“I have been writing now – in two separate novels, with the idea in mind, of the big movie screen. Fiction Fantasy. They’re the kind of stories I fly high, far and deeply away on.”
“However, my 1st published novel: You2Preneur – is a nonfiction most properly placed in the ‘Mind Body Spirit’ and/or ‘Personal Growth’ arenas. I am proud to be an entrepreneur and am compelled right now to speak directly to my gifted ‘one-driven’ friends wherever you are.”
Whether it’s delivering an explosive courtroom bomb, captivating live audiences with aplomb – or nailing gifted guitar shredding from any stage de ‘nom – VANAD, wherever he treads – makes sure these twelve critical lugnuts are torqued pure and positive to protect all that is life, liquidity and limb. VANAD says: “Launch solo, but think hard about these 12 recipes before you enter the race.” Because at the same time that he continues to take proper advantage of opportunities that continually advance his own drums of domination … he simply says to the reader: “You2”! Together, you and the ones you choose … you will combine your spirit, forces and rocketing overdrive to ensure that hard, fast and heavy – stays on track. Wheels spinning smooth. Your winning groove.
Internet hyperspace! There has never been a better time nor historical age than now – to launch your face, talent, name and product or service. To one other person. To the world. There are scads of business books and how-to manuals to choose from. You2Preneur is none of these. Read, be transported by the stories and advice – and – be entertained by this book, but beware! VANAD’s dead-on subtitle: Twelve Nuts Torqued for Maximum Life Momentum keys on those things that if left unaddressed, even just one ………….. well they’re the kind of issues that if left loose and free to flap and flop, may cause even the most determined entrepreneur to do just that. Or worse. Your ugly and painful demise may be on the short menu. And if that doesn’t undercut a business flop. What else does?
The heart of You2Preneur is the one that beats with yours at any given moment. Successful people don’t do anything alone. Not for long. Don’t roadblock your climb out of obscurity. Don’t acquiesce to the chain that keeps you at the company grind you are now in. Forget the wallowing and plan now for your breakout. You’d best tighten these 12 lugnuts first! You2Preneur is your mindset. The one that causes you to laugh and learn about yourself. It’s twelve ‘think-tank’ topics VANAD is devoted to because they’re critical to life, luxury and limb. These tender and tenacious twists will provide the right fuel and ignition for the reader to uncover their own loose lugnuts. Everybody has some. Which ones will you work on applying just the right amount of torque to in your own life? And which ones as yet undiscovered by VANAD, will you add on your own?
Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?
I do – but not by choice. When a large idea hits, and you feel that it really is a big one, the time to get it going is right then while its fresh. The downside to that of course is that becomes an interruption to the ongoing work in progress. But I know I’m going to come back to that first project. Sooner, rather than later most likely.
Do you work with a writing/critique group?
Presently, I don’t. I have a collaborator of sorts. I’m married to her. She is mightily involved in my self-editing process and that many times turns into a ramped up revision on something I’m already writing … or even a new story. For me personally, the thought of speaking to the type of group you mention, is fantastic! Taking comments and questions is something I love. But my writing work, even to the often times exclusion of even my sidekick – is a quiet, entranced solo effort.
Can you remember your first reading book?
Of any impact? Yes. Actually not the title or author. But I know the genre. It was science fiction that caught my attention. Prior to my headlong dive into Asimov and Bradbury, I was just a youngster. You know, ‘the Hardy Boys’ and stuff like that. But my earliest touch with reading was being read to at night, when my Mother tucked me in. I had no TV. No radio. It was the late 50’s. And I begged her to read to me.
Do you nibble on snacks while writing? If so, what is your chosen treat?
You know, I’m definitely a muncher. But these days, I have to watch it! Most snacks are salt and sugar and ………… calories!!! But when I let myself go, ice cream is a favorite of mine. I like a great New York bagel with lox. Love Fritos. Apples dipped in caramel. Almost any kind of fruit pie. And cereal? Frosted Flakes, of course! They’re Grrrrrrrrr ATE!!!!!!
Wow, Apples dipped in caramel sound very yummy!
Tidy desk or a bombsite? Describe your writing area with us.
I love tidy, but without fail …… wherever I begin to write quickly gets destroyed with notebook papers, written scraps, scattered mobile devices, pillows and a variety of interruptive resources that float in and out of my hands at any given important moment in the creative process. This agent will call. That client. A judge on a case I represent. Friends from California. Mostly, life is a zoo. The quiet times can get crazy too. That’s when my mind starts rolling, many times to parts unknown. Memories of my many past lives. Adventures that were pleasant. Others harrowing. Close calls. My kids when they were little. Or just last week out with them for a beer. My wife many times just will simply need me.
The space itself. Usually my formal living room at my home. Or my in-home office. Nothing smacks formality in either place! Comfy big chairs to accommodate my favorite writing position: kicked back and/or slouch.
Unless you’re famous or involved in some type of notorious incident in the headline news these days ………… you ARE indie published. No two ways. The big publishing houses are in the game for one thing. Money. And – a sure bet. Which an unknown author is certainly not. So, this situation is typical and understandable.
It’s not all bad. A vanity pressed book means all the rights remain with the author. Great for that great book that gets a lot of money behind it for the publicity and marketing push. Not so great for millions of other books, some I’m sure of which are very very good books.
Be careful about who you choose. I did a lot of research and then eventually visited my publisher’s headquarters in Bloomington, Indiana. What a fantastic adventure and experience. It was a long distance drive, but I’m glad I went. Writing a book is an intimate thing and nobody I didn’t sort of ‘know’ was going to handle my baby!
