Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Interview With Author Michael Stockdell
What inspired you to write the book?
A number of years ago I became troubled by the distortions and outright fabrications surrounding the funding of Social Security. And then the poorly thought out Affordable Care Act and its disastrous rollout occurred and I wanted to understand why. Once I began to look at these two issues more closely and added my own experience as a Federal employee, I began to see that the entire governmental structure was flawed. To the point I couldn’t see the country surviving much longer with the Constitution intact.
What is the book about?
The fallacies in the current governmental system and also the loss of liberty that more government intervention entails. On the other side, I present solutions to bad government in the form of Constitutional amendments and program policies. I seek to have a government where the people’s voice is heard directly and is much less responsive to special interests.
What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish the book?
The desire to help form and join a movement aimed at forcing our government to make the changes necessary to reduce its size and scope and to only engage in activities that are certain to help the country.
What advice do you have for writers?
(1) establish a network with published writers, preferably those who have a national or regional reputation for the quality of their work.
(2) eschew amateur writing groups.
(3) if you can find a college writing program with a faculty member who writes the same sorts of material you aspire to. Enroll for at least a semester.
(4) the younger you start writing the better.
(5) non-fiction sells better than fiction – a background in journalism or free-lance writing helps the latter.
(6) be aware that an apprenticeship in quality writing may take 10-15 years to reach full competence.
(7) be delighted if you find an audience of 10-15,00 readers. 5,000 is actually pretty good.
What challenges did you have in writing your book?
It is a product of deep thought requiring 15-20 revisions and three major drafts. Also, maintaining a consistent voice is always a struggle. Trying to squeeze so many topics in 314 pages was a challenge. I settled on concentrating on a few, emphasizing structural ideas. For the rest I gave only results and very little rationale.
If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?
Because our country is in serious jeopardy of becoming a second-class power. To avoid this depends on a national dialogue around ideas such as mine –and then action based on aconsensus.
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