Interview with Michael W Cerkas

What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, entitled, "Not In Vein", tells the story about a man (me) who has learned to look beyond what is visible, to see the invisible, true nature of life in all its grandeur, context and meaning. To not only recognize his spirit/soul, but to deliberately celebrate his life by sharing his beliefs with others in an easy-to-relate fashion via everyday life experiences, not dwelling on religious mumbo-jumbo but rather telling his story using an effectual and sensory approach. Every life has meaning and significance, every human being serves a greater purpose and is unique in the mosaic of consciousness.

Let me share that vision with you.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy as an author is to effectively communicate and share my ideas and goals in vivid clarity with others, while inspiring each person to adopt and advocate a positive outlook on life and come to the realization that they are uniquely special spirits which have equally unique and special abilities to impact the world around them.
Who are your favorite authors?
- Dan Brown (DaVinci Code, Angels and Demons, The Lost Symbol, Inferno).
- Michael J Fox (Always Looking Up, Lucky Man, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future)
- William Bridges (Managing Transitions)
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Under the Assumption that every second of every minute of every hour of every day has special meaning and opportunity, I enthusiastically awaken each day with the objective of finding that avenue where I can not only positively impact others, but likewise, am enabled to learn more about life and myself from others. My Life is "Not In Vein"!
What is your writing process?
It all begins with an awareness of some event, scenario or circumstance of my life or in the world where I recognize a connection, a common path or a cause/effect relationship. Once identified, I ask questions about how I fit in, what is the lesson to be learned and finally, how can I effectively share that knowledge and insight in a positive way with others.
How do you approach cover design?
I am a huge advocate of the blending of various media forms (imagery, video, audio, story-telling) to create a composite "message" with and to others. Once focused on the objective and/or theme, I research alternative means to express and communicate the message in the most effective method possible.
Describe your desk
An organized, but chaotic-appearing mass of papers, notes, books, pictures, lists, and most importantly, my coffee mug!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small Wisconsin town of 30,000 "perched" on the western shore of Lake Michigan, called Manitowoc. It was there where I learned to love the water, outdoors, small-town values, and recognized that every human being adds value to the mosaic of life.
When did you first start writing?
My first "short stories" began in elementary school, when I recognized that I had artistic talents via drawing and writing. Oddly, I loved English class and became enthralled with Webster's Dictionary as a source of reading pleasure... Wow!
What do your fans mean to you?
I never view people that read my writing as fans, but rather, as individuals who are aligned with my method and communication approach. I respect others too much to classify them as fans. To the person, they are my equals and sources of my learning as much as I am a source of learning and hopefully, inspiration, to them.
Published 2014-04-13.
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