Interview with Khafra Om-Ra-Seti

What's the story behind your latest book?
This book represents an extraordinary journey for me, one that extends over a period of 25 years. After observing several economic boom and bust cycles and researching several more, I have reached an understanding and appreciation of the power and massive influence of these events. Even though each boom and bust cycle is fundamentally different, there are similar themes, factors and cyclical patterns that repeat themselves throughout the bull and bear markets. As one period ends, another slowly begins the transition period towards the next cycle in a never-ending economic drama of human, technological, financial and natural resources developments. The central core of these cycles is the hopes, greed, desires, fears, and dreams of societies and their governments.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
From the very start of my writing career, I was an Indie author. I never really tried to submit manuscripts to any major publishing house. And I began this journey back in the late 1980s when we the struggle to be an independent author or publisher was a lot more intense. I'm absolutely amazed at the distribution, marketing and publishing opportunities that are available today. The field is certainly a lot more crowded, however it is also a lot more exciting with so many great opportunities.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords provides a global publishing and marketing platform that continues to grow and expand. I'm particularly excited about the relationship that this company has with Apple, and this has been major source of expansion for my publishing company.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think writing allows me to express myself in a way that is very similar to an artist that sings or plays an instrument. The ability to articulate human and global developments, events, the meaning of life or the voice of history, adds to my personal development and helps me to understand what is happening in reality. In the process, I get the opportunity to share these valuable thoughts and ideas with the rest of the world, and I have the joy of knowing that what I write and publish during my lifetime can live far beyond my earthy existence.
What do your fans mean to you?
The best analogy that comes to mind are the fans of a recording artist (or star) in the music business. There is a deep connection between the star and his or her fan base, and this extends beyond the death of the star. The music created by the artist creates an emotional bond and a stream of reality that speaks and brings joy to the fan base. I would like to SEE my writing benefit my fans in a thousand ways and bring clarity to a particular subject matter. If someone is motivated to move strongly in a positive direction or awakened to areas of their life that they were unaware of, then that is something to be fully appreciated by the author. We are all fans of something or someone, thus we are sharing our mental insights, visions and creativity with each other.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that it's a new day and an opportunity for me to continue my journey in this life. The older I get (I'm a baby boomer) the more I appreciate the little things in life. I'm grateful for the life I have and try hard to live that attitude each and everyday of my life.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly through research or I'm trying to gather more insight on a subject matter. Sometimes it's a referral or a strong recommendation from a trusted source.
What is your writing process?
I like to spend sufficient time (and that varies) reading about the subject, topic or focus of my next project. After that period, I start to take notes and gather anything that will help me to pull together the bits and pieces of my storyline or nonfiction outline. Once I have an outline it is then time to do what I call "Flow writing". I just let the ideas and thoughts flow without any concern at all about punctuation, grammar or any of the mechanics. It is at this point that I'm looking to establish something that resembles a "body" of thinking. Once I have that, then it's time for the mechanics, and after the mechanics, time to polish. The polishing should happen at least two to three times before a final version is born!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first story but one story that has lingered in my consciousness for many years is "Siddhartha" by Hermann Hesse. This small book left an indelible impression me, with its simplicity, philosophy and stages of human development. The writing style in this novel captured my attention and something that has stayed with me for over two decades.
How do you approach cover design?
The central theme of the book generally leads me to the forest of cover design possibilities. Then it's time to look at photos, other cover designs on the topic and various types of images that will help to bring out the message of the book. I will generally toy around with several designs during the life of the writing before I settle on a final version.
Describe your desk
My writing office/lab is organized but cluttered. I don't mind a little disorganization, especially when I'm constantly collecting information for my writing projects. However, if it gets too cluttered, then it's time to get rid of some things. Research is vital to many of the projects I work on, so it's important to allow for the piles of newspapers, magazines, books, etc. to accumulate over time.
When did you first start writing?
The first time I seriously started writing was for a small local community newspaper I owned in the mid-1980s. I wrote articles and was the editor and publisher of this publication. After the "Crash of 1987," the same year I received my MBA degree, I began the process of becoming a serious writer of books. It was that fatal crash in the stock markets that ignited my urge to write about global economic and financial issues. I was amazed that I had gone through a MBA program and didn't know that we had been in a boom period from 1982 to 1987. This was a shock to my system and drove me to dig deeper into what was really going on in the world of finance and economics. I was not prepared for 1987, and that fact created a turning point in my life and started me on the path to becoming a writer.
Published 2013-08-24.
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Books by This Author

Global Economic Meltdown: Long-Wave Economic Cycles: Myth or Reality
Price: Free! Words: 4,080. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Economic conditions, Essay » Business
This "Special Report" clarifies some of the issues of an impending world economic collapse and the emergence of the vast implementation phase of the Information Age Revolution. Long-Wave Economic Cycles helps us to understand the great transformation that our world will undergo during the 21st Century.
Global Economic Boom and Bust Cycles: The Great Depression and Recovery of the 21st Century
Price: $8.97 USD. Words: 202,350. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2012 by Khafra Om-Ra-Seti. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Economic conditions, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Money & monetary policy
The global economy is on the brink of a major meltdown. We are living in a time of a major turning point in world history that will witness the Grand Convergence of enormous economic forces destined to bring about the emergence of a new era. Global Economic Boom and Bust Cycles examines this phenomenon in great detail as we rapidly approach this Day of Reckoning.
Black Futurists In The Information Age: Vision of a 21st Century Technological Renaissance
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,080. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Ethnic studies
Authors Timothy Jenkins and Khafra K Om-Ra-Seti are suggesting that many of our problems and solutions can be found in the current Information Age Revolution. As Black Futurists, they are seeking to raise our consciousness to the accelerating historic transformations that are taking place during the 1990s...the authors are issuing a call for a sci-tech revolution in the Black world: KyberGenesis.