Jhorge D'O Interview

Author Jhorge D'O is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) with over 28 years of military experience. As a professional warrior, he wrote numerous manuscripts, procedures and lesson plans on tactical, operational, strategic and logistics operations. As an entrepreneur, Jhorge D'O writes non- fiction books on Internet Marketing as well as on Promotional Operations & Promotional Strategies. His most recent promotional project is his book, "Branded by Her." Jhorge is also a speaker, voice over artist, scriptwriter, photographer and videographer.

What inspired you to write?
Topics, events and situations which shaped, influenced and molded my perceptions is what makes me write and what moves me as an author.

Did the inspiration to write come to you suddenly, or had you been thinking about it some time?
The inspiration to write was always there. I knew that I wanted to be a writer 20 years ago. Then I realized that a writer wears many functional hats such as editor, marketer, negotiator and speaker. So I went for it and here I am.

How did you tell your story? In other words, did you use an outline, or just write your story from start to finish?
I used outlines, storyboards and interactive visualizations to create an engaging and powerful story line.

Did you receive any encouragement from family and friends, or did you work on your book alone?
Yes, family and friends have always been quite supportive and reassuring.

What was the most difficult part of writing your book?
Creating the table of contents and trying to convey abstract notions into compelling emotions was quite difficult.

What was the most enjoyable aspect of writing your book?
The most enjoyable part of having written this book was publishing and marketing it.

Did you experience any personal transformation after the book was published?
Yes, I experienced several transformations throughout all phases of this work in progress.

What’s something that gets in the way of your creativity?
Self-imposed anxiety, stress and the urge to jump ahead of the scriptwriting process cloud and disrupt creativity.

What strategies do you use to deal with criticism?
I see criticism as an opportunity in which to perfect my persuasion and communication skills. When readers fail to connect with my themes and concepts, it is because I failed to convey them in a clear and emotionally inspiring way.

Where did you grow up and what is your favorite/worst childhood memory?
I grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico and among my many great childhood memories I remember playing baseball, from sunrise to sunset with my brother and friends.

Do you have a favorite quote?
“Manage your life on your own terms or someone else will manage it for you on their own terms.”

What is your favorite show on TV?
“The History Channel”

Favorite movie?
“Gladiator”

Favorite book?
"Rich Dad Poor Dad"

Who would you want to meet if you could? Dead or alive.
Probably Maria Sklodowska Curie, PT Barnum, President Teddy Roosevelt. and Bill Gates. Why? Because they all created social movements that transformed this world into a better place.

Is there a talent you wish you had?
Yes, I wish I could predict the future and read minds.

What’s something about you that would surprise us?
I am a retired army officer (Lieutenant Colonel) who served 3 combat tours of duty. I am also a filmmaker who is currently working on a documentary film.

Describe yourself in 3 words!
Bold, Ambitious and Driven!