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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Welcome Paul H. Magid

1.  Tell us about your latest book. LIFTING THE WHEEL OF KARMA is a profound spiritual journey of extraordinary healing and redemption set within a modern tale that harkens back to the myths of antiquity.
2.  How did you come up with the title for your book(s)?For me, coming up with the right title was nearly harder than writing the book! If I told you some of the past titles I was considering, you probably wouldn’t believe me. Ultimately, I believe the title should express what the novel is about. In my case, that involved a long sleepless night high up in the Himalayas of India, writing and rewriting many different versions until finally, LIFTING THE WHEEL OF KARMA, just made sense.
3.  How much of your work is real? How much is fantasy?The vast majority of my novel is real in the traditional sense. While there is most certainly an element of supernatural, I believe how much of that is supernatural would depend on whom you ask.
4.  What advice would you give to writers just starting out?Never give up and never permit yourself to give less than everything you’ve got.
5.  Do you ever suffer from writer's block? If so, what do you do about it? I think it would be safe to say that I have had more than my fair share of writer’s block –it took me 25 years to write my novel. I don’t obsess about writer’s block because I think it only makes it worse. I try to let the work flow organically and put myself in a working meditative place that allows the work to flow.
6.  Who is your favorite author and why? My favorite author is Theodore Dreiser, who in 1925 wrote “An American Tragedy”. I love this book not only because it nearly single handedly taught me every word I needed to know for the SATs, but he so vividly captured the tortured restraint of the protagonist who, tragically, was not ultimately able to restrain his torment.
7.  How did you deal with rejection letters?I think dealing with and processing rejection letters is probably a lot like dealing with the 5 Stages of grief. Ultimately, however, I simply realized that agents just didn’t get the work and that it was up to me to share it with the world. Fortunately for me, the world has been universally kind, receptive, and supportive.
8.  What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?Passion, a refusal to give up, and an ability to connect with readers.
9.  Do you ever research real events, legends, or myths to get ideas?The universal archetype of mythologies has been a major influence on the fabric of my story.
10.              What's the weirdest thing you've ever done in the name of research?Attempting snake charming up close and personal.
11.              Where can we find out more about your books?You can find out more about my novel, LIFTING THE WHEEL OF KARMA, on my web site: www.PaulHMagid.comand Amazon.com

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Lifting the Wheel of Karma Book Summary
A Profound Spiritual Journey of Extraordinary Healing and Redemption

Joseph Connell is a gifted high school athlete from Montana, loved deeply by his family, yet tormented by nightmarish visions he can neither explain nor escape.

He believes the answer to what threatens to crush him can be found in the knowledge possessed by a mystical old wise man, who lives deep within the remote Himalayas of India.

If Joseph is ever to find the peace he so desperately seeks, he must get this wise old man to reveal what he truly knows, but that will not be easy…for this sage knows far more than he admits.

A modern tale that harkens back to the myths of antiquity. It takes you on a remarkable journey, while exploring the themes of healing, redemption, forgiveness, sacrifice, and ultimately...peace within.

Paul H. Magid's Bio:
Paul H. Magid started writing his debut novel, Lifting the Wheel of Karma, twenty-five years ago while still in high school. It took him so long to complete because he tried repeatedly to abandon it, but the work refused to be forsaken. Eventually he realized that sharing this story with the world was, in fact, his Dharma.

Along the way he has worked as a Wall Street financial analyst, a waiter (not a very good one), a Hollywood Agent Trainee, a real estate developer, a summer day camp director, an award winning screenwriter, and independent filmmaker—including his autobiographical film, A Life Unfinished, which screened in The Hamptons International Film Festival.

Price: $15.00
ISBN: 9780984016068
Pages: 192
Release: September 23, 2011

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Price: $9.99

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Tribute Books said...

Thanks Brynna for hosting Paul today, and for helping to spread the word about his book.

Paul, I think the blood, sweat and tears that went into crafting the title were well worth it. It's a great one!

Paul H. Magid said...

Thank you, Brynna, for giving me this opportunity to connect with your readers.

Everyone can also check out my new book trailer and related novel videos at:


All the best...
Paul H. Magid