Steve Truitt – Author Interview

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

Book Title: Stop Waiting for Permission!
Author: Steve Truitt
Book Awards To Date:
Walsh Seminars Best Personal Growth Book of the Year
Second Place, Reader Views Readers Choice Awards
Publisher: Havenhurst Books (Los Angeles)

Stop Waiting for Permission! is my look at why we take the word “No” for an answer so often in our lives, and how not truly knowing ourselves and our own power can work so strongly against us. In the book I interview powerful, well-known people who to me are living examples of how fighting the “No’s” in our lives can lead normal people to do extraordinary things.

Tell us something about yourself.

I was born in the Midwest and raised and educated on the east coast. In college I became fascinated by speeches — in fact my major was Speech. I studied every speech from Plato to Reagan, growing ever more interested with how one person can influence another person, or a culture, or a movement through oration.

Through a very strange set of circumstances I found myself in Los Angeles as a TV broadcaster and host. But all along I continued writing and speaking. Eventually I came back around to my original fascination with how people are moved to action through words and took on Neurolinguistic Programming and hypnotherapy as a second love.

What inspired you to write this book?

Unfortunately, it was the death of a friend that truly got me to write the book. My neighbor was a hardworking, stressed out person who died way too young from a heart attack. That tragic experience showed me that all too often we accept the negative circumstances in our lives and never do anything to change them — often to our own detriment.

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

A publicist friend introduced me to Havenhurst Books, and we clicked immediately. I loved how they were dedicated to publishing a select number of books every year and really putting time and effort into a great product and long-term promotion.

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

For me, the hardest part of writing this book in particular was letting it go once the final edits came in. There was so much more I wanted to add, change, etc. But I knew at some point I had to just let it go and get to work helping others. Starting it or finishing it was actually the easiest part. I didn’t take “No” for an answer!

Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?

Mainly, I learned that I could practice what I preach. I never promise that not taking “No” for an answer will magically transform your life and you’ll never be unhappy again, but instead that life is going to be good some days and bad some days and you have to accept it all — that’s what will bring you peace. I’m still learning that every day.

What are you reading now?

“The Wisdom of Insecurity” by Dr. Alan Watts. It was written in the 1950’s but you would think he wrote it yesterday. I guess there is a timeless aspect to human nature. I hope my book stands up 50 years from now.

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

Actually, I really love science fiction. My favorite book to date is “Flowers For Algernon” by Daniel Keyes. I also really like Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury.


I was born a nerd and always will be one. Star Trek forever!

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

I just started working on my next book… the follow up / sequel to “Stop Waiting For Permission!” I’m very excited to dig in.

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

If you say you’re going to write a book, then write it. If you write it, then show it to someone. If they like it, get a publisher. The only “No” you’ll ever hear is from you, so get it done! Oh, and have a good premise.

What have you done to promote your book?

When it first came out I did a lot of national radio like Leeza Gibbon’s show, Martha Stewart Living and Cosmo Radio. Ladies Home Journal and other great outlets interviewed me like that. I’m still working on publicity — letting the grass roots ground swell build. Spread the word! The book awards are helping sales a lot. Validation from an independent source is the best feeling.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?