Interview with Dr. Phillip Clingan

What are you working on next?
A continuation of teaching children to develop and accept their emotions by focusing on laughter. The story is about a dog named Dough who loves laughter but not in the beginning. Doug learns to laugh and embrace the positive attributes of this specific emotion. Particularly how making a change from negative behaviors to positive helps him understand how productive he has become to his friends, family, and self.
Who are your favorite authors?
J.K. Rowling
J. R. Ward
Theodor Seuss Geisel
Homer
Deborah Diesen
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Interaction with my students. I learn from them every day and I hope they receive the same from me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, researching, and riding my Indian motorcycle.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I look specifically for publisher or companies where I can find ebooks. Amazon, Kindle, and Smashwords are just a few wonderful publishers where I can find ebooks.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I began with poetry while sitting in Saudi Arabia. I served 21 years in the Army and I was deployed to Iraq for war but was stagged in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait before crossing into Iraq. I would sit in the desert enjoy the beauty of the desert and all it possed. I wrote a poem called "Time." A poem about dreams, wishes, and mistakes in a person's life, and how every grain of sand reveals one bit of time of a person's life.
What is your writing process?
A journey of inner self. Words are a pathway to vent or release ideas during the creative process. Even the writer is uncertain of how the words will be revealed as words are typed or written to paper. The discovery process should never be hindered or restricted. Just let the words flow and enjoy the intimate moment that is the journey of writing. The brain is a beautiful and complicated organ. Thank goodness for the editing process.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. I grew up in Oklahoma and didn't have a lot of toys but my mother provided the best she could and I was a happy child. I knew I didn't have much but I was happy with what I did have. My teacher and I don't remember any of my elementary school teachers names, wish I did. I wanted to read a story about the Irish girl from Williamsburg, Brooklyn whose life is totally different from mine and perhaps we have more in common that I think. After all, how could a girl from one of the largest cities in the world have in common with a boy from the country? Great book...thank you, Betty, for writing such a wonderful story that now at the age of 50 still touches my heart.
How do you approach cover design?
I need children to see a happy face and say "I want that one." That turtle is smiling at me.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Clockwork Vampire Chronicles
Lord of the Flies
The Grapes of Wrath
Shōgun
What do you read for pleasure?
My top five favorites over and over. I adventure to classics as there are so many I have not read that made an imprint on this great country. I keep rotating my interest to keep stimulated. A few books might about vampire chronicles, then switch 180 degrees to "The Old Man and the Sea," to a Dr. Suess book, then Homer. I find that my brain appreciates the diversity of fiction when I embrace the beautiful work of other writers and not stay to just one pathway of fiction.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My apple ipad is awesome.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am still trying to figure that approach...
Describe your desk
Black, tiffany lamp, a bamboo plant named "Bamboo Bob", apple computer, label maker, a blue globe of the earth (paperweight) any everything neat and orderly from left to right.
Published 2017-11-04.
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Books by This Author

A Quantitative Study Of The Visible Link Between Discourse Language And Juror Bias
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 50,360. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Emotions
This study used a quantitative descriptive comparative design in one geographic location in Washington State Superior Court to analyze juror biases which are problematic in the judicial process.
Dash The Turtle Lives in The Grass
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 620. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship
Dash the green turtle is happy and positive all the time. He helps his friends be happy and not angry or mad, not even grumpy, pouty or even sad. By talking with friends and family Dash and friends learn an important lesson about emotions.