Yvette Araujo pens ‘The Fallen’ Book Series

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Yvette Araujo
Author, The Fallen book series
http://www.fallenthebookseries.com

What inspired you to write your first book?
I am and always have been inspired and intrigued by the diversity of cultures, religions and individuals of spirit, albeit, evil or good. There is a fine line, what appears as blessing, may be the door to a darker side (i.e., a lottery ticket, fame at an early age etc. While great tragedies, assassination of great leaders, horrific natural disasters, may be the opening of change for the betterment of mankind. Understanding, not necessarily agreeing, but withholding judgement and learn[ing], less criticiz[ing].

Do you have a specific writing style?
No boundaries. Fin.

What books have most impacted your life (or life as a writer)?
James Patterson, Ray Bradbury, National Geographic as well as Discovery.

What books are you currently reading? Why this author?
I am currently not reading a book, the brain is constantly recording writings and ideas, as well as snapshots of what we read or expose ourselves. It can influence my writing as I am now, and appear as something original.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about your latest work?
I do not want to second-guess myself in my writing. I work hard at saying what I mean, what I say. I must remain open to fresh ideas and growth.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing or coming up with a concept for your book?
The challenge would be to not seen as a diverse writer. I have more stories and mysteries in this world to push out.

What was the hardest part of completing this project?
I can say that not having recognition by a literary agent and seeing a want fulfilled is the hardest part. I am but a speck in the very large pool of authors making their mark in the literary world. However, I am a force to be reckoned with. No is not in my vocabulary…perhaps not now.

What advice would you give other writers?
Dream the impossible, and once you set it into action … follow through. FOLLOW THROUGH!

Describe the process of getting published.
Support of family, a business manager that believed in the process, and understanding that waiting for recognition was not an option, I used my resources, financially and intellectually, and made much noise to a publishing house that accepted my work.

What were the literary, psychological and/or logistical challenges in bringing your work to life?
Researching, and learning truths of history, religion and culture. Changing and stretching my mind to their way of life, beliefs and history of cultures. What makes their cultures the way they function, how do they perform in the differences of spiritual beliefs vs what some may believe sadistic.

Everyone’s process for writing is different. Explain yours.
I take 20 legal pads and write manually. I take them everywhere I go. If I run out, I will write on a cocktail napkin, whatever is available. I like writing in noise. The quiet disturbs me, and I tend to wonder about others’ needs, errands, tasks to accomplish. I am organized in the noise of life.

What are five of your favorite books?
What You Owe Me, Diary of Suzane, Addicted, The Green Mile, The Stand

Please provide three “good to know” fact about you. Tell us about your first job or the inspiration behind your writing.
I am generous to my misfortune.( It is my time to rise, so I may help others without, leaving my talents closeted) I have a zero tolerance for those that will not empowering themselves .. .in any facet of a gift they possess. I am ruled by intuition, and intellect.

What is the mission you set out to accomplish with your voice in this book?
“The what if factor.” “Believe in something grander than yourself.” “Embrace the diversity of others as we are on this journey together.”

A great book has what?
Thinking outside the box, without predictability

You develop character and ideas by …. Pieces of who I am, and my growing process. My experiences, both Success and Tragedy

Where would you travel if you could to write you next book?
I am here.

What is the gift of reading and why does it around up a new world?
Knowing something about everything, for you, not for impression at cocktail parties, or boast to those that may not know its a gift. Share the knowledge of that gift with those.

Learn more at https://fallenthebookseries.com/

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2016 Time Person of the Year: Donald J. Trump

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BY MICHAEL SCHERER for Time Magazine

PHOTOGRAPHS BY NADAV KANDER FOR TIME

Even for Donald Trump, the distance is still fun to think about, up here in his penthouse 600 ft. in the sky, where it’s hard to make out the regular people below. The ice skaters swarming Central Park’s Wollman Rink look like old-television static, and the Fifth Avenue holiday shoppers could be mites in a gutter. To even see this view, elevator operators, who spend their days standing in place, must push a button marked 66–68, announcing all three floors of Trump’s princely pad. Inside, staff members wear cloth slipcovers on their shoes, so as not to scuff the shiny marble or stain the plush cream carpets.

This is, in short, not a natural place to refine the common touch. It’s gilded and gaudy, a dreamscape of faded tapestry, antique clocks and fresco-style ceiling murals of gym-rat Greek gods. The throw pillows carry the Trump shield, and the paper napkins are monogrammed with the family name. His closest neighbors, at least at this altitude, are an international set of billionaire moguls who have decided to stash their money at One57 and 432 Park, the two newest skyscrapers to remake midtown Manhattan. There is no tight-knit community in the sky, no paperboy or postman, no bowling over brews after work.

 

And yet here Trump resides, under dripping crystal, with diamond cuff links, as the President-elect of the United States of America. The Secret Service agents milling about prove that it really happened, this election result few saw coming. Hulking and serious, they gingerly try to stay on the marble, avoiding the carpets with their uncovered shoes. On his wife Melania’s desk, next to books of Gianni Versace’s fashions and Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry, a new volume sits front and center: The White House: Its Historic Furnishings and First Families.

For all of Trump’s public life, tastemakers and intellectuals have dismissed him as a vulgarian and carnival barker, a showman with big flash and little substance. But what those critics never understood was that their disdain gave him strength. For years, he fed off the disrespect and used it to grab more tabloid headlines, to connect to common people. Now he has upended the leadership of both major political parties and effectively shifted the political direction of the international order. He will soon command history’s most lethal military, along with economic levers that can change the lives of billions. And the people he has to thank are those he calls “the forgotten,” millions of American voters who get paid by the hour in shoes that will never touch these carpets—working folk, regular Janes and Joes, the dots in the distance.

It’s a topic Trump wants to discuss as he settles down in his dining room, with its two-story ceiling and marble table the length of a horseshoe pitch: the winning margins he achieved in West Virginia coal country, the rally crowds that swelled on Election Day, what he calls that “interesting thing,” the contradiction at the core of his appeal. “What amazes a lot of people is that I’m sitting in an apartment the likes of which nobody’s ever seen,” the next President says, smiling. “And yet I represent the workers of the world.”

The late Fidel Castro would probably spit out his cigar if he heard that one—a billionaire who branded excess claiming the slogans of the proletariat. But Trump doesn’t care. “I’m representing them, and they love me and I love them,” he continues, talking about the people of Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania, the struggling Rust Belt necklace around the Great Lakes that delivered his victory. “And here we sit, in very different circumstances.”

The Last, Greatest Deal
For nearly 17 months on the campaign trail, Trump did what no American politician had attempted in a generation, with defiant flair. Instead of painting a bright vision for a unified future, he magnified the divisions of the present, inspiring new levels of anger and fear within his country. Whatever you think of the man, this much is undeniable: he uncovered an opportunity others didn’t believe existed, the last, greatest deal for a 21st century salesman. The national press, the late-night comics, the elected leaders, the donors, the corporate chiefs and a sitting President who prematurely dropped his mic—they all believed he was just taking the country for a ride.

Now it’s difficult to count all the ways Trump remade the game: the huckster came off more real than the scripted political pros. The cable-news addict made pollsters look like chumps. The fabulist out-shouted journalists fighting to separate fact from falsehood. The demagogue won more Latino and black votes than the 2012 Republican nominee.

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