Hola, lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr
Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr. is a native of Hampton, Virginia whose main goal is to spread motivation, inspiration and love. His work serves to encourage others to look past their differences and focus on uniting to make the world a better place. He currently resides in Tampa, Florida serving his community as a youth sports coach, mentor and motivational speaker, as well as community activist. While we all face challenges in life, his philosophy is that perseverance, positivity and a heart full of love will enable us to rise above our struggles and become the instruments to spark constructive societal change.
Enjoy this sample: “You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving” (nonfiction/motivational/poetry/short-stories):
Simultaneously touching and gritty, “You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving” promotes peace and equality by offering unique insight into some of the most complicated issues of our time. “The secret is – there really is no secret!” Growing up an African-American man with some Native American ancestry, Buggs has been gifted with a broad and unbiased view of race relations in America. Never one to shy away from the harsh realities of life, he instead chooses to redirect our human confusion and frustration toward finding amicable solutions that express the best of humanity. This book serves to fulfill our deepest inner cravings and provide much needed nutrition for the soul. Buggs’ poetic approach brings people together with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the glory of life itself.
“Vid’s Viddles: Daily Vitamins for the Soul” – Newly released (Nonfiction/personal-growth/motivational):
With “Vid’s Viddles,” eclectic writer Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr. opens a new season of freedom, insight and joy. It’s a point of view with no filters that is at once profound, clarifying and moving. These collections of short motivational pieces offer words of wisdom about life, love, spirit, leadership, friendship, pain, fear, happiness and more. “Vid’s Viddles” serve to inspire personal growth through tough times, helping adults and teens stay vital and in love with life, savoring the beauty that each day brings.
“Getting Out of the Dark: How to Have a Life Full of Success, Wealth, and Happiness” (nonfiction/personal growth/time management/business/finance/motivation):
Getting Out of the Dark gives sound advice on how to achieve true success, wealth and happiness. This book reveals one of the most essential elements that most books miss when speaking about obtaining success and wealth. This book’s advice and principles are worthy of reflection.
Why do you write? I write because it is my passion, my outlet, I write to inspire others and I write for those who do not have a voice.
When did you decide to become a writer? I started writing when I was in high school. I started writing as an outlet. People who read my earlier writings were moved by my words and they encouraged me to share my writings with the world. I became a serious writer when my college professors and close friends suggested I write a book.
How long does it usually take you to complete a book? I am a perfectionist, so the completion of a book can take me 2-5 years. As far as the actual writing process, I usually finish writing a book within a few months to a year.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? I write what I feel. A song, an event, or just my thoughts will cause me to sit down and write. I never force myself to write and I never pre-plan a book. My books are a collection of thoughts and pieces that just goes well together.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured? I don’t structure my day around writing. I like to let my writings to come out naturally, unplanned and unforced. My special time to write is whenever I have something to write I just go into my own world and write.
How do you think you’ve evolved creatively? Funny, I haven’t thought of this. I have been told my writings are very creative and lyrical. I think I should leave this answer up to my readers.
Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write? I sometimes listen to music when I write. Sometimes the music puts me in the mood I need for a piece. I do my best to not listen to music when I write because I don’t want to subconsciously take ideas from any artists without their permission.
What have you written? I have written newly released “Vid’s Viddles: Daily Vitamins for the Soul”, the short ebook “Getting Out of the Dark: How to Have a Life Full of Success, Wealth, and Happiness”, which was at one time one of Smashwords most downloaded ebooks. My first book “You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving” was a bestseller in its genre and won a few book awards.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you? I don’t work to an outline or plot when I am writing. I just write what I feel and see where it takes me, but that is because I write a piece at a time.
Do you design your own book covers or have someone else? If you use someone else would you tell us who/website? “You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving” was designed by my editor Marci Wise. “Getting Out of the Dark” was designed by the publishing company that I own, 4-U-Nique Publishing (www.4-U-NiquePublishing.com). “Vid’s Viddles” and upcoming books “Vid’s Viddles (Volume II)” and “It’s Cold Out Here You Need a Coat” are designed by 4-U-Nique Publishing with the help of Stephen Denas (http://www.psiborgproductions.com).
Any advice for aspiring authors? Write with your heart. Never forget why you are writing. This will carry you through the tough times that all authors face. Also, do not take anything critics, publishers, or reviewers say about your work.
Where do your ideas come from? My ideas come from personal experiences, experiences of others who are close to me and events that are happening in the world.
What is the hardest thing about writing? The hardest thing about writing for me is deciding when I need to stop writing and put the pieces together for the book.
What is your favorite movie or TV show? I have no one favorite movie or TV show. The show I look at the most at the moment is Shark Tank.
What is the current book you are promoting? “Vid’s Viddles”
What is your next project? My next project is “It’s Cold Out Here You Need A Coat.” This is schedule to be released in July of 2017
What one person from history would you like to meet and why? This is a tough one. There are so many people from the past who I would love to talk with. I would like to talk with Muhammad Ali (Rest In Peace). I would want to know how he dealt with everything he want threw during his stance against the Vietnam War. How he stayed confident and motivated through the ordeal. I would also want to pick his brain on how to become more of a humanitarian.
If there was one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be? If I could do one thing to change the world, I would organize a big event for everyone in the world to talk. There would be no weapons. We would have music, food, and just talk about our difference. We would talk and listen to each other so we could understand one another. We wouldn’t get caught up in our differences, we would see our similarities. We would love one another like we were created to do.
Who is your favorite author and which of their books is your favorite? I have many favorite authors and favorite books. However, to save on time I will mention one of my favorites is Paulo Coelho and his book “The Alchemist” is one of my all time favorites.
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? The Prophet by Khalil Gibran without a doubt. This book is filled with so much wisdom, it has inspired people all across the world, and it has outstood the test of time.
What book are you currently reading or just finished?
What do your readers mean to you? I cannot put in words what my readers mean to me. They inspire me to continue to write with passion and to give my best for them. I always say authors and publishers should work together because our whole purpose is to give the readers what they want; whether it’s to inspire them, take them into a fantasy, or giving them a chance to solve a mystery. Are writings are for them.
Is there a book you love you’d like to recommend to others?
There are a few books I would love to recommend to others.
Pain, Passion, & Purpose – Marci Wise
Still Beautiful: The Color of Beauty – Kevin Bates
75 Marketing Tips to Grow Your Business – Linda Coss
Secrets of a Millionaire Mind – T. Harv Eker
University of Success – Og Mandino
Tell us something unique about you. I am a walking oxymoron, a true Gemini. As you can see I don’t have favorites because I have a diverse array of interests. I have to read several books at one time because it helps me focus. If I read several books at one time I will finish them within a few days or weeks. If I read a book at a time, I lose interest quickly and I mostly likely won’t get around to finishing the book for a few months or years.
Many thanks Vid! For more about Vid and his work, and to pick up a copy of your own, follow the links below: