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Book Blitz: ‘Traveling Light’ by Nisha Paul

Title: Traveling Light

A Self Reflective Journey

Author: Nisha Paul

Publisher: Friesen Press Books

Genre: Self Help / Motivational



About the Book:

On this journey of discovery, we strive to understand what motivates us while exploring our true personalities. We reflect on situations that have brought about our greatest learning. It is within these answers that we discover our own fulfillment.

Although the truth lies within each of us, we may be too scared to peel the layers away to discover the real person beneath. It is only through this real understanding that we can accomplish that feeling of bliss that we all seek.

Traveling Light is the self-reflective journey that I share with you in the hope that you open yourself up to an adventure of your own. It is meant to help you create and reinforce your own safe zone of discovery. I assure you it will be a trip worth taking and will be filled with learning that will reflect in multiple areas of your life.

So start this journey today with me. While you make the commitment to invest valuable time in yourself, I encourage you to notice the successes that you begin to create through your own actions and new awareness….


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About the Author:

Nisha Paul is a psychologist who has spent the last two decades focusing on people and organizational development. Born in Mumbai, India, she has traveled and lived in different parts of the world and currently calls Vancouver, Canada her home.

Having studied at the University of Mumbai, India and the University of Nottingham, U.K. she has gained a global academic perspective to complement her valuable life lessons.

Along the way she has discovered what truly makes her happy and has created a life for herself that she finds enriching. Nisha also enjoys photography and has used her photographs to illustrate this book.

Motivated to seek opportunities to give back to her community and society at large, she decided to share this literary journey, which is her first. While encouraging her readers to reflect on their own life journeys, she aims to contribute to the collective awareness in our world today.

Nisha can be reached at travelinglight.thebook@gmail.com

Social Media Links:

Website: www.hillelearningassociates.com/traveling-light

Facebook: www.facebook.com/travelinglight.thebook

Twitter: @nishapaul10

Amazon page: www.amazon.com/Nisha-Paul/e/B07HQYH7YG

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Author Interview: ’24 – What Can Happen in a Day’ by Michael Ford Jr.

About the Book:

24-What Can Happen In A Day… Most people know that firefighting is an incredibly dangerous profession. The popular perception of firefighters is that they are fearless heroes who put their lives on the line to rescue people from burning buildings. That perception is mostly true. But there is so much more about firefighters and their community labor that is rarely revealed. 24-What Can Happen in a Day is a brilliant, intimate look into the daily lives of firefighters, from the experiences of Michael Ford Jr., who rose through the ranks from raw recruit to assistant fire chief. You will ride along with Chief Ford as he unveils the most interesting, disturbing, and adventurous firefighter escapades. You’ll laugh and wince in sympathy as Ford offers you a behind the scenes view into a world of secrets, failures, misfortune, exhilaration and triumph. You will cheer as you are encouraged to transcend perceived limitations to advance in life. And more than anything, you’ll be enthralled as you experience the inspiring, tragic, shocking, best and worst of humanity come to life, compelling you to treasure your family and friends with a more significant expression. Hilarious, profound, and deeply moving… this is a thrill ride you’ll never forget.


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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

1A:  I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Andrea, for 21 years. We have five children. I’ve served as a professional firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician for 23 years, earning multiple promotions, and ascending to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and the position of Assistant Chief with the Louisville Fire Department. I have dedicated my life to helping others achieve success by founding and directing numerous local education programs and organizations. Including, the nationally recognized youth education program called C.A.N. (Children Against Negativity). This program has provided mentoring, reading, mathematics, and character education to over 2000 promising local youths. Also, Master Builders Academy, a non-profit organization committed to inspiring through personal development and entrepreneurial instruction.

I have also developed programs that provide food, clothing, and school supplies to hundreds of children living in the housing projects in Louisville and serve as Director to three St. Shelia Joy Academy elementary and middle schools in Kenya, East Africa.

