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Review the Author - Paul Chisolm

I write a series for a different website - Reviews4reviews.com wherein I interview author-members of that site. I hope you will find this informative as well as entertaining, as I had the opportunity to interview Paul Chisolm, author of My Big Brother:The Magic a book about mentoring.

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Review the Author

 A little background information to start with – 

 A brief bio please:

 I am not a self acclaimed author but a member of the community with an interest in motivating others to lend support to helping students through mentoring. Students today are tomorrow’s leaders therefore they need to be prepared to continue where we leave. This book is simply an appeal to the community to mentor. Students need help to get through difficulties and develop positive direction.

 I am Paul Chisholm and I am an accountant. I decided to join a non-profit organization so I contacted Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America and they connected me to Hungerford Elementary. I tried mentoring students and I was hooked. Now I am appealing to other adults to become a mentor.

 How long have you been writing?

 I have been writing for many years - just never published any materials.

 WHY do you write?

 Writing relaxes me. This time I feel like I am writing for a great cause. My message is to help students in school on a one-to-one basis; giving them the guidance and tutoring from an adult perspective. I want adults and students to share their stories to help other students feel schools are not a bad place.

 Books you have written with brief synopsis of each:

 My current book encourages children to appeal to adults to mentor. My book also highlights activities to engage the adult and the child in a fun atmosphere.

 What do you find to be the most challenging part of writing?

 The most challenging part of writing is to find something to say or find a cause to write about. Once I find something to write about my message flows freely…

 What do you find to be the most rewarding part of writing? 

 The best part of writing is to get your ideas to flow freely so other people can understand it. You should ask yourself this question: “How will I know if readers will like my material?” They will come and ask for your writing and they will actually read the material and want to discuss your book.

 Do you edit as you write?

 I am an edit freak!  I read my writing over and over again since I want my writing to flow and make sense. I also get someone else to proofread my writing before I publish the book. 

 How do you develop your characters?

First I find a voice and then I put a character to the voice.

Do you ever get writer’s block?

I always have writer’s block between 9a.m. and noon.  Instead, I try to find a place where I can relax and brainstorm ideas so that I can put it in writing. 

If so, what do you do about it?

When I have writers block, I think of something else and do an activity. I love to play pool and billiard.

If you have written more than one book, which one was the most difficult to write?

I have only published one book but I have several manuscripts. The book I published now is my baby. I want the message to resonate among adults and students in local schools across the country.  Mentoring is an essential tool to help students to become mature and responsible adults.

Which one means the most to you?

All my books mean a lot to me. They are all unique in their own way.

What do you do for fun?

I play pool and billiard for fun. I am part of the American Poolplayers Association (APA).

Who are your favorite authors? Why?

My favorite author would be Jim Cramer, “Mad Money”.  I am an Accountant and reading his books helps me feel motivated with my own career.

What’s the one thing you’ve learned about yourself since you’ve been writing?

I realize the dedication I have towards helping people especially with young children

What advice would you give to someone who wants to be a writer?

I would say go ahead and write from the heart!  Make sure your writing means something to you. Then ask yourself, “What would someone say after reading my book?”  Make sure you come up with an answer and you will have the best book ever.

Do you have any new books coming out soon?

My next children’s book will be out in December.

Have you had any issues with publishers you would like to share?

I noticed that when you sign a contract, make sure you have what you want in that contract. Please do not assume that your publisher is correct, still check for mistakes. Remember publishers make mistakes too.

Anything you’d like to add?

Don’t be discouraged about what you write. Just make sure it is valuable to someone.