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Get to Know Author Paul H. Magid

Please give a warm welcome to Paul H. Magid, author of Lifting the Wheel of Karma. Why don't you check out his website and come back to tell us what you found of interest.


A profound spiritual journey of extraordinary healing and redemption. It is a modern tale that harkens back to the myths of antiquity, about a boy who finds God in the most amazing of ways.

Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Point Dume Press (September 23, 2011)
ISBN: 9780984016068


Who or what inspires your writing?
What inspires my writing is the desire to share the pursuit of insight and understanding through a creative vehicle, that entertains while it enlightens. We are all here for a reason, a purpose, and the more we can understand and enjoy the journey, the more meaningful our lives will be.


When did you know you would be a writer?
By my sophomore year in high school I was secretly writing (I say secretly because I was too insecure to tell anyone). I continued in secrecy in college, and finally after I “got a real job”, I knew I couldn’t let it go.


How long did it take you to write your first novel?
Funny enough, it took me a brisk twenty-five years. This is my debut novel, but I actually started writing it back in high school. Along the way I have been an award winning screenwriter and independent filmmaker. My autobiographical film, A LIFE UNFINISHED, that I wrote, produced, directed, edited, narrated, and performed in, screened in The Hamptons International Film Festival –one of the most prestigious in North America. My film chronicled a life filled with an almost unbelievable amount of adversity that I have endured and triumphed over.


What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Making average writing into great writing.


Do you have any writing rituals?
I don’t actually sit in front of my computer and try to force words onto a page, even though this certainly does work for other writers. I can only write when inspired, so I continually strive to put myself in a mental, physical, spiritual state of being that is conducive to channeling inspiration, then I scramble to get it down on paper before I forget what it is.


Have you written any thing else?
My whimsical comedy of redemption screenplay, A NOT SO SIMPLE PLAN, has won or placed in half a dozen national screenwriting competitions.


Any advice to aspiring writers?
Never give up. It’s the only way you can lose.


Who are your favorite Authors?
My favorite writers run the gamut from Theodore Dreiser, who wrote “An American Tragedy”, later made into a movie entitled “A Place In The Sun”. His novel almost single handedly taught me every word I needed to know for the SATs back in high school. I also love reading Kurt Vonnegut.


What are your favorite books, or which book has impacted you the most?
The book that has impacted me the most really was “An American Tragedy”. Theodore Dreiser’s use of language is what sparked my love affair for words, even though he is more of a lengthy storyteller and I prefer writing pithy provocative prose.


What are you currently reading?
A Brief History Of India.


How do readers find out more about you?
Readers can visit my website:
www.PaulHMagid.com, where they can read/download the 1st Two chapters of my novel,
LIFTING THE WHEEL OF KARMA. Additionally, they can check out my novel on Amazon.com

A Personal Note: In writing LIFTING THE WHEEL OF KARMA, I wanted to offers readers a novel that is uniquely equal parts spiritual and intense, which is what I feel life is all about. More often than not, Life is hard, and throughout that difficulty we are tasked with finding meaning, purpose, happiness, and peace. I wrote this novel to provide readers with a singular opportunity to travel vicariously with a boy in high school who must do all of that…and more.

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