IndieView with John Forelli, author of Ayahuasca In The Age Of Donald Trump

What came easily? Nike that shit. I love listening to music while I write, but only instrumentals. About the book
What is the book about? Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? Not really. The only thing I need is inspiration. There are a couple of types of people who will love this book: avid users of psychedelics, travelers, and conscientious Americans who are concerned about the place their country has become. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? There are a couple of types of people who will love this book: avid users of psychedelics, travelers, and conscientious Americans who are concerned about the place their country has become. I submitted it to Anthony Bourdain’s book agency, since he took a very similar trip and he was one of my inspirations for going in the first place. Once I have inspiration the words flow like water. Verbatim. I did that myself as well. Done. The story is simply a moment to moment retelling of what actually happened during my trip. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? John Forelli – 5 March 2019
The Back Flap
Have you ever asked yourself the question…what is the true nature of reality, and what is my place in it? Where did you get the idea from? Added a title, and boom. I was reading Hunter S. I didn’t hear back from any, so I decided to self-publish. Get your copy of   Ayahuasca In The Age Of Donald Trump from Amazon US or Amazon UK. I don’t force myself into a process. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? The book is a true story about a trip to Peru I took last summer. Did you hire a professional editor? We all know how important it is for writers to read. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? Yes, three or four. Yes! I took one of the pictures I took in Peru and wrapped it so that it extends from back to front. Presented with photographs of Peru from the ancient alleys of Cusco to the dizzying heights of Machu Picchu, Ayahuasca in the Age of Donald Trump is a spiritual quest within a travel memoir. No. It is the true story of John’s trip—the journey of a lifetime. I was so inspired I couldn’t not write. I waited for about two months to hear from my first round of submissions. I very rarely write anything down, other than what ends up in the book, of course. I’m very possessive of my words and I don’t like other people telling me to change them. I have an idea in my head of how I want the book to flow. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) On the plane home from Peru. But I’ve told my truth and now people can read it, and that’s what I care about. They’re all real, though I did change some names. I didn’t hear back. About three months. I’m sending it out to lots of book blogs and have advertising planned. It’s journey of self-discovery and a search for true. If so can you please describe it? The whole shebang. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? When did you start writing the book? Like I said, it all happened, so it was easy to write it down. Do you outline? Do you have a target reader? Do you listen to music while you write? Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? Waiting for him in the Sacred Valley was a hut, a psychoactive brew called ayahuasca, and a beautiful woman. John Forelli went to Peru in search of the answer. As I go, and then I’ll do a couple rounds of copy editing after I finish. Simple, minimalist, and I think it looks good. I drank ayahuasca in the Sacred Valley with Andean shamans, I saw Machu Picchu, and I met a wonderful girl. Maybe it was a mistake not to wait longer, maybe not. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? How long did it take you to write it? Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas while writing this, and you’ll see the result of that inspiration in my book. Yes! Just do it. Life’s too short to do anything other than what you want to do
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For more from John, visit his website. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? Music with words is too distracting for me when I’m in writing mode.