APKY/AMP: Hello Gary, and thanks for your interest in . Please tell us something about yourself and how you came to be a writer. What inspired you to write your first book?
My name is Gary Goldstein, author of "Jew in Jail," and I am a 50 year-old single man from Brooklyn, New York, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism.
I have always wanted to write a book, although, obviously, not under these conditions of becoming incarcerated. However, once I knew that my fate was going to be serving time in prison, I decided to write “Jew in Jail,” and was inspired to do so once my beloved late father, Irving Goldstein, passed away from the effects of lung cancer and emphysema on January 23, 1999, which was only 15 days after I had been sentenced, and still on Rikers Island waiting to be transported north to a correctional facility. My father had always encouraged me to be my best, and offered unending support my entire life, so I wanted to honor my father by dedicating “Jew in Jail” to how special my father was to me.
In addition, the other reason why I wrote “Jew in Jail” was to show anyone that whatever obstacles appear in one’s life – and in my case it was the disease of addiction – it is possible to overcome them and go on to lead a positive and fruitful life. These days, aside from being a published author, I am also a motivational and inspirational speaker on the topic of recovery from addiction, and get so much out of helping others.
APKY/AMP: What genre do you generally write and have you considered other genres?
My book, "Jew in Jail," is non-fiction, and I prefer this genre.
APKY/AMP: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes, absolutely. The message I want readers to grasp is that it is never too late to turn one's life around, and if that includes asking for help, then by all means please do so. There is no shame in asking another human being for help, and it is certainly NOT a sign of weakness either.
APKY/AMP: What have you had published to-date?
"Jew in Jail," my non-fiction about the nearly six years I spent incarcerated for robbery as a result of my past addictions to alcohol, drugs and gambling, was published on November 2, 2010.
APKY/AMP: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Just to keep writing, and whenever a thought enters your mind - even if it occurs in the middle of the night while you are in bed - jot it down, before you lose it. In addition, never give up trying to get noticed in this highly competitive field.
APKY/AMP: Why should we buy your book?
To develop an understanding of addiction and how to protect against this dreaded disease, and also avoid prison as a result. Addiction is so widespread, and it comes in all forms - drinking, drugging, gambling, overeating, shopping, etc., - yet the behavior is all the same, so I want to educated people and help them avoid the same mistakes I made.
APKY/AMP: Do you have an agent? Do you think they’re vital to an author’s success?
No, I do not have an agent, and don't think they are vital to an author's success, especially these days, with all of the social media sites available to market one's books.
APKY/AMP: What is your opinion of writer’s block? Do you ever suffer from it? If so, how do you ‘cure’ it?
I feel it is simply part of being a writer and cannot be avoided. I suffer from writer's block once in a while, but simply turn on some music and that usually relaxes me enough to regain my train of thought.
APKY/AMP: Do you write on paper or do you prefer a computer?
I am old fashioned, and prefer to write on paper!
APKY/AMP: What do you like to read?
I like to read non-fiction, and especially biographies, as I find some people to be fascinating!
APKY/AMP: What do you do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies or party tricks?
I enjoy reading, listening to music, working out, and going to the beach to lay in the sun.
APKY/AMP: Where can we find out about you and your work?
http://www.jewinjail.com/ (my website)
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"Jew in Jail" is also available on my publisher’s website, http://www.createspace.com, as well as other retail websites
APKY/AMP: Is there anything else you’d like to mention?
Just that I think the disease of addiction is terribly overlooked in this country, and only seems to get press when a famous celebrity or athlete dies of an overdose.
However, the fact of the matter is that hundreds - if not thousands - of "ordinary" people are losing their battle with this dreaded disease on a daily basis, and something needs to be done already!
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