easily and well with women) and if he could jar and sell it, he would be really wealthy.

He currently resides on the Left Coast of North America in YVR, and when he's not busy attending a wedding somewhere, or writing about it while listening to very loud house music, he has the semblance of a normal life and job. Sorta. Kinda. He enjoys being misunderstood in different languages he has butchered and warehousing inane information and factoids upstairs until Alzheimer's or dementia sets in to make it all disappear. One of his favorite sayings is "Your next best friend is someone you haven't met yet" and it's a philosophy he tries to apply as he mucks and muddles about the globe.

What were you like at school?

During high school, I was a bit of a nerdy bookworm, and spent a lot of time in the library. If there were frequent reader miles given out back then, I would have been Super Platinum Plus measured by ass-in-seat page turns.

The librarians all knew me very well, and usually had a stack of suggested reads for me to pore through when I refilled with new material.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I think I have a very unique style, a fresh and easygoing voice, and have mapped out an innovative structure for telling the overall tale I want to convey over a few different series of books.

They will actually all be interconnected. I just hope I will be able to pull it off if life allows.

What genre are your books?

My style is a bit genre-defying or –busting, but the closest tags of which elements apply are fiction, humor, mashup and something I define at the start of the book.
“This is a work of f(r)iction, where fact and fiction rub up against each other, and nobody wants to know it regardless.”

How much research do you do?

There was actually a ton of research that went into Wedding Chronicles on several fronts. After so many years and weddings, I needed to go back to the couples and review details of the day on various aspects. Not surprisingly, in most cases, the woman always remembered much more of the specific details of the day, but one could get a lot of information overall from both, my memories of the day, and from other friends present there.

Then a lot of historical research was needed on the venues and current events/news (especially!!) at the time, as it pertained to conversations in the book, be they serious or lighthearted in nature.

There was more on cultural and societal elements as well for all the far-flung foreign locations, and the music as well.

It was a lot of work, and I needed to be very organized, as there was a lot of connecting the dots to paint the full mural.

When did you decide to become a writer?

There’s actually a bit of a weird and interesting story behind this, and it happened in two steps. 
The condensed version is that at Halloween 2006, an astrologer who was very accurate in her reading of my past and present life events and personality suggested that I become a writer. At the time, I didn’t really pay much attention to that, but it remained in the back of my mind. 

Eight months later in July 2007, in between a flurry of weddings, I was complaining to a friend of mine about all the weddings I was attending all around the world the past decades, and the money, time and effort spent going to them. He looked at me and said “Geez, you’ve been to more weddings than anyone I know. Why don’t you write a book about it?” 

I was like “D-oh, Homer!” and that’s when the light bulb went on inside my head, and here we are now.

What made you decide to actually sit down and start something?

After that dual step process above, and the high level idea, I spent some time making an outline and some notes to see how I would map out the story, and how I would make it an engaging story. After that was done, I realized that there was definitely something there, and it could be entertaining.

Do you write full time or part time?

It was a mix of both over the years, and I hope that moving forward, I will be able to devote most of my time to writing the next books in the trilogy, as well as other series down the road. 

I think I’m far from spent in that regard of having raw fodder to draw from. 

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?

After about a year or so of experimenting, I find that my best period for tapping out new text on a white screen is between 2am – 6:30am (in the dark, except for the laptop lighting), after going to bed early (and not staying up all night). 

Research, reading, notes, structure, and editing can happen at any other times of the day with no problem, however, I am most efficient with telling the story in that early morning window. Trying to do it at other times is much slower and painful even. It’s just the way my mind is at that time of the day. I am funnier and more imaginative then typically, as least as regards material for a book anyway.

Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

Not at all, as it depends on what needs to be done at the time, reading for research and making notes, writing fresh prose on a white screen, or editing.

Where do the your ideas come from?

The omniscient “they” always say to write about what you know, so after having been to so many weddings, I had lots of material to play with.

