Monday, August 21, 2017

Book Feature: My Brain is Out of Control: Memoirs of a Doctor as a Patient by Dr. Patrick Mbaya

Publication Date: September 2016
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Formats: Ebook
Pages: 76
Genre: Biography/Autobiography
Tour Dates: August 14-August 25

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Although Dr. Patrick Mbaya’s illness caused a lot distress and nearly took his life, the emotional symptoms of the depression he developed helped him understand and empathize with patients and how they feel when they become ill. In My Brain is Out of Control, Mbaya, fifty-five and at the peak of his career, shares a personal story of how he suffered from a brain infection in 2010 that caused loss of speech, right-sided weakness, and subsequent depression. He tells how he also dealt with the antibiotics complications of low white cell count and hepatitis. He narrates his experiences as a patient, the neurological and psychiatric complications he encountered, how he coped, and his journey to recovery. Presenting a personal perspective of Mbaya’s illness from the other side of the bed, My Brain is Out of Control, offers profound insight into battling a serious illness.

Dr. Patrick Mbaya is a medical doctor specializing in psychiatry. He is a consultant psychiatrist and honorary clinical lecturer in psychiatry at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. He has a special interest in mood and addiction disorders.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Interview with Mary Brooks, author of Mary Lives: A story of Anorexia Nervosa & Bipolar Disorder

Publication Date: March 5, 2014
Publisher: XlibrisAU
Formats: Ebook
Pages: 396
Genre: Mental Health
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In this chaotic, desperate storm the brain tries hard to gather its fragmented parts, and anchor down the guy lines. To weather out this hopelessness, this turmoil and this pain, -prevent disintegration until the calm returns and clear skies come again.In this chaotic, desperate storm the brain tries hard to gather its fragmented parts, and anchor down the guy lines. To weather out this hopelessness, this turmoil and this pain, -prevent disintegration until the calm returns and clear skies come again.

What was the hardest part about writing your book? 

Wanting feedback, wanting to know what others thought of my book. I would still appreciate feedback. 

Do you have a favorite excerpt from the book? If so, can you share it? 

The prologue ‘Full’ “Mary has a full, abundant, joyful life. She could never have expected another happiness could happen in her life. Next May she would be a grandmother for the first time. Every mother has probably looked forward to becoming a grandmother, that is, every mother who has found mothering a fulfilling experience.” I now have 3 grandsons and love them dearly 

What do you hope readers will take away after reading the book? 

I hope they can appreciate that all the torment of my younger years is now behind me, and can see for themselves or for others suffering Anorexia Nervosa or Bipolar Disorder, that the best thing is to get help as quickly as possible.

Who or what is the inspiration for the book? 

Writing this book I was inspired by realizing how far I had come, and deciding to share that with others. And hopefully helping others as well. 

Have you had a mentor? If so, can you talk about them a little? 

I showed many of my poems to a wonderful Psychiatrist, who helped me see that I was a real, whole person, that I could put the past behind me and still have a full life. 

I have heard it said in order to be a good writer, you have to be a reader as well? Do you find this to be true? And if you are a reader, do you have a favorite genre and/or author? 

I like a lot of different genres, and read crime novels for relaxation.

Mary is a General Practitioner, a Family Doctor, and became anorexic and depressed at age 12. She writes of the chaos and pain of her life, through her abnormal adolescence and adult years, to the equilibrium of the current day. It is an enlightening and inspiring story of Anorexia Nervosa and Bipolar Affective Disorder or Manic Depression.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Interview with Salar Khan, MD., MBA., author of Unlocking the Natural Born Leader's Abilities: An Autobiographical Expose

Leaders orchestrate commands to people in order to accomplish objectives pertinent and in accordance with their personal principles and intentions. This book sets to identify the qualities and abilities of a certain kind of leader, which I refer to as the natural-born leader (NBL). The NBL possesses innate traits, refined and perfected over time with education, training, and experience. I will attempt to illustrate these traits by drawing from my fifty years of personal experiences and hope readers will look at this as an opportunity to introspect. I have also designed a self-assessment tool so you may self-evaluate the presence of these NBL abilities and identify where you ultimately fall on the spectrum.
Today, there is widespread lack of confidence in leadership whether in business, government, education, or elsewhere. The vision of a confident leader, that of an NBL, is needed for the betterment of the world.

