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An Interview With Author Mitchell Thompson

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Mitchell Thompson is the author of “Introspective Rationale: The Odyssey of Theodicy; here is a link to his website:

 

 

https://www.irot.me

 

Q: What is “Introspective Rationale.”  about?

 

A: Introspective Rationale is a nonfiction historical narrative that journeys the reader on a quest in understanding the deeper connection between major worldly religions and their historical context. These intimate connections, once revealed, display certain commonalities in both ethics and ideology. Such ideological parallels can be further understood in their application within modern science and mathematics – namely quantum mechanics. For example, there exists many numerological significance in ancient scripture; numbers of meaning that translate within modern fields of scientific study. One must first understand the history of both religion and science before gaining a deeper insight on their dualistic partnership.

 

Q: What made you want to write a book about individual subjectivity versus the objectivity of the universe?

 

A: For much of our lives, societal individuals are plagued with a yearning for instant gratification. Before I began writing my book, I was helping my mother take care of her bed-ridden father who was dying of dementia. This man, though my grandfather, was estranged to me and my family. He had not approved of my mother marrying a man of color. In taking care of him, we inevitably grew to bond. It was during this bonding that I began to realize how my subjective perception of our relationship (or lack thereof) was irrelevant in the face of our objective kinship. I began to notice certain traits of myself within him – even at the height of his dementia. I had never had a grandfather; for my Dad’s father had passed before I was born. However, the wisdom I learned from my estranged grandfather granted me new insight within the nature of myself. This experience inspired me to write about the concept of dissolving the ego: to differentiate the importance of both individual objectivity and subjectivity.

 

Q: What kind of educational background do you have?

 

A: I went to public school, and finished in the top percent of my high school class. Upon graduating, I began to attend a prestigious college in William Jewell College where I sought to triple major in Engineering, Physics, and Mathematics. Because I attained many college credit hours in high school, I developed a keen understanding for higher level mathematics and dimensional reasoning as only a college freshman. As it pertains to writing, I have always loved doing so but more as a hobby. I took many advanced placement literature classes in high school, as well as college English, so my informal writing has some formal foundations.

 

Q: What kind of research did you do for your book?

 

A: Comparing and contrasting hours of work in studying between my own research in writing IROT and that of obtaining a doctorate in philosophy:

 

Undergrad

120 credit hours required

16 week semester

15 credit hours per semester

30 hours of work a week (6 hours a day)

16 x 30 = 480 hours of work per semester

8 semesters of schooling (BA/BS)

8 x 480 = 3,840 hours of total work

2 years of Masters (MA)

15 credit hours

30 hours of work a week (6 hours a day)

4 semesters of schooling

4 x 480 = 1920 hours of work total

(1920 + 3840 = 5,760 hours of total work between BA/BS and MA)

PhD

120 credit hours (generally required)

16 week semester

15 credit hours a week

30 hours of work a week (6 hours a day)

16 x 30 = 480 hours of work per semester

8 semesters of schooling (PhD)

8 x 480 = 3,840 hours of work total

3,840 + 5,760 = 9,600 hours of total work to obtain PhD

 

Research/writing for IROT

41 months total

14 months of stagnant

27 months “hardcore”

14 months of stagnant

4 hours a day (maximum)

5 days a week

20 hours of work a week

14 months = 61 weeks

61 x 20 = 1,220 hours of total stagnant work

27 months “hardcore

“Hardcore”: 12 hours a day, 6 day’s a week (minimum), 72 hours a week

12 hours of work a day

6 days a week

72 hours of work a week

27 months =  117 weeks of hardcore work

117 x 72 = 8,424 hours of “hardcore” work

41 months total

1,220 + 8,424 = 9,644 total hours of work for writing IROT

 
Q: How would you define elevated consciousness?

 

A: Elevated consciousness is the state of being that exists ahead of the ego. When one dissolves the ego, they are able to attain an elevated state of awareness. A conscientious state that can differentiate between objective requirements and subjective desirements.

 

Q: How does one attain this consciousness?

 

A: One attains elevated consciousness by dissolving the ego. The ego is the subjective sense of self. In rationalizing the introspective process, one is able to step away from the ego’s deceptive perception and see reality in an objective light.

 

Q: What is the most successful thing you have done to promote your book?

 

A: I have made both a website and a Facebook author profile page.

 

https://www.facebook.com/mitchellgthompson

 

https://www.irot.me

 

 

Q: What kind of a day job do you have and how does it influence your writing?