I hope to do the same thereafter with another series about all my work experiences around the world. I have done a lot of different things over the years, so I have ample fodder there as well. It will be written in very much the same off the wall style and structure as this first novel on weddings.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

A serious amount of outlining, notes, and mapping out the structure happened well before any prose was written. It took a couple of years actually, and I had almost 700 pages in this massive file that probably only made sense to me. That file became the basis of the first book, and there is enough stuff in there leftover to write the next two instalments of the trilogy. 

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

There is no “average” really to date, since there has been only one book. 

This first one took several years actually. The initial idea was hatched in July 2007, the outline was done by end year, and then I spent two years collecting data, making notes, doing research, emailing and talking to friends, and throwing down any thoughts on the keyboard that came to mind. After those near 700 pages were done, then I set about to really writing it all out in normal sequential fashion a reader could understand, and that happened over 2010 and 2011, along with some initial editing, largely to refine my style and skills per below.  

Along the way, I realized the initial concept as envisioned, one novel, was way too long, and would be on target for 1500 pages when complete, so I decided I had to pull it apart like spaghetti strands from a pile, into a trilogy, and that took a lot of work to figure out. 

The first full draft was complete on the afternoon of May 5, 2012 (cinco de mayo on a full moon that evening), and editing took another year thereafter, and then formatting and layout for e-book distribution took until late August 2013. It was a long road, and a lot of the initial editing work in 2010 was really also doubling as writing tutorial and education as I really was working more on refining my capabilities and style. 

Do you ever get writer’s Block?

Fortunately, not yet. Lucky so far. If it looked like I was getting stuck on one passage or chapter, I could easy change gears by moving to another chapter, or do some research or editing on another part or angle altogether. 

Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?

I am a big believer in having a detached, capable and professional set of eyes look at your work, and make it much better. I think it is very difficult for most of us to cook up a flawless and pristine manuscript on our own, or having your aunt who was an English major review it. 

It will ¢o$t you some Benjamin$ for sure, and depending on your budget it may be a strain, but if you are serious about being a writer and going to market, it is important to set your work apart. It will make the work more polished, especially in the indie and self-published market, what with hundreds of thousands of new titles coming out every year, and that’s not accounting for any language translations either. 

Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?

I tend to do that with various chapters for sure. Sometimes, certain chapters have been left for half a year at a time, before I look at them again, and take them to the next level of completion. 

Who edited your book and how did you select him/her?

I was introduced to my editor, George-Thérèse Dickenson , through the friend of a friend in NYC who had collaborated with a group of over two dozen writers on a big non-fiction project. She is an experienced and talented editor, writer and poet, located in NJ outside of NYC.

I feel very lucky that she decided to work with me, a first time writer, with no prior writing experience, as she is very selective with her projects and engagements. I highly recommend her, as she has transformed and elevated my writing skills along the way, as well as doing a bang up job on the book edit itself.  I look forward to working with her on the next books in the series. 

What do you think makes a good story?

Pretty much any topic can make for a good story. One just needs to have the flair to make it engaging, entertaining, and fresh. Throw in a new twist or angle, or make it funny, and you are away to the races.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

There’s probably a few of them at play. 

One very important thing is I write always while listening to music. Without music through a set of headphones, my work is painfully slow, and less imaginative. It’s like the music does something to my mind and releases freer and more smoothly flowing expression. Louder is better, and my best writing seems to come out when listening to house music / electronic dance music. But my musical tastes are all over the map generally in terms of genres and styles I like and listen to. I need to better educate myself to opera and country though, as I am just not into them that much at all. But I am always open to great music suggestions, and I spend an undue amount of time listening to music every day.

Another quirk is the best time period of the day for writing as mentioned above. In the dark from 2:00am to 6:30am for fresh prose is the best for me. I have played around a lot with that, but now know my “zone” so I don’t fight City Hall anymore.

After notes, outline and research, I wrote the ending of the book (Epilogue) first, before anything else. I read that way too. I would always read the last pages of a novel or book first, and then go back to the beginning to commence the story. I like surprises, but just want to know how they turn out ahead of time. I do the same with paper magazines (as opposed to electronic versions). I thumb from the last pages forward. Maybe I should have been born in other parts of the world where things flow right to left.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

A great imagination is one thing to help with writing, but if you ever have the opportunity and are lucky enough to get out there and see more of the world in your life, be it for work, education, or personal travel, it will make you a better writer, and give you additional insight and experiences upon which to draw from. 

