Today I have a very special author visiting my blog, my own brother, J. R. Krol, who just published his very first book, Success: How to Succeed or Accept People After a Traumatic Event, a nonfiction piece about dealing with traumas. This book is written both for the victim and for the loved ones and friends trying to help the victim. First, let’s get to know Jake a little bit and then I will share some of my thoughts about this wrenching book at the end.
About the Author:
J.R. Krol lives in southern Michigan with his wife Nicole and their five dogs.
Hello, Jake! What inspired you to write Success?
I did not like the way that people would treat, react, or misunderstand people who suffer from mental health; especially, those who received it through traumatic events.
What is one thing you hope readers take away from this book?
A better understanding of the struggles, feelings, thoughts, and hopelessness that these victims go through on a daily basis and if they are a victim to have a better understanding and acceptance of themselves.
Can you share one lesson you have learned from your writing with your readers?
I have learned to be a better communicator.
What’s your next project?
My next project is another self-help and informative book being titled, Friend or Frenemy. I also am hoping to complete my sci-fi novel The Storm Within before mid-2019.
Bonus: A dragon invites you over for dinner: What do you do?
Make sure to bring a herd of sheep along as a gift so I do not become dinner. This way I do not have to offend by not going.
You can purchase your copy of Success here.
Now, as promised, my review of Success:
I didn’t even know my brother was writing this book, so it was a pleasant shock when I discovered he’d written and finished his first book. I had the honor of helping him design the cover, so I won’t leave a starred review (and he IS my brother, so I may be a tad biased), but this book was so good I have to say a few words about it.
Success is a quick read, but it packs a wallop. There is so much emotion and personal experience packed into this book. My brother suffered a tragic accident a year and a half ago, which makes him uniquely qualified to talk about trauma and the ongoing problems a traumatic event inflicts on its victims. This book reads like a personal letter or testimony, with inspirational quotes and personal experience bits. The best thing about this book, however, is that is written for the victim AND the people trying to help a victim. The battle doesn’t end with the traumatic event. Life goes on, but for someone who has suffered a tragedy, life can’t go on, not in the way it did before. J.R. Krol does a marvelous job of reminding us of this very fact and offering a battle cry to keep battling for success.
If you’ve suffered a trauma, or know someone who has, you may find this book inspirational, and an incredible resource.