Paperback Writer welcomes Joel Richardson as he continues on his virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion. Joel is the co-author of the non-fiction book, Why We Left Islam. Susan Crimp, his co-author is a respected journalist and author specializing in Middle East affairs and Joel Richardson is an expert in Jewish and Islamic theology.
Why We Left Islam Synopsis:
The penalty for renouncing Islam is death, which makes the stories in Why We Left Islam — and the lives behind them — all the more remarkable.
Contained in these brutally honest personal accounts written by former Muslims is an urgent truth that the mainstream media and cowed politicians won’t admit — that far from being “a religion of peace,” Islam is instead barbaric and repressive, a nightmare for those living under it and those seeking to confront it.
Here are some of the voices from Why We Left Islam…
“I still remember my sister’s black eyes; she stared at the sky while she was dug into the ground. She was wrapped in white sheets and her hands were tied to her body. She was buried up to her waist. The rabid mob circled her with stones in their hands and started throwing them at her while the roars of ‘Allah-u-Akbar’ added to their frenzy…” — Yagmur
“As a Muslim man, the fact that my mother had only given birth to three girls made him really angry. He beat my mother very badly and the doctors were forced to remove her womb…When she awoke, my father was kind enough to tell her that he was divorcing her now that she could no longer have children, and being a man he needed a son.” — Shara
“The Koran is full of verses that teach the killing of unbelievers and how Allah would torture them after they die. There are no lessons on morality, justice, honesty or love…” — Ali
These shocking, real-life stories from those who have escaped the Muslim yoke make Why We Left Islam: Former Muslims Speak Out a powerful communique — and a warning — to the West.
Hi Joel Richardson
Welcome to Paperback Writer.
Would you share with us how you came up with the idea for your book?
Actually the idea originated with my co-editor, Susan Crimp. She and I were working on another project and she proposed the idea to me. I believe that the idea was that she as a journalist and I as an expert on Islam would a perfect team to create such a project.
Was it a light bulb moment or something that you thought about for a very long time?
How did you come up with the title?
I believe that the title was also Susan’s idea. Initially the full title was going to be Why We Left Islam: Letters to America. But then we decided that this was too limiting, as this is a global issue.
How did you find an agent and publisher?
Because Susan is a well-published author and a well known New York journalist, she had some friends in NYC. We used the Mimi Strong Literary Agency. And they ended up landing World Net Daily publishing (formerly World Ahead Publishing. It seems to be a perfect fit.
Who reads your work in progress?
Susan and I each read it and did many exchanges back and forth.
Who made a difference in the book’s quality?
Synergy is always effective – assuming of course that the two working together are open to each others ideas etc.
How long did it take you to complete the first draft?
About two months.
How long did it take from start to publication?
About seven months.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Only write about what you are passionate about. Don’t do something simply because you think it will sell.
Thank you, Joel for stopping by Paperback Writer on your virtual book tour. I wish you continued success through the rest of you tour.
WHY WE LEFT ISLAM VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR ’08 will officially begin on May 1, 2008 and will continue all month. If you would like to follow Susan and Joel’s tour in progress, visit http://www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com/ in May. Leave a comment on their blog stops and become eligible to win a free copy at the end of her tour! One lucky winner will be announced on this tour page on May 31!