How did you come up with the title of your book? 

It was easy for me because I have fifty years observation and experience dealing with various projects starting with planning and executing with positive outcome, self-motivated, self-confidence, strong faith on my own abilities, daily work targets oriented and achiever, clear vision, no fear of failure, and spending personal money for making a difference in people life. In this way, I find out my hidden talent and skillset due to hard work, honesty, and sincerity which lead to success in my career as a leader. It is my faith that every human being has built in leadership capabilities in their DNA, the only thing which we need to do is to bring out hidden talent capabilities and convert into ability to perform difficult task easily and effectively. By repeating these processes of success again and again one can gain confidence. We start feeling happiness without any award or reward from others. This is what is meant by “Natural Born Leader’s Abilities.” In my book title, I used the word “Unlocking” because it means a lot to me over these last fifty-year’s time. It was a journey and through it I uncovered several hidden abilities by doing hard work and always getting involved in risky difficult projects at home, during my work as a physician, and at organization in a leadership role. It is experience, willingness to learn from one’s mistake and working hard that allows someone to become a natural born leader who can make a difference in this world. This is the reason I came up with the title of this book. 

What is your writing environment like? 

When I was growing up, I developed the ability to work in difficult environment since my childhood. I grew up in a crowded neighborhood within a small, noisy household. My neighbors listened to music very loudly while I was studying and I remember that it had no effect on my concentration or attention. During my high school, my father bought a radio to listen news and then I started listening to music during my pre-medical school exam preparation. I noticed that after listening to good music my motivation to study increased and helped me understand subjects better. This ultimately helped me to perform very well in my Board examination for admissions to medical college. Not much has changed since moving here. I wrote this book during my days off at home with my family watching TV, my son playing video games, calls from my family in Pakistan and the occasional visiting relative. Prior to starting writing on my days off, I would cook first for my family, since they enjoy my cooking and cleaning. After making sure the affairs of the home are in order, I sat down and started writing this book. I spent 12-15 hours during weekends or my other day off in area close to kitchen or living room area. I can only say that this was possible because I developed hyper-focus and State of flow with clarity of mind. I took two months to complete this book due to my determination and target oriented ability to finish job on time. Each page written was a victory and motivated me further to complete this project that I had in mind. This also further consolidated my confidence, increasing my optimal experience and refined my skillset so that I would be ready to tackle any other project with new energy and new ideas. 

What are some of the best tools available today for writers? 

This is my first book. The idea came from my self-reflection on my life and how I was able to create the mindset that I have today. I did not use any tool except for the vision that was in my mind. I used my life experience and observations to put together in this book a snapshot of what it looks like to be a leader. 

What inspires you to write? 

Currently, there is widespread lack of confidence in leadership -whether in business, government, education, or elsewhere. Leaders have fear of failure, and therefore, they cannot perform well. I believe the world is facing a crisis when it comes to leadership; our society needs more positive thinkers. We need the vision of a confident leader -that of an NBL is needed for the betterment of the world. This was my main motivation and inspiration for writing this book. My observations and experiences throughout the last 50 years of my life also have served as an inspiration. I remembered my parents provided a foundation of achieving confidence by teaching me to set smaller tasks or targets in my daily life. Having a clear goal in mind is imperative to achieving success. Free to make self- decision, analyzing mistake, after achieving target or goal feel happy and self-rewarding yourself. An incident made me realize how unpredictable life can really be. On Sunday, March 6, 2016, at about 6:00 pm, the thirty-six-year-old son of my elder sister was sitting on a carpet at home, working on his laptop. He had no history of any illness when, all of a sudden, he dropped dead on the carpet. There was nothing—no warning, no signs, and no symptoms. In two to three seconds, he had already departed. Life honestly doesn’t play on anyone’s timetable except its own. And so, I was compelled to start writing this book in December 2016. 

Did you learn anything while writing this book? 

This is my first book. I developed an abstract novel thinking and clear vision with confidence to plot a book in mind first than transform into writing on paper as a good draft, then the process of refinement started. Despite having no background in writing, getting started and putting words to paper served as a motivator to complete my writing. I learned from my mother that nothing is impossible if you are determined and you can make impossible to possible. I wrote this book which was looked impossible to write with my several commitments at work and home meeting several deadlines on daily basis. Writing this book was a memorable event of my life because I never imagine, I can bring out my all childhood thought into my current memory and put it together in this book. Our past and present is store in our brain hard drive and if we train our mind it will bring event of life faster than computer hard-drive. I trained my mind to think more critically and with honesty to analyze my weakness in order to convert into positivity. If our mind learns to process positive thinking then we will be successful. 

