Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Interview with author David Charles Stieler

The Ride, The Rose, and The Resurrection
A True Story of Crisis, Faith, and Survival

1. What inspired you to write your book?
Having invested years as a freelance writer for newspapers and periodicals the ultimate dream has always been to become the published author of a full length book suitable for a permanent spot on the library shelf.

Following a seriously traumatic and life-threatening motorcycle wreck involving my wife and me, a friend recommended that I keep a journal of our personal experiences to help keep life in perspective during the long, tedious process of reassembling our shattered bodies. My logbook became an encouraging documentary and reviewing the progress we had made helped my wife and I find the strength to forge ahead when all seemed lost.

The more I reviewed those notes, however, the more I began to recognize and piece together key events that seemed to be much more than coincidence. Each critical event that had taken place prior to, during, and following that wreck, played an instrumental part in our survival.

It occurred to me that we had a story to tell that might well serve as a comfort to others who find themselves in similar circumstances. Ultimately, I decided to share our story with the hope of encouraging those in need.

2. What is it about?
“The Ride, The Rose, and The Resurrection” is a true story about the life, wreck, and recovery of an average middle-class couple whose lives were turned upside down by a near-fatal hit-and-run motorcycle accident.

On June 24, 2007, my wife and I were left lying unconscious and barely alive in the middle of a busy highway by a careless driver while on our way home from a ride on our Harley through the warm, sun drenched countryside in rural southeast Michigan. This story covers in detail the moments leading up to the crash and the painfully long, drawn-out recovery once we had been stabilized.

The book also details the shockwave that deeply affected our adult children who had been called to the scene as rescue personnel, and shares the trauma brought about by legal battles with an insensitive insurance bureaucracy. The story offers clues why fewer than one in ten marriages survives a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and goes behind the scenes to describe in detail the emotional struggles we faced that lasted for years following that crash.

Our story offers evidence that helps explain why forgiveness is usually a key component to both spiritual and physical mending.

3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who
finish your book?
Those who read my book will develop a deeper appreciation for the struggles that patients face when dealing with insensitive insurance bureaucrats, and they will close the final chapter of my book with a sense that hope remains when all seems desperately lost.

4. What advice do you have for writers?
Record your thoughts with passion, and write them in your own words. Remember, mimicking someone else’s style is a disingenuous way to gain identity. You cannot cheat on book reviews and you won’t fool the critics.

Then find a Publisher who can help you polish your work. A quality piece of literature requires expert editorial help.

Finally, every author needs to recognize the importance of marketing. Even the best literature is wasted without readers. With roughly 300 new titles released every day, reaching your audience can be an expensive scramble, potentially adding tens of thousands of dollars to the cost of promoting your book with no guarantee of success.

Ironically, the effort required to write a book pales in comparison to the energy and commitment it takes to carry out a comprehensive marketing campaign. Every author should know up front that getting his book into the hands of readers can easily become a full time job and the costs associated with promoting that book will most likely exceed the cost of publishing many times over.

5. Where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?
While literacy dictates that there will always be readers, it’s hard to know exactly where the brick and mortar bookstores will find themselves with regard to the overall publishing industry. Having said that, I believe there will always be a market for a handheld piece of literature with a binding and real pages that can be turned one at a time. The competition traditional publishers are facing from digital media is driving the profitability below break-even levels and it is very likely the survival of the publishing industry will be dictated by each publisher’s ability to adapt.

Digital media seems to be gaining in popularity and appears to be a much more economical method of introducing a writer’s finished product into the market. However, inexpensive does not usually go hand-in-hand with quality.

The bottom line is that the publishing industry does far more than print books. As long as there remains a demand for quality literature there will always be a need for professional publishers.

6. What challenges did you have in writing your book?
The greatest challenge for me as a writer has always been finding the necessary uninterrupted quiet time to record and organize complete thoughts and concepts before they are lost. Creative writing is a lot like counting change – the effort requires undivided attention which becomes exponentially more difficult in a constantly moving environment filled with commotion, conversations, and deadlines.

7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?
This is truly a story that will provide inspiration to anyone, injured or otherwise. The message of hope that threads its way through this memoir, in spite of the odds that threatened ultimate disaster, is portrayed in behind-the-scenes, real life experiences. This is a story about life-or-death challenges that prove survival is often little more than a choice.

This is a true story about personal disaster with a happy ending.

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