Reinventing Oneself

One of the many things I do these days (besides the paranormal-related activities and making chocolate) is work with individuals and groups — authors, business-folk and students — coaching them public speaking, publicity and media skills.

One of my favorite clients of all time is a relatively new one — mystery author Richard Wren, who besides having reinvented himself as a mystery novelist in his 80s, has written a short booklet filled with some of the best advice for writers I’ve ever seen. That booklet, K.I.S.S.: THE KEEP IT SIMPLE AND SUCCESSFUL WAY TO EASILY, INEXPENSIVELY AND FINALLY — WRITE YOUR NOVEL is one of the most practical, succinct and motivating pieces I’ve ever seen covering everything from getting started, overcoming writer’s block and even publishing.  Info on the booklet, which is available as a quick ebook download, is on his website at, along with a short audio interview I conducted with Richard about the booklet.

Read all about Richard, how he reinvented himself, and his first novel, CASEY’S SLIP, in Angela Hill’s newspaper column (San Jose Mercury News/Oakland Tribune) at

It’s a terrific piece by one of my favorite journalists.

Visit his website at for more on Richard Wren, more on CASEY’S SLIP (and an audio interview with him about the novel), and info about his forthcoming novel JOSHUA’S REVENGE.


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About Loyd Auerbach

LOYD AUERBACH, M.S., Director of the Office of Paranormal Investigations, is one of the world's leading experts on Psychic Experience and Ghosts, and has been investigating and researching the paranormal for over 30 years. He is the co-author of author of the book THE GHOST DETECTIVES’ GUIDE TO HAUNTED SAN FRANCISCO with the late renowned psychic Annette Martin (2011, Craven Street Books/Linden Publishing) and the author of 7 other books, including A PARANORMAL CASEBOOK (Atriad Press, 2005), HAUNTINGS & POLTERGEISTS (Ronin Publishing, 2004) and GHOST HUNTING: How to Investigate the Paranormal (Ronin, 2004). His first book, ESP, HAUNTINGS AND POLTERGEISTS: A Parapsychologist’s Handbook (Warner Books, 1986) was named the “Sacred Text” on Ghosts in the 1990s and has been cited by numerous people as their inspiration for “getting into the paranormal.” He has a graduate degree in Parapsychology and has been teaching courses on the subject since 1983. He is a professor at both Atlantic University and JFK University and is the creator and Instructor of the Certificate Program in Parapsychological Studies at HCH Institute in Lafayette, also available for distance learning or in coaching form. Recently elected President of the Forever Family Foundation (for 2013 & 2014), he is on the Board of Directors of the Rhine Research Center, holds a position with the Psychic Entertainers Association and is on the Advisory Boards of the Windbridge Institute and the Forever Family Foundation. His media appearances on TV, radio and in print number in the thousands, including national programs such as The View, Larry King Live, Ghost Adventures, Ghost Stories, Sightings, Unsolved Mysteries, and specials on A&E, History, Travel and Discovery Channels, and more. He is a professional mentalist and psychic entertainer, performing as Professor Paranormal. He is also a public speaking and media skills coach, and has been teaching those subjects in university and corporate settings since the late 1980s, and currently coaches authors, entrepreneurs, corporate execs and others. As of 2010, he is also a professional chocolatier, producing and selling his chocolate under the business name of Haunted By Chocolate – with a book on the subject coming in 2013.