TELL YOUR READERS ABOUT YOURSELF, WHERE YOU GREW UP, WHERE YOU LIVE NOW, WHERE YOU WENT TO SCHOOL, ETC. LET THEM GET TO KNOW THE PERSONAL YOU.
I grew up very shy, by the Atlantic Ocean on Long Island, New York. But I had a rich relationship with the ocean and stars at sunset—with my imagination—and when I was several years old, a baby sister. When I began High School, my mother insisted I go to a private school named Woodmere Academy. That was perhaps the one really good thing she did for me. One doesn’t need a “special” school, but going there and a student body that respected teachers began to give me feedback that I and my thoughts deserved to be respected and listened to. That began a journey outward that is still accelerating. I attended the Height's Bronx campus of NYU for college but knew their behavioral focus at the time was not for me. I found the spiritual approach to creative psychoanalytic psychotherapy I was searching for in my doctoral work in developmental psychology at Yeshiva University's Ferkauf Graduate Psychology School and then my post-doctoral clinical training at the Greenwich Institute for Psychoanalytic Training. My doctoral dissertation was an experiment based upon Carl Jung's notion of psychological types.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO AUTHOR THIS BOOK?
Like falling in love, it just happened. Later, you see what was brewing within and without. The immediate trigger was a visit to Xi’An, China with my Chinese wife. We were married perhaps four years. We traveled in a family caravan from Beijing to Xi’An where, among other things, we saw the world-famous Terra cotta Warriors of Emperor Qin. I was blown away. I immediately imagined this army returning to our world today and my mind hasn’t been the same since. I asked the guide, “Why did they bury so many thousands of Warriors to guard Emperor Qin, I can think of 3 reasons.” “That’s strange,” he replied, “I’ve only heard two theories.” I replied, “Well, first it would be to guard his mortal remains.” He nodded. “Second, it would be to guard him as he traveled from here to his next existence.” The guide said, “Yes, those are the two, now, what’s your third theory?” I replied, “Perhaps they were buried with him to return to our World--and help Qin complete a great mission.”
WHERE DID YOU GET THE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR BOOK'S COVER?
This comes from a scene in Book 1 where there’s one of the first clashes between the military genius Emperor Qin and his Terra cotta Warrior Army as they've attacked in the year 2031 AD by the modern-day Air force and Army of what had been China. In this scene, 100 Blackhawk Helicopters armed with missiles and machine guns lowered closer to the 9-mile Xi’An Ancient Wall. It was shaped like an irregular rectangle. They searched for Qin’s soldiers to kill them--to set an example. Their radar had seen them there only hours earlier. Now they couldn’t see that Qin’s Ninjas had created a false stone floor using cardboard that looked like the natural large bluestones from above. As the Helicopters drew closer to discover their concealed prey, the ancients fired missiles from underneath the cardboard as they’d been trained to do just the day before by modern police and army volunteers. In the “book cover scene,” you see the ancient and modern armies coming upon each other behind Emperor Qin. In the sky, you can see explosions and one of the hits, exploding Helicopters. Just beneath that, you can see Xi’An’s Great Wall.
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WHO'S BEEN THE MOST SIGNIFICANT INFLUENCE ON YOU PERSONALLY AND AS A WRITER?
I’ve been most affected by Fairy Tales and the Bible. I very much appreciate the Bible as an incredibly passionate, enlightening human story spanning many millennia of generations. So, as a writer, I’d have to say I’ve been influenced by God. Jung had his moment too.
WHAT STRUGGLES OR OBSTACLES DID YOU HAVE TO OVERCOME TO COMPLETE THIS BOOK?
I had a curse placed upon my soul in a past lifetime. The curse was that the men in my family line could never achieve success. BUT some of the other carriers of my soul have been so great in their creative and spiritual deeds that they made success happen up to a point--though the curse would still not let go. So, even successes were minimized, and the man could never feel at peace and fulfilled. My greatest obstacle is overcoming of this cosmic curse to see that my words reach my readers. There’s only so much time left, so--I need your help to find my readers to share my words.
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TELL YOUR READERS ABOUT YOUR BOOK.
