It’s been a while since we last brought you an author interview, the interview is with Richard Singer about his work and his new book which will be released in August this year.
So please enjoy the interview.
Q. What inspired you to write your first book?
A. I got into recovery from drugs and alcohol many years ago and began my quest for a answers to life by reading everything I could get my hands on. Spiritual books became my obsession and I kind of created my own concept of spirituality with pieces of everything I’ve read. Then I dreamed of sharing my creation and knowledge I gained with the world. I then was blessed to take a job in the Cayman islands and I decided I was going to write my books on the beach. My first published work was a few meditation I wrote and then published with chicken soup for the soul. This gave me the confidence I needed to start writing my own manuscript. From that point on I was consistently inspired by the Universe with enough material to create a daily meditation for each day of the year. I sat on the same rock each day at a place called Smith’s Cove in Grand Cayman and mostly transcribed the words that the universe would place in my heart. I have to admit I had very little to do with the words that my hand was quickly and persistently writing. It was an incredible process and from that point on specific books have come to my heart and needed to be written. Whatever is out there in the vastness of this creation made a writer out of a non-writer. I don’t believe I’m a really talented author. I just believe I have a passion and purpose and I try to fulfil it the best I can.
Q. Tell us a little more about your new book?
A. Eastern wisdom Western soul is a simple guide to the reader that helps them to live a mindful life. If it is written in simple terms and I think it can transform a person’s life. It’s so important to possess qualities such as compassion and kindness in today’s world if we are to survive as a species. My book reviews these things in detail. One aspect of the book is that I use repetition of fun foundational philosophies to kind of make them habits in the readers life. I think repetition is very important in the learning process. If you can learn what’s in the book and naturally apply it to your life I will guarantee you are on your way to a very peaceful existence with abundant joy. Most importantly you will help human beings and want desire peace and joy for then even more for than yourself. I believe in my books ability to help people. At the Conclusion of the book, it includes my creation of the 12 steps based on eastern wisdom which are the popular 12 steps kind of translated into eastern philosophical or spiritual terms. I did this for those people who could not get past the word god contained in the original 12 steps. Some people would bypass the use of 12 step programs because of this and I wanted to make sure this didn’t happen. I believe this book is going to catch on and help many people. At least that’s my dream for it.
Q. Do you have a specific writing style?
A. I attempt to write what I feel within and can’t really attribute a specific style to it. I’m not a professionally trained writer. I’m actually a psychotherapist. When I feel compelled by something I sit down and write. I always write by hand and then subsequently do my best polishing up my thoughts when I’m typing what I wrote into the computer. I obsessively go over my writing word by word criticising it constantly with a kind of feeling of inferiority. I often think to myself what am I doing trying to be a writer. This continues after several books and articles but I constantly get pushed by a feeling inside that I must share specific I information with humanity.
Q. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
A. This new book has three specific lessons that I try to portray throughout the section and meditations. First of all, it there’s an introduction to each of the 11 sections which include the foundational section of mindfulness, which is followed by other sections including compassion, death,illusion, ego etc. Then there are 10 distinct meditations on the subject with the heir own practical application suggestions. So, saying that the book as a whole attempts to teach in understandable terms the vital importance of mindfulness in the readers daily life. Mindfulness being simply awareness of the unique moment that we have in our lives. The only moment. No past and no future. Simply now. The next lesson is that we need to detach from our egos in order to eliminate delusion from our life that attempts to cause destruction such as judgement and feeling superior or inferior to others. Finally that we must connect to our soul or true essence of our being in order to live spiritual lives and carry out our important purpose which always involves helping human beings personally and humanity as a whole. It’s about helping the universe evolve and working toward enlightenment so we can benefit everyone. The messages found in the book have the capacity to transform the universe.
Q. How much of the book is realistic?
A. Eastern wisdom Western soul I believe is presented in a down to earth format and is very practical and realistic. It can be read and understood by any adult with little education or experience with eastern philosophy or spirituality. I like to believe that my writing is very simple and no filled with jargon or psychobabble or technical terms much like many psychology or philosophy books. I definitely do not try to impress readers with big words or try to impress myself. Most people that have reviewed my books in the past have commented on the simplicity and practicality of the writing. I’ve said from the beginning of my writing career that my books are certainly not just for reading or entertainment purpose they are meant to be lived. There are short sections to focus on and reflect upon them suggestion concerning the application. They are not to be read cover to cover many people do read then like that, however, they go back after and go through them slowly and mindfully.
Q. What books have most influenced your life most?
A. Truly everybody I read I specifically take notes on and apply to my life in anyway possible. So, in reality, every book I’ve read influences me. I guess I can say that years ago Wayne dyers power of intention really inspired me as we as the Dalia Lama writings, Paulo Coelho the alchemist, man’s search for meaning by Franklin, and do many others. I always have about 20 books on standby to read. Currently, I’m reading the mindful writer by Dinty Moore and letting go by David Hawkins. Actually, it just popped in my mind that probably one of the most influential books I’ve read is the autobiography of a Yogi by Yogananda. I actually was just able to watch the corresponding movie called Awake.
Q. Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
A. Yes, in fact, I just finished a book about recovery from addiction by a man named Tommy Rosen. I’m pretty sure he is new to writing. The book is called recovery 2.0 and he discussed integrating 12 step programs, proper nutrition and aspects of yoga to come up with a holistic recovery program that will heal your mind, body and soul and decrease the possibility of relapse. I’ve applied many aspects from his book to my life and have found it very useful. I think it’s tough for new authors to really get into the mainstream but fortunately we with people and sites like yours, it is getting better. I think it’s incredible that you’re willing to help us struggling authors.
Q. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
A. No, I would leave it just how it is. I know it’s a hypothetical question however I have made it my philosophy through the years to not regret anything and to know that everything is exactly the way it is supposed to be and after all we can’t go back ever so it does me well yo accept things exactly the way they are and just use my energy to create in the moment.
Q. Do you have any advice for other writers?
A. Within this industry, the average author sells less than 200 books upon publishing which is unbelievable. They also get rejected constantly by publishers so it’s a very negative atmosphere if you allow it to be. I believe that if you want something bad enough the universe will guide you along as long as you don’t give up. So please don’t give up and continue writing if it’s your passion and purpose in life. I’ve been doing it for over 10 years and the UK, not even close to where I desire to be but I’m here for good. I’m staying and will eventually become a best seller and my message will be read by those who are meant to receive it. To me, I’m a success if I help one person with my writing. So, I’m a great success because I’ve gotten more than one letter saying I helped someone. Specifically, I received a letter from a gentleman in prison that said my writing changed his life and transformed him personally. That is enough success for me. Km gonna continue writing one we order at a time helping one person at a time and living the one moment I am giving to the absolute fullest. I’ve accepted that I’m a writer just like the person who journals to help themselves or the best selling other that makes millions of dollars. We are simply writers writing.
Q. What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?
A. The challenge begins as with writing the first word. It seems like a lifetime of struggled as Nd challenges from putting my thoughts and feelings down in writing to organising the book then to editing and publishing. Just when you think you’re done you need to work even harder to get the book out to reviewers and the media and then to get readers to purchase it. I get burned out each and everyday however I do my best to keep it simple and try to accomplish one aspect of the process each day. It’s so overwhelming to think about what needs to be done that if you don’t keep it simple you may go insane. That’s why you must be passionate beyond perfectionists passionate to succeed it’s too much to deal with if it is just a simple hobby. I think one of the most frustrating aspects is dealing with a publisher that doesn’t cooperate with work with you as a team and I’ve run across them believe me.