Posts Tagged ‘Author’

Author Roy “Griff” Griffis on Your Book Your Brand Your Business

Please tune in at 5 PM Eastern on May 14 when I welcome the accomplished author Roy “Griff” Griffis to the show. In his own words:

I was born in Texas City, TX, the son of a career Air Force meteorologist. Attended a variety of schools at all of the hot spots of the nation, such as Abilene, Texas and Bellevue, Nebraska.

When I was ten, I was sent to my grandparent’s house in Tucson, Arizona because things were tough at home. I was pretty damn lost, as my grandparents were largely strangers to me. My older brother, a more taciturn type, refused to discuss what was going on. Fortunately, like so many kids before me, I was rescued by literature. Or, at least, by fiction. In a tiny used bookstore that was just one block up from a dirt road, I discovered that some good soul had unloaded his entire collection of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “John Carter of Mars” series in Ballantine Paperback. Because my father had already taught me the guy who created “Tarzan” was the self-same ERB, I spent my RC Cola money on the first book of the series, “A Princess of Mars.”

I think what struck me was how these books were possessed of magic: they were able to transport me far from this dusty land of relatives who I didn’t know and other relatives pretended not to know me to another dusty land of adventure, heroism, nobility, and even love. It was the first magic I’d encountered that wasn’t a patent fraud, and when I closed the stiff paperback with the lurid colors on the cover, I decided it was the kind of magic I wanted to dedicate the rest of my life to mastering. And, thus, I was saved.

Since then, I’ve never looked back. I’ve written poems, short stories (twice runner-up in the Playboy college fiction contest), plays (winning some regional awards back East and a collegiate Historical Playwriting Award), screenplays, and novels. I’m a member of the WGAw, with one unproduced screenplay sold to Fox Television. I also had a moment or two of internet notoriety as co-creator of the web-comic “Truesbury.” Right before Trump’s election, I somehow was selected as a “Conservative Novelist” to be interviewed by a Swiss newspaper, which was pretty funny by itself since they found me by doing an internet search for Conservative Novelists and for some reason, I was about number three on the list. “We had a hard time finding conservative novelists.” No shit, I thought.

Along the way, I’ve done the usual starving artist jobs. Been a janitor, a waiter, a clerk in a bookstore. I was also the 61st Aviation Rescue Swimmer in the Coast Guard (all that Tarzan reading wasn’t wasted). I’m also not a bad cook, come to think of it.

Currently, I’m a husband, father, and cat-owner. I’m an avid bicyclist and former EMT. I live in a small town in Texas with my lovely wife (a college professor) where we are renovating a 130 year-old historic home for us, three rescue dogs, and two rescue cats. My friends call me “Griff,” my parents call me “Roy,”and my college-age son calls me “Dadman.” It’s a good life.

During the live interview, Griff and I  welcome your questions from the chat room.

Serial Entrepreneur and Author Tom Niewulis on Your Book Your Brand Your Business

Please join Daria Anne for Your Book Your Brand Your Business on Monday, April 23 at 5 PM Eastern when she welcomes serial entrepreneur and author Tom Niewulis. Tom has 40 years in strategic planning, financial and organizational management. He has been the Architect of early technology convergence in the 1980’s. He was the early developer of the business plan and technical architecture for the Internet business in the Independent Local Exchange Carrier (ILEC) business environment. Tom has written a number of business and strategic plans for startups and has participated in developing private and public offering documents.

As a serial entrepreneur, Tom has been involved in or directly starting several technology companies including what is now known as cloud computing and wireless video. He was predictive regarding IoT in 1999 when he spoke at ISPCon talking about ‘The Matrix of Connected Everything’.

Tom has consulted to Bay Area venture capitalist, small business and fortune 500 companies. Tom’s consulting company NCDCS, Inc is a multifaceted entity which gives Tom the flexibility to offer his Virtual COO consulting as well as be involved in educating our next generation of policy-makers through his work with the Samuel Adams Center for Political Science.

Due to being technically adept and business-savvy, Tom has been called a modern Renaissance man. He is well studied in the Foundation of the Republic and the Constitution, with a detailed insight of Samuel Adams and the American Revolution. He has been published internationally regarding telecommunications optical networking and digital technologies and has presented at Internet and Telecom conferences in the US and Europe.

Tom’s most recent publications are focused on political science, policy and Constitutionalism in the United States. He has a business book in the wings titled ‘Real Life Lessons Learned In Business’. His two recent books are ‘Not ALL Conservatives Are Constitutionalists’ with the newest one out titled ‘From Covenant To The Present Constitution Workbook’. Tom delivers seminars on Constitutionalism that required this newest book for attendees.

His educational background is in Physics, Behavioral Science and Telecommunication Management. His education in strategic planning was through the Naval Post Graduate School. He is self-studied in the Reformation and Early American History.

For more, visit www.ncdcs.com and www.samueladamsreturns.com.

Art Imitates Life, Then Life Imitates Art: My Water Signs Happy Ending

Ten years ago, I started writing my first novel Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal, after a visit with a psychic unleashed suppressed memories of my first and only love. To catch up on the back story behind the book, click on the Water Signs category of my website, www.dariadigiovanni.com.

In what I can only describe as the most magical moment of my life, two weeks ago I reconnected with the real life “Ken” in person. When I saw his smiling face at the door, my nervousness and apprehension melted way, replaced by a single, comforting thought: “I’m home.” Even though I’d always known in my heart and soul we were meant to be together, the human part of me felt a twinge of doubt as I waited for him to arrive; after all, we hadn’t seen each other in over 20 years.

But God’s timing is always perfect.

The second I laid eyes on him, I realized the happy ending I’d written a decade ago was unfolding according to a divine plan. He and I share an undeniable soul connection that sustained us through two decades of physical separation and has only grown stronger over time. Now that the reunion I fictionalized in the pages of Water Signs has materialized in the physical world, it is even more beautiful than anything I’d written back in 2008. My heart is bursting with love, joy, and gratitude…and at the same time, I’m filled with a peacefulness I’ve never experienced before. This man is my twin flame, my soul mate, my bashert. Every morning, I wake up and thank God he has returned to me, though sometimes I still have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming.

As a longtime student of spiritual laws, including the Law of Attraction, and a member of Tasha Chen’s Science of Getting Rich Academy community, I realize now that by writing my love story and happy ending, I brought it into manifestation, with the help of God Almighty. I also know that my experience is a testament to trusting the process and His ingenious ways and sure methods…even when appearances are bleak and people who love you tell you to move on for your own sake. No matter how many times I temporarily lost hope or felt sad or missed him with an indescribable intensity, I always believed we’d find our way back to each other. And thanks to Tasha, I learned how to stay alert to “evidence,” or signs along the way.

In the next few months, I plan to release and launch a third edition of the book (once I’ve fulfilled some client obligations and projects) with an updated introduction, where I’ll include photos of the couple who inspired the characters of Ken and Madeline. For now, I’m living fully in the present moment, enjoying every second of time he and I have to spend together.

For more, visit me at my website: www.dariadigiovanni.com and be sure to tune in to Your Book Your Brand Your Business, every Monday at 5 PM Eastern. Preview and purchase Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal in paperback or Kindle on Amazon.com.