Join Dr. Mitchell Gibson, author of the self-help book Nine Insights For a Happy and Successful Life as he virtually tours the blogosphere in September & October 2011 on his first tour with Pump Up Your Book!
About Nine Insights For a Happy and Successful Life
Those individuals who strive to elevate themselves above the everyday ebb and flow of life have attained the greatest achievements, in human history. This yearning to achieve is central to our search for happiness. We want to laugh, to sing, and to feel good at the end of the day as much as we might wish to do anything else.
Happiness is an art. If you wish to practice this art, you must first decide that it is something that you want, above everything else. People that choose to be happy will at some point wake up to a day filled with smiles, joy, and laughter. If they are lucky, they will remember that day, focus on its high points, and strive to repeat it. Before too long, another happy day will appear unexpectedly. People around them will wonder why they seem to be so different, surface changes will not be the reason.
The Nine Insights For a Happy and Successful Life emerged from my own life long desire to help thousands of people find happiness. Happiness is a gift that we bestow upon ourselves each time that we embrace the joy that breathes within you. This book outlines two main themes that will guide you on the road to happiness. The first explores methods that will help you discover the secret inner joy that already hides within you. The second explores powerful and effective methods that will help you remove the chaos and obstacles that prevent you from feeling and expressing that joy in your daily life.
Success and happiness travel together on the road to joy. Let us discover your inner path together.
Q: Do you write on a computer or with pen/pencil and paper?
I love working with a word processor. Early on, when I was in college, I wrote with pen and paper. I couldn’t really afford a typewriter at the time, though with the money I wasted on stereo equipment, I guess I could have purchased a good IBM Electric.
Q: Do you work from an outline?
Before I write a book, I write out what the book will be about. Then, I will outline each chapter at length, until it sounds like something that I can become passionate about. When the outline is complete, in my mind, the book is 90% done. The rest is filling in the blanks.
Q: Worst rejection you’ve ever received?
I wrote a best-selling astrological book for the largest New Age publisher in the world. A few years later I wrote a New Age novel that I was sure they would love. I had sold over 2000 copies by word of mouth alone and when I approached them, I contacted some of my old friends in the company. I sent them the book and a few weeks later they turned me down flat. Never said why. That really hurt.
Q: Who is your favorite author, and why?
I am a huge fan of Neil Gaiman. His style, wit, and ability to take the most unusual concepts into usable material for a good read is unmatched. I once read a piece he wrote about a guy who attended a convention for serial killers. Everyone in the audience had killed at least three or four people and they gathered together secretly in hotels every year to honor the best of the breed. By the end of the story, I saw the world differently. I never looked at the genre of writing in the same way.
Q: Who or what was your greatest influence that made you want to be a writer/author?
My mother was clearly my greatest influence. When I was eight years old, she brought me a set of encyclopedias after I got a good grade on an english paper. My teacher at the time advised my mother to encourage the gift as much as possible. Those books transformed my world view. They gave me a love for reading and the written word.
Q: How did you feel holding your book in your hands for the first time?
All the work and toil that goes into a new book it excruciating and exciting. Designing the cover, editing the text, shopping the book to publishers, finding the right agent, all comes down to that first run of books. Before you sell even one, you get to hold it, smell it, and savor the accomplishment. There is no feeling like it in the world. Except for maybe the Diamondbacks beating the Yankees to win the World Series.