APKY/AMP: Hello Paul, and welcome to my AuthorMeProfessionals interview. To begin with, please tell us something about yourself and how you came to be a writer. What inspired you to write your first book?
I began keeping journals at the age of 21 in 1975 and in 2001 noticed I had a box of over 45 sitting there. It had only been three years since I had ended a 23-year involvement with Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church and I felt writing a memoir would be very emotionally healthy for me. It took 6 years to complete but in 2007 I self-published it: “A Grand And Glorious Adventure: The Saboteur Years.”
APKY/AMP: Now that sounds very unique. Apart from the memoir, what genre do you generally write? I mean have you considered other genres?
My next two books were spiritual based but recently I have considered writing fiction. Perhaps a novel.
APKY/AMP: Well Paul, have a go at it. I’d be curious to know what the novel would be about. Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?
In my most recent book, published in March ’12, The True Love Handbook: How To End Suffering, Become Your Own Best Friend, and Begin Living Your Dreams,” the most important message of everything I shared is that you are a divine being having a human experience and you can connect with your divine nature through the breath.
APKY/AMP: How interesting! I remember my grandfather teaching me exactly that: that nature is divine and being part of it, I’m divine too! Wow. So, what else have you had published to-date?
My first and third books are listed in the above questions. My second book, “Apostle Paul: The Untold Story” was published in March ’10 and is a critique on Christianity in general and the Apostle in particular. It focuses on his extreme emotional issues and how he desperately relied on having a savior in order to function, which is why he created the “Saved by the blood” theology, which western civilization lives by. It’s a total illusion.
APKY/AMP: This is getting better and better. Paul, would you mind sending me a PDF of the Paul book? I mean that seriously. Anyway, do you have any advice for other writers?
If there is something inside encouraging you to write, by all means pick up a pen or go to the computer because for me, when I knew my soul wanted to share something, I couldn’t write fast enough yet there was a time when I resisted such impulses. I love myself for finally allowing what wanted to be shared to flow through my fingers and you will too.
APKY/AMP: Very encouraging, that. I get mails where the aspiring writers ask me what the current TREND is and I always tell them stuff about vampires, paranormal and detailed erotica, then warn them that a writer’s best writing is that impatient voice within you telling you to get it written. Now I’ve rambled on a bit. Back to our interview, Paul, can you tell us why we should buy your book?
All three books are actually a trilogy of sorts. When read in order, the reader will gain an entirely new perspective on their life, which is going to elicit change—for the better. My story combined with all the wisdom I gained through my years on the planet offer tremendous insight into becoming your own best friend, which is the best gift anyone could give themselves—ending long-term battling that goes on within most humans. I offer tools and testimony on how you can accomplish this, especially in “The True Love Handbook.”
APKY/AMP: Okay, now I’m going to get greedy, Paul – please send me the complete works in PDF! So, how much of the marketing do you do for your published works or indeed for yourself as a ‘brand’?
I do all the marketing through my website, www.MasteringTrueLove.com, and through word of mouth.
APKY/AMP: Yes, it’s said that word of mouth is possibly the best marketing strategy out there. Have you won or been shortlisted in any competitions and do you think they help with a writer’s success?
I haven’t pursued this as of yet.
APKY/AMP: Okay. Is there a special place that you prefer when you write?
Not so much a place as a need to have quiet. I also need to preface my writing with deep breathing so I can connect with my soul an allow the inspiration to flow uninhibited.
APKY/AMP: Sounds much disciplined. Do you write under a pseudonym? If so why and do you think it makes a difference?
APKY/AMP: So, no on all counts. Do you have an agent? Do you think they’re vital to an author’s success?
No. Since I haven’t had one I couldn’t say.
APKY/AMP: Okay. What are you working on at the moment / next?
I’ve had 14 sessions over the past 5 ½ years with my “Angelic Team” (a team of angels that support our choices by running in the other dimensions to arrange for our choices to manifest) and I am transcribing the contents (each was well over an hour long) and will write a book with a variety of topics that I asked about during those sessions.
