Interview with Reginald Grant

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I usually use my iPad mini when I travel for reading especially on long trips by air.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have build a pretty strong brand and direct emails with social media have proven effective for me. I also attend events, do speaking engagements and book signings to promote my books.
When did you first start writing?
I dabbled in writing in college, but stopped once I entered the business world. In college, I was an avid reader and wrote volumes of poetry. Once I entered the business sector those creative juices seemed to dry up. I rekindled my passion for expressing myself when I went back to college in my 50's to obtain my Masters in Education. Being required to write all of those papers for my Masters forced me to start putting my thoughts down on paper. I loved it, and the passion for expressing my perspective and thoughts blossomed.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I am new to Smashmouth , but it is a proven platform to help share new ideas and novels.
What are you working on next?
I was an athlete as a child and young man. I was a three-sport athlete in high school (football, basketball, and track) and attended the University of Oregon on a football scholarship. I played briefly in the NFL and CFL after being drafted by the New York Jets. I developed a number of close relationships with professional football players over the years. I started learning about the AFL and the boycott of the All-Star Game by the Black players in 1965. I learned straight from the horse's mouth, from both players and coaches that were there. So, I am working on "The Stand - The 1965 AFL Boycott"
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I actually do a lot of reading and I love to golf, but I don't golf enough, yet.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Seattle, Washington and then attended college at the University of Oregon. My parents moved my siblings and me from Atlanta, Georgis when I was six years old, so I had a very different perspective than many of my peers growing up. I draw on my experiences and foundation a great deal when I write. I grew up in a two-parent household and a large percentage of the students I have taught since 2002 come from single family homes.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was a businessman prior to becoming an educator, my specialization was marketing and sales. So, I was comfortable diving right in and learning everything I could about the book publishing industry. I also loved the amount of control over my finished product and I did not have to wait for someone else to validate my work. I believe that "IP" intellectual property is the most valuable commodity on the planet, especially in this technology and information driven world we live in. Indie publishing gives me the opportunity to express my ideas and share my perspective with the world.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything, without the fans to share ideas and information with I, would not be on this quest. I believe that knowledge has no value unless you share it with others. I love the feedback from my fans and the intellectual discussions about the world.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My passion for my family and the opportunity to touch someone's life in a positive way.
Published 2017-03-03.
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Books by This Author

“Thoughts of an Urban Teacher... What do you do when students’ say “ I Think I Am Worthless”, “Shut the Fu.. Up”, “I Am Afraid of Donald Trump”, I Didn’t Eat Last Night”, “ Bald Headed Mother” and “I Want to Be
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 18,000. Language: American English. Published: March 3, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » Activism, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Educational policy & reform / charter schools
Reginald Grant writes a powerful realization of the why and how of the Urban teacher. His mastery and lifetime dedication to inner city education identifies the social impact and struggle the urban teacher faces. In a world where the unfair distribution of academic resources plaguing young learners and traps both teacher and student as victims of a post-modern Jim Crow. Mark Campbell, Brindell In.