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Interview with Dr Allen Lycka

He is an author, speaker, life-changing coach, and a motivational speaker. His recent book is based on real-life experiences, co-authored with Harriet Tinka

Q.1 Tell us something about yourself not many people know?
A. I love to travel and photography. I have travelled to 70+ countries and my photography has been exhibited in art galleries around the world.

Q.2 When should we expect your next book? What will it be about? Do you have any plans to write an autobiography?
A. I have a dozen projects in the works. Right now, I am writing The Secrets to Living A Fantastic Life Book 2, and The Secrets to Living A Fantastic Business Life. But in the near future, we will be requesting authors to send their stories for The Secrets to Living a Fantastic Life – (i) book on Love; (ii) book on Inspiration; (iii) book on victory (iv) book on vulnerability. We intend to have at least 20 books and want our readers to help us. We will be launching our YouTube channel, our podcasts, and private members sites. Stay tuned.

Q.3 When did you decide to write The Secrets to Living a Fantastic Life?
A. Soon after I became enlightened by having the burden of my death sentence, and I realized I had misdiagnosed, I decided to live a more fulfilling life by giving back. I met Harriet Tinka when sponsoring A Woman of Distinction event for the YWCA. She offered to take me for lunch and the idea of writing a book emerged. That was over 6 years ago, the book recently became a #1 best seller in the Great COVID pandemic of 2020.

Q.4 In the book, you said taking risks and staying focused is important, what type of risks you’re talking about?
A. Life is all about taking risks and life can change in an instant. Remember, the theme of my book is that it’s not what happens to you, it’s what you do with what happens.

Q.5 What were your feelings when you first saw the cover of the finished product?
A. I really couldn’t believe how beautiful it was. I had a tear in my eye.

Q.6 What do you want readers to take away from your book?
A. It’s not what happens to you, it’s what you do with what happens.

Q.7 What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing this book?
A. We have been overwhelmed by the acceptance of our book in this time of worldwide despair.

Q.8 What was the hardest part of writing this book?
A. The hardest part of any book is sitting down and writing. Walter Wellesley “Red” Smith in 1949 was once asked something similar when asked if turning out a daily column wasn’t quite a chore. …” Why, no,” dead-panned Red. You simply sit down at the typewriter, open your veins, and bleed. But the most gruelling part is rewriting. This book took over 20 edits.

Q.9 How do you describe your writing experience with Harriet Tinka? If you have different opinions on a particular situation, how did you resolve it?
A. Writing with Harriet was a dream come true. She would provide a statement and I would complete it and vice versa. We never had to resolve any problem, we complemented each other

Q.10 What is the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
A. Just do it.

Q.11 Who would you most like to thank for their involvement in your writing career?
A. Dan S. Kennedy - a well-known business the writer told me to write every day, no matter what, and do something to promote your book every day.

Q.12 How does the empowerment of women affect development?
A. I think it’s a good thing. All people need to be empowered. I applaud empowerment of women and have been an outspoken spokesman on this.

Q.13 Tell us about your writing process while you’re working?
A. For me, writing comes in spurts. When the muse is there, I write. When not, I rewrite.

Q.14 Do you have any unique and quirky writing habits?
A. I can write anywhere. Writing on planes, my lake cottage, crowded noisy cafes. The trick is “looking inward.”

Q.15 How does your family/friends feel about your book or writing venture in general?
A. I think they like it. They made my book a best seller.

Q.16 Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with good and bad ones?
A. Yes, I read all reviews. I’m thrilled that 95% rate this book as good or very good. Good is good. I think those who write bad reviews don’t get it.

Q.17 What would you share with folks who are sceptical of reading Non-Fiction?
A. Here are three comments from a book of the day event held by the Online Book Club.

Joshua Olabode Lawal Olokodana
This book is for everyone. This book is top quality because the authors have written from their personal experiences. It is not an assumption, it is a FACT. It deserves to be today's BOTD.

Erick Muyesu
It's everyone's dream to learn the secrets of living a fantastic life especially with the many challenges that arise in our day to day life. I am glad that the authors chose to write a book that may serve as a guide to living a fantastic life. Thank you for your informative review. Congratulations to the author on BOTD.

Kenesha Latoya Fowler
Tragedies, trials, and tribulations happen in life. This book shows us that it's possible to get through them, learn from them, and live a fulfilled life. I commend the authors for putting together such a book. May it be a blessing and encouragement to all who read it.

Q.18 Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
A. I have often said I’d love to meet Mahatma Gandhi as learns more about his doctrine for peace.

Q.19 What books have most influenced your life?
A. I have read thousands of books and continue to read one per week. Dan S Kennedy, Brendon Burchard, Tony Robbins and Earl Nightingale are some of them.

Q.20 Share the experience of your journey so far?
A. It’s been illuminating and I enjoy every day of it.

Share your social account links –
Twitter - @drAllenLycka

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