 

A: I work two jobs: a morning gig and an afternoon gig. The morning job is at a supply warehouse, while the afternoon job is as a kickboxing instructor. The morning job forces me to wake up at 4 AM everyday, which gives me the discipline needed to write on days I don’t feel like writing. The kickboxing instructor position has allowed me to work with a myriad of different people – allowing me insight into many minds of varying beliefs. Such insight influences the way I write in appealing to a general audience.

 

Q: What philosophers have had the most influence on your work?

 

A: I know very little on many different philosophers. I am a master of some and an expert of none. However, of all that I’ve adopted from, Friedrich Nietzsche and Baruch Spinoza were perhaps the most influential.

 

Q: If you could elevate the consciousness of any famous person, who would it be and why?

 

A: Hmm… perhaps Kanye West. Mainly because he seems to have the right idea in certain ideals, but is lost in translating most of his thoughts through an egocentric lens of insanity. Most people of social and monetary affluence attain such fame due to their evolving of the ego rather than dissolving.

 

 

Eliza’s interviews are done by email; all answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

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An Interview With Author Patricia Reid

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Patricia Reid is the author of, Flying with the Rich and Famous: True Stories from the Flight Attendant who flew with them; here is a link to the Amazon page:

Q: What made you interested in becoming a stewardess?

A: I became interested in becoming a “flight attendant” or stewardess as we were known then when I flew “right seat” in my fathers plane, a 4 seat Bonanza. On Saturdays, we would go flying. I was only four years old but I have the distinct memory of thinking to myself “this is what I want to do.” I wanted to become a stewardess.

Q: Why a stewardess and not a pilot?

A: That is an excellent question. I wish now that I would have become a pilot. But in that era, there were very few female pilots and none that I knew about. It just wasn’t a woman’s world. But the novelty of becoming a flight attendant, again in that era, was huge and very exciting.

 

Q: You did not work for a major airline, but rather a private company that dealt with luxury jets. How did your compensation and benefits compare to stewardesses who worked for major airlines?

A: Well I did actually work for an airline, I began as a ticket agent. Then was hired out of there for a non-traditional air carrier that was scheduled service from Los Angeles to New York, but it was only first class. But it was much more than first class, it was a whole new world of luxury flying. That’s when I first began to serve Rock stars, movie stars, television stars, politicians, singers, songwriters and very wealthy individuals. From there I went to private jets, where I lived out my adult career.

The benefits of flying for private jets is first and foremost the pay. The pay can be as much as ten times what the commercial gals make. You do work for it though, although not always. You do not really have a schedule, you go when they call you. Unless you work full time for a corporation (which I’ve done), they usually have a somewhat adhered to schedule. The airline flight attendants travel around the world on other airlines for almost free. Private jet or corporate flight attendants do not have that option. But we get paid to travel around the world. And we stay in much better hotels and resorts.

Q: What was your most awkward celebrity encounter?

A: The most awkward celebrity encounter was flying Johnny Carson. He never said a word to me (or anyone), he just stared off into space. He was with his wife who did all the talking for him. But it was definitely odd behavior. I have no explanation for it, whatsoever.

Q: Are the regulations any different for private jets then they are for commercial jets?

 

A:  Yes, regulations are VERY different for private vs. commercial flight attendants. There are “Federal Aviation Regulations” or FAR’s that we must follow. Part 121 is airlines. Part 91 is owner operated private jets – this is when I fly for someone who owns his own jet, I am not a flight attendant per say, but maybe a cabin attendant or just a passenger. It is up to the owner if I need emergency training or not. Part 135 is a private jet that is offered for hire – a charter corporation. If someone “hires” a private jet to take them some place then we as flight attendants have to be emergency trained and follow much more detailed rules than an owner operator. Because if you’re for hire, then the charter outfit is responsible not the owner.

Q: What has been the most effective thing you have done to promote your book?

A:  The original Amazon advertisement worked the best. Now, I would say social media, word of mouth and interviews like this. But social media has kept it selling in between radio interviews. I’m hoping to get on television as well – to main stream it.

Q:  Why do you think people are so fascinated by wealth and fame?

A:  I think it’s because it takes them “away” from where they are. It’s like a movie, a People magazine or anything of that nature. It turns off their own minds and lets them be entertained by another avenue. The rich and famous have always been the avenue people want to hear about. That’s what the general public believes makes the best life. Plus the media of the world we live in promotes it nonstop, so even if we aren’t interested, it’s hard to be kept in the dark. Unless you don’t have a television or a computer!  But then you still have a library!!

