Interview with Albert Bridgewater

What do you read for pleasure?
Reading is my way of exercising my brain. Any mystery. Any puzzle. Any exploration of the wonderfully different ways humans see the world. They all help me learn more about the world and myself.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I primarily use Nook, because I became hooked on the Barnes and Noble research tools for finding new books to read.
Describe your desk
I have no desk. Right now, I am reclined in my easy chair with a keyboard on my lap and a monitor across the room on a TV stand.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Berkeley, California - many years ago. The public libraries were my second home. I did not realize that I was learning to write. I thought that I was learning all that they had available in mathematics and science. After getting my PhD in Physics, I got jobs at the National Science Foundation that required me to write convincing justifications for public programs. I realized that I must have learned how to write, when one of my bosses asked me whether I also wrote poetry.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"Learning to Thrive..." has two meaning. One, I owe the many wonderful opportunities I have had to my early never ending quest for new knowledge. In other words, you will not be given the opportunity, if you do not have the qualification to be allowed to contribute. Two, your learning must continue even after you are given the opportunity. It might even be said that no one gets paid for what they learned in school. Over time, every job requires learning and adapting to new realities. The key to my success, in a world in which I typically was the only Black person present, was listening. In an organization, listening probably is the most important tool for learning what needs to be done to achieve the organization's objectives. My "Learning" stories typically are examples of proper listening.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I envision a world in which the roughly 500,000 Black, Hispanic, and Native American student who each year graduate from high school and enter a U.S. college or university have the benefit of the experiences of those who went before them. Hopefully, the low cost of indie publications will allow such experiences to reach this wide audience.
Published 2014-11-11.
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