Interview with Barry H. Oberholzer, Jr

What do you read for pleasure?
To relax and get a new perspective in my day I like to read trough spiritual motivation books like You Can, You Willl by Joel Osteen or Who Says you Cant, You do by Daniel Chidiac
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I like to read a broad spectrum of books. It's partly because I just love books and always looking for new ideas — but partly because most great people always have had a book that they found to be super-useful and like sharing with others. You can catch me reading anything from Tom Clancy to Joel Osteen and Brian Houston or any motivational entrepeneurship book by Richard Branson or Robert Kiyoski
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I'm an Apple man so I use my iPad with iBooks and the Kindle app.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I prefer using social media. It gives you the opportunity to target your audience more specifically and a range of marketing apps allow you to broaden your reach
Describe your desk
Books, iPad, iPhone, Pens, Writing pad and of course some bills.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Born in Houston, Texas as son of a diplomat we moved to South Africa. I think the education I got from the schools I attended assisted me in developing my writing skills. However I never really knew I had a writing talent until I started blogging a few years ago.
When did you first start writing?
I started blogging after some personal developments in my life and prior to my first Ironman competition in 2013.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The book is a memoir of my work as a confidential informant for intelligence agencies. After being arrested and detained in squalid conditions I found salvation in God and dedicated my life to Him. The book recounts all of these life changing events
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I think after my first few blog entries I got some good responses from family and friends who motivated me that I must write a book someday, especially those who knew I was working for intelligence agencies. After going through some ups and downs I think the best way to illustrate myself and tell my story is through writing. It has some sort of soothing feeling to recount these stories
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Still in the beginning stages of using the platform but it is super easy to use, has a massive marketing reach on different platforms and I had nothing but good reviews from other best seller authors.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy for me is that I will be able to leave some sort of legacy to my two daughters when they are old enough to read to see what I had gone through in life and to be a inspiration to them and others. To reach so many people worldwide by using writing as a platform and even perhaps changing their lives by your words is something that puts a smile on my face
Published 2015-09-23.
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