Friday, December 15, 2023

Author Spotlight -- Andrew Matt Lennart


Dear Readers:

Meet Andrew, a remarkable author with a compelling story to share. At 61 years old, he has worn many hats in his lifetime – from professional athlete to sports instructor, social worker, and addiction therapist with over 14 years of experience. However, what truly sets him apart is his journey of overcoming a 20-year battle with alcoholism and his triumphant 20-year sobriety.

Andrew's path to becoming an author was inspired by a deep sense of empathy and a desire to shed light on the often stigmatized issue of alcohol addiction. He understands firsthand the shame and helplessness that can come with this disease and the toll it takes on both individuals and their loved ones. Having witnessed his own family's struggle during his two-decade battle with alcoholism, he felt compelled to offer guidance and support to others in similar situations.

His latest book, "Together Towards Tomorrow: The Family's Voyage Through Alcohol Addiction: Empowering Loved Ones with Compassion and Understanding," is a testament to his commitment. It delves into the heart-wrenching experiences of families and loved ones of addicts, drawing from his extensive professional background in addiction therapy and social work.

Andrew is currently exploring new projects that continue to address addiction recovery and personal growth, promising more support and insights for those facing similar challenges. Writing has taught him the power of resilience, vulnerability, and the profound impact of personal stories in fostering understanding and empathy. His journey as an author is one of self-discovery and growth, and his words have the potential to change lives and bring hope to those touched by addiction.

Best regards,

Dr. Mel

Andrew Matt Lennart


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Can you share a bit about your background and how it has influenced your writing?

I am 61 years old, a former professional athlete, sports instructor, social worker, and addiction therapist with over 14 years of experience. My life also includes a 20-year struggle with alcoholism, but now I have been sober for over 20 years. Because I know how many people struggle with this disease and understand how difficult it is to recover and I also know how many families and friendships irreversibly break apart and how much the helpless loved ones of alcoholics suffer these are the main reasons for becoming an author.

What inspired you to become an author?

The inspiration to become an author was primarily fueled by the somewhat 'shame' associated with this disease. The difficulty of admitting that one is helpless and often the very late search for help. From my own experiences, I know how helpless my family and friends were, who simply didn't know what to do, how to live with an alcoholic, and how to protect themselves.

What is your latest book about, and what inspired its story?

My last book is “Together Towards Tomorrow: The Family's Voyage Through Alcohol Addiction: Empowering Loved Ones with Compassion and Understanding.” The main inspiration for writing this book was the helplessness of my family, which suffered and witnessed my downfall for 20 years. Additionally, it stemmed from all the meetings and conversations with families and loved ones of addicts during my nearly 15 years of working with those struggling with addiction.


Can you walk us through your research process for this book?

  • ü     Personal Experience: Explored my personal experience with alcoholism in my family.
  • ü     Professional Background: My qualifications in addiction, counseling, therapy, and social work.
  • ü     Interviews and Testimonials: Sought out interviews or testimonials
  • ü      Published Works: Reviewed the books, articles, or research papers.
  • ü      Online Research: Internet research in various specialist sources.


Were there any real-life events or personal experiences that influenced the narrative?

Yes, my journey of overcoming a two-decade alcohol addiction and embracing 20 years of sobriety significantly influenced the narrative. The book draws from my personal recovery experience and the real-life stories of individuals grappling with alcohol addiction.

Could you describe your typical writing routine?

My writing routine involves a dedicated and disciplined approach. I often find inspiration in the early morning, so I begin my day by reflecting on personal experiences and blending them with research. I aim for consistency, ensuring a balance between focused writing sessions and breaks for reflection.


How do you approach character development and world-building in your writing?

In the context of a guide on alcohol addiction, character development focuses on the real-life individuals and their stories. World-building involves creating a narrative space that reflects the challenges, triumphs, and transformations associated with the journey to sobriety.

Do you experience writer’s block, and if so, how do you overcome it?

Yes, writer's block is not uncommon. To overcome it, I often step away from the writing, engage in physical activities, or seek inspiration from other creative outlets. Returning to the work with a fresh perspective helps break through mental blocks.

What have been the biggest challenges you’ve faced in your writing career?

One of the significant challenges was translating personal experiences into a narrative that resonates universally. Balancing vulnerability with practical advice posed its own set of challenges, requiring careful consideration of tone and approach.

What do you consider your greatest achievement as an author?

My greatest achievement as an author is the ability to offer practical guidance and support to individuals and families dealing with alcohol addiction. The positive impact on readers' lives is the most rewarding aspect of my writing journey,


How has reader feedback influenced your writing, if at all?

Reader feedback is invaluable. It has guided me in refining the content to ensure it meets the needs of the audience. Learning from readers' perspectives has enhanced the book's effectiveness as a resource for those touched by alcohol addiction.

What do you hope readers take away from your book?

I hope readers gain not only a deep understanding of the challenges of alcohol addiction but also practical tools and insights to navigate the journey to sobriety. The goal is to transform challenges into opportunities for healing and growth.

Which authors or books have had a significant impact on you and your writing?


Authors such as Stephanie Brown PhD, Virginia M. Lewis Phd and book like The Alcoholic Family in Recovery: A Developmental Model have influenced my writing. Their ability to blend personal narratives with expert advice inspired the approach taken in "Tougher towards tomorrow."

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Embrace authenticity in your writing. Draw from your unique experiences and perspectives. Also, be open to learning from others and continually refining your craft.

What are some common misconceptions about being an author?

One common misconception is that writing is a solitary endeavor. While the act of writing often requires solitude, collaboration, feedback, and learning from others are integral parts of the authorial journey.

Are you currently working on any new projects? Can you give us a sneak peek?

Yes, I am exploring new projects that build on the themes of addiction recovery and personal growth. While I can't reveal too much, I am excited about the potential to offer further support and insights to those facing similar challenges.

What has writing taught you about yourself?

Writing has taught me the power of resilience, vulnerability, and the profound impact that personal stories can have on fostering understanding and empathy. It's an ongoing journey of self-discovery and growth.

Tell your readers about your book.

“Tougher Towards Tomorrow” is an essential guide for anyone touched by the challenge of alcohol addiction. Andrew Matt Lennart’s compassionate approach provides not just understanding but practical strategies for coping, supporting, and growing through a loved one’s journey to sobriety. With its blend of real-life stories, expert advice, and accessible writing, this book is a must-read for families, friends, and professionals alike. Discover the tools and insights needed to transform the challenges of addiction into opportunities for healing and growth.