Blog Hoppin’ On Ara’s Blog Tour

Full disclosure – I had never done a Blog Hop thingy when my SCWC buddy, Ara Grigorian approached me with this opportunity. So, being curious, I decided to give it a try.

Welp, it turns out that I’m not a great rule follower. Sorry, Ara. You’ll see why at the end of my post.

Until then, please do check out Ara’s stellar writing and learn more about what makes him tick at:


Now, on with the show…


In this blog hop, I and my fellow authors, in their respective blogs, have answered ten questions about our book or work-in–progress (giving you a sneak peek).  We’ve also included some behind-the-scenes information about how and why we write what we write–the characters, inspirations, plotting and other choices we make. I hope you enjoy it.

Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions. Here is my Next Big Thing!

1: What is the title or working title of your book?

The title of my book is “Searching – A Personal Journey of Hope”

A Poetic Journey of Hope

A Poetic Journey of Hope

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

I have been dabbling in writing poetry for years.  I was inspired to compile several of my poems into a poetic anthology after the Hurricane Sandy event.  See question 9 where I elaborate on this point.

3: What genre does your book come under?


4: Which person would you choose to read the audio version of your book?

The one person I would be humbled and grateful to read for the audio version of my poetry book is Maya Angelou. She is such a visionary and strong role model for women creators around the world.

5: What is the synopsis of your book?

“Searching – A Personal Journey of Hope” is a soul baring journey pondering life questions through the power of poetry and imagery. It is an inspirational poetic anthology that explores universal truths at the core of the human experience.

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

I published my book through my company, Release Media LLC.  For ‘Searching – A Personal Journey of Hope’ I decided to use the Amazon KDP Select Program. After my three (3) month exclusive agreement with Amazon comes to a close, I will distribute it through other sources such as Smashwords, Ganxy, etc.

7: How long did it take you to write your book?

Because my book is a poetic anthology the true answer is years. That being said, however, once I picked the poems I want to use it took me about a week to compile everything and get it ready for publishing on Amazon.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I don’t think I would compare my little poetry book to Jack Kerorauc’s beautiful poetic words. I would say, however, that his writings in “Jack Kerouac: Collected Poems” are something that I aspire my writing in this genre to be.

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Hurricane Sandy’s powerful surge ripped open a wound along the eastern seaboard baring the soul of nation searching for answers in the midst of the carnage she left behind.  I weathered the storm with relatively little impact. Many others, however, were not as fortunate.

When I was finally able to leave New York City, and head back to Los Angeles, I had very mixed emotions. A part of me was relieved to soon be back in my comfortable home.  Another part of me wanted to stay. So, “Searching – A Personal Journey of Hope”, is my way of giving to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. When you pick up your copy, my campaign of giving is thoroughly described in the introduction.

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

I’m truly hoping that people will be interested and inspired by the way one can combine the power of words with social good to create positive change in this world.

My mantra – Voice Matters.  Dare To Share Yours. Change The World!

Now is part where I was supposed to tag (5) authors to continue on the Blog Hop journey.  Alas, I messed up and didn’t do what I was told to do. Always a thinker, I needed to figure out a way to try to save face. Here is what I came up with.

Below you will find the links to the work of 5 authors who I find inspirational, informative, entertaining or just darn cool.  Please take a moment to check out their work!

Thanks, all! Happy Writing…

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