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Interview with Michael Ditchfield, author of ‘Life’s Too Short for Leftovers’

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michael_106 (2)Humanitarian Michael Ditchfield—bestselling author, sought-after speaker, entrepreneur, and former professional athlete, is committed to addressing the humanitarian plight of developing countries. Ditchfield speaks widely on how to inspire change and promote empowerment among cultures and individuals. 
He has worked extensively with children in Africa using sports and culture in furthering the peace process. He remains dedicated to transforming lives by advocating for human dignity across the globe.

Q: Congratulations on the release of your book, Life’s Too Short for Leftovers. What was your inspiration for it?

A: After my first trip to Ethiopia I realized that we all can learn from each other. I wanted people to experience the passion and commitment to helping those amazing individuals in different parts of Africa.

Q: Why was the writing of this book important for you?

A: To save lives while bettering our own.

Q: How was your creative process like during the writing of this book and how long did it take you to complete it? Did you face any bumps along the way?

LTS-front (2)A: The creative process was mapped out in my mind by circumstances. My mentor began the journey for me and from that watershed I continued to feel the passion which kept the process on course. It took 5 years to complete although the creative mind was fooling with the idea years before that. The bumps were practical in nature. Being able to get into the different parts of countries in Africa presented some stumbling blocks but eventually they turned into stepping stones.

Q: What is the one thing you hope readers will take away from your book?

A: That they can make a difference in their own lives and in the lives of others no matter how near or far away that person is.

Q: What discoveries or surprises did you experience while writing this book?

A: That I had an amazing journey to document with individuals who made me a better person.

Q: How do you define success?

A: The ability to look failure in the eye and smile.

Q: Could you talk a little bit about your publishing process?

A: I found the right team who knew a little more than I did, from editors, book designers, marketers and people who pointed me in the right direction. I did not want my passion compromised and I did not want the content to deviate from this vision. That’s what my team accomplished.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring nonfiction writers? Could you offer some tips or resources that have been helpful to you?

A: To seek advice at every corner of the process, from those who have gone before and trodden down the grass in front of them. I sought an individual who had done this already, but still allowed me to dream and stand for something along the way.

Q:  Anything else you’d like to tell my readers?

A: When you purchase the book you will see just how much you change and at the same time, realize how much you are changing the lives of others in this world.

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