Interview with Buddy Wagner

What do your fans mean to you?
I am always humbled when someone wants to read one of my books. I always hope that my books are helpful to those who read them. Writing is enjoyable to me and it is even more enjoyable if the reader is being helped by reading what I have written. Thanks to all who read my works. I am deeply indebted to you and honored that you have chosen my books.
What are you working on next?
I have recently completed the process of updating my book, "Brief and Unusual Therapies" to make it a text book for graduate classes in Brief Therapy. I have now completed text books for all three of the classes I teach. One of my main reasons for writing is to provide inexpensive text books for students. Text books are so expensive with most of them costing $100 or more. This is ridiculous and inexcusable. There is no reason for them to be so expensive. My books are under $5 a piece, so students are not burdened with high prices. I do not presently have another writing project in mind.
What are you working on next?
I have recently completed the process of updating my book, "Brief and Unusual Therapies" to make it a text book for graduate classes in Brief Therapy. I have now completed text books for all three of the classes I teach. One of my main reasons for writing is to provide inexpensive text books for students. Text books are so expensive with most of them costing $100 or more. This is ridiculous and inexcusable. There is no reason for them to be so expensive. My books are under $5 a piece, so students are not burdened with high prices. I do not presently have another writing project in mind.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite novelist is John Grisham. My favorite religious writer is Will Campbell. My favorite writers in my field are Ernest Rossi, Robert Dilts, and Irvin Yalom.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life! I enjoy a cup of coffee and the newspaper. Then I run 3.5 miles. After breakfast I go to the gymn to work out with weights. I return home and work the crossword puzzle. After my shower, I am ready for the day! My family, friends, church and faith in God all play important roles in my wanting to get out of bed every day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
In addition to the things I mentioned in the previous answer, I enjoy teaching graduate classes at Mississippi College, seeing a few clients and traveling. Most of all, I enjoy time with my wife, children and grandchildren.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I find most of them by reading about them in the paper or seeing interviews with the authors on tv. I also receive recommendations from friends.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No. The earliest piece I remember writing was an autobiography in the eighth grade for an assignment in English class.
What is your writing process?
I spend months going over the topic in my head, deciding what I want to include and the order of chapters. Because my books are text-like books, I then begin to research the topic and I write as I research. After I complete a chapter, I read it several times, making changes until I get it the way I want it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first biography I read that impacted me was "Bill Wallace of China", the story of a Christian missionary. The first novel I read that impressed me was "The Good Earth" by Pearl Buck.
Published 2014-03-16.
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Books by This Author

Using Bible Passages As Trance Metaphors
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 21,710. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Psychotherapy / counseling
This book suggests ways to use passages from the Bible as metaphors to assist clients in overcoming various issues. Topics are arranged alphabetically and are in bold print. Scripture references are in parentheses. Prior to each metaphor, there is a brief comment on how the metaphor might be used. This book is intended to be more of a reference book than a book to be read and then discarded.
Facilitating Therapy Groups
Series: Therapy Books, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 18,640. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Psychotherapy / Group
This book is an introductory text in being an effective group leader. It is designed primarily for students in graduate counseling programs and therapists who are new to facilitating therapy groups. It covers the various subjects that are important for the therapist to learn the basics of group counseling. It is clear and concise. It is not designed to be comprehensive.
The Basics of Therapeutic Hypnosis
Series: Therapy Books, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 13,380. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Hypnotism
This book is designed for classes to teach hypnosis and for therapists who want to learn about hypnosis. It includes discussions of all the essential elements of therapeutic hypnosis, exercises to practice these skills and examples to illustrate. The final chapter of the book discusses the treatment of chronic pain and phobias/panic attacks.
Searching For Values: A Grandfather's Way
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 24,090. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
A composite of stories and essays discussing various values; some are religious in nature. Written to my grandchildren to encourage them to consider these values. Could be used as discussion starters for youth or adult groups. Some thoughts are purposefully controversial to stimulate thinking. Religious folks who like to think may find this book especially enjoyable.
Brief and Unusual Therapies
Series: Therapy Books, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 30,510. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Psychotherapy / counseling
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Designed for students in counseling programs and for therapists who want to improve their skills in brief counseling. Each chapter discusses a relevant point of brief therapy and gives a counseling example to illustrate the point. The chapters also provide questions for the reader to answer and an exercise to practice a particular skill.