You Need To Write A Book

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A Mother’s Choice

6 08 2012

Now and then I read a story so intense that it takes me a few weeks to shake the thought of it.  The Color of Love by Gene Cheek is such a story.

Gene is a mid fifties white male with an extremely rare story of being caught in the middle of his Caucasian mother and his African American Step father’s relationship in the Jim Crow south.  Yes, there were multiracial relationships during the 50’s and 60’s, but Gene’s story is unique.  After much horrific abuse  by her white husband, she left and started a secret affair with a black man. This secret was well kept until his mother got pregnant and gave birth to a baby that was obviously black. This affair changed Gene’s life forever.  His mother was taken to court and charged with neglect – based solely on the relationship.  Although the charges were brought by her ex-husband and his family, they did not want custody of Gene – they simply wanted him taken away from his mother.  They were successful in getting Gene  torn away and thrown (literally) into the foster care system.

Sometimes I think we tire of reading stories of racial abuse that took place during the 50’s and 60’s. There was so much hate and abuse. They are hard to read because I tend to suffer with the victims every time.  But when I met the author and listened to him tell his story – I actually wanted to read the book again.  His wisdom coupled with his philosophy on race is amazing. He has put  everything into a prospective that levels the playing field for all the players, both good and evil. Most important, he has come to terms with his past.  And that, in and of itself, is not easily achieved by many people.  Mr. Cheek states, “The past has a way of interfering with the future whether we want it to or not”.   That is a profound statement.  It is how we handle the fallout from our past that matters.

I am happy to add this book to my collection. For more information or to purchase this book, it is listed on several sites including Barnes and Nobel.Com and Amazon or contact the author at gene3251@yahoo.com.





The Greatest Stories Ever Told

23 07 2012

Talking to people with great stories is one of the most rewarding things I experience as talk show host. True, incredible stories of victory and experiences that I can only imagine.

Meet Reschelle Means  who wrote about her experience self treating cancer after her diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  She used her faith to research options and treat her illness without benefit of radiation or chemo therapy. Her husband was very supportive of her need to quit work and focus on her recovery. During her interview she shared a wealth of information on the nutritional value of asparagus; the impact of sugar on cancer and how to communicate with people who are living with cancer.

Reschelle’s comments on communication were priceless to me because I never know the appropriate thing to say to someone with a serious illness.  I can’t say,  I know or I understand because it is tough to really know the depth of someone else’s pain.  So many people say, “I am praying for you” that it almost sounds redundant – albeit sincere.  Reschelle suggest that you tell them, simply, to be encouraged.  She said you should let them know you are in it with them – fighting all the way; regardless of the prognosis.  Her book is entitled: Intruder – Naturally Kicking Out Cancer.  It is available at Barnes & Noble.com; Amazon and Westbowpress.com.  Contact Reschelle at http://www.intrudercalledcancer.net for more information on her research and treatment the intruder.

At the time of our interview Reschelle was cancer free, looked great and she was living a full life with family and friends. This was less than two years after her diagnosis and her doctor’s recommendation that she take extensive rounds of chemo and radiation.

Note:  This is  a review of a book and a conversation with the author Reschelle Means. You Need to Write A Book does not make medical recommendations.  You should always seek the advice of your physician.





Are You Brave Enough to Tell?

6 05 2012

As a writer and publisher, I often meet people with amazing stories to tell. I often end the conversation by saying “That is some story…you need to write a book”. Many times I walk away admiring their strength, their stupidity or both. In either case, I have always wanted to pass those stories on to others. People can and should learn from the experience of others. The problem is that many of the people with the most compelling stories do not write books and many choose to keep their crash landing to themselves.  They do not want to look like failures or be judged by others. But those are the stories that need to be read. We need to hear about the one thing that changed the direction of your life. If there is a young person contemplating quitting school, or a woman living in domestic violence; or someone who doesn’t trust their own judgment about a situation that can be life changing. Your story can  inspire others to reassess their circumstances, make decisions and move forward.

Since starting radio interviews I have been overwhelmed by the  stories of struggle and victory.  Some people are just happy to be here, to be alive, regardless of their current circumstance – life is better than it was when they were going through.  Others  want to help by telling their stories as they acknowledge missed opportunities  and errors in judgement that sent them in the wrong direction. Truly, they all are heroes.  I am always excited to hear the next story.

So what is holding you back?  What is your story and who will it help? You never know – you may be surprised! Start writing today…





Radio – A New Adventure!

14 04 2012

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Welcome to another adventure in my life.  This week I start a new syndicated radio talk show.  I will host You Need to Write a Book every Saturday from 2-3PM.  This represents a great opportunity to meet authors and others who have unbelievable stories to share with the world.  I am so excited to take this next step in presenting a platform for others to be heard.  The talk show along with publishing and my favorite blog, each offer a specific appeal to a varied audience.

Please join me each Saturday on WOIC AM1230.  If you are outside the listening area you may be able to listening by streaming, based on your computer software.

This weeks guest is Sharon D. Johnson, author of The Struggle of Love.  We will have a  candid discussion as she reflects on her relationships and the circumstances that ended with the writing of The Struggle of Love. You will get an insightful ear full….





He beat you and said, “I’m sorry, let’s try it again -You said, “OK”. WHY?

24 02 2012

I have received 4 manuscripts in five days all related to domestic abuse.  Although it is not unusual to receive them, I am concerned about the increase. In this age of information and education -I’m just not sure what the increase means.  Are abused women writing more to help others, for possible income, for therapy  or what?

After reading so many manuscripts on domestic abuse and violence – it is painfully clear that it is extremely difficult to leave these relationships before serious harm is done.  Very few women leave after the “first” fight.  They are willing to forgive and “work it out” because “he really loves me”.  The following stats are shocking and disheartening at best:

  1. Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten. 
  2.  Everyday in the US, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.
  3. Domestic violence victims lose nearly 8 million days of paid work  per year in the US alone—the equivalent of 32,000 full-time jobs.
  4. Based on reports from 10 countries, between 55 percent and 95  percent of women who had been physically abused by their partners had      never contacted non-governmental organizations, shelters, or the police      for help.
  5. Around the world, at least one in every three women has been  beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Most  often, the abuser is a member of her own family.
  6. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.
  7. Studies suggest that up to 10 million children witness some form  of domestic violence annually.
  8. Nearly 1 in 5 teenage girls who have been in a relationship said a  boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm if presented with a breakup.
  9. Ninety-two percent of women surveyed listed reducing domestic  violence and sexual assault as their top concern.
  10. The costs of intimate partner violence in the US alone exceed $5.8 billion per year: $4.1 billion are for direct medical and health care  services, while productivity losses account for nearly $1.8 billion.
  11. Men who as children witnessed their parents’ domestic violence   were twice as likely to abuse their own wives than sons of nonviolent     parents.

So what can we do?  How can we help? We can’t save the world and we cannot save people from themselves (in most cases) but we must try.  My next few posts to this blog will address the first four statistics – with input from a victim of domestic abuse.  Hopefully, this will enlighten us as readers and provide information to victims, as well.

For more information on domestic violence visit http://domesticviolencestatistics.org and  http://www.dvrc-or.org/domestic/violence/resources/C79/.





2011 in review

23 02 2012

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.








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