What is your favorite quality about yourself? 

I would have to say that my favorite quality is being able to honestly self-reflect on my mistakes and contemplate ways of correcting myself. In this way, I can change my weaknesses into strengths and thereby develop a more positive attitude and outlook on life. This creates a sense of internal satisfaction and happiness for me. Due to this quality, I truly feel like the happiest man on earth.

Salar Ahmed Khan, MD, MBA, FACA, FCCP, DTCD, MCPS, worked as an Internist and Pulmonologist at Karachi, Pakistan from 1985-87; as the Chief of Medicine, the Acting Director of Medical Services, and Acting Hospital Director at Al-Midhnab General Hospital under the Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia from 1988-93; as the Associate Professor Medicine at Baqai Medical College and Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan from 1993-94; as a Surgical Assistant, Material Management, and Acting Central Processing Supervisor at Edge Water Medical Center in Chicago from 1996-2000. He is working as a program specialist at Chicago, Illinois since 2000. He was nominated and won several awards at national and international levels. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, photography, and watching sport, like cricket. He lives in Chicago, Illinois with his wife and two sons.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Book Feature: Mary Lives A Story of Anorexia Nervosa & Bipolar Disorder by Mary Brooks

Publication Date: March 5, 2014
Publisher: XlibrisAU
Formats: Ebook
Pages: 396
Genre: Mental Health
Tour Dates: July 24th-August 4th

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In this chaotic, desperate storm the brain tries hard to gather its fragmented parts, and anchor down the guy lines. To weather out this hopelessness, this turmoil and this pain, -prevent disintegration until the calm returns and clear skies come again.In this chaotic, desperate storm the brain tries hard to gather its fragmented parts, and anchor down the guy lines. To weather out this hopelessness, this turmoil and this pain, -prevent disintegration until the calm returns and clear skies come again.


Mary is a General Practitioner, a Family Doctor, and became anorexic and depressed at age 12. She writes of the chaos and pain of her life, through her abnormal adolescence and adult years, to the equilibrium of the current day. It is an enlightening and inspiring story of Anorexia Nervosa and Bipolar Affective Disorder or Manic Depression.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Interview with Pamela O. Guidry, author of Pauli The Musical Pumpkin

Title: Pauli the Musical Pumpkin
Author: Pamela O. Guidry
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Format: Ebook

This is an inspiring story of a family whose characters depend on each other's unique personality traits to see them through life's little journeys. With Luis, the strength and leadership is dominant, and Erin's motherly love is profound. The two boys are very different both in looks and in spirit. Dominic is adventuresome, and the outdoors is his passion, whereas Donovan's love for beauty and music is his motivation. Pauli, different from any of his family, is talented and musical and brings forth a feeling of magic when he plays his beautiful music. In the end, the family is reunited and reassured. Each of us is special in our own way. As long as we have each other, anything is possible.

What is your favorite quality about yourself? 

My favorite quality about myself is that I am a very patient person. I somehow have the easygoing nature to give something the time it may require to get where I want it to be.

What is your least favorite quality about yourself?

My least favorite quality is feeling like I can always do better.

When did you first know you could be a writer?

Writing was not my favorite creative outlet. I basically combined my passion for music, colors textures, travel, scenery and love of family and created this beautiful story for children.

Who or what influenced your writing over the years? 

My Father influenced every aspect of my life. He taught me the values that I use in every part of my life.

How did you come up with the title of the book? 

The title of the book was named after my Nephew Paul, who is the musical director of the Cathedral.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The hardest part of writing the book was creating the various personalities and how they would come together in the end.

