Interview with Brian Taylor

When did you first start writing?
I have some technical works published in my professional area (Law). But in the self-help / spirituality line, this is my first book. I took advantage of a work on self-knowledge in Socrates, presented in the Philosophy course, to enlarge it and turn it into a book.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Since I was a child I was interested in topics related to spirituality. The book begins with an account of one of my experiences in this area. This became stronger in adolescence, when I began to study some subjects related to metaphysics. This interest also led me to enter recently in the Faculty of Philosophy, during which I had the intuition to write the book.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The possibility of reaching a large number of readers, especially in other countries. It is fascinating to be able to unpack the book for everyone on a digital platform.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I am eternally grateful to Smashwords pros as they have made possible something unthinkable a few years ago, ie taking my essay to anywhere in the world. That's why I'm a fan of technology and everyone involved in this work.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To be able to help people reflect on metaphysical issues such as God, soul, life, death, faith, etc. I do not need them to agree with my ideas. What is important is that they reflect on these issues.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are the reason for all my effort and dedication to write something that might be useful to them. Every author wants to be read, even if it is to be criticized. In fact there would be no authors without readers and so they complete.
What are you working on next?
After addressing Socrates' message to humanity about self-knowledge, I intend to write something about Plato related to metaphysics. Plato is synonymous with spirituality and has much to be written about his teachings from a contemporary perspective.
Who are your favorite authors?
I learned to admire the three great geniuses of antiquity (Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle), on whom all Western culture is founded. I also like Montaigne and Rosseau when it comes to topics related to metaphysics. Nietzsche awakens me to the real world we live in. I also like Augustine, Hannah Arendt and many contemporary philosophers, among them Tzvetan Todorov, Zygmunt Bauman, Luc Ferry, Nuccio Ordine, Byung-Chul Han and Pascal Brucker.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
To be able to work and collaborate in some way for the improvement of society, as well as being able to improve as a person through my daily experiences. Like the Greeks, I believe that life has a purpose and that's what I deal with in my book. We are not here for a mere walk and everything has a meaning. The apparent injustices of life have a meaning. You need to use intelligence and sensitivity to perceive the details of life and to grow spiritually and intellectually with them.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have my professional activity in the area of ​​Law and it takes me a lot of time. But when I have free time, I like to see the good movies, theater, shows with the pop rock bands of my youth and the current ones. I also enjoy walks to museums and art galleries. In fact, I love art in its most varied forms. Traveling and getting to know new cultures, flavors, people is something that I love. I also like sports, especially football, as well as good wine...
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
In general, by newspaper reviews, comments on social networks and nominations in my Philosophy course. Also when I have interest in some subject I always look on the internet for information about works and authors.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I have written many stories and have not published, including self-help books and police and political novels. But it was only after I entered the philosophy course that I felt safe enough to write something deeper and able to touch the heart of others. I hope you can achieve this goal ...
What is your writing process?
Lots of research on the subject I want to address and a little inspiration in writing. My goal is to make philosophy, especially on the subjects related to metaphysics, accessible to anyone, and in that sense I have to be technical and at the same time colloquial to captivate the reader and not to leave the boring book. It is a work of popularization of philosophy.
How do you approach cover design?
I hired a professional and asked him to choose a photograph of a thoughtful Man about his smallness before the Universe and to send the idea of the importance of discovering who we are and what we are doing here on this planet.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Apology to Plato's Socrates for his introduction to certain metaphysical themes; Metaphysics of Aristotle, for his exhaustive work in the search for the understanding of God; Montaigne's essays, for their simplicity in the moral analysis of the events of their time; Emilio de Rosseau, for his lucid analysis of the metaphysical themes in his time; And to finish a current book: A New World - the awakening of a new consciousness of Eckhart Tolle, by his call to the moment of transformation of the human conscience.
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything that is related to metaphysical subjects and that seeks to understand Man from a spiritual point of view.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Currently I have sought to promote it through social networks, especially facebook.
Describe your desk
In addition to the common objects (computer, calendars, office supplies, etc.) there is a mixture of law books and philosophy. They have three small statues: Themis, the goddess of Justice; Santiago de Compostela, the Pilgrim; And the bust of Socrates. I also have two bookends in the form of Mermaids that refer me to Homer's Odyssey.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I still prefer the physical books. When I find a digital book of interest procuto buy it in printed form.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in the city of Taubaté, in the interior of the State of São Paulo, Brazil.
There in my adolescence I had the opportunity to attend a center of spiritist studies and I began to study the Spiritism conditioned by Allan Kardec. I found many answers to my inner questions. Hence arose my interest in metaphysical subjects and later my interest in the study of Philosophy.
Published 2017-02-10.
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