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Q1: Thanks for participating in our Authors.com Spotlight Interview series Humberto! Please introduce yourself and your book to help our readers get to know you.
A: I am Humberto Sachs, a man of science with a philosophical ambition. The next genesis is my first book of the Scitrek Collection, a science fiction series dwelling on hope for humanity if we dare to evolve. You can find me and my co-writer on Amazon and on TXgroup (www.txgroup.org)
You may also see some of my articles on CNN (http://ireport.cnn.com/people/hws01
Q2: Please explain how you came to be a writer, what inspired you to write your book(s) and how long it took.
A: Ten year ago I had a vision for a better world. Our rapid technological development demands socioeconomic evolution. See the press release video on my page. I failed to communicate the idea when talking to my friends and online contacts about creating a tool that people can use to reacquire their identity and fight excessive governmental intervention in our lives. Visiting my very large family in Brazil, I could see that this problem is not an American syndrome. It is a worldwide dilemma. But they could not understand my solution either. And then my wife suggested that I needed to write a story to dramatize the cause and effect of this philosophy.
Three years ago I began composing the story. Technical and scientific writing is easy compared to composing a good, exciting story. Even though I experienced tragedies and adventures in my life, dramatization requires the introduction of fantasy. Then I realized how close fantasy is to science. I thought of Einstein, and other dreamers.
Now that the book is published, I can continue my work building the TXgroup while still taking time to write the second book.
Q3: What did you enjoy most about creating this book?
A. I discovered many things about my “inner self” and identified our real predators as I never verbalized before.
Q4: What facets of your life, both personal and professional, are woven into your book, if any?
A. Most of my technical and life experiences are small elements inspiring the foundation of the story.
Q5. How did you get published?
Q6: Did you have any surprises or hiccups along the way during the book writing and/or publishing process?
A. Many. I am still dealing with some.
Q7: What one thing did you wish you'd known before you started this project?
A. That I had written more books. The next book in the Collection will be a lot easier than the next genesis.
Q8: You're a fly on the wall when readers are discussing your book. What would you hope to hear them say about it?
A. Why are we not doing this?
Q9: Tell us one thing about you that most people don't know or would surprise them.
A. There is nothing. Between the book, my biography, linkedin and FaceBook, I want to believe everything is exposed. You see, I do not believe in secrecy or keeping skeletons in the closet.
Q10: What single piece of advice would you give new authors?
A. If you do not believe in hard work, research, and education don’t even try it. And if the book does not write most of it by itself, you are dealing with something you do not understand or cannot truly visualize.
Q11: Share a short summary of a typical day in your life with us, please.
A. First thing in the morning I make a pot of French press coffee and turn on the computers. As soon as my wife wakes up I give her a hug and kiss her. After dealing with email and other networking work, soon after the sun warms up a little, I go to our backyard and meditate while the joy of the saltwater fills my life.
Every two hours or so, I go for a walk, play with my boat, have a glass of wine or do some yard chores. At 81, physical work is sometimes difficult. In between, my wife and I visit or have friends over. Or we spend time with family. But, even then, my mind is always busy solving some strategic or technical scenario. At night, I might watch TV or a DVD. Not much on TV these days…
Is not uncommon for me to pause the TV, or get out of bed to go and write some notes.
Q12: Describe where you do most of your writing. What would I see if I was sitting beside you?
A. In front of the computer. You will see me looking at notes, researching books and the Internet. Networking is a great vehicle. Unfortunately, media such as FaceBook that was going to make networking easy is mostly a waste of time for me. But lively discussions with my wife and friends always helps.
Q13: What's your motto or favorite quote you like to live by?
"The man who trades freedom for security does not deserve nor will he ever receive either."
Q14: Is there anything else you'd like to share with us in closing such as your website, an imminent book launch or what you're working on presently?
A. Go to www.txgroup.org and vote to abate the hazard of nuclear power generation. The solution is obvious, but without your interaction it will never happen. And for me, that is just the beginning of a new era for civilization: the people, not government will be the power in the land.
Authors.com profile: http://www.authors.com/profile/HumbertoSachs
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