Pamela O. Guidry was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1960. My parents were the most loving and wonderful parents. I grew up in a family of six children. With three sisters and two brothers, an adventure was always just around the corner. Because family is the most fundamental purpose in life, the experiences we have shared have shaped my life. At an early age, I developed a passion for music, as well as a love for art and creativity. As an adult, I further pursued the imagination and use of colors and textures in my work as a decorator. And now, my passion is to travel the world so that I may experience the beauty of nature and the people I meet along the way.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Interview with Ed Lin, author of This is a Bust

Set in New York’s Chinatown in 1976, this sharp and gritty novel is a mystery set against the backdrop of a city in turmoil
Robert Chow is a Vietnam vet and an alcoholic. He’s also the only Chinese American cop on the Chinatown beat, and the only police officer who can speak Cantonese. But he’s basically treated like a token, trotted out for ribbon cuttings and community events.
So he shouldn’t be surprised when his superiors are indifferent to his suspicions that an old Chinese woman’s death may have actually been a murder. But he sure is angry. With little more than his own demons to fuel him, Chow must take matters into his own hands.
Rich with the details of its time and place, this homage to noir will appeal to fans of S.J. Rozan and Michael Connelly.

January 20, 1976. The Hong Kong-biased newspaper ran an editorial about how the Chinese who had just come over were lucky to get jobs washing dishes and waiting tables in Chinatown. Their protest was making all Chinese people look bad. If the waiters didn’t like their wages, they should go ask the communists for jobs and see what happens.

Here in America, democracy was going to turn 200 years old in July. But the Chinese waiters who wanted to organize a union were going directly against the principles of freedom that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln had fought for.

Those waiters were also disrespecting the previous generations of Chinese who had come over and worked so hard for so little. If it weren’t for our elders, the editorial said, today we would be lumped in with the lazy blacks and Spanish people on welfare.

I folded the newspaper, sank lower in my chair, and crossed my arms. I banged my heels against the floor.

“Just a minute, you’re next! Don’t be so impatient!” grunted Law, one of the barbers. A cigarette wiggled in his mouth as he snipped away on a somber-looking Chinese guy’s head. When he had one hand free, he took his cigarette and crushed it in the ashtray built into the arm cushion of his customer’s chair.

He reached into the skyline of bottles against the mirror for some baby powder. Law sprinkled it onto his hand and worked it into the back of the somber guy’s neck while pulling the sheet off from inside his collar. Clumps of black hair scampered to the floor as he shook off the sheet.

The customer paid. Law pulled his drawer out as far as it would go and tucked the bills into the back. Then he came over to me.

Law had been cutting my hair since I was old enough to want it cut. He was in his early 60s and had a head topped with neatly sculpted snow. His face was still soft and supple, but he had a big mole on the lower side of his left cheek.

You couldn’t help but stare at it when he had his back turned because it stood out in profile, wiggling in sync with his cigarette.

He looked at the newspaper on my lap.

“We should give all those pro-union waiters guns and send them to Vietnam!” Law grunted. “They’ll be begging to come back and bus tables.”

“They wouldn’t be able to take the humidity,” I said.

“That’s right, they’re not tough like you! You were a brave soldier! OK, come over here. I’m ready for you now,” Law said, wiping off the seat. I saw hair stuck in the foam under the ripped vinyl cover, but I sat down anyway. Hair could only make the seat softer.

“I don’t mean to bring it up, but you know it’s a real shame what happened. The Americans shouldn’t have bothered to send in soldiers, they should have just dropped the big one on them. You know, the A-bomb.”

“Then China would have dropped an A-bomb on the United States,” I said.

“Just let them! Commie weapons probably don’t even work!” Law shouted into my right ear as he tied a sheet around my neck.

“They work good enough,” I said.

When Chou En Lai had died two weeks before, the Greater China Association had celebrated with a ton of firecrackers in the street in front of its Mulberry Street offices and handed out candy to the obligatory crowd. The association had also displayed a barrel of fireworks they were going to set off when Mao kicked, which was going to be soon, they promised. Apparently, the old boy was senile and bedridden. 

“Short on the sides, short on top,” I said.

“That’s how you have to have it, right? Short all around, right?” Law asked.

“That’s the only way it’s ever been cut.”

If you didn’t tell Law how you wanted your hair, even if you were a regular, he’d give you a Beefsteak Charlie’s haircut, with a part right down the center combed out with a Chinese version of VO5. I was going to see my mother in a few days, and I didn’t want to look that bad.

“Scissors only, right? You don’t like the electric clipper, right?”

