Interview with Stephen Simac

What do you read for pleasure?
I read many types of books for pleasure, escape, relaxation, information and entertainment, and have dozens of favorite authors, but genres that I enjoy are historical fiction, crime fiction set in Florida, and those that feature certain geographic areas I've traveled or lived in. I like to read non-fiction on health and wellness, economic trends and sustainable solutions for transportation, housing, and society.
Describe your desk
My desk is in a corner of our living/dining/ sleeping room, with an apple IMac on it. It's my corner when I'm writing. Hate to be interrupted, since I only write for short stretches.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing short fiction since I was around eight. Wrote some short fantasy fiction to read to my younger brother and sister about trolls, goblins, prince and princess stuff. Declared then that I would be a writer when I grew up. I wrote for our high school paper and majored in journalism for two years in college writing a weekly column called The Health Habit, for one semester, but graduated with broader American Studies major based on history, literature, cultural and economic studies. Probably not the best career major. I reported for a Marin County California monthly newspaper for twenty years on health, environmental and political issues mostly. Didn't pay. As Chris Farley put it, So you want to be a writer, do you? Then get used to living in a van down by the river. Not a bad place to live, but have always tried to keep a day job, while writing as frequently as possible.
What's the story behind your latest book?
This book began as an expansion of an article I wrote for the Coastal Post in 2007 in response to Massachusetts enacting an early version of Obamacare. I advocated for a more affordable health care system that reimbursed for prevention and alternative health care, paid for with medical expense fees. Chapters and the book itself have been written, edited, expanded and revised many times. A version with a longer title was published last year on Smashwords before Obamacare took effect, so this completely revised book introduces strategies for using the flaws in the ACA to transform it into Universal Health Care.
What are you working on next?
I don't like to talk about works in progress, because it usually means they're not really in progress.
Published 2014-02-26.
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Books by This Author

Mandatory Vaccination = Totalitarian Inoculation
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 31,580. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Diseases / immune system
Evidence based analysis of vaccine dangers vs benefits. Concise rebuttals to official arguments for mandatory vaccination laws. Distillation of massive information available in literature and online for readers who support Freedom of Choice in Health Care and parents wanting to learn more about the risks vs benefits to their child from vaccines.
Lose Weight, Save Money and Really Reduce Greenhouse Gases
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,470. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » General self-help
Provides radical solutions for Systemic Shifts to the largest emitters of Green House Gases that will massively reduce their carbon footprint. These changes to Militarism, Electricity Generation, Building, Transportation, Health Care, Agriculture and Economic Inequality will Really Reduce Green House Gases while helping Americans Lose Weight and Save Money.
Cancer Cathedral: Prevention is the Cure
You set the price! Words: 34,440. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Cancer, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Reference
A manifesto for prevention over futile searches for Cures. Conventional Cancer treatments are painful, debilitating and prohibitively costly, while evidence for their prolonging life is biased and disputed. Prevention through diet and lifestyle is proven and affordable. A guide to healthy habits that prevent cancer and other common diseases.
Save Trillions with Universal Health Care: Lose Weight, Save Money and Feel Better with Ultimate Wellness
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 103,680. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Healthcare issues, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Healthy aging
Proposing health care that prioritizes public health and effective prevention, allows freedom of choice for patients and pays for it by charging fees on toxic products and hazardous practices. Informing readers about evidence based health habits to prevent the major lifestyle epidemics of America.
New Years Resolution: Solve Americas Biggest Problem, End up Bitter and Cynical
You set the price! Words: 11,460. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel, Essay » Political
An amusing rant by a visionary idealist with one crackpot idea after another. He sets off on a manic trip to Washington D.C. to solve the big problems. He's all about saving the planet, changing the world and transforming America into a healthier, cheaper and friendlier place. He lays out his grandiose ideas about affordable health care, housing and transportation as he follows his bliss.