Saturday, September 28, 2013

Writers4Higher features Gary "Dutch" Hinkle

Welcome to Writers4Higher



The purpose of the Writers4Higher blog: to feature authors in a new light, a fresh look at the way writers use their talents and life energies to uplift humankind. Writers4Higher doesn’t promote religious or political views. Authors are asked to answer three simple questions: simple, yet complex.


This issue, Writers4Higher features

Gary "Dutch" Hinkle



Hi, Dutch. Welcome to the Writers4Higher family!


1.          Tell me about yourself. Your book(s), your life, your inspiration.

For my high school yearbook, I was asked what is the best description of my life that was unfolding before me. Decades later, I saw my response again in writing. I had said, “To uniquely fulfill my destiny”(It really is !). If asked today, what is my measurement of living up to my response as a young man?

I am a martial arts “master” with an extensive background that spans 
over 45 years, and includes training in over two dozen different martial arts in the U.S., Europe, South America, and the Orient. With advanced Black Belts in over 9 disciplines and a PhD in Oriental Studies, I am considered an authority and an expert on self-defense and martial arts. I still teach martial arts to Black Belts from many disciplines every week.

I have been on over a dozen radio programs, one nationally syndicated program, as a special expert guest. Can be heard as FREE MP3 audio files on YouTube and iTunes) I have written several books and many articles on the internet on specific areas of self-defense and martial arts.

I am also an experienced, internationally Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and business fraud investigator. While I ran my own business consulting company in Oklahoma, I also became a Licensed Crime & Fidelity Bond Adjuster. I have conducted many presentations to many business organizations in the areas of business fraud detection and elimination. I have several books in various stages of preparation on the subject of business fraud. 
I am a past Fortune 500 Corporate Manager.

I am also a world traveler. Not only have I either lived or visited every state in this country, I have visited and lived for a time in Canada, and many countries in Europe, South America, and Asia.

And finally, I am a published author. As a three time “#1 Bestselling Author” on Amazon, my books are being sold around the world in 5 continents and 7 international markets.

2.   Where do you see your writing taking you in the future?
If you could go back ten years into my past and ask me if I would write a book, I would have given you a dozen reasons why I was not qualified and unworthy. But here I am, a published author of many books and articles, with people around the world benefiting from my knowledge and experience. As you see from my experience, I have a wealth of ideas to draw from for the books to come.

It has become hard at times to keep up with potential book concepts and ideas. With four books complete, several being translated in many languages and into audio books, and with many books in various stages of completion, I have never been so successful, and bound out of bed every morning with a drive to do more…


3.   How do you use your talents/time to help others?

I sincerely believe that my existence in this world is to make a difference to others, to inspire others, and to improve the condition around me by helping others. I do this by sharing my knowledge and beliefs in the vehicle of writing books, giving presentations, and teaching classes. Not only do I teach martial arts and self-defense classes, I also teach classes on beginning Japanese language, beginning Japanese writing, assisting authors in writing books and getting published, and assisting those in business in the areas of business fraud, business ethics, and ancient Chinese strategies that are being used in business every day.


Gary "Dutch" Hinkle, AAS, BS, PhD
6th Degree Black Belt Master Ju-Jitsu Instructor (Kyoshi)
Expert in Martial Arts and Self-Defense
45 years of experience / over 9 Black Belts 

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Would you like to find  Gary "Dutch" Hinkle?

Check out the links to this talented author:





"Secret Wisdom of the Orient" on Amazon


 Master "Dutch" Hinkle's author webpage on Amazon


"Secret Buttons of the Hand" on Amazon









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Fiction with a Southern Twist





Saturday, September 7, 2013

Writers4Higher features Lori Nelson Spielman

Welcome to Writers4Higher




The purpose of the Writers4Higher blog: to feature authors in a new light, a fresh look at the way writers use their talents and life energies to uplift humankind. Writers4Higher doesn’t promote religious or political views. Authors are asked to answer three simple questions: simple, yet complex.


This issue, Writers4Higher features
Lori Nelson Spielman




Hi, Lori. Welcome to the Writers4Higher family!

1.Tell me about yourself. Your book(s), your life, your inspiration.

I’m 52 years old—quite possibly the oldest debut novelist ever! I’m married to a wonderful college professor and have two step-adults and three grandchildren. Like the protagonist in The Life List, I’m a homebound teacher in an inner city school, where I teach sick children in their homes or at the hospital, a job that allows me to glimpse a slice of life I wouldn’t normally be privy to.

Early on in my job, I was assigned to teach a group of expelled teens, and began writing vignettes for these students as part of their English credit. These stories of conflict resolution reignited my passion for writing. From there, I began taking classes and working on a young adult novel.  Ten years and three novels later, I had an impressive collection of rejection letters.


Then one day I came across an old cedar box, and tucked inside was the life list I’d written when I was fourteen. I was pleased that I’d accomplished many of the goals, but others had eluded me. Were these childhood goals valid, even today? And what if I were forced to complete this silly list? This became the seed for my story, The Life List.


2. Where do you see your writing taking you in the future?

I’m terrified of the sophomore slump, so I’m relieved to say I’ve finally landed upon an idea I’m really excited about! My agent and editor would like me to write another book of the same tone and genre of The Life List. Luckily, I love this type of story—not too dark, not too fluffy. I’m taking a year leave of absence from my job, and hope to write book two while I’m off work. Yikes, I said it! Let’s hope I didn’t jinx myself!


3. How do you use your talents/time to help others?

I’m a bit uncomfortable talking publicly about what I do to help others. But I will say two things—first, I’m incredibly grateful for the letters I’ve received from readers, telling me how The Life List has inspired them to make changes in their lives. One of the central themes in the novel is to go after your dreams. I’d love to think that perhaps my story gave someone the courage to do exactly that.

Second, I was lucky to be born with a fairly happy disposition. I genuinely like most people, and they seem to like me. At some point in my adulthood, I began to wonder about my purpose on earth. Finally, it dawned on me that my purpose was to make others feel good. Not necessarily by visiting hospital bedsides or doing missionary work, but by being kind, each and every day, to everyone I encountered.

Mind you, I sometimes fall short of this goal. But I firmly believe that every one of us has the potential to make the world a better place each time we enter a room. We can do it with a warm smile, or by treating a stranger with respect, by asking someone about their day and really listening, or by complimenting someone who’s doing something well. It’s incredibly easy, and you’d be surprised how it can change the mood of a waitress or a clerk, a colleague or a friend.


Would you like to find Lori?

Check out the links to this talented author:


Facebook Author Page: Lori on Facebook


Amazon link: "The Life LIst" on Amazon

A former speech pathologist and guidance counselor, Lori Nelson Spielman currently works as a homebound teacher for inner-city students. Her debut novel, THE LIFE LIST, has sold in 16 countries and Fox 2000 has purchased the film option. Lori and her husband live in Michigan.







Be sure to visit the Writers4Higher Market! We have gear for the writer in you.

Rhett DeVane
Fiction with a Southern Twist




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