Too Late to Mourn by Christian Tyoder / Lynn Tyoder

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.

Too Late To MournOP: Tell us a little bit about Too Late To Mourn. What is it about?

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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Conquer Life by Nate Dinet

With the abundance of self-published authors, 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. However, technology has made it possible for an alternative.

Take note from self-publishing Outskirts Press author, Nate Dinet, who is taking his latest book, Conquer Life, on tour – a virtual book tour, that is. He will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about him and his book.


Luckily for us, Nate was 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 Conquer Life.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Conquer Life. What is it about?

Nate: Conquer Life is a guide designed to get the reader from whatever their current situation is in life, to their desired state. Meaning, this book gives insight on how to manage your life to achieve your dreams and goals. I put you in the driver’s seat and take the ambiguity out of getting things done so the only real question is, how bad do you want it? If you want to achieve your dream, this book will give you the tools to start your journey towards the desired state of life.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Nate: I absolutely believe that everyone in the world can do anything they want to, if they want it bad enough. But I also know a lot of people (like me) struggle to get traction on working towards their dreams or goals. A lot of people I coach spend time spinning their wheels and don’t know how to start or can’t gain momentum because they succumb to self-criticism or are simply blocked by from the outside world: work, school or otherwise. I wanted to give people a “how-to” for achieving their dreams, with no strings attached. Thusly, if you want it bad enough but don’t know how to get from point A to point B thru Z, Conquer Life can help.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Nate: I used an awesome company called: Outskirts Press! They are a great self-publishing option for new authors. Everything is very streamlined, and the process is fantastic.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Nate: Although I definitely have a very candid and unique voice throughout the book, I think it can appeal to most everyone. But who I hope picks up the book is anyone who finds themselves in a weird “transition” point in their life. For those who are just out of college, but their first job isn’t anything close to what they thought it would be, or for those who know they are missing something in their life but don’t know what that something is exactly, I hope they find Conquer Life – or maybe Conquer Life finds them. Could be like a Jumanji situation where it seeks out readers. Though, I wouldn’t want any of those negative impacts that comes with that autonomous board game.

OP: What is special about your book?

Nate: My book is just enough information, just in time. You won’t find theoretical debates on the human condition in it. I designed the book to be a quick guide so that the reader can absorb what they need to so they can start enacting change in their life, right away. My book is also full of my unique sense of humor so hopefully I can get a couple laughs but more importantly my humor is there, so the reader knows I’m with them the entire way. I want readers to know that I will be their coach, I’m not some get rich quick guy spewing nonsense their direction. I love helping people, plain and simple and I think that theme is evident throughout the book.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Nate: Conquer Life takes proven methodologies that many of the most successful companies use to create new products and stay competitive in their market place and applies it on the micro scale for the individual. There are so many self-help books out there, but Conquer Life leverages the same foundational elements that make companies like Google, Microsoft, and John Deere (just to name a few) incredibly efficient. My book gives the reader what they need to operate in the most efficient way to achieve their dreams.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Nate: This is my first published work!

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Nate: I am currently working on two separate books at the moment, a pseudo sequel to Conquer Life and a thriller novel. I’m targeting to get the first draft of each of the books complete by the end of 2018.

OP: Thanks for your time, Nate! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

My name is Nate Dinet, and I am in love with my beautiful wife, Caitlin, and the proud father of our adorable daughter, Mia. For several years I have acted as a coach for organizations, helping them change the way they operate to enhance their efficiency in developing new products. While working in this environment, I found myself applying the same principles I used to help the organizations in my personal life with outstanding results. Now my focus has shifted from helping enterprises to helping individuals. My approach in Conquer Life is to be your hands-on coach, and I hope you give me that chance by picking up my book!

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/conquerlife

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Knowledge to Power: Understanding and Overcoming Addiction by Kal W. Rissman

With the abundance of self-published authors, 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. However, technology has made it possible for an alternative.

Take note from self-publishing Outskirts Press author, Kal W. Rissman, who is taking his latest book, Knowledge to Power: Understanding and Overcoming Addiction, on tour – a virtual book tour, that is. He will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about him and his book.


Luckily for us, Kal was 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 Knowledge to Power: Understanding and Overcoming Addiction.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Knowledge to Power: Understanding and Overcoming Addiction. What is it about?

Kal:   The book is about understanding addiction as a disease and giving direction to what can overcome this cunning, baffling and powerful illness.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Kal:   I have worked with addictions of all kinds for almost 40 years and have lots of practical experience in helping people with addictions. I wanted to get this information out to a wider audience to help more individuals and their families.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Kal: I self-published the book through Outskirts Press.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Kal:  It is hard to imagine that there is anyone in our culture who would not be interested in a book on addictions, since it is our greatest health issue. I was speaking at a conference recently and asked if there was anyone in the audience who had never been affected by the disease of addiction with either themselves or with family and friends and nobody raised their hand. Everybody has some experience with the disease and yet it is so misunderstood.

