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Book Club: The Guru Next Door
by Wendy Dolber
Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Time: 6:30 PM EDT
Place: Online via Zoom
Book Club: The Guru Next Door
by Wendy Dolber
Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 6:30 PM
Where: Online via ZOOM
In a suburban community, a young child struggles with a dysfunctional family and a brilliant therapist creates a profound method to help others to be happy. They happen to live next door to each other. Annie s mother hides in her room or disappears for days at a time. Annie s grandmother thinks Annie should never have been born. Her father has abandoned them. Everyone in Annie s life is unhappy and Annie is learning to follow in their footsteps. But Annie notices there is something different about her neighbor. He seems full of joy, warmth and love. Even though suffering from a serious illness, he spends his days helping others to be happy. People come from all over just to talk with him. Annie wants to know what his secret is. The Guru Next Door: A Teacher s Legacy brings the spirit of personal development expert Bruce Di Marsico s revolutionary concept the Option Method --to the masses. This remarkable book shares both the author s experience with the essence of the man and the thinking behind his reflective teachings. Many of Di Marsico s own unique writings and teachings are interwoven throughout this fictional tale. The result is an entertaining and spellbinding illustration of how loving and nonjudgmental questions can reveal secrets within all of us that lead to profound happiness..
THUMBNAIL INTERVIEW by MARYANNE CAREY
1.) What was the main reason/inspiration for writing, “The Guru Next Door”
Actually, the whole inspiration was my experience with Bruce Di Marsico, who created this wonderful method to be happy. I really wanted to capture the essence of the Method, as well as the man, as it relates to that.
2.) Think back in time to the first piece you ever wrote? When was it? Did you share it with anyone? What was their reaction?
I remember writing a piece in the 9th grade, back in the dark ages, called “Under the Sycamore Tree.” I have no idea now what it was about, except it was fiction. My teacher accused me of plagiarism. I think she just thought I couldn’t have written it. I was reading a lot of Hemingway at the time, so I probably inadvertently copied his style, but I did write it on my own.
3.) What methods do you use to connect with your audience?
I try to be truthful, at least as I know it. I let the characters speak through me. If I wasn’t doing that, I don’t think I’d enjoy being a writer. Also, especially when I write non-fiction, I try to anticipate the reaction people might have and speak to that.
4.) What are you working on now and what made you choose to write about this?
Besides some short stories, I am writing a how to be happy book, called Making Space for Happiness, as well as a book based on hundreds of blogs I’ve written over the past ten years. All based on The Option Method. I figure if no one read them when I posted them, why not push it out there another way. Why I am choosing that is because I am probably one of the people who knows this work the best, I need it for my work, and it is an act of love.
5.) Tell us a short bio of yourself, include any other work you have published or if this is your debut book tell us that!
A long time ago I won a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. That was exciting. I bought my first computer with it and spent a week at the Iowa Writer’s Conference. I’ve been published a lot in my other world, low income housing bonds, as a well known person in the industry. This is my first fiction book. I only just started sending out short stories. One is published in Sixfold, a great experience for anyone who wants to get peer reviews on their work. I have also contributed to books on The Option Method and publish under my own imprint.
6.) Where can your book can be purchased, and do you have any social media sites?
Instagram - wendydolber
Twitter - @HappyCapitalH
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