Posts Tagged ‘fiction’

‘Steps to Salvation’ Author Shlomo Attia on Your Book Your Brand Your Business

Discover how one man’s near death experience led to a spiritual awakening when I interview Steps to Salvation author Shlomo Attia on Monday, May 21 at 5 PM Eastern. No ordinary guest, Shlomo, who was born and raised in Tel Aviv Israel and now resides in South Florida, launched my ghostwriting career when he hired me to write Steps to Salvation — a combination of historical fiction, political thriller, and spiritual odyssey that defies categorization. In fact, as one reviewer notes, the novel “may be a genre unto itself.”

From the book description:

Steps To Salvation is a futuristic novel with spiritual, political and historical themes. Set in the year 2412, it tells the story of how man finally learned from history, accepted The One God Religion and moved the world into Salvation immediately following the Armageddon War of 2012.

Shlomo in his own words:

I’m not a writer by profession. I’m an engineer who builds prototypes for small businesses. I also own and manage a commercial appliance installation and service company in South Florida. Born with a natural curiosity, a passion for learning and a desire to contribute to the betterment of the world, I’ve always been an avid student.

During my childhood, my insatiable thirst for knowledge and truth often landed me in trouble. I was raised in Tel Aviv, Israel in a traditional Jewish home, where my constant questions about the nature of God and challenges to my faith were not always well received. Infused with an entrepreneurial spirit and a drive to succeed, I was earning more money than my father by the time I was 13 years old. Only problem was, I was doing so by retooling and selling “hot” bikes in my neighborhood. Once caught, I was not only severely beaten by my mother in front of my friends, I was also sent to a judge who gave me a choice of punishments: attend a religious school or go to a kibbutz.

At first I selected the religious school. But since the Rabbis didn’t appreciate my relentless questions about God and the traditional Jewish religion, they threw me out after a few days. That’s when the very best thing that could have ever happened to me took place: I went to live on a kibbutz.

This kibbutz literally saved my life by giving me the opportunity to channel my restless energy into productive endeavors, like learning how to become an electrician and a mechanic. The discipline and skills I developed set me up for success. I was further influenced by my service in the Israeli Defense Forces, which I joined in 1981 at the age of eighteen. Among other duties as paratrooper in a volunteer unit, I served in Beirut in 1983.

Following my honorable discharge, I spent time in Germany and France before relocating to the United States in 1990 and setting up my Hollywood, Florida-based business. In spite of my success, my main motivation has always been to contribute to others, to do whatever I could to help people. When an outwardly horrific motorcycle accident nearly ended my life in 2003, it began a process of discovery that eventually led to the creation of my book – a vehicle that enables me to not only help my family, friends, neighbors and colleagues, but also people all around the world I’ve never met.

 

For more, visit www.shlomoattia.com. During the interview, Shlomo share his insights on important topics like energy, individual capitalism, prosperity, justice system reform, religion, and terrorism. Please join us for a thought-provoking episode on Monday, May 21 at 5 PM Eastern.

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.

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.