Who wants to think about it? But, if you could still focus, not be in bad pain, and be fully alert for what you knew was probably the final minute of your life, what would your thoughts be? What would the most important memories or “takeaways” be that you might ponder? Some might feel sad they’d never have the chance to say this to so and so or do that or travel there. Now imagine after going through that nightmare of enlightenment, you are alive again and could make those wiser or nobler choices. That’s the story of Emperor Qin. Add to that the unique struggle between his Neanderthal side and his more recently developed Homosapien side. Add to that how Qin, the first Emperor of China, develops from the world’s greatest killer to a spiritual healer wanting to reverse slavery by empowering all subjects and citizens. In the process, he seeks to guide the people in a way that increasingly resembles the same values and lessons as those found in the Bibles. Finally, add to that, a very special love affair between Emperor Qin Shi Huang and his new love, resurrected from a thousand years after his first life—Yang Yu Yuan. She is considered one of the four most beautiful women from China.
WHO IS YOUR TARGET AUDIENCE, AND WHY?
Thinkers with incredible imaginations. People who like philosophical depth combined with action adventures. Maybe they like Star Trek, Harry Potter, Pokeman, King Kong, Superman, Indiana Jones, Sinbad the Sailor, Jules Verne, the Twilight Zone, Tarzan, and Star Wars. They should like fiction and the supernatural—deeper meanings and plots. They know or sense every great book or movie involves something important they learn about themselves. My target age range is perhaps 5th grade and older. Chronological age is less relevant. The reader should be mature enough to have a concept of self-actualization. The age, maturity, and mentality of my books’ readers might be like Harry Potter’s… maybe a year or two older—perhaps a similar audience to Game of Thrones. People who like military battles and unique strategies that are realistically portrayed. People who like the camaraderie of soldiers facing combat and death together—where individual heroism can stand out amidst some great communal effort. People who love to see if ancient can stand up to modern. People who like stories that unfold over thousands of years, containing mysteries & prophesies. People who wonder what the farthest most reaches of human potential look like. And whatever that looks like, what would the next step after that be?
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ONE REASON FOR ANYONE LOOKING AT YOUR BOOK TO READ--WHY SHOULD THEY BUY IT?
It’s the only book I know that’s been intentionally written in what Freud would call “dream language” which is the language of our unconscious—the language of our dreams. The Surrealists based their school of art on dream language. This contrasts with our normal, more consciously regulated verbal language. In dream language emotionally charged visual images dominate--and words and the walls of rational ideas recede, bend and become more fluid.
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR GREATEST SUCCESS IN LIFE?
I’ve survived to tell a story. I hope to have grander success to report next time you ask me.
WHAT ONE UNIQUE THING SETS YOU APART FROM OTHER WRITERS IN YOUR GENRE?
I’m the only one who’s me.
Also, my fantasies are all firmly based on science, the Bible, and humanistic psychology. The universal truths that are woven into the stories Jung would call “archetypal wisdom.”
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HOW DO YOU OVERCOME WRITER'S BLOCK?
That used to be a problem. It isn’t anymore. Now, I never feel blocked getting into the world of Emperor Qin. No…the problem for me now is my reluctance at times to return to the world of Cliff Waldman. My direction of blockage has reversed.
WHAT ONE PIECE OF ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR NEW AUTHORS?
Your creation is your child. Giving birth to it is only the beginning. If you’re a responsible parent, you work to ensure that your children are witnessed and embraced by many loving, sensitive, and spiritual eyes. To not share your art with a receptive audience is to dwarf its development.
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WHAT IS NEXT FOR YOU IN YOUR WRITING CAREER?
Two eBooks are published. An audiobook will be done this month, and the second book’s audio will be out by the end of July. I’m halfway through Book 3 in the series and hope for another dozen volumes. I also hope to air the story on a TV series or in a movie. Finally, all books lead to Emperorqin.com where later, I hope to create a public forum of empowerment.
TELL YOUR READERS ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO SHARE.
My journey won’t be complete until I find or discover my family. If you get something from my books, that means you might be a family member. If you share a thought with me, that might be a clue.