Q: What are some of the best e books you have read recently and what made them enjoyable?

 

A:  I really enjoy spiritual genre’s and autobiographies. I like true, honest real life stories like Steven Tyler’s autobiography, which was hilarious! I I also really love The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, it is my bible and I adore The Secret, etc. I enjoy books that I can learn something through. That makes me feel wiser and more knowledgeable. Esepecially knowledge about a world a know nothing about – like most people don’t know what it is like to fly on a private jet for a living!

Q: What were some of the more challenging elements of your job?

A:  Challenging elements would be time. Time is sometimes your friend and often not. The time changes around the world can get you to the point where you don’t know if you should eat breakfast or dinner!  Also, waiting for passengers. Some of them have kept us as a flight crew waiting for hours and we still have to fly for across the country or farther. Sometimes sleep is out of the question. And a short flight with a full meal service is extremely challenging. It’s very difficult to feed ten people on a one hour flight and clean it all up before you land. You must be pre-prepared.

 

Q: I have known many people who work for the rich and famous and they were all were touting around a bottle of anti-depressants, wearing an angry look and an, “Eat the Rich” tee shirt. Why do you think some people have such a hard time dealing with the wealthy?

A:  I’m guessing they are very demanding. I only had a few passengers like this, but yes, they were awful! If one has to work for a high stress demanding type that would definitely be tough. I had one passenger who was like this but worse and I refused to fly him again. So if you work for one of these types, you might need an anti-depressant! I’m sure they get highly paid (like me) but is it worth it? I think not! My favorite owner treated me like family and I still adore him. We had so much fun traveling around the world together.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects.

An Interview With Writer Corinne Morier

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Corinne Morier is the author of The Red Sorcerer Trilogy; here is a link to her website:

https://corinnemorier.wordpress.com/

Q: What made you want to be a writer?

A: I watched The Lord of the Rings movies in middle school and was fascinated by them. Soon after that, I decided to try writing my own fantasy story, and since the idea came to me in math class, I wrote it on the dividers in my binder so my teacher wouldn’t get suspicious. It was a rather terrible story about two best friends who discover an ancient race of Elves living in the forest behind their school, but then just as they are invited to join the Elves, one girl falls ill and is hospitalized and the other girl has to choose between her friend and following her destiny, but I was hooked and decided to become a storyteller. At first I wanted to make movies, but I later changed my mind and focused on novels, instead.

Q:  Why did you choose fantasy writing?

A: Aside from Lord of the Rings influencing me to start writing, it just kind of made sense. I was always a rather naïve sort of person growing up and I didn’t know much about the world or how it worked, so it just made more sense to write fantasy, where I could create a world all my own and write my own rules. In a way, it’s more of a challenge than writing a story set in our reality, but it’s more fun. I did try writing general fiction once, about a woman who suffers a miscarriage and finds an abandoned baby, but I lost interest in it fairly quickly and never finished it, whereas any fantasy novel I’ve set out to write I have seen to completion.

Q: Do you think writers are generally bored by science?

A: Bored by science? No. The science-fiction genre has never been stronger, I think, than what it is today. Of course, each author will have his or her own thoughts about this. I don’t think I’ll ever end up writing science fiction, but biology was one of my favorite subjects when I was in school, so science as a subject isn’t actually boring.

Q: What is The Red Sorcerer Trilogy about?

A: It’s about Leyndray, a girl born under a fateful prophecy, who is thrust into a chain of events due to circumstances of her birth. But more than that, it’s about the human heart, as all my stories are, about how love can turn to rage and doubt can cast fear on a judgment we believe to be the right one. Most of all, the eternal question that we ask ourselves even today: Is there such a thing as fate, and can we choose a different path than the one that has been laid down for us?

Q: What makes Leyndray a character worth reading about?

A: Leyndray is a girl thrust into an unfortunate situation just trying to regain a sense of reality. I’m sure that everyone has experienced that at some point in their lives, and I think that’s what makes her relatable.

Q:  What life experiences do you draw from when you write?

A: That’s an interesting question, and it’s hard to pin down a specific answer. For example, The Crown and the Mage was written during my high school days, and back then, I was struggling a bit with depression and anxiety, so it reads rather dark. Now I’m writing the sequel and it actually feels more lighthearted and fun. I don’t think I draw from specific experiences, but when I write fantasy novels, I like to find pictures of faraway places to inspire settings in my story, and sometimes, I’ll choose a song that I think fits a specific character or scene and listen to it while I write.

