Interview with Nicoladie Tam, Ph.D.

Why do you write textbooks?
Because I am a professor teaching in these courses, my students really like my course notes, so I rewrite them in a textbook form, and publish them so other students can learn intuitively with the pedagogical methods I use in my books and in my lectures.
What are the pedagogical methods you use in writing these textbooks?
The pedagogical methods are based on the brain research that I do, and I apply the learning theory of how the brain learns naturally and intuitively in teaching and in writing textbooks.

Specifically, I use an inquiry approach to stimulate the quest of knowledge with questions and answers format, so students will get the answers immediately. That's the best way to learn. The key is to provide instant feedback to the students so they can make the connections.

I also use a modular method that applies an incremental approach to let students learn in bite size that is self-contained. This simplifies the process and makes it easier for students to digest and retain the information incrementally.
When did you first start writing textbooks?
I started writing course notes for my students. These course notes eventually become complete chapter as I added detailed explanations of the principles and concepts on the topics. They eventually become the complete textbook chapter by chapter.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have completed the "Principles of Biology" textbook, and the latest textbook is the "Neuropsychopharmacology," which is a comprehensive textbook on the principles and theories behind the neurobiological basis of mental disorders, and the pharmacological actions of psychiatric medicine to treat these mental disorders. It also explains how the neurobiological circuitry is involved in the genesis of behavior, and how behavioral medicine can be applied to remedy the deficits of the brain.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Most traditional publishers are fixed in their way of thinking on what a textbook is like. They often refuse to accept any novel approach in writing textbooks. In fact, most textbook publishers pretty much copycat each other, without any innovation or apply any effective pedagogical methods in textbook writing.

So the only way to publish a textbook with novel, innovative pedagogy is to publish it on my own, without having to conform to any of the out-dated textbook writing methods.

Most importantly, most traditional biology textbooks are written in long-convoluted wordy descriptions without introducing or explaining any principles or concepts. They are merely a collection of disjoint facts for students to memorize. That is the most ineffective rote-learning method that does not work, and will not work. Students don't retain or comprehend the materials when the textbooks are written like a long stream of consciousness.

I have worked with many traditional textbook publishers on revising their textbooks, and none of them are receptive of the innovative pedagogical methods. They are don't even want to venture into publishing in eBook format, because they make more money on printed textbooks. They then charge you again for publishing a new edition, which is nothing more than adding a few photos, with nothing changed substantially.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It provides multiple eBook formats and multiple distribution retail channels. This allows for the flexibility of the wide variety of readers to use different electronic devices to access the same book.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is the ability to share my knowledge, and share my passion.
What do your fans mean to you?
They love to see the good work that I have done.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a few inspirational/motivational books.
Published 2013-08-29.
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