“That’s right,” I said. When I hear buzzing by my ears, I want to swat everything within reach. Law’s old scissors creaked through my hair. Sometimes I had to stick my jaw out and blow clippings out of my eyes. The barbershop’s two huge plate glass windows cut into each other at an acute angle in the same shape as the street. Out one window was the sunny half of Doyers Street. The other was in the shade. How many times had I heard that this street was the site of tong battles at the turn of the century? How many times had I heard tour guides say that the barbershop was built on the “Bloody Angle”?

The barbershop windows were probably the original ones, old enough so they were thicker at the bottom than at the top. They distorted images of people from the outside, shrinking heads and bloating asses. In the winters, steam from the hot shampoo sink covered the top halves of the windows like lacy curtains in an abandoned house.

In back of me, a bulky overhead hair dryer whined like a dentist’s drill on top of a frowning woman with thick glasses getting a perm.

The barbers had to shout to hear each other. The news station on the radio was nearly drowned out. The only time you could hear it was when they played the xylophone between segments or made the dripping-sink sounds.

If you knew how to listen for it, you could sometimes hear the little bell tied to the broken arm of the pneumatic pump on the door. The bell hung from a frayed loop of red plastic tie from a bakery box. When the bell went off, one or two barbers would yell out in recognition of an old head.

The bell went off, and Law yelled right by my ear.

“Hey!” he yelled. Two delayed “Hey”s went off to my left and right. The chilly January air swept through the barbershop. A thin man in a worn wool coat heaved the door closed behind him and twisted off his felt hat. His hands were brown, gnarled, and incredibly tiny, like walnut shells. He fingered the brim of his hat and shifted uneasily from foot to foot, but made no motion to take off his coat or drop into one of the four empty folding chairs by the shadow side of Doyers. He swept his white hair back, revealing a forehead that looked like a mango gone bad.

“My wife just died,” he said. If his lungs hadn’t been beat up and dusty like old vacuum-cleaner bags, it would have been a shout. “My wife died,” he said again, as if he had to hear it to believe it. The hairdryer shut down. “Oh,” said Law. “I’m sorry.” He went on with my hair. No one else said anything. Someone coughed. Law gave a half-grin grimace and kept his head down, the typical stance for a Chinese man stuck in an awkward situation. The radio babbled on.

The barbers just wanted to cut hair and have some light conversation about old classmates and blackjack. Why come here to announce that your wife had died? The guy might as well have gone to the Off Track Betting joint on Bowery around the corner. No one was giving him any sympathy here.

Death was bad luck. Talking about death was bad luck. Listening to someone talk about death was bad luck. Who in Chinatown needed more bad luck?

“What should I do?” the thin man asked. He wasn’t crying, but his legs were shaking. I could see his pant cuffs sweep the laces of his polished wing tips. “What should I do?” he asked again. The xylophone on the radio went off.

I stood up and swept the clippings out of my hair. The bangs were longer on one side of my head. I slipped the sheet off from around my neck and coiled it onto the warmth of the now-vacant seat. Law opened a drawer, dropped in his scissors, and shut it with his knee. He leaned against his desk and fumbled for a cigarette in his shirt pocket.

I blew off the hair from my shield and brushed my legs off. I pushed my hat onto my head.

“Let’s go,” I told the thin man.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer? 

I've wanted to write pretty much as soon as I learned to write. My elementary school had a journal and my wife likes to recite my second-grade poems that were published in them. 

How long did it take you to write the book? 

This Is a Bust took about four years to write. The first draft took about a year and a half and then I was with this agent who wanted it to become something quite different. After we parted ways, I restored it to my original vision. All the rewriting made the book overall extra-crispy, and I mean that in a good way. 

What is your work schedule like when you are writing? 

I write regularly, during "lunch" at the day job and also hours at night and on the weekend. We have a toddler and nothing is normal, not even schedules! 

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? 

I write on vintage Mac laptops. I use several different ones because of the feel of the keyboards. It's like using different guitars to record an album, and I am a rock star, after all. 

In your opinion, what does it take to get a book published? 

Editors' eyes glaze over when they read a manuscript they've seen thousands of times. Your voice is a unique instrument and only you know how to work it. You have to play it hard and loud, you have to be yourself fully, to get your book published. 

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books? 

I delve into the era. With This Is a Bust, I got all these magazines and newspapers from 1976 and before and read them. I restricted myself to films and music from 1976 and before. Man, was New York multicultural decades before the term was coined! I also interviewed two awesome retired NYPD cops who had served during that time. 

