Interview with Sam J. Haim

What is your writing process?
I write a precis of what the book is about as a noun.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I think the first story I ever read was Jack and the Beanstalk. I also remember The Jungle Book. The Jungle Book had an impact on me because I was encountering a variety of "characters" on the streets of Los Angeles as a small boy around the age of 6. The streets and my neighborhood although middle class had different types of animals or people living there.
How do you approach cover design?
Colors are very important. I like to appeal to someone's subconscious mind. I want to make the reader wonder if it is as good on the inside of the ebook as the outside. It builds trust in the reader to have the right colors, even though I didn't learn my colors until age 26.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Bible (NIV version) and The Qu'ran. Both of these ebooks are written or dictated verbally by a supernatural entity. The stories they contain denote tragedy and hope. The books expose one to miracles and trains the eye to keep it open for miracles that may occur in our own lives. The Bible is also the oldest psychology book ever written. No need to sit on a couch and listen to a shrink. Both books also give you the correct diet for a person following one of these two paths.
What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure I read stories of triumph from victims of large organizations. I read the news on the Internet. For paperbacks, I read true crime stories involving heists, mafia, and hoodlums.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My favorite device is any device that allows me to read a .pdf.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am still in the embryonic stages of the marketing plan being implemented.
Describe your desk
Because I am a homeless veteran, FedEx office management in my city has been kind enough to let me use one of their cubicles for free to write my ebook and also to use free WiFi. My desk is made out of pressed wood and has a credit card reader on it that has not worked in 5 years. But supposedly they are renovating in April. Then I have to go somewhere else.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up 2 years in Morton Grove, Illinois. I spent 9 months in Scarsdale. I spent about 27 years in Los Angeles, 3 years in Orange County, California and 1.5 years in San Diego County. In Los Angeles people are flaky, nutty and strange. So, I kept my writing real. The head of the department of english at Chapman University said in my freshman year in my creative handwriting class that I write like Tennessee Williams in front of the class. I raised my hand and asked him, "How do you spell Tennessee?"
When did you first start writing?
I started writing about 12 years old. I noticed a pattern of thought with a sitcom I used to watch called The Brady Bunch. I would watch the same episodes over a dozen times. I started writing down their speech and noticed a pattern of thinking that I could do as well. I first started with comedy writing. Just bits. Then I wrote a full blown fiction novel in 30 days. I was told in the 1980's it was worth $250,000. But no one would pay that for a new writer with no literary agent.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind this ebook is an effort by me to find a great investment that is unpopular that can make a lot of money like Bitcoin did when it came out at $0.75 and went to $1,200.00 five years later. I wanted to get the twenty-somethings out of their mom's basement and into a self-employed gig that would support them. The idea in the ebook is the action that will get them out.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am unemployable. So someone suggested to write an ebook. Then another person seconded it as well. I thought of this idea to make money on a small investment and got good feedback on the concept from two people. So the motivation was getting off the streets and finding a sure approach.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Just started. Ask me in 6 months.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is that I can take a combination of words, and there are tens of billions of comibinations in the english language, and interwove them into meaning that will hopefully infect the minds of millions. I am free to do it my way.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't need fans. I need followers. A fan will only stay with you when you are successful. I learned this in the entertainment industry when I founded Lionsgate Studios Inc. (est. 1989 - The Hunger Games). I see how other players were treated by their fan base when their movies would bomb at the box office. Followers will stay with you through thick or thin. Followers are loyal to the end.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a screenplay called "Shadow over Syria: The Dr. Bashar Al-Assad Story." I am hoping to film it in Syria in Arabic once it is finished and I am no longer living on the streets.
Who are your favorite authors?
The authors of the Bible and Qu'ran. I also am a follower of Anthony Robbins who wrote "Unlimited Power" and another faviorite "Awaken the Giant Within", who is a main ingredient in my success along with Dr. Carnegie of "How to Win Friends and Influence People." Another one is Napolean Hill of "Think and Grow Rich." Robert Ludlum is very good. He used to come over to my father's house to interview him for some of his books' character profiles. Suzanne Collins who wrote The Hunger Games is also very good.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I don't have a bed. I have cardboard and a leaky 5 year old sleeping bag that has gone through the wash over 50 times. What inspires me is the hope it will be my last day living on the streets and suffering under the yoke of the U.S. intelligence services.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I play a game called "In Company of Heroes." It is a strategy game. I read about 30 to 40 hours a week on the Internet. I don't have money so there's not much else I can do on my limited budget.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I think the best way to find good ebooks to read are on individual book review blogs.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
In fifth grade we had to write a creative story for Mr. Cox my english teacher. At that time I was watching a lot of horror films on TV in the 1970s. I wrote a horror story so horrific Mr. Cox banned the story from being read in class to the rest of the students. Mr. Cox in front of the class told everyone I was mentally ill and needed to be on psychotropic medication and in the care of a shrink. He was very profound and serious and he reported me to the principal. In 1989 at the age of 26, I broke the record with the highest compensation for a spec screenplay. I sold an action/adventure script to Universal Studios for $8 million cash upfront.
Published 2015-01-29.
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Books by This Author

The Greatest Investment of the 21st Century
Price: $2.19 USD. Words: 16,680. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
This ebook is the second time in 24 years that the author has communicated with the public about an investment that can generate a large sum of money on a few dollars. The last time was the author's recommendation to buy Bitcoin at $13.00. (original price $0.75). Bitcoin hit a peak price of $1,200 per coin. Mr. Haim is the former business manager to the pop singers Michael Jackson and Madonna.