Interview with Roger Ellerton

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Eastern Ontario Canada, the only child of alcoholic parents. Although I know of many people who endured much worse than I, my experiences did affect my thoughts and what I chose to do or not do. As a result, I have some understanding of the issues people are wrestling with and that hold them back from achieving what they truly desire. My writing often reflects issues that I have addressed and hopefully helps others on a similar path gain insight and guidance on what they can do to "step out of the shackles of the past" and live the lives they choose.
What do you do for a living?
I am an author, public speaker, coach and trainer in personal growth and development.
Please provide some background on your journey to where you are today.
In my youth, I never thought being an author was possible. In high school, I dreaded any assignment that involved writing. I barely passed high school English and was fortunate to gain admission to university.
At 27, I earned a PhD in statistics from Virginia Tech -- a friend of mine once said that the only reason I got a PhD in statistics is because I don’t have the charisma to be an accountant ;-) -- eventually becoming a tenured professor in statistics at the University of New Brunswick. But something was missing, so I gave up this security to become a certified management consultant (CMC) and from there an executive with the Canadian federal government. Although I was successful, collecting six professional designations along the way, and have four tremendous children, something was still missing. I only felt good about myself if my office was bigger than yours or I had more professional qualifications than you. I judged people harshly, saving the most critical and damning criticism for myself.
Eventually, I left the linear, logical, analytical world of mathematics and computers and went on a journey of personal discovery. I learned to love who I am and what I do regardless of what others may think. So now I simply “enjoy the magnificence of my imperfections.”
Tell us about your first book.
My first book, "Live Your Dreams Let Your Reality Catch Up: NLP and Common Sense for Coaches, Managers and You", is based on neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) -- a personal growth methodology that had a great impact on changing how I see myself and the world around me. It was almost three years from the time I wrote the first word until the book was finally published in 2006. This book serves as an introduction to NLP and includes many of the questions that I asked myself on my personal journey as well as some of my personal discoveries. A second edition of this book was published in 2013.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy is knowing that in some way my writing has helped others to move forward in their lives. For example, a British reader offered the following review of my first book on Amazon.co.uk: "This book is easy to read and assimilate into daily life. It helped me to understand others and communicate more effectively. I read it at a time when I was suffering from depression and I found some very useful techniques to change my way of thinking. I now have a far better life, a new husband and I run my own business and have a successful career, I would recommend this book to anyone trying to improve themselves and their life."
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am fortunate to live in a rural area -- an island (22 kms long and 2kms wide, part of the 1000 islands) in the St. Lawrence River. I get to experience the beauty and magnificence of nature on a daily basis. I enjoy being near the water, working in my garden or fixing things up around the house. I speak or see my four children on a regular basis and now have two grandchildren whom I look forward to getting to know better as they grow up.
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy just about anything that is nonfiction. I find the internet absolutely fascinating. One day I may be exploring how to better promote my books. Another day, I may be searching for information on some historical figure. And I am always on the lookout for new ways to enhance my own personal growth and then to share this new knowledge with others.
Published 2013-08-30.
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Books by This Author

Self-Publishing Your Book: A Guide for First-Time and DIY Authors
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,980. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books
I am the author of 8 books -- 3 paperbacks and 8 ebooks. Overall I have been successful in getting my books published and sold. However, I did make mistakes and learned some valuable lessons along the way. This book is far from a complete resource on how to write, publish and market your books. The purpose of my book is to share with you my insights and experiences in publishing my books.
NLP and Personal Growth Thoughts: A Series of Articles by Roger Ellerton PhD, CMC Volume 2
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,880. Language: American English. Published: June 28, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation and inspiration, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
This ebook is a diverse collection of 15 NLP and personal growth articles. Some articles will educate you on basic NLP concepts, while others will challenge your current way of thinking and how you view the world around you. If you take time to read all of the articles and fully consider what is said, rather than quickly skimming them, your thoughts about yourself and what is possible will change.
NLP and Personal Growth Thoughts: A Series of Articles by Roger Ellerton PhD, CMC Volume 1
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,230. Language: American English. Published: June 28, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
This ebook is a diverse collection of 15 NLP and personal growth articles. Some articles will educate you on basic NLP concepts, while others will challenge your current way of thinking and how you view the world around you. If you take time to read all of the articles and fully consider what is said, rather than quickly skimming them, your thoughts about yourself and what is possible will change.
Win-Win Influence: How to Enhance Your Personal and Business Relationships (with NLP)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,160. Language: American English. Published: October 5, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Sales & selling / management, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
Whether you are a parent, son/daughter, friend, employee, manager or salesperson, you are constantly influencing others to accept you, your ideas, products or services. Those who masterfully present themselves and their ideas in a win-win manner, get ahead. Those who do not, may reap short-term gains and eventually fail in their objective. Make a difference in how you interact with others.
Live Your Dreams Let Reality Catch Up: NLP and Common Sense for Coaches, Managers and You (Second Edition)
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 78,630. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
This book does not pretend to know what is best for you, nor will it tell you how to live your life. It is a Toolkit for Transformation - the Life Manual you didn’t get when you were born! It’s all about recognizing you have choice, you are always choosing. You have the choice of continuing to do what you have always done and get the same results, or you can choose to do something different.
Parents' Handbook: NLP and Common Sense Guide for Family Well-Being
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 75,310. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Nonfiction » Parenting » Reference
Parenting is not an idea, concept or belief. It's a process and therefore is neither static nor fixed in time that results in something special being created. The Parents' Handbook provides you with tools, techniques, insights and approaches to improve the way you communicate, to be available emotionally and physically and to successfully fulfill the different roles expected of you as a parent.
Live Your Dreams Let Reality Catch Up: 5 Step Action Plan
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,360. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation and inspiration, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Confidence and self-esteem
Far too many of us dream our dreams, yet for one reason or another fail to take concerted effort to bring them to life. This book is for those who are looking for more in life. It provides clear instructions for eliciting and formulating your desired outcomes, together with a proven process to attain them. Coaches will find this book provides a practical outline for a series of coaching sessions.
NLP Techniques Anyone Can Use
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,780. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation and inspiration, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
NLP is a powerful personal change/communication model, based on solid theoretical footings - psychology, physiology, systems theory and communication. Ten typical NLP processes are described that anyone - managers, parents, coaches, etc. - can use to help themselves or others to be more resourceful, be more aware of their actions on others or to undertake interesting and challenging opportunities.