1B: I started writing purely by accident. In my high school years, I was a massively underachieving student, to put it mildly. Not knowing that I might be good at something, because I rarely gave a full effort to anything, especially writing. While in my senior year in high school, I was taking the Senior English Course, and unfortunately, I was assigned the teacher that most students, including me, considered the meanest, strictest, and most demanding teacher in the entire school, Mrs. Sanders. Well, two weeks in she gives out an assignment that everyone has one week to read this 120-page book and write a three-page reflection of the essence of the book and its main characters. Well, being the exceptional student that I was, I forgot about the assignment just as soon as she gave it. A week later, we were in class, and Mrs. Sanders reminded everyone that the writing was due tomorrow. So before I leave class, I ask the girl sitting next to me in class, had she read the book and what was it about. She laughed at me and took two minutes to tell me a few things about the book. When I got home, I read the first, and the last page of the book wrote my paper and turned it in the next day. After Mrs. Sanders took a week to read and grade the papers, she stands in front of the class and begins to berate the entire class for turning in the worst, the most awful, amateurish essays that she had ever seen in her twenty years of teaching. She continued for ten minutes of telling us how these pitiful essays made her consider early retirement. Mrs. Sanders then says, “But I thank God, for giving me one actual writer out of this class of 40 students.” As she waves around in the air the one golden essay, “One person in this class understands how to write with allusion, diction, epigraph, euphemism, foreshadowing, and imagery. This one student is going to help teach the rest of this class the essence of writing.” And as I am thinking, “I wonder who this writing nerd is?” Mrs. Sanders says with a look of love in her eyes, “Mr. Michael Ford your essay was the best I have read in quite a long time.” At this point, the entire class is all in cardiac arrest at this impossible revelation. And trust me, I am more shocked than they are. The bottom line is, the success of that half-baked essay had a profound impact on my psyche, I realized that if I would actually apply myself, I just might discover that there were other talents that I possessed that were dormant due to my laziness.  So credit my writing start to Mrs. Sanders and the three-page essay.

2: Do you have a favorite time and place where you write?

Due to my incredibly intense schedule, I force myself to write after all my business assignments are complete. This means I mostly write between midnight and 2am (As I am writing this, it’s actually 2am). My special writing place is my dining room because the table is the perfect height, the chairs are comfortable, and the lights can be adjusted to my current mood.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

As an international speaker excelling in the subjects of organizational leadership, people and community building, and youth empowerment, my classes and my writings center around my life experiences.  I am a storyteller, and I have found that most people can learn best from a properly told story or example of life.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I utilize a bit of both. I usually have a specific thought of what the main topics will cover and what interesting characters that I want to highlight. But many times the true lesson or point of the story comes out as I am writing.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

They are mostly non-fiction, and this goes back to the fact that my stories come from actual life experiences. I also remember that in elementary school, I was drawn more to books on the presidents as apposed to books about Curious George.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

If I could get the master storyteller Tom Hanks to direct; my villains Gene Hackman (the original Lex Luthor) and Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lamb’s Dr. Hannibal Lecter). My fire department captain to be played by Denzel Washington (Training Day’s Detective Alonzo Harris), and Morgan Freeman (Shaw Shank Redemption’s Red) to do my narration. I would play myself and would undoubtedly need Halle Berry to play my wife, but if she were unavailable Zoe Saldana (Star Trek’s Nyota Uhura) would be an acceptable replacement.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

I hope this won’t make me seem dull or uninteresting, but I love books that are uplifting, motivational, strategic, and challenge the best in people to rise up.  So some of my favorite authors are Les Brown, Jim Rohn, TD Jakes, Robert Kiyosaki, John Maxwell, William Pickard, and Tommy Barnett

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

Left To Tell (Author Immaculee Ilibagiza, and The Warmth of Other Suns (Author Isabel Wilkerson)

9: What is your favorite book and why?

I have two favorite books:

  1.   Hidden Power by Tommy Barnett – This book helped me to understand myself better; That the foundation of the majority of my success came from my sincere heart to give. Its been through my giving money, time, and resources to help build others that have propelled me from one success level to the next.  The Hidden Power is that the more money, time, service, love that I give the more that is returned back to me.
  2.   Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki – This book inspired me to teach others how to be more than just educated, but to be wise and resourceful, and to be relentless in the pursuit of their dreams.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Stop thinking about it and just write.  The second you begin to put pen to paper or fingers to those computer keys you have officially become a writer.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work? 

Website: www.michaelfordjr.com




About the Author:

Michael E. Ford Jr. has served as a Professional Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician for 23 years. He has earned multiple promotions, ascending to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and holding the position of Assistant Chief. Chief Ford has served his community for over 25 years, founding and directing numerous local programs and organizations. Including, the nationally recognized youth education program C.A.N. (Children Against Negativity) and the professional development and entrepreneurial organization Master Builders Academy. He is an international speaker of organizational leadership, community building, and youth empowerment. He has been married for 21 years to Andrea Ford, his high school sweetheart. They have five children: Michael III, Sarah, Josiah, Judah, and Matthew.

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