APKY/AMP: Well good luck with that, Paul. Do you manage to write every day?
Writing happens when I feel it. I cannot force it so no, not everyday. However, when it is flowing I’m usually glued to the computer.
APKY/AMP: I know that feeling. What is your opinion of writer’s block? Do you ever suffer from it? If so, how do you ‘cure’ it?
As long as a person makes a conscious choice to participate in their life, which includes being aware of the now moment as often as possible as well as being aware of the breath, writing is never going to be a problem. If it isn’t flowing again, there’s no use in forcing it. Try deep breathing with a stated intent.
APKY/AMP: I’ll note that with red ink! Do you plot your stories or do you just get an idea and off you are with it?
Since my books are non-fiction I don’t plot them necessarily but I do get ideas for chapter topics and then the contents come for each topic.
APKY/AMP: Right. And who is your first reader – who do you first show your work to?
I have a friend who I trust will offer me solid critique.
APKY/AMP: That’s lucky. We all need such trusted friends. So do you do a lot of editing or do you find that as time goes on your writing is more fully-formed?
For my first book I did do a lot of editing but I’ve improved greatly since then although I still do a lot of editing.
APKY/AMP: Can never be omitted. Do you write on paper or do you prefer a computer?
I continue writing journals on a regular basis and often inspiration from those ends up in a book but if I’m feeling in the writing mood I prefer to just use the computer.
APKY/AMP: What point of view do you find most to your liking: first person or third person? Have you ever tried second person?
First person and no I haven’t tried second person.
APKY/AMP: And what do you like to read?
I read mainly spiritual oriented material although I do like a good novel occasionally.
APKY/AMP: Okay. What do you do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies or party tricks?
I play guitar, speak, walk, travel, but most especially just be with myself, breathing. There’s nothing like being content with yourself without a babbling mind. Just being.
APKY/AMP: I see. Where can we find out about you and your work?
APKY/AMP: Wonderful. Is there anything else you’d like to mention, Paul?
Bob Dylan’s famous words, “The times they are a-changin’” couldn’t be more appropriate than right now. Their is an Awakening going on within humanity the likes of which we’ve never seen but there’s not a lot of sources out there for people to understand the symptoms and how to learn to get through the Awakening process with grace and ease. This is just what my “True Love Handbook” offers.
APKY/AMP: Thank you for those encouraging words, Paul. I now invite you to include an extract of your writing:
“…The melding of the divine with the human is the process of you slowly identifying with the divine, returning to these same compassionate, adoring qualities that have been inside you all along but you forgot about. This process is the end of suffering because you are consciously choosing to release any need to identify with the aspect of the mind that loves to perceive a problem and then attempt to figure out a solution.
This mental manufacturing of drama and your identification with it, believing this is who you are, is the reason you suffered, but the process of waking up to who you really are, of remembering you are the creator, that you are the compassionate, unconditionally loving being who underneath all the drama and suffering was adoring you and cheering for you, this is what is going to allow you to ultimately experience true freedom, which means freedom from being enslaved to some aspect of you.
Once you’ve had this experience, you can’t go back to business as usual. This is what your mind will attempt to do, playing whatever games you’ve felt safe playing, but somewhere inside you will know none of it is real because it is not who you really are. This means eventually it will no longer work for you and you’ll at long last choose what you know will work. This will be a choice that comes from the depth of your being.
When you’ve reached this level of sovereignty in your life, you are free to be in charge at all times and all aspects of you have no problem with this at all. You have a conscious awareness of every aspect, of why you created them in the first place and you are free to choose to play the role of whatever aspect you feel like playing, perhaps several at one time, without having the experience of any of them competing or battling with each other, all the while knowing you are not any of them, that you are the divine.
How long this process takes doesn’t matter because it is unique to you. It will be your level of willingness to surrender to the divine through trusting yourself enough to step away from identifying with your aspects that will determine how long it takes…”
APKY/AMP: Inspiring. Paul, thank you so much once again and we at AMP wish you all the best in future.
Thank you very much. I appreciate this.