OP:  What is special about your book?  

Kal:   This book gives a clear understanding of the addictive illness but does it in a way that is very readable and interesting, because of the real life examples used from my experience.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Kal: This is a book that can be used by professionals and lay people alike. It does not use technical psychological terms to explain the disease or to explain what needs to be done about it. It is simple, yet profound.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Kal: Yes, I published a book on male-female relationships several years ago entitled, “A Farm Boy’s Guide to Love and Sex.” It is currently unavailable.

OP: Thanks for your time, Kal! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Kal William Rissman has a unique background of broad education and experience in behavioral health coupled with farm boy common sense. He is a certified Master Addiction Counselor, Marriage and Family Life Counselor, Social Worker, Hospital Chaplain and ordained parish pastor of the ELCA. Past employment includes building construction, plumbing and life-guarding. He currently lives in the country and raises beef cattle as his hobby. He has worked with addictions his entire career.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/knowledgetopower

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Virtual Book Tour: “Surviving Multiple Sclerosis” by Anntionate Salciccia

With the abundance of self-published authors, 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. However, technology has made it possible for an alternative.

The self-publishing market is crowded with books, making it difficult for individual authors to stand out. Book tours have long been an established tradition among authors, but while they provide fantastic opportunities for connecting with readers, they can pose some significant challenges in terms of cost and time. Technology has provided the perfect solution in the form of a virtual book tour, a process which combines many of the highlights of the traditional form with the benefits of the digital universe.

Enter Outskirts Press author Anntionate Salciccia, whose latest book, Surviving Multiple Sclerosis, provides an insider’s perspective on multiple sclerosis (MS). Her book chronicles her successes in managing her symptoms by combining her vegetarian lifestyle with meditation and a specialized exercise regimen. As anyone suffering from chronic pain or illness can attest, this is no mean feat … and Salciccia is here to share her wisdom with us!

Anntionate Salciccia sat down with us to answer a few questions about her book by way of a virtual book tour, giving you unparalleled access to her insight and a behind the scenes glimpse into the writing of her book.

OP: Tell us, why did you decide to write Surviving Multiple Sclerosis?

AS: One of the main reasons I decided to write my life story was to show anyone with an illness or facing great pain, that it is possible. It is possible to survive, I myself am a testimony to this fact, having lived with an illness that gives me constant pain, 24/7. I manage my multiple sclerosis (MS) without pain medication. It is possible!

OP: Can you describe what material the book covers?

AS: The book begins with my story, and how I deal with different challenges and obstacles I have gone through over the course of my life, some without MS and some with or because of MS. Many of the challenges I have faced have to deal with pain, memory, and managing physical difficulties without pain medication.

OP: What was the publishing process like for you, and what’s next?

AS: I had my book published through Outskirts Press. It’s the first book I have ever written, but I plan on writing a children’s book in the future.

OP: What makes your book different? What does it have that other books on multiple sclerosis (MS) do not?

AS: I have done and seen many extraordinary things in my life, and I have had some extraordinary jobs, like being an extra in movies and working on a cruise ship. I have even passed my test to become a firefighter. I have done all of this while living with chronic pain and illness. What’s so special about Surviving Multiple Sclerosis?

It chronicles how I overcame challenges through prayer and meditation, and I hope that it serves as a source of inspiration for others.

OP: Thank you for sharing your book with us, Anntionate! We can’t wait to see what adventures life takes you on next. We look forward to learning more about you as you visit with other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Anntionate Salciccia is a mother of 4 children and a Christian that prays twice daily. She enjoys reading other author’s autobiographies, and also enjoys vegetarian cooking. She would like the readers to know that 10% of the proceeds of this book will be donated to the MS Society.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/survivingms

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The Portal: The Cort Chronicles Book 1 by David D. Bernstein

With the abundance of self-published authors, 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. However, technology has made it possible for an alternative.

Take note from self-publishing Outskirts Press author, David D. Bernstein, who is taking his latest book, The Portal, on tour – a virtual book tour, that is. He will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about him and his book.


Luckily for us, David was 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 The Portal: The Cort Chronicles Book 1.

OP: Tell us a little bit about The Portal: The Cort Chronicles Book 1. What is it about?

David:  The book is about two brothers named Zack and Andy who are transported to a ghostly version of their hometown 101 years in the future. They find out that it is now controlled by CORT Robots. They have made people slaves. This version of the hometown is a possible future of earth. The brothers must journey through a nightmare world that only they can change. But how can two young boys alter the present by saving the future.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

David:  I decided to write this book because I strongly believe that our world today is full of technology, hate and is really hard for children to live in. I believe that this book can give our children a chance to escape everything and just enjoy an adventure. Imagination and storytelling play very critical roles in a child’s life and development. I believe this book could change their lives for the better. It gives them a chance to journey with these two boys as they save the world. I hope that children can immerse themselves in this wonderful world I created.

