Q&A with Lucille Moncrief

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When you began writing Nefarious, was it a goal that it become a series? Tell us about your series.

The Nefarious series was inspired by Dracula, steampunk, and German Expressionism, like Nosferatu and Faust. I noticed a lot of discontent in the paranormal romance market a few years ago. People wanted their vampires bloodthirsty again, so I set out to write a series that would meet that demand, and give a new spin on things.

I first started writing it about four years ago. Originally, it started out as a flash fiction piece, but I really enjoyed writing from the perspective of a villain (who thinks he’s a put-upon hero), and decided to map it out to six books.

Did you always want to be a writer? If not, what were your aspirations?

No. I initially went to school for law, but dropped out and got started in the healthcare field. I stayed there for ten years before becoming a freelance writer and then publishing fiction.

When I was in high school though, I wrote my first ever short story, printed it, and sold it to friends and family.

I have a theory that we all know what we are good at and like doing at a young age, but few of our elders tap into that or encourage us. It’s not that people told me I couldn’t be a writer, it’s that no one knew how to help me get started. There are no writers in my family or immediate social circle—not then and not now. I really regret not venturing out on my own with publishing when I graduated, because Kindle had just come on the market then.

What author would you say has had the biggest impact on your writing goals?

This is going to come down to a four-way tie.

First, I’d have to say Nick Stephenson and Derek Murphy. Nick Stephenson, through his course, Your First 10K Readers, showed me how to really set up the scaffolding to get started on self-publishing. Without this, I might have given up before I really got started just out of sheer frustration and tech overload.

Derek Murphy has some amazing content on his site and over on Youtube on the business side of writing. While writing is a form of art, it isn’t just an art form. You have to write stories that people will enjoy and not just be a pointy head who debates the merits of the Oxford comma.

Marissa Scott, an erotica indie author, gave me some great advice on how to publish on a schedule and how to create and effectively use box sets.

And finally, my co-writer, D. Fischer. Without her, the Prurient’s Bluff series would have never happened, and I’d probably have given up writing and gone back to my old job. Thanks for being such an awesome business partner!

Tell us about your latest, Nefarious Four. Do you have anything you are working on that we can look forward to?

Nefarious Four is launching in KU on Valentine’s Day. It’s the fourth book in my steampunk vampires series. I introduce a lot of new characters in the book, including a witch coven. The book has more dark fantasy elements to it than the previous three books in the series, and it’s more fast-paced and less focused on romance like Nefarious Three, although romance still plays a strong part in the narrative.

The Blurb:

Described as “captivating,” and “hauntingly beautiful,” the Nefarious series is a sophisticated, enthralling, and well-written tale of intrigue and devious desires. Set in a lurid, southern gothic world, follow the undead Talcott Henderson as he engages in a battle of wits with his intended, Elyse Delafayette.

But wait, what’s this? Half-ling dhamphyrs armed with hawthorn stakes, an energy-witch coven torn apart by infighting, and a corpse-like, ancient vampire king with an agenda of his own?

Enhanced with custom illustrations, this fast-paced steampunk series will leave you on the edge of your seat and hungry for more. If you are sick and tired of wimpy vampires and the flood of terrible books on the romance market, grab your copy today of the Nefarious series and relearn what a true escape into fiction is all about.

I have a goal to launch Nefarious Five in mid-April, and it will cover the back story of one of my main characters, and a large chunk of the book will be dedicated to a time during the French Revolution. So severed heads, severed heads everywhere!

If you’re interested in following the series, you can sign up to my mailing list by downloading my free steampunk short story, Hannibal Steele and the Bone Elixir.

Who would you want to collaborate with past or present?

I have an idea for a novella that I’d like to publish this summer in between the end of the Nefarious series and my next series on steampunk pirates. The novella would be an m/m shifter romance that would take place during the American Civil War, and I’d love to work with the talented author Jex Lane on it.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Get started now. Waiting won’t do you any favors. Publishing is a long game and the more books you put out the more successful you will be, but the caveat for that is make sure you’re writing books people actually want to read. What I mean is story and structure should be the priority before writing ‘craft.’ Don’t worry so much about being the ‘perfect’ writer, just write a good story that will hold someone’s attention.

Thank you so much for the interview!

