Interview with Victor Angry

What's the message behind Angry leadership?
The only person that can stop you is you. I wrote this because I realized that I finally had the time and because so many of my former Soldiers and friends kept telling me to share my story. So after retiring from the Army and going on a five-year self-discovery journey (the job market), I sat and asked myself, how did I do it? Why was I successful in the Army when so many others were not? That's when I came up with my seven guiding principles. These seven things that I realized were the keys to my success once I stopped and took a trip down memory lane to discover them.
Now that your story is out in the electronic world, what are you expecting from it? What are you hoping it does?
I would love for it to cross the screen or desk of every person on the face of the Earth, and that is not for sales, it's for inspiration. If my story only touches one soul in three billion people and it changes that soul to be the best it could be despite all obstacles and adversities, then I will know it was well worth my time in writing it.
Who are your favorite authors?
As of recent, it's Michael Wolff, I really love his recent work (smile). My very dear friend, Phyllis Lawson "Quilt of Souls" others are David Brooks "The Road to Character"; Squire Rushnell "When God Winks" and Marianne Williamson "The Law of Devine Compensation". Each of these authors touch me spiritually and I love how they share their stories to better humanity. Even Mr. Wolff's story has a message.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a volunteer firefighter, that's turned into driving the fire truck, becoming a board member of the department and running the Public Education Coordinator program. I'm also a part-time fitness attendant, moonlight DJ, board member of the VA Department of Veteran Services and also a board member of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Reserve Component's Board. Aside from those small things, I wash clothes and iron my wife's outfit for work and every morning I take my daughter to school, and if I'm not at a meeting, I'm home to greet her when she gets off the bus.
What is your writing process?
Great question. I'm a dreamer and that means I have so many thoughts running through my head that I can't even keep up with them. So as I think it, I write it and I mean I write it anywhere. I don't have a set time but at some point, I realize that I have to get all of these notes into one place and so I painstakingly sit at my computer all day and capture every note, which I keep in this Hawaiian Mahagony bowl that my Soldiers gave me as a departing gift from (HRFC) that's the Hawaii Regional Flight Center. I won't leave my office until it's all in the clouds. From there I come back to it and spend a couple hours every morning making sense of it and turning it into a story. Then I give it to my editor and she becomes my wife for as long as it takes for the story to make sense to her. Shes the best (next to Mrs. Angry of course).
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
That's a tough one. It used to be fitness, oh how I loved that the last thing I would fall asleep to was thinking about how far I would run the next day, and the first thing on my mind when I wake up was "let's get it!" I wore out the cartilage in my right knee and tore my left rotator cuff about 4 years ago. I started running again a few months ago and it's been a tough road to get back to that feeling (Never tell a runner they can't run again. those who love it never listen anyway). Some would say it comes with being 50, but if I never saw my birth certificate, you would have a hard time convincing me that I was. I feel as great today as I did 25 years ago. So what gets me out of bed now is my alarm clock! Just being honest.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Larry Niven's The Integral Trees. Man, I thought I was a dreamer! What a great book if you have an imagination and let's just say that if there is such a place, I will be first in line to get there.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I'm a kindle fella. I started out with kindle and now I can use it on my iPhone, any laptop or computer as well as my Kindle itself. I have one of the original's and had to purchase the external light to read at night.
Describe your desk
Glass, organized and clean. It's the only way I can work.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town called Altamonte Springs, it's a nice little suburb just outside of Orlando Florida. Altamonte is a black community tucked away in the middle of a progressing community. It's what I call a hidden jewel which definitely has a major influence on my writing. I had a lot of racial challenges growing up there, the eighties were notorious as we are really now just realizing.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Literary Agents can be a real setback and the longer that process takes, the longer it takes for any writer to get their work out there. I mean everyone is not seeking to be a best seller, and of course, who wouldn't want that to happen to them but the reality none the less that you just want to get it done and get it out there and the fastest way to do that is through services provided by platforms such as yours. Smashwords is the best Literary Agent I've ever had online! (Ok, so you're my first) Thank you, team.
Published 2018-04-11.
Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author, publisher or reader.

Books by This Author

Angry Leadership
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 22,180. Language: American English. Published: March 29, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Personal success, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Management
Angry Leadership is a journey of Victor Angry's military career and lessons learned along the way. As he examined his career, he asked himself several questions: most importantly, what did he do to become successful? He shares his seven leadership principles of success with the hope that they can help others on their journey to their own success.