Saturday 5th April 2014
Last week Bookish Banter interviewed Doug Bolton, an inspirational author writing self-help books to reach out to those suffering with anxiety and depression, which is a condition I personally have suffered a great deal from. Writing books isn’t always about fiction and fantasy. There are a great deal of really good books out there that can find a person where they are in their lives, reach out to them and say “You can get through this – you can change things”. Well following on from this theme Bookish Banter is proud to present today’s Featured Author…
Brian Murray – author of…
Feel free to introduce yourself…
My name is Brian and I am the author of UNBREAK YOUR MARRIAGE, a book for those that woke up one day to discover that their marriage was hanging loose on the edge of an icy cliff.
Since Brian is so modest I have added just a little bit more about him and his work, taken from his Amazon profile…
Brian is a trailblazing author and Recovery Coach who works in areas of Intervention and Addiction Recovery. His work involves family, group, individual, face to face and online based counseling. He serves full time with a missions based organization called Youth With A Mission. Brian is dedicated to helping others discover freedom from compulsive lifestyles to finding a life of meaning and endless possibilities.
Please can you tell us where you are from?
Okay, umm’, with my debut book (Unbreak Your Marriage); I am anonymously working with readers as they work on reconnecting their marriages. Because of that anonymity, I prefer not to say. *Sorry.
Don’t apologise – it is admirable that you can connect so completely with your readers who are obviously also in your care and need to be able to feel safe in your hands.
How long have you been a writer?
I have been writing since 2004 but only first published in 2013.
Can you tell us a little bit about your latest book?
My book, UNBREAK YOUR MARRIAGE: RECONNECT YOUR MARRIAGE IN 31 DAYS- WORKBOOK is for those that have woken up to discover that their marriage is hanging loose at the icy edge of the cliff and want to save it. It is a self-help book that offers a 31 day intervention strategy.
Where did the inspiration for this book come from?
Well, I had some marriages that failed to reconnect because the participants were not following the principles so I decided to write a manuscript and hand it to them. After that, I thought “Well, Amazon would be a great idea!”
Did you have to do a lot of research for your latest work or is this a field that you are already working in?
I saw a number of successes with this strategy and I just thought I would continue using it.
Do you think your writing is improving the more you write?
Yes, BIG TIME! I am now working on the second and third books and I see a lot of improvement.
Did you have any problems during the writing process of your latest work?
Why do you feel the need to put your books out there and who do you think will benefit most from them?
With the number of marriages that end in divorce, I believe that this book can help to reconnect many of them.
How much planning goes into a book? Do you spend a long time planning or do you just start writing and see where it leads you?
Well, I don’t look at it as writing a book. I see it as writing content. So, time and planning depends on what the content is about.
Do you get your ideas from personal experience or from people or events around you?
I get ideas from everywhere!
What is your experience of the Publishing industry?
I am self-published and loving it! Platforms like Amazon have made it easier for a whole lot of people when it comes to publishing.
Is this book a part of a series? Where is it going?
No, this is not a series but I do have a second edition that is set for release soon.
Have you had some good reviews for your book?
I have received a lot of good reviews and some of the readers have even connected with me on Facebook.
Your favourite Author is…
Daniel G. Amen (Change Your Brain, Change Your Life)
Have you got a book trailer?
Yes, I have made a book trailer and it is on YouTube.
What do you do to wind down?
I take a cup of tea or take a walk.
Do you belong to a friendly writers group and does it help?
Yes, there are a few very helpful ones.
What is you experience of editing and polishing your manuscripts?
Bad idea! I did edit my own manuscript and obviously had a few typos. I say find someone else to do it for you.
Any tips for all our budding authors out there wondering how to get started?
Write your stuff then call it a book later!
That has got to be one of the best pieces of advice yet – thank you Brian. You can’t have a book without really interesting and informative content. Know your subject – have a real reason for writing – know your audience – organise it – make your point – job done!
Link city – as many as you need to guide us round your internet trail…
Amazon Ca: http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00GUDHBZS/
I want to really thank Brian for popping in and telling us a little bit about his book. When a marriage breaks down, sometimes all it takes is the right person with the right strategy to get couples talking and working together to rekindle that lost love and I’m sure for many people, Brian and his book will be a welcome addition to rescue their marriage just in time.
❤ Laura ❤