You can join my Facebook group, Moncrief’s Minions, where we post funny memes and talk about books.

If you want to sample my work, download my free steampunk short story, Hannibal Steele and the Bone Elixir. All those who download are automatically signed on to my email list for future updates on my books.

Head on over to my blog, moncriefs.net, for Steampunk Vampire interviews, helpful articles for aspiring authors, and free and discounted book fairs!

Thanks again, and happy reading

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Q&A with Vicky Loebel

Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.

I was extremely lucky making an audiobook of “Vacation Bride” because I knew Emily Beresford from working on two previous audio projects. All I had to do for this one was email Emily to get on her production schedule and deliver the book file. She took care of the rest.

Do you believe certain types of writing translate better into audiobook format?

Humor is a challenge because you’ve got to find a narrator who can read your mind and telepathically figure out the right comic timing for the narration. I was lucky enough  to find Emily before I realized how tough this is, or my fingernails might have been a lot more chewed.

Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?

Since this is my third audiobook, I actually did think about how well it would translate into audio while I was editing and polishing the manuscript. Specifically, I tried to keep the sentence construction a little simpler so the poor narrator could catch her breath.

Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?

Turquoise water  :)   I took a lot of inspiration from research into the Caribbean and the US Virgin Islands -- gazing longingly through webcams, watching Caribbean shows on cable TV. My secret hope is to inspire a lot of future tropical vacations.

How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?

I think the secret is to always pick the project you love. Sometimes this means I jump around between genres, which is not the best way to reach readers. But it’s the most fun!

Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?

I love audiobooks! I started checking them out from the library (remember CDs?) years ago to listen to while commuting, and they quickly expanded to brighten chores, exercise, and rocking babies at two in the morning. Along the way, I saw the added dimension a great narrator brings to a story and discovered many new authors while sampling books by beloved narrators. In my opinion, it’s perfect,

Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?

Emily really provides the sense of wonder that my heroine Anna feels exploring the Virgin Islands and encountering unexpected luxuries, like her visit to a megayacht.

What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?

I bet I enjoy folding laundry a lot more than they do :)

How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?

Well, let’s see, there was the megayacht cruise to the US Virgin Islands...oh wait...that was a dream. In real life, we threw a terrific Facebook launch party with games, gift cards, and tropical-themed prizes. It was a hoot!

My Favorite Romantic Destination by Michelle Smart

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Who out there has a firm place in mind as a romantic destination? The place where you sigh and say ‘one day?’ A couple can save up for months – years – with an ideal in mind… only to find the reality a slight (sometimes major) disappointment after all that expectation.

Of all the places I have travelled to over the years there is only one that has exceeded my dreams. The Seychelles, a beautiful archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean.

We travelled there a few years ago for a friend’s wedding and it was one of those holidays where the magic starts the moment you land and step out of the plane into glorious sunshine and smiling faces.

The tiny resort we stayed at on the main island of Mahe, Anse Soleil, was dream-like. Set in a bay, we opened our cabin door every morning to be greeted by the ocean. In less than a minute we would be on the beach and treading our toes through fine golden sand. The water was so clear that you didn’t need a snorkel to see the fish beneath the surface but for those who did, it became a memory that will last with them forever. I must have read a whole book while my husband was snorkelling one afternoon – he spent so long out there that his eyes were bulging from the suction of the mask when he finally came back to join me!

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What I remember most vividly about our time there are the colours. Greens of all shades (including the shell of the resort’s resident giant tortoise), cobalt sky, turquoise water and an abundance of flowers everywhere… the scent of frangipani trees is a scent I will remember forever. And I will always remember the feeling of tranquillity that stayed with me the entire holiday, a feeling I’m hoping to recapture when the kids have flown the nest because my husband and I have promised ourselves another, much longer holiday there. Who knows, maybe next time we won’t come back…

I hope some of the wonderful memories I made on this trip are filtered successfully in my latest release, A Bride at His Bidding, which is partly set in the Seychelles. Any failure to inspire the reader to yearn for a holiday there lays entirely at my fingers.

Q&A with author John Thorngren

John T. Thorngren’s life has been one of varied experiences that have taken him from Paris, France, to the oil fields of Texas. He’s manufactured car-wash soap, owned a retail store, operated a chemical plant, and programmed computers. He’s the author of a book about probability and statistics and a songwriter of Southern Gospel.