Q:  What kind of day job do you have?

A: Right now, I work part time as a freelance translator, and I also have a day job working with youth. Aside from writing, I also want to be a teacher, so it’s a great learning experience, and my students are the best.

Q: Would you prefer your current job or work as a full time writer?

A: Hmm, that’s hard to say. My current job is really great, and I don’t think I can choose either full-time work as a writer or my day job. Can I have my cake and eat it, too?

Q: Who are some of your writing influences?

A: I would say that my favorite authors – Paolini, Tolkien, Nix, Rowling, Patterson, and Laura Joh Rowland – have influenced me quite a bit. But it’s hard to pin down a specific influence because I read a lot in several different genres – fantasy, nonfiction, general fiction, and mysteries. I’m also a big fan of graphic novels, specifically manga, and sometimes have been told that my stories read like a graphic novel, which of course, requires a rewrite.

Q:  What would you most like to change about the publishing industry?

A: How hard it is to break into it, and how writers with great talent and promise always have doors closed in their faces. For example, a friend of mine who writes romance novels couldn’t find an agent or publisher to work with, so she decided to self-publish them. They sold so well that now she makes a six-figure salary on her books, without the help of an agent or publicist, and gets regular fan mail from her readers. She even makes more than her husband, who is an engineer and designs bridges around the world. I can only imagine what all those agents that told her “no” are thinking now, wishing they’d gotten in on those profits.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

An Interview With Author Paul MacDonald

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Paul MacDonald  is the author of Smile Now, Cry Later; here is a link to his website:

https://paulmacdonaldla.wordpress.com/

 


Q:
 What is Smile Now, Cry Later about?

A: It’s the first book in a new mystery series that follows a sardonic HR exec who moonlights as a private detective. It’s a fresh take on the classic genre. This first installment has the hero, Chuck Restic, venturing outside the confines of his corporate skyscraper in search of a missing colleague. The trail leads him to the Armenian mob and billionaire land developers. It’s very much an LA story.

Q:  What inspired you to write it?

A: I have worked in Corporate America for over 20 years and the series is a way for me to channel the frustrations of someone that comes out of that. Like Chuck, I had a need for finding a purpose.

Q:  What makes  Chuck Restic different than other detectives?

A: He’s not your typical detective as his is more a passive-aggressive approach over the old-fashioned fisticuffs kind! But HR translates nicely into the detective world — interviewing skills, investigations into foul play, etc.

Q: What make makes Los Angeles a good place for a murder mystery?

A: Many would argue but to me, Los Angeles is the ideal setting for murder mysteries. Clearly, others believe that when you look at how many books are set in LA. There is something loathsome but also special about this town. The seediness is the same as any other big city, it’s just this one is set in perpetually 75 and sunny days. That contrast is what makes it work.

Q:  What kind of day job do you have and how does it affect your writing?

A:  I am very much like the character in the series — a 9-5 guy at a corporate office. I work in HR and channel all of the inanity and pointlessness of that role into the series.

Q:  What are the elements of a good mystery?

A: Unexpected but logical. If you can accomplish that with each plot twist leading up to the reveal of the killer, you are in for a good story. If you can’t, then everyone feels cheated.

Q:  Who are some of your writing influences?

A:  I tend to stick with the classics of the LA detective genre — Ross MacDonald and Raymond Chandler. Some lesser known guys are Raoul Whitfield and Paul Cain. I also like Ken Bruen, who is very much NOT from LA.

Q: What trends in fiction annoy you?

A: There’s a cliche in current detective fiction that drives me nuts. It’s usually the guy with the beat up (but cool) convertible whose ex-wife and kids still adore him despite his being a horrible husband and father, who feels the need to describe what he’s wearing because he thinks the jeans and faded t-shirt sounds cool, whose charm disarms every female TV reporter, assistant DA, museum curator, andclothing store owner they come across. Guys, stop writing about the guy you wish you were!

Q: What can we expect from the rest of the series?

A: I have the second book coming out in a month and then hope to have one book a year from then on. We’ll see if I can keep that pace going!

Q:  If a famous detective could make a guest appearance in one of your novels, who would it be and why?

A: I guess it would be Lew Archer. I just love his relentless pursuit of justice (truth?) but done in a way that’s sort of quiet but determined. He just seemed very “real” and someone I would want on my side.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

An Interview With Author Monty Schwarzenberg

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Monty Schwarzenberg is a former high fashion photographer and the author of the novels The Me Nobody Knows and Cuckoo Heart; here is a link to his website:

 

 

http://redmoonbiz.com/

 

Q: What is The Me Nobody Knows about?