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

The first book that ended up being published (and was the third overall, I think) was in 2002. I was in my early 30s. 

What do you like to do when you are not writing? 

I enjoy fixing up the vintage Macs that I write on. I replace dead floppy drives and install newfangled solid-state drives to replace hard-disk drives. If you only use a word processor, a Powerbook G4 from 2004 is dead even with a current MacBook.

Ed Lin, a native New Yorker of Taiwanese and Chinese descent, is the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards and is an all-around standup kinda guy. His books include Waylaid, and a trilogy set in New York’s Chinatown in the 70s: This Is a Bust, Snakes Can’t Run and One Red Bastard. Ghost Month, published by Soho Crime in July 2014, is a Taipei-based mystery, and Incensed, published October 2016, continues that series. Lin lives in Brooklyn with his wife, actress Cindy Cheung, and son.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Book Review: The Bomb That Never Was by J.R. Shaw

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The Bomb That Never Was
Title: The Bomb That Never Was
Author: J.R. Shaw
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Alternative History
Format: Ebook/Paperback

Praise for The Bomb That Never Was

 “Hitler has the bomb, and it's headed for the USA. This meticulously researched historical novel will have you asking, ‘What if?' This is an intelligent, fast-paced page-turner that will make you forget that you already know how it all turns out. Provocative, informative, and entertaining—I couldn't put it down.” —Joseph P. DeSario, author of Limbo and Sanctuary and coauthor of Crusade: Undercover Against the Mafia & KGB

“Authoritative and credible in its attention to detail, The Bomb That Never Was captures the spirit and temper of the WWII years and raises some deep philosophical questions about loyalty, treason, and commitment to country. A page-turner … tough to put down … a story well told.” —Robert L. Aaron, journalist and public relations executive

My Review

I was just talking about some books that I have read (fiction and non-fiction) that focus on WWII and the Nazis. Both of them (The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult and Night by Eli Weisel) strike a chord in me that is hard to let go. Is anything more horrific than what happened then, at least from a historical standpoint? J.R. Shaw paints a new story, one that could have even more terrify repercussions and it was a fascinating and thrilling read.

What would happen if the US was the target and Hitler had the bomb? What events would take place in that scenario? Read this book to find out.

Meet the Author:
J. R. Shaw is a pseudonym for a person who likes privacy, preferring to remain in the shadows. If you're interested in reading the next book, please turn to the back of this book and enjoy reading an excerpt from The Pieces. The Pieces will be out in 2016.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Interview with Raymond Floodgate, author of Life 2 the Full

Life 2 the Full is a self-help book that shows the reader how to improve health and well-being by preventing Illness from happening in the first place. This book will guide you through the elements needed to help you live your life to the full. Life 2 the Full covers such subjects as health and well-being, food, exercise for the body, and exercise for the mind. Stress is also covered in this book, including ways to eliminate it. Other topics include breathing, relaxation, meditation, money, and abundance. The goal is to help the reader achieve a life that is lived to the full. If you are struggling with your life through constant recurring illness, stress, food-related problems, or lack of purpose, Life 2 the Full will teach you how to change the life you are living now into a life that you never thought possible. The book is written in plain English, is easy to understand, and will give you an insight into how easy it is to change your life should you want to.


What is your favorite quality about yourself?

My favourite quality is having peace of mind and the determination to carry on when other were not interested in what I had to say.

What is your least favorite quality about yourself?

My least favourite quality is taking life to seriously when I already know that it is only an illusion.

When did you first know you could be a writer? 

I began writing in 2009 when I realised that after many years of studying and training nobody was listening to me when I talked to them about the discoveries I had made; so to get my message heard I started to write.

Who or what influenced your writing over the years?

Herman Hesse.

How did you come up with the title of the book?

I named the title of my book Life 2 the Full, because the reader would be doing exactly this if they were to include into their life the suggestions put forward to them. By practicing the five elements that the book suggests, they would certainly begin to live their Life 2 the full.

Raymond Floodgate is a certified Reiki master and teacher, a qualified practitioner of energy healing, and an energy healing teacher. He was a practitioner and instructor of Shotokan karate for twelve years but now focuses on preventing illness. To this end, he has studied Tai Chi, Qigong, and meditation.