Sometimes it takes eight years to commission in the military. Other times it takes six years to admit you were wrong. And then it might take nine years to find your fit at the CIA. These are the definitive stories of the author’s life, and these are the types of stories found in this book. The accounts, which span the globe from Baghdad to Afghanistan and from the headquarters of the CIA to the cockpit of an F-16, tell seven inspiring and motivational stories to give readers the drive to keep going in the toughest of times—what the author calls “getting after it.” Some stories might make you cry, while others may leave you wondering “Did that really happen?” Each tale contains multiple, concrete, and applicable lessons, enabling the reader to put their newly found inspiration to practical and applicable use in their own lives.
Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author Parker Schaffel whose book Get After It inspired as well as moved me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love memoirs and inspiring stories but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for Parker Schaffel, a biography of the author and an interview between me and Parker Schaffel will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful Parker Schaffel!
Parker Schaffel hasn’t done everything, but he’s done a lot and definitely gets after it.
He served in the US Navy, jumped out of planes more than 50 times, and ran a successful financial planning business. He spent almost two years living and serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, and Jordan and has visited 25 other countries across five continents. He’s worked as a military intelligence analyst and at the Central Intelligence Agency and as a diplomat for the State Department. He teaches at-risk youth how to play the guitar, bass, and drums, in addition to having his own solo music career. He’s dabbled in stand-up comedy, acting, and photography.
He’s definitely unique, not only because of his experiences, but because he’s literally the only Parker Schaffel in the world. Seriously, look it up.
Now, how wonderful does Parker Schaffel sound?! Parker Schaffel is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of Parker Schaffel’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and Parker Schaffel, I hope that you enjoy Parker Schaffel’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!
Thank you for joining us today at Red Headed Book Lover! Please tell us more about yourself!
Parker Schaffel hasn’t done everything, but he’s done a lot. He served in the US Navy, jumped out of planes more than 50 times, and ran a successful financial planning business. He spent almost two years living and serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, and Jordan and has visited 25 other countries across five continents. He’s worked as a military intelligence analyst and at the Central Intelligence Agency and as a diplomat for the State Department. He teaches at-risk youth how to play the guitar, bass, and drums, in addition to having his own solo music career. He’s dabbled in stand-up comedy, acting, and photography. He’s definitely unique, not only because of his experiences, but because he’s literally the only Parker Schaffel in the world. Seriously, look it up.
Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book?
I’m extremely grateful to have the myriad experiences I do, but I realized that by keeping them to myself, I only served myself. To help make the world a better place and contribute to the betterment of society, I decided to share my seven, most-impactful stories and associated lessons learned in this book. Also, my personal legacy is extremely important to me, and I wanted to ensure that something would live on after I depart from this planet. Now, as long as the internet exists, these seven inspirational, true stories and associated lessons will exist for people to discover and use in their own lives.
What would your advice be for aspiring writers?
My biggest piece of advice for aspiring writers is to write one paragraph a day. If you can do that, you’ll have a page in three days and more than 100 pages in a year. I’d also bet that if you write one paragraph you’ll probably end up writing more. Remember that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Writing a book can seem daunting but when you break it down into little pieces, you see how much more manageable the process can be. One paragraph a day.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book?
The most important thing in a book is the emotion it creates. Different types of media create different kinds of emotions, but nothing can do as much, in as much detail, over a consistent amount of time as a book can. I believe that emotions are the basis of our lives and, in many cases, the thing that joins all human beings together, as all of us, no matter our skin color, gender, culture, background, etc., experience love, hate, pain, happiness, anger, fear, compassion, and inspiration and any other emotion. A book can tap into any (or all) of those emotions and evoke them far greater than any other type of media out there.
What is your writing process like?
Writing non-fiction is my specialty, so I generally follow standard structure for non-fiction stories: what things were like before; the event that changed everything; and what things were like after. One I have the basic outline of the story, I write out as much as I can, in as much detail as possible. I find that it’s incredibly important to not judge the words you type while you’re typing them but to get everything on the page and determine, at a later time, if it is important for the story. I’d rather have too much content and have to cut some things for clarity rather than not have enough and try to add in information later. Once I have a story I’m happy with, I’ll send it to my support team, a group of about five or six people, who will proofread the story for me and let me know what they liked and what they didn’t like. I’ll consider all of their feedback and incorporate their suggestions where I think they are appropriate.
Do you have a set schedule for writing, or do you only write when you feel inspired?
I might be lucky in this case but I regularly feel inspired to write, no matter the situation. I write while commuting on the train to work, when I’m at home, on weekends, or sometimes even on a lunch break at work. Going off of my “write a paragraph a day” mantra, I find that pulling out my laptop for 10 seemingly random minutes can add up to some useful content for my next project. That said, if I have a specific project with my own self-imposed deadlines, I’ll ensure I schedule more time to write.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I read on a variety of topics, including current affairs, history, non-fiction, fantasy, and biographies. My favorite authors of all time are J.R.R. Tolkien, Dan Brown, and Stieg Larsson, whose books kept be entranced from start to finish. I’m a huge fan of Michael Lewis and Malcolm Gladwell, who are masters at using storytelling to enable a reader to understand complex topics.
Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?
For my next book, I have several ideas in the mix, including a children’s book based on a cartoon motorcycle who teaches road and bicycle safety, a non-fiction book including stories from my overseas travels and the shenanigans that ensued, and a non-fiction book about the daily frustrating/funny goings on from my experience at the CIA, State Department, and US Navy, with a potential title of “You’re Welcome, America: Silly, Funny, and Frustrating Stories of Defending the US Far from the Front Lines”. I’m also considering ghostwriting for a few people with incredible stories.
Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Parker Schaffel! If you have liked what you have read about Parker Schaffel and are interested in learning more about Parker Schaffel and reading Parker Schaffel’s work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.
Goodbye for now book lovers,