So maybe it’s only fitting that an unexpected path led him to tell the story of a woman condemned to die on Texas’s Death Row, now hoping for parole in 2019. The twists and turns of his life have led Thorngren to find the value in every human soul, regardless of the journey that soul has taken.

This is the background behind Salvation on Death Row: The Pamela Perillo Story.

How did you come to know Pamela Perillo’s story, and what made you decide hers was a story you wanted to write? 

I discovered an old friend was on Death Row in another state. Drugs were the root cause. As an effort to bring attention to his case, I decided to write a fiction novel about a woman falsely accused and condemned in Texas. Needing realism, by chance, I contacted Pamela Perillo, currently incarcerated in Gainesville. Pamela is a private person and had never allowed anyone to tell her story. We found we had a spiritual match and so began this effort.

Tell us about the process. How long did it take you to research the many documents and legal proceedings you cite, and how did you work with Pamela to bring her voice to the project?

Pamela and I worked on this project from 2010 through 2017.  This involved over fifty telephone conversations, 150 letters, and countless hours of research.

Did you ever find yourself surprised or challenged by what you learned as you wrote the book?

Yes, very much surprised. I was surprised about how political the causes for and against the death penalty have become. I was extremely surprised about the Frances Newman case. She personified the worst fear of those against the death penalty—the execution of the innocent. I and many others believe she was unjustly convicted and condemned.    

How did this project change or affect your beliefs about the criminal justice system and, specifically, capital punishment? 

I once believed that the criminal justice system and capital punishment were fair and equitable—a sort of Pollyanna viewpoint. Now, I believe that there are dark undercurrents to the contrary, and that once you are convicted and condemned, the justice system behaves like the proverbial snapping turtle that will not let loose till it thunders, regardless of evidence to the contrary. Slowly, I see our country becoming more compassionate regarding the death penalty, and I am encouraged.

Can you tell us a little about Patriot PAWS and why you chose that organization to benefit from the proceeds of Salvation on Death Row?  

Patriot Paws was chosen on behalf of Pamela’s efforts to train service dogs. As noted in the book, Pamela’s encounters with animals throughout a difficult childhood shaped her talent in what she is doing now. She and her fellow trainers have made many service dogs available without cost to disabled American veterans and others with mobile disabilities and post-traumatic stress symptoms. Pamela plans to continue this effort after she is released. Certainly, any monies from my involvement should go to Patriot Paws, as neither Pamela nor I began this effort for profit. A beautiful video describing Patriot Paws through the eyes of Texas Country Reporter can be seen at www.patriotPaws.org. Several scenes depict Pamela.

How does your own experience, as the survivor of three heart attacks and two heart surgeries, influence your thinking about the value of all people’s lives? 

I am sure everyone who has had their chest cracked open like a crab will tell you how much bluer the sky looks. But I believe everyone, if they look back on their life with discerning eyes, regardless of their health, prosperity, or misery must conclude that they were put here for a purpose, that every life is precious and none worth taking. 

What do you hope readers take away from learning Pamela’s story?  

I would answer this with a short story from a personal experience. Years past, I used to write my own Christmas cards, a poem or a two-paragraph vignette. These went out not only to family and friends but to business contacts, many of whom I had never met. For several years there were no comments—good or bad. One afternoon, one of these business contacts, whom I did not know, telephoned and said the card had made his Christmas. One rarely knows what we do that benefits others, but when we do—even for just one—we leap with joy. So if the story of Pamela’s life helps but one soul, then our effort was well worth the undertaking.

Q&A with Rick Pullen, The Apprentice

As a former investigative reporter, do you feel that instinct to find the story has helped transition to write suspense/thriller fiction?

You bet. I think to be an investigative reporter you always need to think a couple of steps ahead. Always asking yourself the “What if?” question. If you can anticipate several directions an investigation might go, you also have a good idea of what questions to ask, which might lead to the truth. As a journalist you must always be on guard to never steer a story in the direction you want it to go. The facts will dictate that. Still, I think being a good investigator is part intuition and part suspicious nature. I just use the same skills from my days in journalism and now apply them to writing thrillers. Of course when writing fiction, unlike in journalism, I do get to steer the story wherever I want it to go.

