Allen Klein, MA, CSP – Author Interview

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Change Your Life!: A Little Book of Big Ideas

The book is a treasury of moving and meaningful sayings from around the world.

Readers can take this book on the go to get a quick shot of inspiration at any time, or they can select one quote every day for in-depth thought and meditation. The book’s small size makes it ideal to carry in a purse or a bag, or to keep by the computer for those moments of need. However readers choose to use these uplifting and inspiring quotes, they all have the potential to be life-changing. The book features a foreword by Jack Canfield, co-creator of the best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Sample Quotes:

“Let your life lightly dance on the edges of time like dew on the tip of a leaf.” — Rabindranath Tagore

“The one important thing I’ve learned over the years is the difference between taking one’s work seriously and one’s self seriously. The first is imperative; the second is disastrous.”— Dame Margot Fonteyn

“The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp.” — John Berry

“All animals except man know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.” — Samuel Butler

“Make up your mind to be happy. Learn to find pleasure in simple things.” — Robert Louis Stevenson

Tell us something about yourself.

As the worlds’ only “Jollytologist”, my passion is to show people how to find and use humor in their not-so-funny stuff. I do this through my keynote speeches and seminars, as well as through my books which includes The Courage to Laugh, and, The Healing Power of Humor.

What inspired you to write this book?

My wife died at the age of 34. She had a great sense of humor and used it to help her, and those around her, deal with her life-challenging situation. I thought if she could use humor during such a difficult time, all of us could find something to laugh about when we experience such less challenging situations as traffic jams, annoying co-workers, or long lines. I therefore wrote my first book, The Healing Power of Humor, which has 14 techniques on how to lighten up.

How did you publish this book? Why did you decide on that publisher?

I decided to seek a main stream publisher, rather than self-publish, because I wanted my message to go to as many people as possible.

And that is exactly what happened. As of early 2010, The Healing Power of Humor is in a 35th printing and eight foreign language translation.

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

Editing and reading the manuscript over and over again.

How do you do research for your books?

I save everything I find of interest in folders. Then use some of those things in my books. Other things I research on the Internet. It is such a remarkable tool for research but not always accurate so I try to find a library source when I doubt what I find online.

What are you reading now?

I’m reading Mastering LIfe’s Energies by Maria Nemeth.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?

Since I write non-fiction, I read mostly non-fiction. Love Wayne Dyer and other self-help authors.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

Yes, my next book is Learning to Laugh When You Feel Like Crying: Embracing Life After Loss. It will be published by Goodman Beck in January 2011. It will show readers how to go from loss to laughter. The five steps are Losing, Learning, Letting Go, Living, and Laughing.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Writer’s write. If you want to be a writer you need to sit down every single day and write. Getting published is another matter. But there are so many ways to get published these days that any writer can do it.

What are you doing to promote your latest book?

Book signings, email announcements on Twitter and Facebook and soon blogging.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

All my books are listed on my website and on Amazon

My website also gives information about my keynote presentations.  Info at  www.allenklein.com