Exclusive: Brent Poppen Interview Extras

Last month I enjoyed the opportunity to interview Paralympian and fellow author Brent Poppen (@booksbybrent) for The Mobility Resource (TMR). Poppen proved an interviewer’s ideal subject, thoroughly answering questions in great detail. In fact he provided so much wonderful insight, I decided to split my TMR article into two parts (links below).

Part One: “Paralympian Showing There’s ‘Life After Disability'”
Part Two: “Discussing Disability Awareness with Author Brent Poppen” 

Even while extending the published piece into two parts, I didn’t get to share everything I wanted which leads us to today’s exclusive interview extras post. However before I proceed, I wish to mention The Mobility Resource’s book giveaway. You can enter to win either a SIGNED copy of Brent Poppen’s autobiography Tragedy on the Mountain A Quadriplegic’s Journey from Paralysis to Paralympics or his kid’s book Playground Lessons: Friendship & Forgiveness: Harley and His Wheelchair. Here are the rules.

Tragedy on the Mountain by Brent Poppen

Follow The Mobility Resource on Twitter (@SweetMobility) and tweet #PoppenAutobiography to enter to win Poppen’s autobiography, SIGNED!!!

1. Follow The Mobility Resource on Twitter at @SweetMobility
2. Tweet @SweetMobility letting us know what book you want to win, using hashtag #PoppenAutobiography or #PoppenKidBook
3. On Friday, January 4th, 2013 TMR will select two random winners for each book.

Moving on, the first part to my TMR Brent Poppen interview features the athlete talking about his journey from newly disabled to Paralympian. Something the word count prevented me from incorporating includes a reoccurring debate amongst Paralympians. Poppen explained, “There’s a lot of athletes born with disabilities and a lot of athletes who have disabilities later in life, like myself, and we always have that discussion. What is harder?”

He continued, “Is it harder to be born with a disability like CP or something where you never get the chance to compete in able-bodied sports? You never get to tackle someone in football, or pitch in baseball from a mound. Or, you know play able-bodied basketball or stand on a surfboard. Or, is it better to at least have that like myself for 15 years and then have that snatched from you?” Overall Poppen admitted, “I don’t have the answer to that but it’s something we debate a lot.”

The other story I plan to reveal in this special Off Balanced blog post corresponds with my second TMR Brent Poppen article. Regarding his work in schools, Poppen recalled one specific experience following a two-day, 10-assembly series. “At the end of the second day a third grader came up to me when we were the only ones left in the room. He came up to me, shook my hand, and said, ‘Mr. Poppen I acknowledge that last year I was a bully and after you being here and hearing your program I’m going to choose to not be a bully anymore.’”

Instances such as the aforementioned keeps Poppen motivated to work with kids. He noted, “That kid can affect 10 or 20 kids at his school and that is going to just spiderweb out.” Brent Poppen’s books can create a similar affect. So, to wrap up let me take a minute and encourage you to enter The Mobility Resource’s book giveaway. Who knows, you could start 2013 off right by winning a signed copy of Tragedy on the Mountain A Quadriplegic’s Journey from Paralysis to Paralympics or Playground Lessons: Friendship & Forgiveness: Harley and His Wheelchair.

KDP Books Now Available in Canada and Brazil

Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) service expanded authors’ global reach this past week, making KDP titles available  in Canada and Brazil. Personally I’m very excited for the opportunity to expand my international readership even further, specifically to our neighbors up north. Beyond the United States Off Balanced already maintains sales in the United Kingdom and India.

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Amazon’s KDP program expands to include Canada and Brazil. Good news for authors! Photo: Wikimedia Commons user Faigl.ladislav

Interestingly enough I spent previous marketing efforts focused on Canadian online outlets. You might recall my disABLEd guy’s guest post “The Disability-Inspiration Correlation,” a top viewed post on that blog. Plus while an American domain name, Life of the Differently Abled emanates from Canada. You can read my previous Life of the Differently Abled posts, “How Cerebral Palsy Helped Shape My Work Ethic” and “Online Dating and Cerebral Palsy.” A brief side note, I will submit my third guest post to this blog shortly so expect something published before 2012 comes to a close.

Basically I ask if you enjoy my work around the web, consider purchasing Off Balanced. Now remains a great time too because the 50% off holiday sale still stands. To encourage readers to check out Off Balanced or gift the book, I reduced the normal list price from $5.99 (USD) to $2.99 (USD).

Need more convincing to buy soon? Read Canadian author Neil Matheson’s Off Balanced review, “Off Balanced {A Book Review}.” Matheson penned Daddy Bent-Legs, which I reviewed last year for Yahoo! Voices. Take a look!