“I need a ghostwriter for my book,” said the LinkedIn message from Herman J. Williams, MD during the summer of 2014.
We scheduled a phone call—and it lasted two hours!
Herman and I clicked immediately.
His story is amazing and inspiring.
He wanted to tell his story about how he dropped dead and lived to tell about it.
And he wanted to provide readers with tools to overcome major life challenges.
But the focus of the story, and the structure of the how to aspect of the book had not yet crystallized in his mind.
Herman and I – who live in different states and time zones -- kept in touch.
Then suddenly in 2016, it came into focus.
Actually, Herman’s book became:
CLEAR! Living the Life You Didn’t Dream Of.
He told his story about suffering cardiac arrest at age 31, and how over the past 26 years he has reinvented himself personally and professionally in ways that can help others. He conceived The Kindness Scale, which provides easy-to-use tools to commit the proverbial random acts of kindness, or rather, deliberate acts of kindness. They range from doing things as simple as a smile at a co-worker to donating a life-saving organ to a stranger.
Throughout the course of writing the book, I had the privilege of meeting him in person when he came to Detroit and we met for hours, twice. I also had the honor of meeting his delightful wife Jeannie over FaceTime, and talking with his super compassionate son Cole and his loving mother Gabrielle by phone.
I also interviewed his mentors and colleagues, all of whom were absolutely delightful and inspiring.
Working on Herman’s book has been a wonderful experience for me, and later Catherine, who handled all aspects of publishing. Working with the graphic designer to create Herman’s vision of the cover art was exciting, especially when Herman loved the final product.
Having launched Atkins & Greenspan Writing in February of 2016, Catherine and I could not be more proud to offer CLEAR! as our very first publication. It has been an honor and a pleasure to work with Herman Williams MD, his family, and his colleagues.
Very importantly, CLEAR! will leave you laughing, crying, smiling, and contemplating the meaning of your life, and how you can overcome challenges as well as help others have a happier day and life.
His how-to inspirational memoir epitomizes our standard of offering books that uplift, inspire, and entertain.
It also enables Catherine and I to execute our life missions of using our God-given writing talents to showcase people whose stories can make a positive impact on the world.
Your life will come into sharper focus when you read CLEAR!
And you will thank Herman Williams MD for sharing his insights to enhance your life.
That is why we thank you for reading this empowering book about persevering through pain and transforming a nightmarish experience into a new dream.
©2017 Elizabeth Ann Atkins