There are a lot of ideas that can be inspired by today's politics, what is the hardest part about writing based on true events?

You have to take the storyline where you want it to go. Yes, you can use recent historical events, but in the end, you’re writing fiction. The interesting part of it though, is you may also be writing the future, so you wonder if what you write might someday come true. An example is my first thriller, Naked Ambition. It was published in the middle of the presidential primaries in the spring of 2016, before the parties chose their nominees. It was about a Republican candidate for president who was opposed by his own party.

Past or present, is there any author you would love to collaborate with?

Lawrence Block, Michael Connelly, Steve Berry and Lee Child. Met and love them all. They’re all generous to a fault with other writers.

What author has inspired/influenced you as an author?

Scott Turow. I think Presumed Innocent is a brilliant novel. It is my favorite, by far. I’ve read it three times and watched the movie a half dozen times (the book is much better). It was the reason I started thinking about writing fiction.

Tell us about your latest, The Apprentice?

It’s meant to be an old fashioned serial. Of course that will be up to my publisher. It revolves around Tish Woodward, a neophyte reporter who lands in the middle of the biggest story of the year. She keeps blowing everyone away with her constant headlines and discoveries, but underneath it all, she worries she doesn’t have the experience to belong in the top echelon of her profession, dealing with the most powerful people on earth. Her nemesis is the new president-elect, a billionaire businessman who himself is a political novice. Thus the name, The Apprentice.

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Are you working on anything that we should be looking out for?

I’m doing final edits on Naked Truth, a sequel to my first novel, Naked Ambition. It will come out sometime this spring. Beck Rikki returns as a seasoned investigative reporter hunting down a murderer. But of course, there’s a twist. There’s always a twist in my novels.

What advice do you have for anyone who would like to become an author?

Very simple. Butt in the chair. I know too many gifted writers who lack the discipline to do it. You will never get published if you never finish your book. So set aside a time every day and just do it.

Once you’ve finished writing, you must be persistence and resilient. Learn how to deal with rejection. (Notice I didn’t say accept it.) Less than two years ago, no agent would touch me. I never gave up and now my third novel will soon be published.

Writing is difficult. Get over yourself as an artist. Understand writing is a craft and getting published is a business. Treat it as such. And then go have a blast making up stuff!

RICK PULLEN is a novelist, award-winning investigative reporter and magazine editor. His 2016 thriller, Naked Ambition, about a reporter investigating a corrupt presidential candidate, became a bestseller. The Apprentice is his latest release. In 2018, newspaper reporter Beck Rikki returns as she sets out to discover the Naked Truth, the sequel to Naked Ambition. Pullen is a member of the Folio 100—the 100 most influential people in magazine publishing—and was a finalist for Editor of the Year. Learn more about his books at rickpullen.com.

Guest Post: Dana Stabenow, author of Silk and Song

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I read The Adventures of Marco Polo and by his own account he loved the ladies. He was all over eastern Asia for twenty years in service to Kublai Khan and he had to have scattered some seed around. I wondered what happened to those kids. Silk and Song is the story of one of his grandchildren, Johanna, who travels the Silk Road west from China to England during the years 1322 to 1327.

Uh, major problem: My traditional publisher in New York didn’t want to publish it. “I’d be happy if you wrote five more Kate Shugak novels,” my editor said hopefully. Kate Shugak being the main character of twenty-one crime fiction novels, which I’ve been writing since 1993 and which have sold pretty well for the house.

I get it; if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But Silk and Song was an itch I had to scratch, so I wrote it anyway and self-published in e and in trade paperback.

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And then lightning struck!  My UK publisher, Nic Cheetham at Head of Zeus, read Silk and Song and loved it and published the trilogy in a single volume in the most beautiful edition that has ever had my name spelled correctly on the cover. Seriously, you should see this book—silk bookmark, gold leaf on the cover, high-rez map, a gold leaf dragon on the spine—! If I’d known historical novels were this beautifully produced I would have written one a lot sooner. “If we can’t make beautiful books, why are we in this business at all?” Nic said. No publisher has ever said anything like that to me before.

He shouldn’t have encouraged me, because now I’m writing what I hope will be the first of a series of novels set in Alexandria in the time of Cleopatra featuring Cleopatra’s fixer, job title the Eye of Isis. And then I’ll write the twenty-second Kate Shugak novel, because I’m not done telling her story yet.

