Interview with George Byron Crocker

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I do prefer to have a physical book in my hand, feel and smell the paper. But I do use kindle for travel on planes and trains. I alwayshave trhe book with me and do not forget the book and leave it behind as I do on occasion with the printed copy.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have been using Facebook and asking my friends to share my posts and also using my own email list, plus I wrote a marketing folder to drop of to local book stores with a letter included to the manager asking for a meeting to discuss my book. I have also purchased advertising in the Ingramsparks monthly bulletin.
Describe your desk
My desk has paper on it but organized. I know what is there and where it is. A colleague commented to me once "a cluttered desk means a cluttered mind'. To which I answered, "I saw your desk it is empty, so what does that mean, the person just left my work area and never said a word about my desk again".
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Creston South. The town later amalgamated into Marystown along with other small nearby towns, now referred to as Marystown, Newfoundland Canada, born to a poor family. I had 7 sisters and four brothers.. my mother was very abusive. My idea for writing my book came after a massive stroke and brain surgery, I felt a need to write my story.
When did you first start writing?
i stared writing about November 2015.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I believe that everyone has a story to tell …. This is my inspirational story. The idea for this book was born during my darkest day of recovery from a massive stroke and subsequent brain surgery. I have read many books during my life and often thought, I would like to become an author one day. That day has arrived and it is really great to actually arrive at this point in my life. To write and become author of an inspirational book. I found my story during recovery from my brain injury, not an easy feat. During my early recovery I became obsessed with the need to write. I had to write the book inside my head. I have now accomplished the goal I set early in my recovery. Everything happens for a reason. Early on I realized our brains...all we are. This fragile, impossibly complex organ is all of “who we are. Our brain is a central computer that controls everything we are.
Included in this story is some family stories of members threading their own needles such as my grandmother living through terrible child abuse, death of a young husband from TB, raising four kids alone with little money and surviving a tsunami and never giving up. I have written this book with the intent to inspire you, warm your heart, make you cry, make you smile and yes sometimes even laugh out loud. Included is a story about survival and recovery of a life threating health crisis and coming out on the other side despite the odds.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
This is the story of the author, George Crocker, who was born in Creston South, Newfoundland, Canada. George currently resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he has lived for the past 25 years. He is a brain injury survivor, from a massive stroke and brain surgery on March 27th, 2015. The inspiration to begin writing this book occurred during the darkest days of his early recovery. George currently is the Survivor Representative on the Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia (BIANS) Board. As of the fall of 2017, George is still in recovery (a lifelong process) and doing well. With a brain injury, limited computer and typing skills, he succeeded in his writing contained inside these pages. His writing contains insights into the human spirit and explains the true grit needed in pulling through life’s perpetual struggles. With brain injury there are days that are steps forward, others where there are steps backwards and plenty of frustration in life’s new “normal”. George has learned that life is often like threading a needle; frustrating, maddening, but with persistence, tenacity and “figuring it out on your own”, goals can be accomplished. At the end of the day, George like so many brain injury survivors, has the courage to say “Yes, I will try again tomorrow”. That takes real courage!
What do your fans mean to you?
My Fan are everything they cheer me on,encourage and support me
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My fiance', my two adult children and my four year old granddaughter who always makes me smile. The need to step forward in my brain injury recovery process and the knowing I need to exercise my body and my brain today so it is time to get started. The courage to try life again today and the knowledge this day could be be a better day then yesterday.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
resting, hanging out with my fiance;', my children, visit the local gym three times a week, go to church, attend a church mens group meeting once a week and occasionally prepare and give a talk there, go to live theater, movies occasionally, go out to eat, prepar meals at home, watch TV, spend some time writing my second book.
Published 2018-01-04.
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