Saturday, September 8, 2012

Author Interview with Bryan A. Wood

Today Stuffed Shelves is welcoming Bryan Wood author of Unspoken Abandonment for a special spotlight on him and his book.

In case you haven't heard his book has reached the Non-Fiction Bestsellers list three times since it was released.

The book also has a 4.9 out of 5 star rating on Amazon, a 5 star rating on Barnes & Noble, and a 5 star rating on and it most definitely has 5 stars from me. Click here to see the full review by Stuffed Shelves. 

Just this month his book has been downloaded over ten-thousand times! Don't miss out what everyone else has already started reading! 

Bryan is basically a regular guy with a beautiful wife, two adorable cats, and way too many bills! Bryan is a writer living in the Sarasota, FL area, and he has a love for life!Bryan always had a love for writing, but he always kept his writing to himself. His first public debut was writing blogs on MySpace - I know, pretty lame. But those blogs drew in thousands of readers! Bryan's skill for writing coupled with a very unique life had people telling him: "You need to write a book!" So he did...
Liz: Your book is so open and honest, what motivated you to want to turn your personal thoughts into something everyone can read? 
Bryan: It was never one single event or even one single decision. It's been an evolving process over the last three or four years, and it came to fruition step by step. It was partly to finally liberate myself from this “secret” that I was carrying, but mainly it was because I knew it would help a lot of other people to hear my story.

Liz: What books did you read overseas? What books do you enjoy reading in general?
Bryan: I actually didn't read any books in Afghanistan. It was a difficult environment to really enjoy a book, and it was difficult to dedicate enough time to reading to actually enjoy a book. For me, it was magazines – lots and lots of magazines. 

Liz: What advice would you recommend to new recruits/soldiers about to deploy?
Bryan: Stay safe, stay alert, and stay alive. Trust your training, and you'll be just fine. It's after coming home where my advice would kick in: talk, talk, and talk some more. Don't hold it in, get with people you love and let everything out. The sooner the better.

Liz: Who would you say is your biggest idol? A person who made the biggest impact on your life? 
Bryan: My idol is absolutely Johnny Cash. He came from nothing and rose to everything, but he never forgot where he came from. He spent his life identifying with the poor and the down and out. I think if we could somehow merge Johnny Cash, Mother Theresa, and John Lennon into one person, what a person that would be. 

Liz: There is an emergency and you have 10 minutes to grab 10 of your most prized possessions out of your home, which items do you grab in order of importance? 
Bryan: As long as me, my wife, and our two cats make it out, I'll be a happy guy. The rest of the stuff is just stuff. 

Liz: Do you play any musical instruments? What kind of music do you rock out the hardest to? 
Bryan: I play a mean air guitar. I actually have the third largest collection of air guitars in the world! I can really rock out to old school classic rock: AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Kiss, all that stuff is the best. 

Liz: Do you have a favorite TV shows? How do you feel about reality television. 
Bryan: I wish I could say that I hate reality TV, but sometimes those shows really suck you in. My favorite show is Mythbusters, which is kind of reality TV – more real than “reality” TV, no? 

Liz: You've just won the lottery, what are the first few purchases you'll make for yourself and your loved ones?  
Bryan: Without a doubt, a 2013 Bentley GT Speed. After that, just a LOT of gas! 

Liz: What is your style when your not in uniform? 
Bryan: I actually don't wear a uniform anymore. But my new “uniform” is a pair of kick ass jeans, a plain tee, and my black chucks. 

Liz: You can travel to any country in the world, what is your first choice and why? 
Bryan: Iceland! That country is amazing. No matter how many times I've been to Reykjavik, Iceland's capital, it's never enough. Visit there once and you'll understand.

So what are you waiting for? I loved his book, and so will you! Go check Bryan out for yourself!  

Check him out on his Amazon Author Page or at his website.


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