Which only shows how important it is to follow your bliss as a writer, and how lucky we writers are to be alive right now (Hamilton reference!) to take advantage of current technology to do so.

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Dana Stabenow is the author of thirty-three novels and a bunch of other stuff. She lives in Homer, Alaska.

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Q&A with Khaled Talib, Gun Kiss

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How do you feel your former experience as a journalist has influenced your writing? 

In terms of writing, not much, but journalism taught me how to research materials. I'm able to find the needed information fast. Also, if I need to speak to someone relevant I know how to go about doing it.  It also aided me in learning how to fact-check information and details - to sieve out truth from myth.   

What do you think makes a good story?

Depending on the genre, I would say if a reader keeps turning the page, that's already a sign of success. 

What inspired the transition to become an author?

I have always wanted to be an author, but the opportunity never materialized. In school, creativity did not receive as much encouragement as other subjects, so I felt out of place. My little voice kept urging me to write, but I never took it seriously. I dabbled but that's as far as I went. I felt it was unrealistic, especially in a society where I live, people have no appreciation for the arts. Few people read here. But that little voice was stubborn and kept pestering me, so one day I conceded. I sat down and began to pen a story.  

What books have influenced and shaped your writing experience?

All kinds of books from literature to commercial fiction. Even though I write thrillers, I feel that literature has shaped my thinking. It could be a theme, a plot or a quote from a book that could steer me in a certain direction. Some people who have read my novels have described it as one written in the style of Robert Ludlum. 

Where do you draw your inspirations from to write your books?

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I think there's a bit of everybody in my writing since I've read all kinds of books. My books are written in simple English but it is the toughest way to write. This is something I do naturally, but it's also something I've learned from Ernest Hemingway. In fact, while describing a scene in one of my books, my editor said the style reminded her of Ernest Hemingway. 

Your latest Gun Kiss just released, tell us about it.

Gun Kiss is a metaphor to describe a couple finding love at a time of danger. The bulk of the story takes place in South California with scenes in Mexico. Covert agent, Blake Deco, fresh from a mission in the Balkans, returns to the States having to rescue a Hollywood movie star, Goldie St. Helen,  from a diabolical and psychotic drug lord.  

After he successfully rescues the actress, the drug lord launches a terror campaign against them in a bid to get her back. There's also a subplot involving the stealing of the Deringer that shot Abraham Lincoln at the Ford's Theatre Museum. It all falls into place eventually. 
The novel also features current themes from sexual harassment, drug abuse, and racism. 

Do you have any advice for anyone that would like to become an author?

Listen to your inner voice. Trust your editors, and never let anyone else put you down. Above all, don't give up. It's tough, but keep the faith. Take a break if you must, but stay the course. Personally, I imagine myself as Conan the Barbarian going through a series of obstacles as I try to defeat the enemy to reach the end goal. Hold that sword high. You get the picture. 

For more information on Khaled, you can reach him via: Website | Twitter | Facebook  

From Biography to Novel by John Bell

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The Circumstantial Enemy started as a request from my daughter to chronicle her grandfather’s war stories. The family had heard them and over again – tales of trials and tribulations as a young Croatian pilot coerced onto the wrong side of WWII in 1941. “If you don’t write it, Grandad’s story will be lost forever,” she had said to me. Her request was hard to resist; my career as a CEO of a large company had come to an end and I had taken on some consulting work that required a heap of travel and plenty of lonely nights in hotels. That afforded me the time to write. And so began my journey as an author.

With enough copies of his biography published for the family and a few generations to come, I thought I was done as a writer. Not so. I went on to pen blogs about leadership, strategy and branding on my website CEOafterlife.com. Three years and a hundred+ blogs later, I thought back to Grandad’s story, wondering if I could fictionalize it into a thrilling novel. After penning a few chapters, I realized that I was in over my head. I didn’t write another word for a year because I was reading everything I could get my hands on about how to write fiction.

After nearly ten years of research, writing, editing, rewriting, and seeking an agent and/or publisher, my novel was released in October 2017.

