Christian and Lynn Tyoder are taking their latest book, Too Late to Mourn, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. Technology has made it possible to reach wider audiences and enabling a more affordable method of promotion. You have to come up with creative ways to market a self-published book. While book tours are a great way to connect with your readers, they aren’t the most affordable method of promotion.
Christian and Lynn will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about them and their book.
Luckily for us, Christian and Lynn were kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Too Late To Mourn.
Christian and Lynn: Our book depicts the extraordinary life of an Afghani medical doctor who lived in France as a war refugee, achieved the highest education, navigated a turbulent first marriage to and divorce from a Swedish wife, and ultimately became recognized as one of the world’s most outstanding scientists in the field of medical basic research in the early 1960’s. His successful professional career existed alongside a complicated private life, as he raised and educated his preteen sons while running a busy practice. These same sons caused him much grief later on for reasons relating to their biological mother; they remained estranged for much of their lives, and his sons denied him the opportunity to reconnect with his young granddaughter. Originally a member of a tiny remnant of Buddhist culture in Afghanistan, he eventually converted to Catholicism and married again, living happily with her until he passed away from leukemia and was buried in his native land.
Over 30 years later after his death, siblings of the deceased Afghani doctor discovered a hand-written note on a small piece of paper left behind by the deceased asking his family to contact his friend he met in Paris. The letter was finally located in the U.S. and the memoir of the deceased was written as he had promised to his friend during a fortuitous encounter while the two men were grounded by a snowstorm in the French capital.
During her freshman year, the granddaughter reconnected with her lonely surviving grandmother and read the entire memoir her grandfather left behind. She grieved his premature death and expressed regrets for not having any contact with him for years and for never being able to see him again. Troubled by social injustice, wars between nations, disintegration of the family unit, and especially by the unfair disconnection between her parents and grandparents, she decided to take up study to become a medical doctor dedicated to the care of the underprivileged in developing countries. A decade later, she took her vows as a nun and went to serve the poor and isolated peoples of the Southern Philippine.
OP: Why did you decide to write this story?
Christian and Lynn: The surviving wife, recently deceased, requested that we write the book to preserve her husband’s real legacy.
OP: How did you get your book published?
Christian and Lynn: Initially, we contracted a publishing company to do the entire job, including copy editing, printing and distribution. Due to poor communication inherent to the company’s approach, however, we switched to self-publishing mode.
OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
Christian and Lynn: We think academic professionals in the medical field, such as medical students, doctors in training, psychology care providers, and ethnicity scholars will be interested, as well as persons searching for cultural and family values, or causes of and solutions to family members estrangement, etc. Additionally, those who are interested in war experiences, true friendship, racial discrimination, religion and humanity will find much to enjoy and learn from in this book.
OP: What is special about your book?
Christian and Lynn: The story started out with people living in a war-torn country with poor and underprivileged who had to immigrate to more developed and peaceful western societies to fulfill the dream of getting better education and eventually a better life, while keeping their religious faith.
- Their perseverance in higher education led them to a successful personal achievement
- The immense unrewarded parental sacrifice
- The unexplained parental shunning from adult children
- The fortuitous discovery of documents left by the book’s main character for his offspring
- The unexpected entry into the story of the last character of the book, her involvement in repairing the damage caused by the family feud and her philosophical approach to her meaningful personal life
OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?
Christian and Lynn: The book falls into a hybrid, difficult-to-define genre that makes it totally different from others in the same category. And while this book begins with an unforeseen, seemingly trivial encounter between two educated individuals, its main story shifts into the revelation of the past through the idea of using a memoir as a source of information.
OP: Have you published any other books?
Christian and Lynn: This is our first book.
OP: Do you plan to publish more?
Christian and Lynn: We are writing another of the same genre.
OP: Thanks for your time, Christian and Lynn! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Arrived in the New World well equipped intellectually to pursue more advance learning education, Christian Tyoder acquired his medical doctorate and post-doctoral degrees at two American higher education institutions. He has published a dozen of scientific research papers before switching to his medical practice. Following his early retirement, Christian became more active in the care of overseas underprivileged and in subjects dealing with humanity and religion, especially on the healing effect of religious faith on suffering.
For more information or to contact the author, visit http://toolatetomourn.com/
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