Monday, October 13, 2014

Confessions of a Self Help Writer

Confessions of a Self-Help Writer
by Benjamin W. DeHaven



A ghost, a philanthropist, a con man, a devout Catholic, a gigolo, a savior, an heir, a common man, and an addict are just some of the words used to describe Michael Enzo, who some sources credit with ghost-writing more than 108 self-help books on behalf of celebrities, politicians and business leaders. After failing to make what he considered to be a positive impact on society he began to destroy those closest to him including Benjamin DeHaven, the author of this book, and former collaborator. Defrauding an industry for almost 20 years by exploiting people's insecurities and profiting from them, more than likely these friends contributed more to the field of self-help, while profiting from it, than they will ever know. Believing they could only understand people's problems by suffering along with them, they lived on the razor's edge. If you've ever picked up a tell-all biography of a celebrity or a title from the self-help section at the bookstore, certainly you would question the source.This is an inside look at the mind of Michael Enzo and it is the author's hope that people will start helping themselves again after reading it. Discover what turns someone from preaching salvation towards seeking its destruction. You won't believe this could be true.


 Where do ideas come from?
Ideas come from everyday life. I once dreamed of traveling the world, but then realized how much there was to see just in America. (I still took a job in Spain and my credit card debt is a constant reminder) Once you realize how rich the environment in which you exist is, it’s easy to find material. Also, I keep a journal of every book I’ve read and add notes, ideas, even the most obscure thought. It is impossible not to find something to like in every book: Whether it’s a writing style, a quote, a description, a piece of dialogue, or even something not to do you can steal ideas from books. I have a ton of working titles and have no idea what they are about yet. To me that’s really exciting. This way, when I am looking for ideas I have an inspiration reference point to turn back to.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

A Graduate of Columbia College in Chicago, Benjamin DeHaven keeps his heart in Chicago and his soul in New Orleans. He holds a MBA from Tulane and a film degree from Columbia. Once ejected from a community college for arguing Frost cried out for acceptance in Birches, he has since written screenplays, traded futures in Madrid, and was Editor in Chief of the Nola Shopper Newspaper, a free art newspaper and the 2nd largest monthly paper in the New Orleans, MSA. . He also has a "shout out" in a Jay "Z" Song.

DeHaven, who currently resides in Las Vegas began his writing career with Stone United, a Chicago based Film Company, which works primarily in independent film. As an unknown fiction writer, he feels the best description of himself, is a sarcastic one and is as follows:

Benjamin W. DeHaven was born on a pool table after a Waylon Jennings' concert in 1977. His personal success is outweighed only by his stunning good looks and adherence to unwritten moral guidelines. He has been described as a thinking man's Tucker Max as well as an idiot's Hunter S. Thompson. His goal is to die from an unwavering commitment to be more like Hemingway.

He and Michael Enzo were friends.



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Mary Preston said...

I always like to know where ideas come from.

Ben DeHaven said...

Thanks so much for being the first blog tour stop! It's been a long Vegas night-but I look forward to checking in and hope someone finds something fun on amazon to buy! And thanks to Mary Preston for the first comment- (ideas are sometimes found at the bottom of a well bottle of vodka at the Wynn as well).

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Anonymous said...

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Andra Lyn said...

Hey Ben! I'll see you later on in the tour at Unabridged Andra's, but I wanted to say hey! I too admit that my ideas can occasionally be found at the bottom of a bottle lol! My poison is usually Watusi Red wine though!

MomJane said...

This sounds like a fascinating book. I really enjoyed your comments.

Ben DeHaven said...

What a fun group and great blogs to star off with! Andra-the Watusi has grabbed me once or twice as well! Looking forward to Unabridged as well! Have a great night all! and thanks again for everything!

Serena91291 said...

Nice blurb and very interesting cover, I like it!

bn100 said...

Interesting inspiration

Rita said...

I like the blurb.