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A Conversation With Steven Mayfield Author of Afterlife Crisis

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Today, Norm Goldman, Publisher & Editor of Bookpleasures.com is pleased to have as our guest, Steven Mayfield author of Afterlife Crisis.

Good day Steve and thanks for participating in our interview.

The pleasure is all mine!

Norm:

Steve, could you tell us something about your personal and professional background?

Steve:

Yes, Norm. I have a background in corporate management working for large insurance companies in the Chicago area. After I got downsized for the second time in 5 years I said enough. I bought a franchise and became an entrepreneur. Right now, I own a couple of small businesses and am a partner in another. One of the businesses I'm focused on right now is Gentle Ears, a soft skill training and consulting company.

Norm:

When I was reading your book and your portrait of its main character, Frank Moon, I was reminded of the Yiddish word mensch that is a description of a good, caring, warm and compassionate human being. How would you describe someone who could be called a mensch, i.e. what would be his or her exceptional traits? 

Steve:

I believe I would suggest that empathetic listening be right up there for good mensch traits. (By the way, thanks for the education of the word mensch- I never really knew what that word meant!). It seems to me that listening is an art that's not given enough emphasis. I'd also suggest kindness as another characteristic of a true mensch. I think the world needs more of it.

Norm:

What motivated you to write Afterlife Crisis? 

Steve:

I wrote and demoed the songs a few years ago. I always felt my songs told good stories and in my head I heard three songs as a trilogy. I wrote them over the same few months. They were Shooting Stars and Wishes, The Far Side and Ocean of Storms. Eventually, I realized those tunes were reflecting what was happening in my life at the time. I've always written, so I decided to do some fiction based on my own experiences and feelings at the time. Experiences meaning noting my situations to try and make some sense out of them. Feelings meaning working through characters some of the thoughts of spirituality, mortality and meaning I had been having.

Norm:

I notice that you begin each of your chapters with an excerpt from the song lyrics that are included in your CD accompanying the book.  Which came first the song lyrics or the chapter and how did you go about deciding which lyrics to include in the chapter? Why did you include these song lyrics?

Steve:

I wanted the epigraphs to be very meaningful. So usually after the chapters were written I went through my folder of lyrics and other special written bits and selected those that I felt best fit as epigraphs.

Norm:

Do you worry about the human race?

Steve:

 No. I think as a race we're pretty resilient. As Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights said- 98% of us will die sometime- so as individuals, I'd like to suggest that constant learning and self exploration might be a good way to go through life.

Norm: 

Why do you feel that this was an important book for you to write and for all of us to read at this time?

Steve:

 I think my age group is going through a lot of this right now- downsizings, having to deal with an unexpected crisis, questioning our existence, searching for meaning, etc. In fact,, I just got a call yesterday from a friend in his late fifties who just gotten cut loose from his company. We're discovering there really is no resting place.

Take a look at the 1.5 million downloads and viewers Oprah is receiving on her programs with Eckhart Tolle and his spiritual theories. Or how about the great book by Dr. John Izzo- The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die? Our age group is out there seeking comfort.

Norm:

What are your hopes for this book?

Steve:

My hope for anything I do is to be heard. Going forward, I'd like to be able to produce more novel with soundtrack books and eventually make a living at it. I'm working on two more right now.

Norm:

Has your environment and/or upbringing influenced your writing?

Steve:

I think that being a lifelong reader probably influenced me more than anything. I feel I have a good command of vocabulary.

As far as growing up in Chicago in the sixties, what I'm going through in my life, what I'm thinking and feeling more than influences- it becomes my writing- both songs and prose. For example, I struggle with my relationship with my father and my next book I have that as a centerpiece.

Norm:

How did you come up with the title Afterlife Crisis?  

Steve:

Actually I didn't. I thought the title I had- The Warmth Rating- was great. So I was slightly miffed when my publisher mentioned that her team would be having what she called a "title brainstorm meeting." When she emailed me back the title recommendations, Afterlife Crisis was one. After some ego submerging, I realized that was better than Warmth Rating so we went with it.

Norm:

What challenges or obstacles did you encounter while writing your book? How did you overcome these challenges?

Steve:

The biggest challenge was writing the character of Lawrence Drake. I kept mulling over how to characterize him. Then, while on a business trip, I popped out of my hotel room bed in the middle of the night and it all poured out. Other than that, the book flowed out pretty naturally.

Another aspect that was a little frustrating was trying to use other song lyrics for epigraphs. It became so onerous to get permission to use other lyrics that I said the heck with it and wrote epigraphs and other short pieces in the book myself!

Norm:

What did you enjoy most about writing Afterlife Crisis?

Steve:

The whole project was a joy from beginning to end. Whenever I needed an idea, it came. Working through the songs with the band was as usual, without conflict and richly creative. Getting the choir, The Lakeside Singers, to help out on Shooting Stars went great. To be frank, it became one of those experiences that I stayed in the present moment for and appreciated each one of the moments I received for this project.

Norm:

How much real-life do you put into Afterlife Crisis? Is there much “you” in there?

Steve:

Probably about 75%- especially in the flashbacks.

Norm:

How do you want to be remembered when you pass away?

Steve:

If I'm remembered at all- I like it to be said that I was always there for someone who needed me.

Norm:

Do you feel that writers, regardless of genre owe something to readers, if not, why not, if so, why and what would that be?

Steve:

Yes, I do- that would be a story that comes from the heart, one that is as well written as the author knows how to do and one that is true to the writers self.

Norm:

What will you be doing for promotion of Afterlife Crisis and how much of it is your doing? How will you be using the Internet in promoting your book?

Steve: 

We're doing quite a bit. I have a literary publicist- Phenix and Phenix.  I have an author's event coordinator- Victoria Richards. We'll be doing an intense 3 month campaign beginning in August. I'm going to the Book Expo America and trying to get into The Printers Row Book Fair in Chicago.

In addition, we've done a book trailer that will be submitted all over the internet in August. We have a website www.afterlifecrisis.com. It has everything on it including a quiz to uncover the takers warmth rating. 

Finally, I'm working on another video for the book called Afterlife Crisis- Four Nieces and a Nephew.

Norm:

Are you working on any books/projects that you would like to share with us? (We would love to hear all about them!) 

Steve:

I'm working on a book called Boat Thieves set in Chicago and New Buffalo, Michigan and work of non-fiction called Bullet Points at Midlife. Both of those will also be including music.

Norm:

Where can our readers find out more about you and Afterlife Crisis?

Steve: www.afterlifecrisis.com and www.houndz.com. Those are the book and band websites.

Norm:

Is there anything else you wish to add that we have not covered?

Steve:

I'd like to suggest that the book and music together make Afterlife Crisis a much richer experience than either of them on their own,

Thanks once again and good luck with all of your future endeavors.

Many thanks and good fortune to you and Bookpleasures!

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