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True Happiness: An Interview with Robert Callaway, author of Living a Miracle

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Robert was born in Hollywood, California, and moved with his parents and sister to Utah when he was six. He grew up in the Orem-Provo area. He attended BYU, where he studied science, mathematics, and education. He also studied medical transcription and office management.

Robert was employed in building maintenance, and has been self-employed in the food industry with his wife. All his life, he has enjoyed learning about and observing the weather.

Robert was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at age thirty-six. He has overcome practically all of this disorder and presently lives in a small town in Utah.

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Tell us the story of your book’s title. Was it easy to find, or did it take forever?

My book’s title came to me rather quickly as I was pondering the messages to present in my book about the real reason we are living on this earth. These messages answer the questions concerning why we have so many trials and hardships during our lives here on earth, and how to be truly happy in this life.

How did it feel when you first saw your book cover? Or when you first held your book in your hands?

I felt very excited when I saw the final proof of my book cover, after adding all my input to how I desired it to appear. In fact, there are parts of it which went beyond my expectations in its symbolic portrayal. I also really enjoyed actually holding a physical copy of my book!

Who/what made you want to write? Was there a particular person, or particular writers/works/art forms that influenced you?

My wife’s counselor, Heidi, and especially a known published author of inspirational books who has known me much of my life, made me want to write. Brad really encouraged me to finish writing, and to get my works published. Both he and Heidi know I have a great message of hope to share about people’s brain disorders, how they can improve, and the Lord’s plan for them.

What other professions have you worked in? What’ something about you that your readers wouldn’t know?

I have been on committees for planning events and have participated in the organization of and setup for a few public events, such as the layout for outdoor vendors, setting up PA systems, etc.

What was the most rewarding/meaningful part of publishing your book?

Being able to help people by having my inspirational, encouraging information and messages presented in story form and made available to the public by having my books published is the most meaningful part of the publishing process.

If your book had a soundtrack, what are some songs that would be on it?

Within the positive areas of the storyline, I would include some soft, soothing, comforting instrumental music such as Sails, If Love Is Real, Song From A Secret Garden, and Everything I Do.

What is one thing you hope readers take away from reading your book? How do you envision your perfect reader?

I hope readers will feel much happier and encouraged in their lives, and that the information can even help prevent some suicides from occurring. The perfect reader would enjoy my work and feel much better emotionally, and would then do everything possible to promote my books, while sharing many positive experiences in reviews.

What new writing projects are you currently working on? Or, other projects that are not writing?

I am starting to work on some anecdote-style short stories, which will present some very interesting viewpoints about life.

How was working with Atmosphere Press? What would you tell other writers who want to publish?

Working with all of you at Atmosphere Press was very satisfying. They completely fulfilled all my desires for my book’s appearance, layout, and professional expression of its content. I highly recommend Atmosphere Press to other writers. After all is done, the author will come out ahead in every way, as compared to traditional publishers.

You can buy Living a Miracle here.

Are you a writer, too? Submit your manuscript to Atmosphere Press.

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