Author Interview of Robert Grant

Author Interview of Robert Grant

On the eve of the publication of Robert Grant’s second book, The Nostrum Conspiracy, Diamante Lavendar interviewed Robert for her blog at http://diamantelavendar.com/.

Here is a brief excerpt from her interview:

  1. What prompted you to write your book?

    As long as I can remember, I wanted to be a writer.  Like many young people who are called to a creative life, I had to contend with well-meaning friends and family members who discouraged it.  While I have spent most of my career as a successful attorney, I never forgot my dream.  In the meantime, I pursued many other interests and was fortunate enough to have some amazing adventures.  One of those interests was martial arts.  I spent many years studying and teaching Chinese Internal Martial Arts.  Before his death, I promised my teacher I would someday write that book I always wanted to write and began to develop a story idea that pitted a young lawyer/martial artist against a powerful pharmaceutical company in a conflict over a miracle cure.  The hero wants to ensure the cure is freely available to everyone, but powerful enemies want to suppress it.

You can read the rest of the interview at:

http://diamantelavendar.com/spotlight-naked-tao-robert-grant/

Peace out,

Robert

The Joy of Writing

 

I love writing.  There is something magical about the creative process.  I begin with an empty page and a sliver of an idea.  I get to play with those ideas and let my imagination run wild.  Characters are born in the imaginative fire and soon take on lives of their own.  They become friends to me and will soon be your friends too.

Over 1,000 people participated in our recent book giveaways.  The last of the winners will receive their copies of Naked Tao in a few days.  Some of those winners live half way around the word.  Yes, my friends are traveling far and wide.

My second book, The Nostrum Conspiracy, will be on the shelves of book stores in a few weeks.  Soon I will be starting book three.  Yes, I love writing.

Peace out,

Robert

Signed First Edition Giveaway on Goodreads

Dear Friends,

Thank you for all of the positive feedback on my first book in the Naked Tao series.  Your response has been heart-warming.  I feel truly blessed.

So with a grateful heart I would like to give back tenfold.  My first step is to give away 25 signed first editions of Naked Tao.  For those of you who are interested, please go to Goodreads to enter for your chance.

Here is the link for my book giveaway:

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/enter_choose_address/152387-naked-tao

I would appreciate it if the book winners would write a review on Goodreads and/or Amazon.  Of course, this is not required.

The second book in the series, Naked Chi, will be available soon. Enjoy!

Peace out,

Robert

 

All of Eternity is Contained in the Present Moment

All of eternity is contained in the present moment.  The past and the future are illusions.  Living in the past is a sickness, because it was never really the way we remember.  It’s just a story we made up. Hurrying headlong from the present moment into an uncertain future is likewise an illness to be avoided at all costs.  The present moment is everything.  That’s why we say, choose this and not that.

Peace out,

Robert

Winter day in Alaska.

Excerpt from Robert’s Upcoming Book

“You’re wounded,” she said.  “I failed.”

She thought only of protecting me and damn near got herself killed doing it.  Something shifted inside of me.  Without thinking, I gathered her into my arms and held her tight for the first time.  She melted into me like she had been there a thousand times before.

“You did not fail,” I said.  “It wasn’t Slotter who did this to me.  I was shot in the back by one of her minions.”

Unplugged at Angel Falls

 

There are many reasons I adore my wife, Rebecca, and one of them is the pleasure we take in simple things.  A walkabout is a spiritual quest taken by a young Aborigine.  For us, a walkabout is as simple as unplugging for a few days and walking into the backcountry to hang-out with the butterflies at Angel Falls.

Angel Falls

The rhythm of the forest is slow, but it didn’t take long for us to slow down enough to find our still point.  It’s there that the knots can be untied.  At Angel Falls we loosened the stranglehold of our knots.  Maybe someday we will untie them all and set ourselves free.

Rebecca Grant

One of my favorite authors is Joseph Campbell and his most famous line might be, “Follow your bliss.”  Unplugging for a short time gave us the quiet we needed to open our eyes to the beauty that surrounds us.  For Rebecca and I, bliss was found among the ancient trees standing firmly rooted in Mother Earth while reaching high for the stars.

Forest Trail

Stand firm, my friends.  Reach high for the stars, my friends.

Dusk in the Red River Gorge

Peace out,

Robert

 

What’s In Your Center?

What’s In Your Center?

Imagine a storm rages all around you.  You hear a deafening roar that resembles a freight train.  Objects that were never meant to fly whiz past your head and you are afraid.  You drop down as low as you can get and hope the storm won’t take you, but the wind is strong enough to lift you a foot off the ground.

Tornado

 

How do you survive?

Shell

Find your center.  Be the eye of the storm.  Let the rage exhaust itself around you, but do not let it in.

Milky Way

 

Peace out,

Robert

There Are No Limits When You Follow The Instructions

There are no limits when you follow the instructions.

When I was 12 years old, I wanted to play football.  Of course, I had never played football and knew nothing about the game.  My mother was afraid I might be injured and opposed the idea.  In a stroke of genius, I promised her I would follow the Coach’s instructions without fail.  With this promise, she finally agreed to let me play.  Later she confessed she only agreed because she was sure I would quit after the first practice.

Listen

I kept my promise.  I listened to the Coach and followed his instruction without fail.  As you can imagine, the Coach was impressed with my “coachability” and quickly inserted me into the starting lineup.  He had faith in me and I never let him down.  I played for six seasons.

My mom came to love the game and never missed an opportunity to see me play.  I think she was more disappointed than me when I injured myself during the last game of my senior year in high school and missed an opportunity to go to West Point and play football for Army.  Imagine what can happen if you only follow the instructions.

Peace out,

Robert

Naked Tao is available at Amazon.com.

The Master Within

The Master Within

 

As rebellious two year olds, we were compelled to explore the world around us and shouted “NO” to anyone who tried to stop us.  As rebellious teenagers, we hungered to assert our independence and resisted all well-meaning advice to the contrary.  As domesticated adults, we have surrendered to the forces around us.  We have lost our way, but it’s not too late to connect to the Master within.

Naked Tao

Here are a few simple practices that will reverse the process and lead you back to the part of you who knows no master:

 

  • Reassert your independence. Each day choose one thing you want and give it to yourself. Don’t ask anyone for permission. Have no regrets. Do not entertain any second thoughts.
  • Explore your world. Begin right where you are and look at it with fresh eyes. Look at it with the eyes of a two year old. Now venture outward. You don’t need anyone’s permission. Just do it.
  • Believe in yourself. Remember a time when you achieved something special. You were amazing and you felt like you could do anything you set your mind to. Choose to feel that again.
  • Think for yourself. Everyone has a genius inside of them, especially you. Connect with it. Embrace it. Use it.       Listen to your intuition.
  • Take ownership of your life. Right now, stop blaming your parents, spouse, government, aliens, etc. for your problems. This is your life. Own it.
  • Stay out of other people’s business. Tend to your own life and allow others to tend to theirs.

 

You are the Master of your own life.  Start living it now and by all means, enjoy yourself!

 

Peace out,

Robert