Manuel Fernandez is the author of The Rocky Approach to Life; here is a link to his Amazon page:
Q: What inspired you to write The Rocky Approach to Life?
A: About three years ago I went through a terrible breakup. I was depressed and frankly did not care if I lived or died. Watching the Rocky movies was the only thing that got me out of my funk. The more I watched the more I identified with the Rocky character, the trials and tribulations he went through. I realized life is no different than a boxing ring. You win some, you lose some but you never stop fighting.
Q: Why should someone read your book instead of just seeing the film?
A: The book goes in depth about self-worth. What does one want from life? Just because you’re a certain age do you stop dreaming? Do you stop pursuing goals? I think a lot of people become content with life instead of going after what makes one happy.
Q: What are some of the personal experiences you draw from the book?
A: One of my favorite chapters in the book is called Halftime. I talk about how it’s never too late to look in the rearview and start fresh. You just have to want it.
Q: What kind of day job do you have? And how has it influenced your approach to life?
A: I work in Access Control for the Clorox Company in Pleasanton Ca. I talk to a lot of people who are highly educated and good people but some of them want more from life. I think that’s great. I don’t believe in being complacent.
Q: What are some of your favorite self-help books and why?
A: I like Joel Osteen’s book- Become a Better You. It goes into the soul and makes you want the best life you could possibly have.
Q: What are some of your least favorite self-help books? And why?
A: I don’t remember the name off hand but I read this self-help book a few years ago and I felt like the author was preaching, almost nagging me to make a change. People don’t respond to that kind of volume. What I do is give examples of my own peaks and valleys and ask the reader questions about themselves.
Q: What are the ingredients for a really good underdog movie?
A: Where the character is broken down. He or she has nothing left in the soul tank. The worlds against them. They stop caring about other people’s perception of them. That’s when people really start to live. Southpaw, with Jake Gyllenhall is one of the best underdog movies I have ever seen. The writing is fantastic. The acting really sucks the audience in.
Q: What are some things you have done to publicize your book?
A: I have done a few radio interviews, promoted my book on various blogs and websites. I plan on having a book signing next month.
Q: Do you have a background in boxing?
A: I do not. I do have a background in martial arts. I studied Kajukenbo Kung-Fu, Jujitsu, for fifteen years.
Q: What was your first book about?
A: My first book was called First Day of School. I talk about a confluence of things happening in the United States; The need for a single payer system for Health Care, the state of politics in this country, how we need to look after our youth and make sure they have places to go after school so they don’t end up in trouble or joining a gang like I did as a kid.
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