Darshan G. Shanti – Author Interview

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

The 24-Hour Champion: Discovering AND Living Your Priceless Life.

It is a book about you. More specifically, it’s a book about achieving your wants, your needs, your desires, your goals, your dreams and it’s about helping you to have that life and have it now.

It delves deep into nine very specific life areas that guarantee total life success, serenity and satisfaction if you do the work recommended in the book and failure, frustration and fear if the work is not done.

What sets it apart from most other personal development books is that it is not just a book, but rather a self-discovery manual for life and for living.

Using Socratic inquiry, The 24-Hour Champion masterfully leads people on their own personal journey of self-discovery, empowerment and transformation. It does this by working with your conscious and unconscious mind and your emotions. That enables you to have a direct experience and therefore are not just a passenger along for the ride, but rather the driver of your own transformation.

Because it works on a subconscious level, it enables you to see what you can’t see, hear what you haven’t been able to hear so that you can do what you haven’t done and finally, have what you want to have. In addition, it enables you to change your own mind about who you are, what you want and therefore change your life. When you change your own mind about those things, the change is permanent.

Upon finishing the book, you will be free from the constraints of your past and free to be your true self.

Tell us something about yourself.

I grew up in New York and I went to 5 different high-schools in 4 years in 3 cities in 2 states. I have been writing for over 16 years and my writing came as a result of trying to figure out who I was and why my life was so difficult. I started writing poetry, inspirational poetry. Every time I had a problem, I would write a poem and I would discover a great deal about myself and why I did things in a short period of time. My poetry became like therapy, a good friend, a mentor, a friend and a coach all in one.

What inspired you to write this book?

I wanted to reach millions more people all over the world than I could possibly reach just through speaking and doing workshops. I feel so much pain out there and I wanted to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. I wanted to help people to believe, value, respect, honor and love themselves unconditionally so they could let go of the fear and any other negative that holds them back from living the most magnificent lives they could live.

How did you choose the title?

Being a champion 24 hours a day and becoming a champion in as little as 24 hours is quite intriguing and has a memorable ring to it. So, can you really change your life in 24 hours? Can you really be on top of your game 24 hours a day and be the best you can be? Yes you can and that’s where the title came from.

What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?

Deciding which publishing route to go with and then deciding who I was going to publish it with. Since I wanted my book on Amazon and I didn’t want to wait years to try to find a traditional publisher, I decided to go with Book Surge, now Create Space and the best of both worlds is what I got. A beautiful book done on demand and one that’s on Amazon.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

I didn’t know I wanted to be a writer. I just decided to write my book out of necessity. Already answered the second question.

Do you have any writing rituals?

I write when the mood hits. I can’t force it. It’s either there or it’s not. Then I write until I have nothing left to say and I don’t stop until it’s done.

Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?

I learned that writing this book was FAR easier and MUCH QUICKER than I thought it was going to be. I had delayed it for so many years because of how much work it was going to be. It wasn’t that much work at all. In fact, it was a lot of fun. And it was something I looked forward to doing, not something I dreaded.

If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?


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

I like to read personal development books and books where I can learn something about myself or people because that’s my profession and I need to always be learning. My favorite authors are Tony Robbins, Zig Ziglar, Wayne Dyer, Richard Bach.

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

I am working on a book for teens about really learning to understand themselves and how to interact in the world so they can be truly successful, no ifs, ands or buts.

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

Writing can be as difficult or as easy as you want it to be. The bottom line is that if you can talk, you can write. One of the easiest processes I used was simply asking questions and then answering them. So, I would think, what do I want people to know in this section and I would come up with a series of questions and then I would answer them.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

People who are in pain, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. People who know there’s more to life, but no matter what they’ve done, they haven’t reached their potential. People who are sick and tired of being sick and tired and they are ready to accept a wonderful, fulfilling and abundant life.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

They can go to www.the24hourchampion.com/thebook or they can go to Amazon.com. To learn more about me and my book, just go to www.the24hourchampion.com