Xlibris Author| Stephen Hiss, The Lion Without a Tail

Xlibris Publishing introduces Stephen Hiss, author of The Lion Without a Tail.


Who is the author “behind” the book?

Xlibris Author| Stephen Hiss, The Lion Without a TailI am a retired healthcare administrator. I managed Radiology, Cardiology, Neurology, and Radiation Oncology services at various times throughout my career. I have a masters degree in healthcare administration.


My publishing background includes three other books covering technical aspects of producing a radiographic image, an overview of our healthcare delivery system, and a management book for middle level healthcare managers. I have presented lectures around the country on various topics in healthcare management.


My personal interests are playing jazz, sailing, and spending as much time as possible with my daughter’s families.


Do you have any particular literary influences that have helped you develop in your genre, subject and style?

I do not have a particular author or group of authors that have influenced me greatly except to say I appreciate those who have the most economical style of writing. To me that means being able summon up all the emotions and impressions of what is happening with the story and characters by using the fewest words possible. I believe this leaves the reader with something to imagine while making it easier to understand what is happening in the text. I think it also reduces reader fatigue.


What inspired you to write your book?

I was inspired by one of my grandchildren who asked me to tell him a story at bedtime. This became a bedtime ritual with of my visits. Most often one story led to another, and sometimes to another. I would ask him what he wants the story to be about, and I would begin from there. The topics he came up with were wide ranging. Sometimes I added a few topics of my own.


What is the one message you would like to convey to your readers?

Reading a children’s story is about more than [reading the story]. it’s about the closeness, intimacy, and conversation that reading brings to the reader and listener. Children’s books especially need to carry those qualities.



Are you working on a sequel to your book?

Xlibris Author| Stephen Hiss, The Lion Without a TailI have one other title in mind, and only vague ideas for others, but I’m waiting to see how the first book does.


Are there any events, marketing ideas or promotions planned for your book?

I have no specific marking activities at this but I’m sure that will come soon.


What was your favorite part of your publishing experience, overall and with Xlibris?

I am very pleased with all at Xlibris people I worked with in production as well as my point person. They demonstrated flexibility, were ready to provide guidance, and the turn-around times were excellent.


Finally, what advice would you give to aspiring authors?

I don’t know about advice except to say like improvising on a jazz tune, you can’t force it. With regards to writing children’s book, it seems if you have an honest gut feeling about an idea and a little ache or tickle inside that has to be itched, let it out in words. Close your eyes, tell yourself the story, feel it,  and then put the words on paper.



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