OP: How did you get your book published?

David: The book itself took me eight years to write and edit. It also was sent to few Traditional publishers before I self-Published. After receiving some rejection letters, I decided to self-publish this work of literature; I decided to go with a company I was familiar with. I had self-published another book with Outskirts press before and had a great experience with the team. The process was very professional, fun and easy to do.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

David: I think the types of readers this book will interest are people from 6 and up. It is a little hard for younger readers. I also believe that any adult who loves Science Fiction and Fantasy would love this book. It creates a world controlled by a massive Corporation named CORT (Central Operation Robot Technology) their ultimate goal is to have full control of people’s lives in all they do. This includes foods, shopping habits and etc…

OP: What is special about your book?  

David:  I think what makes this book unique is how it matches with our current times. Today people are waking up from a long sleep, and they are letting their voices be heard. We also have a world where technology has turned addictive. People of all ages are very dependent on it.

The Portal explores the possibility of what if Robots or a massive corporation takes over our world. What would each person do? Would they join a resistance? Would they join the Corporation? Would they just be part of the crowd? I think this is what makes my book special. It kind of is a warning to individuals of possible future.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

David: I believe that one of the biggest differences of my book is how it is very visual, action packed and it combines three Genres in one: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Adventure. Another difference is it mostly revolves around children and explores a possible world we might become in the future. It takes readers on a journey that they will never forget.

OP: Have you published any other books?

David: Yes, I have my first book was a collection of poetry I wrote over the course of about 15 years. My second book was called The Enchanted Rope it was a picture book that helps both children and adults deal with a death of a loved one, my third book is named The Portal and my newest book is called Peanut. It is a picture book that should be coming out in Spring 2018. It helps families and children deal with divorce.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

David: In the near future I have plans to publish my other two books in my trilogy. Spirral which should be out by spring 2019 and Rebirth which should be out by spring 2020.

OP: Thanks for your time, David! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

David D. Bernstein is a tennis instructor and energy healer who has worked with children for many years. He’s the author of a book of poetry and The Enchanted Rope, a children’s picture book. He has also had poems published in magazines and anthologies and is the recipient of five Editor’s Choice awards. The Portal is his debut novel.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/theportal

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Envy Rots the Bones by Nina Blakeman

With the abundance of self-published authors, 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. However, technology has made it possible for an alternative.

Take note from self-publishing Outskirts Press author, Nina Blakeman, who is taking her latest book, Envy Rots the Bones, on tour – a virtual book tour, that is. She will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about her and her book.


Luckily for us, Nina was 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 Envy Rots the Bones.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Envy Rots the Bones. What is it about?

Nina: In Proverbs 14:30, the Bible is telling us that a peaceful heart gives life to the flesh, but envious feelings rot the bones. So, this book expounds on that concept. While it could be seen as a sequel, this book is a standalone thriller. It begins with the not-so-distant traumas of the Davis’s past that have led them up to that point. There really is no peace within the make-shift family. A contentious relationship between the protagonist, Faye Davis, and her sixteen-year-old step daughter, Emma Davis, turns violent. A reluctant father, Todd Davis, is forced to institutionalize his daughter. But once discharged, instead of bringing peace and reason to the situation, the psychotic Emma is pushed further to the edge and turns to the occult. But Emma’s not the only one walking a fine-line, as Faye herself takes matters into her own hands to take back what she feels she’s lost, Todd Davis. Both of these women use whatever means to justify their end, and in doing so, no one in their path is safe. Faye is one to rationalize her actions, but Emma, well, she just doesn’t care.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Nina: After writing my debut novel, The Blow-up Man, I had people asking for more of the scandalous and shady Davis/Dolce clan.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Nina: Outskirts Press, Denver

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Nina: Anyone who likes thrillers or suspense. Also, someone who might be interested in some Louisiana Voodoo, perhaps.

OP: What is special about your book?

Nina: I think that what stands out in this book is the effect nature versus nurture has on the sixteen/seventeen-year-old Davis twin girls. Emma hasn’t fallen very far from the proverbial Dolce maternal tree and is dangerous to anyone within her reach. Ella looks to outsiders to make whatever sense she can of her life. The father, Todd Davis, is supposed to be the framework or skeleton of the blended family unit, but he’s shaky at best. It’s the envy of those within the household that rocks the very foundation of what family is supposed to represent.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Nina: First, is that the threat comes from within what society is telling us to call a family. Everything is a family these days, right? Uh . . . no. The threat is not from a distant country utilizing biological warfare, a deranged man next door, or a teacher. Second, is that the protagonist isn’t perfect. In fact, she’s very far from that . . . imperfect, flawed, and beautifully human. Third, the backdrop is a scientific research lab in West Texas. I mean, do we really need another story taking place in New York City or at Harvard? Fourth, the sciences read authentic. That isn’t for everyone, but those that found it a little deep still enjoy the book for the drama and the thrills brought with it. The goal is to get into the reader’s head, nothing more.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Nina: Yes, my debut novel, The Blow-up Man. Also published by Outskirts Press.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Nina: I also am working on another Faye Davis novel, currently unnamed.