About The Circumstantial Enemy

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When Croatia becomes a Nazi puppet state in 1941, carefree pilot Tony Babic finds himself forcibly aligned with Hitler’s Luftwaffe. Unbeknownst to Tony, his sweetheart Katarina and best friend Goran have taken the side of the opposing communist partisans. The threesome are soon to discover that love and friendship will not circumvent this war’s ideals. Downed by the Allies in the Adriatic Sea, Tony survives a harrowing convalescence before being shipped to a prisoner of war camp in America.  But with the demise of the Third Reich, he considers the kind of life that awaits him in the homeland under communist rule. Will he be persecuted as an enemy of the state for taking the side of Hitler? And then there is Katarina; in letters she confesses her love, but not her deceit… Does her heart still belong to him?

The Circumstantial Enemy is an energetic journey to freedom through minefields of hatred, betrayal, lust and revenge. Rich in incident with interludes of rollicking humor, it’s a story about the strength of the human spirit, and the power of friendship, love and forgiveness.

About John R. Bell

John was born in Chigwell, UK and now resides in Vancouver, Canada. Before becoming an author of business books and historical fiction, he was the CEO of a Fortune 500 company and a global strategy consultant.

Holiday Happiness Starts With Change by Bever-leigh Banfield

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It’s no secret that Santa likes good boys and girls, however there is quite a lesser known fact – that the key to holiday happiness is willingness to change. Uncle Harry may make off-color jokes at the holiday table every year, but this year, he doesn’t have to. You may have received granny panties from your grandmother since you were ten years old, but what if she flipped the script this time and gave you an Amazon card instead? Maybe your brothers and sisters bicker relentlessly causing you searing pain every time you jet home for the holidays. And maybe that pain has caused you to act in a manner you aren’t so proud of but you nevertheless undertake year to year.

Well, it doesn’t have to be that way. When difficulties rear their heads – from obstacles at work to tricky romantic entanglements you may encounter – all you have to do is change. And changing is often must easier and faster a process than you might think. When you change your thoughts, you change your feelings, and subsequently your behavior will change. You are the Thinker thinking your thoughts. You have total and utter sovereignty over everything filtering through your mind. You are The Changer and you are The Change. Change can occur in the blink of an eye, and when you change, you change your world.

We are emitting vibrations with every thought, word and deed we bring into your environments, whether we know it or not. Whether we accept that fact or take responsibility for the repercussions we may cause depends on who we want to be and if we decide to think, feel and believe from our highest evolving self.

You can turn on a dime from whatever isn’t working for you and those you touch and decide to switch up into what does work, even if you are not sure what that is. You can banish a negative thought in an instant, replacing it with a lofty one. You can chase away any unwanted emotion by feeling a loving one instead. You change like everything else in the cosmos. Even the reaches of outer space are expanding by birthing new stars and planets into the burgeoning billions of galaxies beyond our comprehension.

You were born to change the world, and you’re meant to do that from the inside out. Change, my friend, is an inside job. You’re doing it all the time, in fact, so it’s best to do it consciously. Once you decide to be a beneficent force, you are unstoppable. Try it this holiday, and you’ll see. You have a magical mojo within you, capable of transforming yourself, your life, and everything that exists. And here is how to start:

  • Decide you want to change, that you’re willing and ready, and this is your time.

  • Identify things you need to change. Call them out. Nail them down, whatever they are. Meditate on it if you don’t know what they are. Change can set you free.

  • Commit to immediately implementing change so you can be healthier, happier, stronger, more at peace. Commit to being a benefit to others and serving the greater good. You’re vital, you matter, you have an effect.

  • Dream a humongous ginormous dream that will make the world a better place. Set goals that can bring about lasting change for everybody everywhere. Your dream already exists somewhere, and it’s ready for you to call it forth.

  • Make a plan and act on it. Brainstorm the steps you need to take. Jot down the ideas that pop into your mind. You may only be able to see the first step when you start. Keep going. Your plan will take shape.

  • Determine the tasks you’ll undertake to execute your master plan. Be sure to set priorities and do what’s most important first. Inspire a team to help you build.

  • Persevere no matter what twists and turns may appear along your winding path. No matter what people say or do, be brave, consistent, flexible, and inventive. Believe you’re the one for the job. Learn everything you need to know, and keep going until your dream comes true.

There’s someone you are meant to be and something you are meant to do. Go out and change the world!