I feel very fortunate that things happened for me at a relatively early age to set me on this journey to different parts of the world, and I have learned a lot from it all, and continue to do so all the time. You will look at things from different perspectives, and that can certainly help with writing.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Keep traveling, or as all those Johnnie Walker ads state, “Keep walking.”

What is your favorite quote?

I have a few of my own that I made up, that kind of reflect my personality or sense of humor. 
One is “Your next best friend is someone you haven’t met yet.” It can be tweaked to be “favorite song” and “heard” as well. 

Another is, “It’s always funny until someone loses a testicle.” 

There are so many great ones out there by others, and I try to throw a few of them out throughout the book, as people may notice.  But they need to be a fit for the conversation at hand, and in the right context. 

Tell us about your book cover/s and how it/they came about.

The cover designer is someone from Amsterdam I first met on a new record label consulting project back in late 2005 and early 2006. I thought her work back then was great, she had talent, and so when I was thinking about a cover for the book in early 2013, I thought about her again and reached out to her to see what she could do. 

We emailed about the book concept, and outline, and I asked her to read one chapter or wedding to get the flavor for the book’s style and flow. She developed three different concepts, and after having a group of my friends and contacts, many with marketing, art, or graphics in their background, comment and vote on / prioritize the concepts, I made a decision to go with the current one, and we refined and tweaked it through a few more iterations. It was a process, but I think she nailed it, and I am happy with it. I get a lot of favorable commentary about the cover.
I wanted something to reflect the very different nature of the book on several fronts. 

Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?

Absolutely, both online and at brick and mortar retail. Obviously, smaller images online bring certain restrictions, so you need to be able to work with that as well.

How are you publishing this book and why?

I have gone the self-publishing route. I know my style is very different and out there on many fronts, and the traditional route of querying agents yielded no interest. I know my work doesn’t fall into any neat pigeonholes, so that would make it difficult to garner a nice fit with most agents and publishers. My writing takes a lot of chances creatively in terms for style, story, and structure, plus throw in the music playlist angle, and it is enough to scare away just about everybody, even those who say they are looking for something different that pushes the boundaries. So, after quite a bit of querying, and reading up about both the traditional publishing industry and how it works, and the self-publishing side, I decided I just needed to stop wasting my time, get on with it and get it out there. 

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?

Self-publishing advantages are that you as writer have way more control over the entire process on everything from final content to editing, cover design, marketing, financials and business aspects. At the same time, you also have to do everything yourself, or be willing to hire the right resources, consultants and people to do things you can’t. You also get to market much faster. You need to front all the money for this, but in the end, you control the process, and copyright, and have way more flexibility for the future, for any possible business deals with publishers if they ever become interested later on. 

There are no middlepersons either in terms of the agent and publisher. They can certainly offer value on a few fronts, but there are large trade-offs. You need to balance that all off. 

How do you market your books?

It is a mix things between a website/blog/trailer just very recently out a few days ago after the “Holidaze” period as I like to call it, social media, engaging with reviewers and blogs, and other things. In many ways, I am just getting started, but will push a lot more once paperback is also out very soon.  I am trying to focus on that as the next priority. 

Why did you choose this route?

The choice was made for me. I felt good about the final product, and rather than continuing to query incessantly on deaf ears, I decided to just move and get going. 

Would you or do you use a PR agency?

I am open to the idea for sure, and may well do something on that front down the road. But today, with the Internet and social media, an author can do a lot on their own, if they are willing to devote the time and effort to do so. I need to spend more time to understand the value proposition and payback of the PR agency approach. More research needed on my part.

Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?

Yes, it is a lot of hard work, and you need to put as much effort into the marketing of your book(s) as you did on the writing, editing, and cover design.

What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book?

It is an ongoing process that requires a lot of time and effort. Not enough, so there is more to be done for sure. 

What do you do to get book reviews?

