Interview with Leonid Belenitsky

What is your writing process?
I work at two Acupuncture facilities: Old Bridge/Monroe (NJ) and East Brunswick (NJ). I write before my business day starts. My writing is the happiest and best part of my life! All my relatives, friends and patients know about my book project.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was in 1989 for my Yoga students in Kharkov, Ukraine.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes. It was in 1977. I read Erich Maria Remarque's book "Three comrades". It was my favorite book until I read Richard Bach's "Illusions".
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Richard Bach "Illusions"
2. Erich Maria Remarque "Three comrades"
3. Michael Ende "The Neverending Story"
4. Isaak Izimov "Universe"
5. Patanjali "Yoga Sutras"
Why do I love these books? I just LOVE them! I can't answer "why?"
What do you read for pleasure?
Indian Philosophy books. Like Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan's "Indian Philosophy".
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Lectures or Google Addwords
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in USSR, Ukraine, Kharkov. I started writing because my Yoga Students ask me for Educational Books about Yoga. I self published in Ukraine 10 small books (30-120 pages) and 500 pages book about Yoga Philosophy in 1998 (Ukraine).
What are you working on next?
This Russian Edition book already translated into English (90%). My next step is to make English Edition. Also, this book is 240 pages. I finished it in December 2015. I gave copies to some of my Yoga Students to read. They made corrections, we had many discussions and in 2016 I did many changes to this story of 1986-1988 about my Yoga School life. In August 2016 I completed new version of text with 561 pages. I need to continue to work with it and will publish the Second Edition of the book 1986-1988. Also, I am working with Part Two of the book with the same name - it should be a story of 12 books. Part Two already has 300 pages, but I am not done with the text yet.
Who are your favorite authors?
Pushkin, Andersen, Ende, Azimov, Zalizniy, Shekly, Monosov, Sidersky, Romen, Bach.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Sky. Stars. Nature. Ocean. Rain.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Web searching.
Describe your desk
Three big, long tables around me. Two big monitors. Hot coffee. No food. My hands on keyboard.
When did you first start writing?
1977-78
What's the story behind your latest book?
My true story is about Kharkov Yoga Academy and Yoga Pedagogic Institute. I still have all registration documents. Now it’s more historical. I also have a degree in Psychology from Kharkov State University - I added some Psycho story to the book.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Life.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Will see.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Yoga.
What do your fans mean to you?
About me? Its wrong if they mean to me... No "me" around. Life around. Stop meaning and start loving!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Sunshine and birds.
How do you approach cover design?
Checked my old pictures.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
iPad, PC desktop, iPhone.
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Published 2018-04-09.
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Books by This Author

Йога Обратной Спирали. Часть 2: октябрь-декабрь 1988. Леонид Беленицкий
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,280. Language: Russian. Published: August 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Biographical, Fiction » Adventure » General
Это Вторая книга проекта из 12 книг "Йога обратной спирали". Описывают личный мистический опыт автора при прохождении Пути. Во второй книге инструктор йоги Матхара проходит несколько Чакральных Инициаций, попадает с Мир индусского бога смерти Ямы, получает наставления от своих Предков.
Йога Обратной Спирали. Часть Первая: с 1986 по октябрь 1988
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 48,920. Language: Russian. Published: August 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
Книга "Йога обратной спирали: апрель 1986 - сентябрь 1988 годов" - это первая часть проекта по самосовершенствованию личности. Проект предполагет публикацию 12 книг. Матхара учится видеть энергии, путешествует в Астральном Мире, преподает в Школе Йоги. У Матхары появляется Ангел-Хранитель, который использует Матхару для реализации Пректа на планете Земля. Чакры, Кундалини, Сутры, Йога здесь.