Frank M Mrykalo, Ed.D. – Author Interview

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

It’s a book about simple stories of life; therapeutic messages; life “truths”; practical wisdom.—Words, Whimsey, and Little Wisdom: Tweets on Life Topics from a Psychologist and Professor

Tell us something about yourself.

From: Scranton, Pa;–Trained as a psychologist—taught psychology at the college level for 43 years; had a private practice part time for 30 years; currently psychological consultant/ Social Security Disability;—UG/ University of Scranton; master’s–same—Ed.D.-Lehigh university–

Been writing for about 2 years– I am a fairly proficient whistler; home remodeler—gardner—love to travel—began to collect coins–2 children—1 a psychologist; 1 financial analyst—2 grandchildren—Matthew and Jonah—wife donates a lot of time to our church/ a genuine care giver—

What inspired you to write this book?

In my teaching I would often use metaphors—self created– to demonstrate point; depict an issue, etc–some students and a secretary told me I was pretty good at making up sayings, metaphors; idioms; etc—decided to write them down–alas–a textbook —which I am proud of as it conveys some basic life messages.

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

I chose a local publisher who had published a wonderful text covering my career in teaching when I retired from Marywood University after 39 years at the school. The text they created was very professional.

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

That’s a good point—throughout my career I never considered myself to be a writer but once I tried it, I loved it

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

Coming up with original ideas–having your thoughts flow—

How do you do research for your books?

This book was from my own storehouse of experiences, etc. The next one is also from my own imagination, life experiences; etc— very little formal research.

Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?

Yes— it is much easier to make a living than make a life! Life is full of challenges that if addressed can enhance your life.

What are you reading now?

Actually I am reading a baseball book about Don Zimmer— Zim— a fun book!

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

I love to read books on American History—no one favorite author— I also like to take the Great courses programs

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

It’s a book about the environment–the inappropriate use of chemicals– the importance of being most judicious in their use lest we adversely affect nature—plant and human—through the eyes of a pre-teen and his interaction with the plants at his home—it is quite difficult to describe–on the one hand it sounds serious and it is and yet is written in a light, humorous style.

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

If you think you have something to say. try it!

What are you doing to promote your latest book?

Book signings; post cards; talks; newspapers; web sites

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

Amazon; Barnes and Noble; Avventura Press;; Twitter;