 

A: It’s a love story between two loners that, in their reciprocal passion, find a safe haven to heal their spirits from the deep scars carved by horrifying childhoods.

She is a beautiful teenager in the run trying to leave behind years of physical and mental abuse. He is forty-year-old part-time fashion photographer and adventurer taking ingenious advantage of his good fortune and temporary success.

From the first moment they met, he felled irremediably in love. And, by means of good luck and powerful influences, he helped her to become a superstar. Achieving fame and making a small fortune out of their professional collaboration.

Soon after a rickety start, crammed with infidelity and frustration, she falls in love as well, and together they find a fulfilling path to make sense out of their lives, staying together happily ever after. Unfortunately, like in all love stories, there is no happy end because one of them would die before the other.​

 

Q: What inspired you to write it?

 

A: Love at first sight. I was compelled by that mysterious spark that drew people into unexplainable relationships every time a reciprocal passion was shared in return. I fell in love with six women along sixty years and every time, I was convinced of finding the real one; until the magical spark reappeared and love happened again.

To be alive has been the greatest experience and the way love affected my aging process found a new way out in the form of written words.

 

 

Q: You say in you bio on your web page that the supermodels you work with are “the last creatures on earth that fully understand their basic function as human being,” why do you think that?

 

A: Models are one of the few human creatures that truly understand that our most basic elemental mission is replicating ourselves in small copies. Descendants that we must feed and care for until they are ready to initiate their own new cycle and we can survive as living specie. By randomness in ours, females have the duty of attracting the healthier male partners to produce the better possible progeny.

Supermodels are the epitome of perfection and they exercise like none others the duty of seducing males for mating purposes. Even though 99% of that seduction process is just theoretical and should never be grounds for abuse, it is a constant reminder in a world where women are hated and degraded by fearful pathetic men.

 

Q: What are some of the projects you worked on as a high fashion photographer?

 

A: Galliano, Lacroix, Kenzo, Ferre, among my favorite and…etc., etc., etc​

 

Q: Were eating disorders as common as most people think?

 

A: Not at all. People tend to denigrate from anyone that achieves success, always with baseless assumptions. Fashion models are so thin because it is a job requirement and beauty is their priority. And aside from amazingly fast metabolisms, they eat less and better than the common and live healthier lifestyles with an emphasis in intensive physical activities, sex and pampering.

Q: What was your most memorable work story?

 

A: Once, I was filming a television spot with a supermodel that grew extremely impatient with a technician from my crew that needed to hook her up with a wireless microphone. She demanded that I would perform that task because the man was hurting her. I went to her dressing room not knowing that the wireless box was on and the sound mixer decided to record our conversation for unknown reasons…The results of that recording taught me that things are never as they seem to be nor as people perceive them. “Oh, you’re finally here,” she said. “We are kind of late,” I uttered. “Where do you want me to put it?” “I don’t care,” she responded. “Put it anywhere you want.” “Would you be okay if I put it behind?” I continued “I told you that I don’t care as far as you do it right.” She said. Moments later, “Ouch, it hurts.” “Sorry.” “Let me look at that thing… Oh my gosh, it’s so small.” “It is what it is and you need to deal with it…I won’t take long.” Therefore, don’t believe what you hear out there. The story went around the city and created an amazing false impression out of nothing.​

 

Q: Who are some of your literary influences?

 

A: I was deeply influenced by every single author whose stories I enjoyed to the end. I learned that people only read whatever is compelling to their lives and fantasies. ​

 

Q: When and how did you find out your father was a spy?

 

A: He told me on a winter night in 1964. He was under his usual alcoholic intoxication and he confessed the unbearable regret of having betrayed people that he cared for in the name of duty and love for the country. Amid drunken sobs, he told me that he spied for the allied forces during WWII and he carried the guilt sending some of his pretended friends to death or punishment. Like all human beings, he grew fond of the people he shared his life with and duty forced him to kill them. ​

 

Q: What is Cuckoo Heart about?

A: is farce about human integration between people with two different upbringings, education and lifestyles that are imprisoned and obligated to share their lives in a place that they can’t physically leave. At the end of the day, they were all equal…always ready to fuck, always ready to kill.​

 

 

Q: What life experiences did you draw from to write it?

 

A: From residing in South Florida for the last fourteen years and still being unable to determine if, Latinos will ever become Americanized or vice versa, a new breed of American Latinos.​

 

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)