Occasionally, you stumble across an author whose down to Earth attitude and zest for life makes you want to learn more about them. Luckily, many of the authors we’ve run into through Waldorf Publishing fit this bill, but today’s profile subject is definitely one worth reading about.
We’d like to introduce you to Serge Thomas, author of No Prostate Required, and the featured guest on Speedway Digest Thursday Night Thunder for Thursday, December 5.
How did you get your start in the literary world? Life experience has caused me to take pen to paper. At the time I was writing, I wasn’t sure if I was writing for therapeutic purposes or to publish. Then on a solo weekend get-away, I cozied up to the bar at a well-known French restaurant in Toronto and there was this young lady nibbling intermittently on her dinner while she was literally pounding her laptop. After 30-40 minutes of bearing this, I had to ask, “wow, you must have a heavy-weight job having to power through your dinner to meet a deadline or something?” She replied, “no, I’m writing a book.” I paused for a minute thinking that this is such a great pick-up line, then responded, “so am I.” I went on to explain that I didn’t know if I was writing for therapeutic purposes, or if I was writing to ultimately publish. She said, “if you believe that one person will benefit by reading what you have to say, you will publish.” This is what drove me to publish now two books.
Can you tell us a little more about what you do? For forty years, I had been living a very high-stress life in the automotive supply business as an accountant, the last thirty were in senior management capacities, particularly Chief Financial Officer.
What is your favorite part about being an author? As I explained above, the fact that individuals will benefit from my life experiences that I am happy to share in one form or another.
How do you get your inspiration? I think that successfully surviving adverse circumstances that were presented to me, and in all cases, tested my metal, drives me. Being able to tell all that I have overcome such diversity and that others can learn from that to help themselves in their lives, drove me to write and publish.
Of all the characters you’ve created, which one would you like to see come alive on the silver screen? D. J. Burgundy.
What is the funniest thing to happen to you in your career?Not so much funny, but ironic. A sex discrimination case was fabricated against me to move me out of a position of causing a company to report the right and proper financial results (which were not consistent with the CEO’s and ownership’s interest) in the midst of the company selling itself for the highest possible price. Also, with a drop dead gorgeous wife at my side, and this drop dead gorgeous doctor engaged in treating me for a penile erection that lasted seven hours.
Can you tell us a bit about your book? Yes. No Prostate Required! is my real life story, true to fact, about the journey I took from diagnosis of having prostate cancer through the surgery, rehabilitation and ultimately coming out the other end of the process, fully cancer-free and living a complete, full and robust life.
What is your next big project? Living more of those life experiences, including pulling together a rock-n-roll band.
Anything else you’d like to add? Peace and bye for now.
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