OP: Thanks for your time, Nina! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Nina Blakeman, BSN, PhD is an experienced professional with diverse experiences as a writer, educator, and administrative professional. She’s an avid golfer and fan of the Green Bay Packers. She lives in West Texas with her husband, Scot, and their three dogs, Lambeau, Goobie, and Dingo.

For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/Envyrotsthebones

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BABY, I’M THE BOSS OF ME: Embracing the Power and Joy of Getting Older by Ruth Yunker

With the abundance of self-published authors, 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. However, technology has made it possible for an alternative.

Take note from self-publishing Outskirts Press author, Ruth Yunker, who is taking her latest book, BABY, I’M THE BOSS OF ME: Embracing the Power and Joy of Getting Older, on tour — a virtual book tour, that is. She will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about her and her book.


Luckily for us, Ruth was 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 BABY, I’M THE BOSS OF ME: Embracing the Power and Joy of Getting Older.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Baby, I’m the Boss of Me: Embracing the Power and Joy of Getting Older. What is it about?

Ruth: My book shows how to use one’s sense of humor and optimism to notice and embrace the power and wisdom accrued from having lived a long life. My book tells how to see growing older as a part of life that is filled with joy, curiosity, energy, and a continuing zest for life. I am a humorist, so my book is in turn funny, warm, sensitive, and then back to funny. It is told in essay/stories. Some are memoir (how I have become the woman I am), some ‘how-to’ do this journey of getting older and loving it, and some are stories of simple everyday joys and woes, peeves and pleasures.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Ruth: I decided to write this book when I could no longer ignore the fact that traffic cops were now younger than my grown son, or that I was afraid to tell my grown daughter I was considering a face-lift. I was well into middle-age, even though I could still wear short dresses and go into a handstand in yoga, so it took a while to acknowledge where I was, and then to embrace it rather than to run screaming in the other direction. I have always loved the older women in my life, and now I was rapidly catching up to them in years. At the same time, after getting over the horror of that realization, I also noticed I was happier than I ever had been in my life. That my life was opening up rather than closing down. I started writing about this amazing and unexpected situation. I started writing about it, to see where this new journey was going to go. I wanted to pay attention.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Ruth: Eleven years ago, I decided to independently publish my first book about Paris, even though I had been writing and was published, for thirty years, and had had agents in the past. The traditional publishing world was uncertain and slow, so I decided to take things into my own hands. I turned to Outskirts Press for that first Paris book. And have used them for the second Paris book, and now this, my third book.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Ruth: All kinds of readers. But specifically, older women (and men), Baby Boomers. Their daughters will read this book too. Anyone who loves humor. Not all the stories center on aging.

My reader is educated, open, older, probably at the most free period of their lives, open to the new adventure, learning a new skill, expanding their social groups, diving into social media, making their daily lives even better.

OP: What is special about your book?

Ruth: My book is special because I’m not going into my twilight years as though they are my last years, the sad years. To me these years are a triumph. I want to share how one can look at this period of their lives as a unique and thrilling adventure, just as exciting as the first part of our lives. I am qualified to write this book because I’ve been writing about daily life for thirty-five years. Along the way I have married twice, raised four children and step-children, maintained a writing career, am well-traveled, and have arrive here, to my early sixties, my enthusiasm and curiosity for life intact.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Ruth: My book is not a how-to or teaching manual in any way. It is light-hearted and funny. It is joyful and confident, even though the subject is a serious, potentially frightening period of the human life.
It falls somewhere between David Sedaris and Erma Bombeck, with a lighter version of Norah Ephron thrown in.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Ruth: I have published two books: they are about traveling to Paris alone, once a year, staying for six weeks each time, becoming acclimated to this beautiful but difficult city, and learning to love it along the way. I go to Paris every year now, for two months, staying in a different apartment each time.

The Paris books are:
ME, MYSELF AND PARIS and
PARIS, I’VE GROWN ACCUSTOMED TO YOUR WAYS

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Ruth: A third Paris book will be published after my follow-up book to BABY, I’M THE BOSS OF ME.

OP: Thanks for your time, Ruth! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Ruth Yunker is a writer and humorist, an essayist, blogger, and short story writer. She has led a peripatetic life and currently lives in Los Angeles, California. She has two grown children, is in between pets, and does the “New York Times” crossword puzzle with an erasable pen.

For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/RuthYunker

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