Welcome to my interview with Christopher Felton, author of “Re-member Yourself,” a self-help workbook.
TN: When did you know you were a writer?
CF: I discovered my penchant for writing when I was a teenager. When I realized that I had a talent for writing poetry, I began to use this talent to structure my poetry cryptically, so that I could express myself on paper in a manner in which only I could decipher, yet readers could still appreciate the poetry from a surfaced perspective.
CF: I am a former Maryland State Trooper and now work side by side with my wife. In addition to my books “Re-Member Yourself” and “Cipher’s Den,” I’m also a poet, the former writer/editor of a blog called “The Weekly Spark,” and have been featured in “Her Times” magazine publication. I’m also an avid Foodie and a DYNAMIC Cook! 🙂
TN: What is your writing style?
CF: I often write articles, poetry, and business correspondence, so my writing style is varied. However, if I had to choose a style with which I feel most drawn, it would be “descriptive.”
TN: Which writers inspire you the most?
CF: Kahlil Gibran, Emily Dickinson, Neale Donald Walsch
TN: Why did you write your first book?
CF: I wrote my first book, “Cipher’s Den,” as a compilation of the poetry that I’d written over several years.
TN: Why did you decide to self-publish?
CF: I chose the best of both worlds (in my opinion) by utilizing a publishing service that caters to self-publishers. As a result, I employed professional editing, design, and printing services while still maintaining full creative and legal rights to my work.
TN: How did you come up with your cover design?
CF: My cover design depicts a hand that is lifted into the air and being healed (“re-membered”) to the remainder of the body by the light-giving and life-giving properties of the sun; hence the title of my book, “Re-Member Yourself.”
TN: What software did you use?
CF: I used basic WORD for my manuscript, then a publishing service for the professional finish.
TN: Do you have any tips for someone who is considering self-publishing?
CF: If you decide to self-publish, be sure to “inspect what you expect.” In other words, don’t allow editing and formatting errors to dampen the quality of your written content. Also, never allow anyone to convince you that using a publishing service somehow diminishes your work…it doesn’t…it simply fills in gaps which you may not be equipped to fill.
TN: What do you do when you are “stuck?”
CF: When I’m “stuck,” I “stop.” I walk away and give myself time (be it minutes, hours, days, or even weeks) to allow my “well to refill.” Regardless of how long it takes, never rush the process. Quality diamonds take time to form.
TN: Describe the plot for one of your books.
CF: My “plot” for my most recent book is more of a synopsis:
My book is entitled, “Re-Member Yourself: A healing journey through your ‘Innerverse‘.” It is a comprehensive self-help workbook and journal that can be understood and applied by people from all walks of life. This book is unique in that it is interactive, progressive, and is structured to metamorphose each reader into improved versions of themselves. The Journal section, alone, is unlike any other journal, as it is specifically formatted to help the reader learn from and correct negative thinking, bring meaning to the reader’s daily life, helps the reader to find purpose in each day, and prepares the reader to optimize their ‘tomorrow.’
TN: What motivated you to write this specific book?
CF: My motivation was simply my personal need for the information and exercises. My intention was to organize some sort of self-help compendium for myself. The questions, statements…everything, began as a way of achieving a profound and comprehensive method of introspection, as I was tired of experiencing my ‘potential’ creative energy lacking kinetic manifestation. In other words, I was tired of taking one step forward, then two steps back. I was tired of dealing with chronic depression since I was a child, and I was tired of hearing about the same old fixes for my life which was akin to placing a Band-Aid over a gash in a sinking boat. As I continued to write, the information continued to flow. Once I realized “Re-member Yourself” was simple and short, but significant and powerful, I decided to share it with others. In no way does this mean that I have all the answers, but it DOES mean that I now realize I don’t NEED to have all the answers, because I’m “enough” just as I am.
TN: Which one of your books is your favorite?
CF: LOL…that’s like asking me to choose a favorite child of my children. My first book (“Cipher’s Den”) is a poetry book that reflects the most personal and private parts of who I am, while my second book (“Re-Member Yourself”) is a literary program I’ve painstakingly devised out of my own introspection which has helped me TREMENDOUSLY, so I decided to share it with others.
TN: Thank you Christopher for the interview, and I wish you continued success with your writing. To my readers, you can find the link to his website below. Of course his book is available on Amazon.
Excellent Interview. Excellent, and self. revealing book.