A lot of effort is required here, and patience. You need to target them, read and pay attention to their submission requirements, and exercise patience. 

Many have huge backlogs and waitlists, so it can be months sometimes before they get back to you, and even more before a review see the light of day. Casting your net far and wide, yet focused, is important.

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?

I try to spend time targeting reviewers who are open to multiple genres and something different, as opposed to being focused on particular genres like say, romance, paranormal fantasy or historical fiction. There’s no point in trying to engage with someone who wants vampires and werewolves when your book is about killer zombie cats from Planet Myrna 77.43 who lust after beer post bloodbath, or something like that.

As my work is quite different, reviewers who read multiple genres may better appreciate the work, and then I have a better chance to get through to them, work into their waitlist or backlog, and get a review. 

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

Bad reviews will inevitably happen. Reviews are the opinion of that particular reviewer, and one needs to respect that.  It is certainly easier to swallow a poor review if the reviewer professionally maps out their reasons and logic as to why a book didn’t work for them. Take it in, and keep moving, even if easier said than done. 

What do you think of “trailers” for books?

They play a valuable part of the marketing mix for sure. Being able to distill a book down into a minute or two of imagery, words/voice, and/or music in combination,  is key in a world where consumers have very short attention spans before they disengage and wander off to some other distraction. 

I was adamant to keep my own video trailer to one minute in length. 

Since Wedding Chronicles has so many different things going on, and is not plot driven in the traditional sense, I tried to encapsulate a few other angles of the book experience, using fewer words, focus on the cover a bit, and with more of an emphasis on imagery for the journey’s backdrop and music. I know the sequence of locations is not a very common one for a novel, unless it is some sort of spy thriller. 

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

I used to read a huge amount, and was the kind of reader who stayed up all night to finish a good book. 

Alas, in early 1997 while living in Amsterdam, I came to the conclusion that I was reading too much, so I quit cold turkey after I finished two novels by Irvine Welsh, Trainspotting and The Acid House. One must keep the crack away from a crack addict.

One day, I think I will go back to reading books again. Just not yet. 

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

I am totally into e-reader devices and think the advent of them has changed reading habits and the publishing industry for good. 

Paper is great still, and  think it will always be there, albeit perhaps in diminished form, but the notion of having a library on a tablet, and being able to read in the dark in night screen mode is fantastic. You just don’t want to drop that sucker in the bathtub if you like reading there is all. 

So, what have you written?

Wedding Chronicles is my debut novel, and the first instalment of a trilogy. The summary/blurb is here below.

Life’s a wedding for Bobby Bo, who’s traveled to nearly 100, from Tenerife to Singapore and Chile to Iceland. He’s been best man, groomsman, “father” of the bride, and bridesmaid—but always the single guy, whether with a girlfriend, flying solo, breaking up, meeting a new flame, or witnessing an ex take her vows.

An interracial cast of diverse personalities from all rungs of the socioeconomic ladder entangles him in a kaleidoscope of comedic conversations and adventures that unveil the wounds and wonders of the places, cultures, and religions he encounters. Quirky, elegant, and quickly moving dialogue roams from agribusiness to colonialism, war to world trade, yielding insight into the state of world affairs. There’s even the odd sexcapade thrown into the mix. Each wedding features a music playlist that sets the mood and may provide clues as to what’s really going on.
Fueled by his and others’ experiences, Bobby Bo humorously offers the occasional wedding “how-to” and receives usually unasked-for advice on marriage and relationships, all the while being pressured to join “the club.” Will it ever end? He seems in no rush to be a groom.

This first novel in a trilogy is a roller-coaster romp through 13 weddings spanning two decades. It’s a genre-defying mashup best described as Wedding Crashers meets Up in the Air crossed with a biting, male Eat, Pray, Love on a James Bond backdrop.

What are you working on at the minute?

Answering all these interview questions for you. I started at 3am on Left Coast time, and it’s now almost 7:30am as I am about to finish. I didn’t answer the questions in sequence either.

Besides that, working on website related material, and the second instalment of Wedding Chronicles is well underway, but I won’t focus on that really hard core for another few months I reckon.

What’s it about?

