Interview with Samuel Eloud

When did you first start writing?
I started writing my thoughts about my youth in Lebanon while I was serving time in a maximum security prison in Virginia. Once I was released, I began compiling more stories, including stories from my time in prison.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It is the story of my youth in Lebanon during the 1975 civil war and the 1982 Israeli invasion. My boyhood was exciting, to say the least, if not filled with danger, every day. For the Love of Beirut chronicles those youthful adventures which culminated in my move to Virginia to live with relatives and a drastic choice I made to call attention to what was happening to my homeland.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The ease and economy of publishing an ebook was something I could not pass up. Smashwords has been fantastic to work with and has gotten my book into the hands of many, including those who suffered through the wars with me and who tell me that reading the book takes them back there.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
As I said before, Smashwords has been great to work with. When I have questions, they are answered quickly. When I need to change something in the text of my book, that is handled quickly and in a professional manner. I am very pleased with publishing through Smashwords. My book cover turned out exactly as I had hoped if not better thanks to a cover designer chosen from Mark's List.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It helps me to deal with the lingering emotions from a horrible war and the accompanying PTSD. Reliving the hostage taking episode by writing it down was the best therapy I have received.
What do your fans mean to you?
Because we live in a bubble and only see what the media decides to show us, we become
limited in our understanding of what is really going on. Writing my story is an opportunity to tell my side of the story as a witness who lived through it and survived to tell about it. This is my opportunity to let others know what I saw.
What are you working on next?
Before I attempt a second book, I would like to see the reaction to this one.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorites are Henri 'Papillon" Charriers, Dean King, Rohinton Mistry, Thomas Friedman, Ken Follett, Malcolm X, and Alex Haley.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Because I work as a personal trainer, I look forward to meeting and working with my clients each day. While I am a physical personal trainer, I sometimes think they think I am their shrink.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy time at the beach scuba diving and flying unusual and large kites. I also like to work out and have won second place three times in local body-building competitions. I enjoy reading via books on tape on my way to and from work or on trips out of town. I love to talk with anyone who will listen about my book and am not shy about approaching anyone looking at books in a bookstore and handing them my For the Love of Beirut card, which has been well-received by folks.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Recommendations from friends, clients, Facebook, or by browsing the web or the local bookstore
Published 2013-08-30.
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Books by This Author

For the Love of Beirut
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 84,100. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
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This is a serious story of war told with both humor and gravity from a young boy's perspective, a perspective that matures and broadens as he comes of age. Boyhood escapades that rival Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn are part of everyday life in Lebanon along with more daring deeds and just-in-time Houdini escapes. When Sam moves to show all in America what is happening in Beirut, he pays dearly.