AUTHOR INTERVIEW 25

Maribel Roman

Palm Beach Florida, USA

55 yrs old

Dr. Maribel Roman spent more than thirty-years working in higher education. She co-founded and co-directed the Center for Global Education at Seton Hall University. She spent several years at Teachers College Columbia University directing the Office of International Affairs and also taught online classes at Southern New Hampshire University. Dr. Roman was obliged to end her full-time teaching and program development career due to medical conditions.  Hence, she began consulting, designing, organizing and managing programs that provide opportunities for international partnerships.  
Dr. Roman has a Masters of Diplomacy and International Relations and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership, Management and Policy from Seton Hall University. 
Millions suffering from chronic pain are seeking a holistic approach to treating their pain, because of the medication side effects or the increase in opioid addictions. 
In Joy in the Midst of Pain,  Dr. Roman shares her story and stories of “Pain Warriors” and the holistic methods (physical, emotional and spiritual wellness) they use to treat their pain and live full and joyful lives. The book offers five principles that led to discovering that joy is internal, it is something we receive and it must be nurtured and tended to. Dr. Roman  believes the reader will be encouraged to start their own journey of living in joy in the midst of anything painful that life brings their way.  
The reader will learn that it is possible to portray a realistic image of being in pain without letting the pain define us, and confirm that joy is an attitude of the heart and spirit.

Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR ARTISTIC PROCESS?

Maribel Roman: Convincing myself that someone wants to read what I write.

Romelia: DOES YOUR FAMILY SUPPORT YOUR CAREER AS A WRITER?

Maribel Roman: Yes.

Romelia: IF YOU HAD TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENTLY AS A CHILD OR TEENAGER TO BECOME A BETTER WRITER AS AN ADULT, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Maribel Roman: Probably write more.

Romelia: HOW LONG ON AVERAGE DOES IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE A BOOK?

Maribel Roman: I wrote my most recent book, “Joy in the Midst of Pain” in 6 weeks.

Romelia: DO YOU BELIEVE IN WRITER’S BLOCK?

Maribel Roman: Absolutely, I experienced it.

Romelia: AT WHAT POINT DO YOU THINK SOMEONE SHOULD CALL THEMSELVES A WRITER?

Maribel Roman: I believe that’s an individual choice. However, I only considered myself a writer after I published my first academic publication.

Romelia: WHAT DIFFERENCE DO YOU SEE BETWEEN A WRITER AND AN AUTHOR?

Maribel Roman: For me, I considered myself a writer when I was writing academic articles during my employment at the Universities.  My first publication as an “author” was when I published my dissertation.  Now I published my second book, so I feel comfortable referring to myself as an author.

Romelia: HOW DO YOU PROCESS AND DEAL WITH NEGATIVE BOOK REVIEWS?

Maribel Roman: My previous writing was strictly academic so if someone commented, most of the time was to question or challenge the academic findings.  I recently published a non-fiction book and as of today have not received any negative reviews.

Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR WRITING PROCESS?

Maribel Roman: Getting started.

Romelia: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING OR WHEN DID YOU START?

Maribel Roman: I began writing academic articles about 15 years ago and published my dissertation 8 years ago.  I recently published my first non-fiction book.

Romelia: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A WRITER WORKING ON THEIR FIRST BOOK?

Maribel Roman: Just start!  Write your ideas and thoughts as they come.  Worry about grammar and flow later. 

Romelia: WHAT, TO YOU, ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF GOOD WRITING?

Maribel Roman: For me, what I write must be relatable to my reader.

Romelia: WHAT COMES FIRST FOR YOU – THE PLOT OR THE CHARACTERS – AND WHY?

Maribel Roman: My writing has been academic or non-fiction so I would say, first the idea or problem, second the analysis or research and lastly the findings and recommendations.

Romelia: HOW DO YOU DEVELOP YOUR PLOT AND CHARACTERS?

Maribel Roman: For my self-help book, I recognized the need, surveyed the population then wrote the “plot”.

Romelia: WHEN DID YOU FIRST CALL YOURSELF A WRITER?

Maribel Roman: About 15 years ago after I published my first academic article while working at the university.

Romelia: HOW DO YOU USE SOCIAL MEDIA AS AN AUTHOR?

Maribel Roman: I have a Facebook and Instagram Page for my recent book that links to my website. I post regularly using quotes from the book.

Romelia: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE PART OF PUBLISHING?

Maribel Roman: No favorite and least favorite it is deciding the best publishing option.

Romelia: WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO AN AUTHOR WHO WANTED TO DESIGN THEIR OWN COVER?

Maribel Roman: I think that it depends on the writer. I designed the cover for my recent book, “Joy in the Midst of Pain”, since it was very personal to me.

Romelia: HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE YOU WRITTEN AND WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE?

Maribel Roman: Although I written many articles, I only written two books.  One was my dissertation and the second a non-fiction book. It took me 6 years to write the dissertation including intensive research. So I have to say, writing my latest book was the most fun.

Romelia: WHAT PART OF THE BOOK DID YOU HAVE THE HARDEST TIME WRITING?

Maribel Roman: I dedicated a lot of time to my introduction.  I wanted to make sure that it captured the essence of my book.

Romelia: WHAT PART OF THE BOOK WAS THE MOST FUN TO WRITE?

Maribel Roman: I loved sharing the stories of the individuals interviewed for the book. I felt very close to my survey participants as I shared their stories of pain and challenges.

Romelia: WHICH OF THE CHARACTERS DO YOU RELATE TO THE MOST AND WHY?

Maribel Roman: My participants’ identity was kept confidential and they were assigned fictitious names. However, there was a gentleman who moved using a wheelchair who was heroic in how he joyfully dealt with his pain and limitations. I really admire his perseverance.

Romelia: IF YOU’RE PLANNING A SEQUEL, CAN YOU SHARE A TINY BIT ABOUT YOUR PLANS FOR IT?

Maribel Roman: I actually wrote a workbook, “Principles of Joy” to use as a tool to perform small groups classes. I am not sure when I will write another book.  I am waiting for the next big idea.

Romelia: TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY ABOUT YOUR ADULT LIFE.

Maribel Roman: Someone else may think this is not funny, but I had to find humor in my life’s turn of events.  After 34 years of teaching and working in academics I had an auto accident that led to me having to retired.  I now dedicate my time to consulting and lots of volunteer work. I had plan to retired at 60 and dedicate my time to volunteer work but God had another plan and I was forced to retired at 50 due to permanent injuries.  Life is Funny and full of surprises so we must be adjustable. 

Romelia: describe yourself in a few sentences. Tell us something we do not know about you and something you hate about the world.

Maribel Roman: I refuse to let life’s problems bring me down.  I believe that for every problem there is a solution. But it is important to focus on finding the solution and not focusing on the problem.  I hate that so much attention is given to negativity and problems, especially in social media and television. I wish more time would be spent on finding solutions and focusing on the positive.

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