Friday, April 24, 2015

Writers' Showcase

Authors Donius, Morgan, Wors and Reimer at the cupping room at Kaldi's in Chesterfield, MO (Photograph by Janet Jennewein.) 

Chesterfield (MO) at the cupping room of Kaldi’s coffee the ExecLink St. Louis professional association planned an exclusive event featuring authors and those interested in learning more about becoming a published author.  Chris Riemer has recently published his business parable Happywork; William Donius is moving forward with a follow up to his 2012 book Thought Revolution How to Unlock Your Inner Genius; Wes Morgan wanted to share some highlights of his new book Failure Coach; Victoria (Vicky) Wors is excited about launching her personal and cathartic work I Can’t Believe That Was Me… Oh yes I can, and it still is under a pen name Lauren Taylor.

The intimate gathering was ideal for a candid conversation about a wide range of topics related to publishing but, as it unfolded, it was more revealing as it provided some insight into what drives people to write. “I never saw myself as a writer” says Donius, “but as I started to practice some pretty unorthodox techniques for thinking through problems in a business setting. I was determined to test it with others.” The result was a validation of sorts, a new publisher and an expanded edition of his thesis. Donius challenges his readers to consider the power of the non-dominant side of their brains.

Chris Reimer admits that his high ranking as an influencer in social media added to his ability to get published. Earlier in his life he was a CPA and wanted to make a pretty radical career change. “My wife supported my decision to move in this new direction and she was behind me even though it meant a decrease in salary to support our family.” Chris admits the book is a vehicle for a discussion about toxic workplaces that seem all too common. His book is a vehicle for wider discussions about behaviors in the workplace. Chris is an active speaker too.

Morgan humbly admits “My book exists because I felt compelled to write it. It started as a series of blogs. It is a work of fiction and it is in some ways similar to Chris Riemer’s book. In fact my lead character meets Bill Donius on  an airplane from Cleveland.”

Bill Donius says, “I’ve never been to Cleveland.” Morgan is amused and offers, “Well you have now in my book anyway. Thanks for making that cameo.”

Victoria Wors says her book is about choices. She uses a pen name but her book is intensely personal cathartic and autobiographical. She credits Ken Walk for editing her book. Vicky’s lead character (Lauren) has a life story begins in the birthplace of Janis Joplin - Port Arthur, TX. “Thank you for introducing Lauren to the world” writes Vicky in an autographed copy of her book about choices and roads not taken.

Maybe  these authors are saying that the books they write are only a part of the road they have chosen. Keep reading. There are always surprises in the text. 

Note: Failure Coach -- a novel by Wes Morgan is now available on 

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