It’s the next/second book in the series, but as I want to tell the story differently, it is told in an innovative way from what you might normally expect in a traditional sequel or prequel.  It will be both at the same time. The intention is that each book in the series can be read in standalone fashion, but the sum of them will collectively spin an interlocking, more sweeping and deeper saga. 

Where can we see or buy your book?

The ebook is available on Amazon, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Kobo in all country markets. Trade paperback availability is expected end January on Amazon and CreateSpace in all their country markets. 

Where can people connect with you?

E-mail: bob.boguslavski [at] 



Facebook Fan and Personal pages:

Goodreads Book and Author pages: 


Google Plus: 

Grooveshark (for music playlists):!/bogusbobby/playlists 

Thank you for your extensive interview, Bob.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Martin Eisen - An Author Interview

Tell us a little about yourself, Martin.

I was a University Professor specializing in constructing mathematical models used for studying medical problems such as those in cancer chemotherapy and epilepsy.  I have authored 10 books and numerous papers in advanced mathematics. 
I have studied Yoga, Judo, Shotokan Karate, Aikido and Tai Chi. I taught Judo in a community center in Toronto. I was the founder and chief-instructor of the Shotokan Karate Clubs at Carnegie-Mellon and Dusquene Universities and the University of Pittsburgh.
I taught Tai Chi at community centers in New Jersey, the Chinese Community School of South Jersey, Temple University, a Master’s Dance Class at Glassboro State College and Triton High School and also Qigong at some of these locations.  I taught a Qigong course at Lehigh University.  I helped teach Yoga at Graterford prison.
One of Master Mark's students introduced me to Master Mark and Praying Mantis. I found the system so interesting that I devoted most of my time only to this art. I taught Praying Mantis at Master Mark’s School in Philadelphia and at Temple University. I became a Disciple of Master Mark and teach Praying Mantis, Qigong and Tai Chi at branches of Master Mark’s schools in South Jersey.
Master Mark fostered my interest in acupuncture, herbology, Chinese massage and Qigong. I took correspondence courses in Chinese herbology and studied other branches of Chinese medicine with a traditional Chinese medical doctor.  I was also an EMT.  I was the Director of Education of the Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Institute in Upper Darby, P.A.  I have written many articles on Kung Fu, Qigong, Eastern exercise and Chinese medicine and is a columnist for Yang-Sheng magazine.  My latest Amazon hard copy and Kindle books are “Healthy Exercises for Seniors and Non-Athletes”.
I was honored by the University of Pittsburgh in 2001, on the 35th anniversary of the introduction of Shotokan Karate, as the founder, for contributing to its growth, popularity, and also to students’ character development. I was selected as one of the coaches for a world competition of the U.S. Wu Shu team in 2001. I received meritorious awards from Temple University National Youth Sports program in 1980 and from Camden County College for participation in a student sport program in 1979.

What were you like at school?

I had an aptitude for science and math.  I could solve every problem posed by teachers.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

To provide useful information on health and exercise.

What writers inspire you?

Writers that provide useful information.

When did you write your first book?

1967.  I was 35. 

How many books have you written?


What Genre are your books?

Nonfiction.  Math.  Health and self defense.

What draws you to this genre?

I was a Math professor and wanted to do some interesting activities for health.
I taught and still teach different martial arts and was curious about their foundation.

How much research do you do?

I am curious about everything and always do research.

What does your family think of your writing?

My wife helps me.

I have collaborated with my wife for some of my books.

Why did you decide to collaborate?

My wife and I had similar interests and she was excellent at explaining things and in composition.

When did you decide to become a writer?

When I went to graduate school.

Why do you write?

I try to inform people about facts they do not know and give better explanations than in existing books.

Do you write full time or part time?

Part time

What is the hardest part about writing?

Doing the research

What is the easiest part?

Writing the book or paper after the research is done.

So, what have you written?

I have written 10 books and many papers on mathematics, many articles on Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Chinese medicine, Qigong Columns for Yang Sheng Magazine, and Amazon Kindle and hardcopy books.

Where can we see or buy them?

Some of my websites can be found at :