Sunday, September 12, 2021

Interview With The Authors of The Warrior's Book of Virtues


“Written by decorated veterans of the Marine Corps and Navy, The Warrior’s Book of Virtues presents a new format for time-tested methods of self-improvement, outlining a plan to triumph over challenges by cultivating the virtues of discipline, fortitude, prudence, and more,” says the book’s publisher, Hatherleigh Press

“The Warrior's Book of Virtues is an essential guide for anyone looking to live their best life. Virtues represent the moral excellence of a person and are ageless principles for succeeding in life through the understanding and development of character.

“From discipline to prudence, fortitude to faith, The Warrior’s Book of Virtues helps everyone excel in easy and practical ways.”

Below is an interview with the book’s three authors:

1. What motivated you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and turning it into a book? This book was a personal journey for us (the authors) to explore our own creativity and enhance our own personal growth, all the while identifying a need to share our experiences which may help others struggling in their daily lives. 

2. What is it about and who is it for? The basis of this book is time-tested principles for succeeding in life through the understanding and development of character, as virtues represent the moral excellence of a person. From discipline to prudence, fortitude to faith, the warrior virtues presented in these pages are guaranteed to transform your life to one of meaning and purpose.  Using the battle-tested principles of the United States Marine Corps, the book aims to help everyone live their best life in easy and practical ways. It is for those who are lost and looking to improve their lives. The message in a nutshell is:  Don’t settle for less, don’t make excuses for yourself, become inspired to achieve your full potential, complete every objective you set, adapt, and overcome.   

3. What do you hope the reader will be left with after reading it? The hope is to leave the reader with a newfound lens on the United States Marine Corps and United States Naval experience(s) sans embellished war stories. The reader will walk away with an appreciation of stoic virtues as they impart wisdom in our everyday lives. Also, there is a hope that the reader will be left with a guide on how to develop, and work on their own set of personal beliefs to achieve growth and prosperity.  

4. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers? We encourage you to just start writing and get your thoughts down on paper. If you are struggling to get started, start with just one sentence a day, whether it’s a good or bad one, and by the end of the week you will have a paragraph.  Rinse and repeat. Continue to break your writing habits into small, easy, and digestible chunks of content. Lastly, write about what you are passionate about – this will keep you coming back to the writing table.  

5. What trends in the book world do you see -- and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? We suspect that the channels of distribution and retailing for books will continue to evolve, but a well written book will endure and be a portal for those who choose to consume.  If that happens, book publishers will continue their noble legacy.  

6. What challenges did you overcome to write this book? The three of us had to learn to work collaboratively in this book writing process, just like those days many years ago in the service. We had to become comfortable with exploring and confronting our vulnerabilities, fears, and foibles.  Revisiting our deployment to Iraq was an exercise in emotion, an activity most Veterans' struggle with.  

7. If people can buy or read one book this week or month, why should it be yours? If you are a mother, father or an individual clamoring with your identity and direction this would be a great book to prioritize on your reading list. Out of all the books you could choose we invite you to read ours and use it as an antidote for you and your ailments.

About The Authors:

Nick Benas, USMC, is a former United States Marine Sergeant and Iraqi Combat Veteran. Author of Mental Health Emergencies: A Guide to Recognizing and Handling Mental Health Crises and Tactical Mobility, Nick now travels around the U.S. training individuals on how to respond to emergency mental health situations.

Matt Bloom, USMC, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserves where he spent eight years and completed two combat tours to Iraq. During this time he worked at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility as a counselor and assistant therapist for incarcerated offenders. Matt is currently a police officer in Pittsburgh, PA.

Richard “Buzz” Bryan, USN, is currently the Outreach Coordinator for the West Palm Beach VA medical center. Buzz was a dedicated and driven member of the Navy/Marine Corps team and retired from the United States Navy in July 2007, after 22 years of honorable service to the Fleet Marine Force.


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