Who would you say have been the three most influential authors in your reading/writing life?
I mentioned the two science fiction heavy hitters I grew up reading. Some say that my writing reminds them of Hunter Thompson. But I’m not even sure I’ve read anything that he’s written! I don’t know. I am not much of a brand name type of guy. I remember stories in the long run. But authors’ names stump me pretty much. What really rings truest for me is that being a full time trial attorney and lead guitar player in a traveling rock band, while maintaining a wonderful marriage and being a father to three kids, has really kept me just ever too busy to read the books I’ve always wanted to read. Just as I’ve reached the time in my life when my thoughts turn to books, I’m writing my own.
What advice would you like to share with other writers/authors with regard to preparing a manuscript?
For me, I always like to write in the actual form of a book and a real book’s pages. So that I know at all times, how many book pages are there, and what the book actually looks like as it progresses. There are some really nice programs and software that lets an author do that. Pick your favorite font and such. Other than that, pick your strengths and know your weaknesses. Don’t attempt to edit your own book unless you’re objectively good at it. Really good. And not unless you’re prepared to read your book a couple hundred times before you hand it off to your publisher. Because, unless you hire an editor … the publisher prints what you turn in. Consequently, many bad and really bad books – get published.
If the movie rights to your novels are purchased, who would you like to play your main characters?
I don’t really feel like You2Preneur as it sits, is for the big screen. Not many books are, but this one would really need reworked to end up being a script for a movie. It could be done, but the whole thing will be a vast change from the nonfiction novel and armament that it is right now. Let’s say it happens. Great screenplay is written. Done. I believe that the main character is an Ed Norton type of guy. The rest of the cast. There are plenty of open spots for a whole range of characters.
I was on my way to the supermarket, when … Do you have a tale to tell relating to an everyday, boring event?
A long time ago, I found myself 3,000 miles from home in a family van – all alone. Except for a decent sized load of something I won’t identify publicly. I was taking a chance. The biggest chance of my life thus far. I HAD to make some money. I was halfway up a long stretch of highway that spanned miles and miles of road that ran forever out of a very large metropolitan city in mountainous territory. And my vehicle died. I was able to pull off on the curb side about the same time that an eighteen wheeler pulled over. Fancy that! I guess he had some problems too; right where I did. Long uphill climbs are especially hard on transmissions I guess.
Someone had called the State Troopers. And one promptly arrived and pulled over on the curb lane with me and this jammed up trucker! Well, my license plates screamed that I was from far far away! I was all alone. I was in a state famous for some of its nefarious export products. And my vehicle stunk to high heaven! I had quickly jumped out onto the pavement and slammed my door closed. Thank God the law wasn’t riding with a dog! The trooper asked me what was wrong and I briefly explained that my forward momentum had just simply died. He put his hand on my door latch and started to open the door to “give ‘er a try” …and at that very instant, the truck driver who’s long haul truck was belly up right behind me – – – shouted from a ways back: “Hey! Officer!” His hand dropped off my door handle and he proceeded to head over to see what the truck driver wanted.
Who knows why that trucker yelled at the instant that he did. Half a second later would have been too late. I said a prayer as I jumped in and turned the key. I tried to act calm. Matter of fact-like. It started. I hit the peddle a little. Twice. Then I put ‘er in drive and darn if I didn’t again have forward motion! And I never looked back.
About twenty miles further up the climb, I broke down again and pulled off the road again. Broken hearted. But it wasn’t more than five minutes and a flat bed tow truck pulled in with a customer on board and one last available spot on the double bed for my unit. I don’t believe it was a tow truck driver. I believe that guy was an angel! If it wouldn’t have seemed weird, I would have kissed him. We were off in minutes and I was glad to squeeze in next to a woman and her little kid; and I didn’t mind the little guy climbing all over me. I also didn’t mind paying the driver for a tow that ended up amounting to more than a hundred miles plus.
Time and luck both pass in inches, my friends.
Oooh, naughty but great story! Thanks for sharing.
dee VANAD had his first novel, You2Preneur – Twelve Nuts Torqued for Maximum Life Momentumpublished recently. The popular book is available in hardbound, softbound and Ebook formats on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, AuthorHouse.com and wherever finer books are sold. The book is able to be visited on its own website: You2Preneur.com
VANAD is a well-known trial lawyer based in Columbus, OH. Two years ago, he took much of what appears in his book to heart, to follow some of his yet unfulfilled dreams. A longtime musician, he was asked to join a rock band in order that the Central Ohio group could travel to the world famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, SD – to entertain the throngs. With his wife’s permission, he did that … and went on to perform with the same band throughout Central Ohio and then again the following year for a return week of performances at the Sturgis Rally. He has expanded his horizons now, while keeping involved with the law – to deliver entertaining and engaging public speaking appearances throughout the country, loving the travel and adventures on the road with his wife of 22 years – Beth. VANAD continues to deliver blazing public appearances performing as lead guitarist for a variety of rock and country rock musical acts, as well. Lately, calls are coming from some in Washington, DC who at this point, will remain anonymous. It seems that the lawyer’s skills as a poignant, thoughtful and entertaining writer … have caught the attention of several national leaders in need of his services. But whether a household move is in the offing presently, or not – he would love your access and review of what he predicts is just the first of many more novels to come from – the VANAD. Two fiction novels are presently underway. Stay tuned.