What are your published works, and what are you working on?
I have written a variety of published articles, op-eds and scholarly essays that appeared in U.S. and foreign publications including The Washington Times, The Chicago Defender, Saptamana Financiar (Financial Weekly), SAGAR, Social Justice Review, etc. Topics I have written about: Business, Culture, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Ethics, Foreign Affairs, Health, Law, Philosophy, Politics, Poverty, Race Relations, Religion, Revolutions, Virtues, and War.
My published books include a non-fiction book, Black and Right (Praeger, 1996), and a science fiction and fantasy novella, Francesco Augustine Bernadone (FAB). Fab was recently self-published on May 2017. Please read it, love it and review it!
If someone was just hearing about you for the first time what 1 thing would you want them to know?
My insight has been valuable to major corporations, institutions, leaders and agents of change. Be greedy for it and make a huge profit by it. [laughing]
Did you always want to be a writer?
Writing was a natural talent that I developed to a high level for business purposes: proposals, executive communications, advertising and marketing, etc. Now, I’m trying to develop it for the purposes of the novel.
My first book was a dozen pages of illustrations and text in fifth grade. It won a prize at the county fair. I think my father burned it and my award-winning artwork soon after. He had other ideas about what I should be. He preferred his son to be a farmer or mechanic.
What has been the biggest adventure of your life?
Going to a foreign, former-communist bloc country where I was vulnerable, scared, naive and I didn’t speak the language. And I still created a start up that would make millions of dollars, mentor many young professionals, and provide a fair wage that exceeded the local market rate by many times.
If zombie apocalypse were to happen tomorrow would you be prepared?
Of course. LOL. I sleep with my woodman’s pal tucked into the frame of my magnificent four poster bed.
What 3 things do you feel everyone should have to be ready for a survival situation?
Three things is not enough. Maybe, three categories of gear will do.
Spiritual Gear: God, the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18) and a Bible.
Serious Gear: A knife, a machete and, of course, a gun and ammo.
Survival Gear: Water Filter, Fire Starter, Super-bright Flashlight, Hand Held 2-Way Shortwave Radio, Portable Hand Crank Generator, Solar Charger, Seeds, Canteen, Cooking Pot, Can Opener, Sharpening Stone, Antibiotics, a Combat Shovel, Night Vision and Binoculars.
Who would you want with you if civilized society fell apart?
General Practictioner Doctor, nurse, two veteran soldiers, an engineer, a car mechanic, a teacher, a writer/storyteller, two farmers/gardeners, a black smith, a potter, two musicians, a social worker, a carpenter, two construction workers, a cook, a survivalist/hunter, an artist, God-fearing mothers and fathers, children, and a pastor/priest.
What 2 books would be in your bug out bag, knowing you would have to read them over and over?
I can’t have less than three but they are all pocket sized. LOL. Bible, My Way of Life by Walter Farrell and Marin Healy and The Lives of the Saints.
If we were thrown into the dark ages what would you miss most?
Short answer: Everything!
What is the most surprising fact about you?
I’m not more special than anyone else. God created us all for wonderful and good purposes.
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Valerie Lioudis is the co-author of Aftershock: A Collection of Survivors Tales available on Amazon.