Interview with Paul Lloyd Hemphill

What is your writing process?
I do research first, jot down lots of notes on a specific subject, and then I look for two other sources to verify what my research has revealed. If I cannot find 3 sources that say the same thing, I'm likely to ignore the point that was made by the two other sources. But, because there's an exception to every rule, I may chance it if it "looks" credible.
What's the main point of your book?
You can discover why you're a leader already, learn what it takes to be successful every day, and know why character is the basis of all success.
What are you working on next?
Getting more parent "evangelists" for my book. Plus, I've already written another book, but I'm agonizing over the title for the book. It has to do with college admissions and financial aid, information that is not included in my other books.
Who are your favorite authors?
Joseph Ellis, professor of history at Mount Holyoke College. Abraham Lincoln, deceased president of the United States, and yours truly (I had to say this!).
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My wife telling me that she needs more money to shop! Okay, here's my real answer: I love working with teenagers who keep me young, and I enjoy inspiring them to excel at what they know and do.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
On 3-5-mile walks with my wife, watching the news channels and having fun with my granddaughter.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I subscribe to GreatReads
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
How do you approach cover design?
I look for fabulous photos and try to create a design that really catches the eye. An exciting cover design communicates exciting content.
A drab design signals drab content.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Aristotle's Physics. It taught me to abbreviate my thoughts and words.

Soren Kierkegaard's Sickness Unto Death for accepting the Divine as a "leap of faith"

Lincoln's Writings: His verbiage at times is symphonic.

Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant What I learned is in the title.

Gettysburg Lessons. The book teaches me life-lessons that I cannot get from reading a history book of "stats and facts."
What do you read for pleasure?
Joseph Ellis's books on the American Revolution and Abraham Lincoln's writings.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My desktop
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
None, but that does not suggest that none are effective. I need to find a source that can help me.
Describe your desk
My opinion = It's just ducky!

My wife's opinion = disaster
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Caribou, Maine. Absolutely no influence at all.
When did you first start writing?
In 1967 when I wrote my first book as a thesis requirement for undergraduate school. It was an exciting experience and the response from faculty members was humongous for the ego! Then in 1985 when I complained to an airline about my lost luggage: the airline was so impressed with the way I expressed my frustration that they suggested I should be a writer. True story!
What's the story behind your latest book?
Parents need to "wise up" about how they are going to pay for college and how they are to be selected. Frustration is my sense when I think of all the dumb mistakes parents will make while planning for college - the same dumb mistakes I made before my kids went off to college.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The intransigence of standard publishers
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It hasn't yet. Only recently have they received the book.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Listening to what people have to say about my writing and the facts I present. Like everyone else, I need an ego massage!
Why did you write this book?
Out of pure frustration. Typical books on college planning appear to be written by the same person, dispensing the same advice and the same blah, blah, blah. I'm a counter-thinker where I like to go against the grain and take NOTHING for granted. Readers often express surprise at how "refreshing" my perspective is. I use humor to make some points, but I never let humor get in the way of communicating my point.
How long did it take you to research and write this book?
A year to research it and a month to write it.
What's a good example of writing "counter" to what parents typically read about college planning?
Well, for example, I tell the reader how to make their kids pay their own expenses at colleges and save $10,000 over a 4-year period. It never dawns on a parent that there are common-sense means to keep costs down in very simple ways.
Published 2017-10-24.
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Books by This Author

Inspiration For Teens
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,350. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » History, Nonfiction » General reference
Fast-paced story-telling inspires self-discovery, character development, and personal success with over 200 life-lessons and 88 stories from a Civil War battle. Teenagers will love the brevity of the stories, the lessons they can learn from each story, and how they can use each lesson to benefit them every day of their lives. Definietly a daily companion for personal awareness and motivation.
Why You're Already A Leader
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 63,350. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation & inspiration
History just got personal: This self-help book uses a historical event, which reveals over 200 life lessons, to inspire the recognition of your leadership ability, the development of your character, and the creation of your success.
Planning For College
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,940. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Getting into college, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Study guides -- Financial Aid
Fast-reading proven tips for parents, such as how to cut $42K in expected college costs, how parents can pay NOTHING for college, or how to make your kids pay their own college expenses. Nothing but common-sense steps to saving families lots of money without taking loans. Or, he tells students why they ought to have a business card and why they should avoid most extracurricular activities.