W. Granville Brown graduated from
Hamilton with a degree in Business Administration. After
serving proudly in the United States Army, he embarked on a career
in the insurance industry that spanned two decades. He diligently
worked to build Fita Insurance Group into a well-respected insurance
agency serving the community until he sold the business to pursue
other endeavors; that allowed further use of his acquired expertise
in sales and marketing.
After many years of writing manuscripts, he overcame his fears and
submitted one to an editor who encouraged him to pursue his
life-long dream of becoming a writer.
He is actively involved in mentoring programs for single-parent
youths and hopes to foster an interest in youths to use writing
skills as an outward expression of themselves rather than
Currently in addition to his civic endeavors and his writing career,
he is a Professional Certified Life Coach assisting people in
improving their lives through inward reflection based on their
mindsets, belief systems and behavioral patterns that may hinder
advancement. His popularity as a much sought after public speaker is
Pageonelit.com: Where did you grow up and was reading and
writing a part of your life? Who were your earliest influences and why?
W. Granville Brown: I’m fortunate to have grown up living
in many areas from country settings to city life. Since I was in second
grade reading and writing fuelled an intense desire that I’ve had inside of
me since I can remember. Once I developed an interest in reading...oh
wow...books become a huge part of my life. I simply love to read. And with
writing it gave me an outlet for my thoughts, imagination and emotions. My
earliest literary influences were John Steinbeck and Mark Twain. They wrote
storylines that were character driven. They dealt with the human experience
and didn’t get stuck on needless details. The people they wrote about were
real and the reader could relate to them. In my writing I greatly attempt to
emulate that process of developing characters that are real and relatable.
Why do your write?
W. Granville Brown: Because I have something to say that I
want to share and I pray that I deliver my written word in a manner that has
power and impact on the reader in the sense that it can uplift, inspire,
motivate and enhance their lives. I want to...cliché’ alert...make a
difference. By taking my experiences, life challenges, defeats and
victories, I feel that I can assist someone else that may encounter similar
things or events in life with solutions. Writing to me is therapeutic,
spiritual and very much enjoyable.
Pageonelit.com: Discuss your new book, “5 Simple Steps to Choosing Your
W. Granville Brown: 5 Simple Steps is a guide that came
about from various radio interviews and articles that I wrote for numerous
publications during the campaign to promote my debut novel, “Choices.” More
so than speaking about what the novel was about people were asking me
questions about making choices and how they impacted lives. In one article I
wrote about simple steps to making wiser choices, then the light bulb went
off and I starting interviewing friends, family and clients for material for
a book. However instead of writing a book I decided to write a small guide
that spoke to the steps and illustrated by using third party stories how the
steps when applied to making choices can affect positive change in life.
Pageonelit.com:What makes “5
Simple Steps to Choosing your Path” different from other goal oriented/self
help books on the bookstore shelves today?
W. Granville Brown: It’s short about 50 pages because I
wanted to...hit it and quit it so to speak. Deal with the meat and not all
of the other fillers just to fill pages. I wanted this guide to be more of a
“how to do something “with an easy to follow solution as opposed to a
self-help book with principles and no steps toward application.
Pageonelit.com:You are a “Life Coach”- Explain.
W. Granville Brown: I assist clients go from stagnant to
success based on their objectives and goals by providing inspiration,
encouragement and motivation. Sometimes we get bogged down in what I
call....allowing life to get in the way of living. And much like a batter in
baseball getting into a hitting slump, they have coaches on staff to
evaluate the batter’s swing and mechanics to help the batter get out of the
slump. As a life coach I assist a person in evaluating where they are and
where they desire to be in their life to get passed the slump they may feel
they are encountering. It’s not therapy however. I always say that Tiger
Woods has a swing coach to play golf, Michael Jordan had a coach to help
improve on his natural greatness as a basketball player; so if these great
athletes used coaching to help them reach the pinnacle of success they
accomplished, why not use a life coach to assist in being more successful in
the most important game of all...life.
In “5 Simple Steps to Choosing Your Path” you discuss ‘Seek the Original in
We were all born with a purpose, a path of self, if you will. I might write
and would take it as a compliment if someone compared my technique to—let’s
say—Jackie Collins, however I wouldn’t want to write and copy everything
she’s done just to get published and never have my own identity. Besides why
be a second rate “anyone” when you can be a first rate “you.” Find your
purpose, your passion and even a mentor or influence, then put your personal
stamp all over it and that stamp is your originality. What you bring to the
Pageonelit.com: What are readers saying about “5 Simple Steps to Choosing
W. Granville Brown: The feedback thus far has been pretty
cool. Everyone has commented on how short it is (of course) and how they
enjoyed how I used third party stories to illustrate the steps. They have
liked the story telling aspect of the guide and how I personalized it. Now
one person did tell me he didn’t like it. He felt I didn’t say enough and
that there weren’t five steps. He said he didn’t get anything from the
guide. I welcome all feedback—pro or con. That will only make me better as a
Pageonelit.com:What do you
hope to achieve with “5 Simple Steps to Choosing Your Path?”
W. Granville Brown: My intense desire is to inform, educate
and entertain the reader. Give them food for thought and solutions to
problems or challenges they may encounter in life. I’m not just writing to
tell a story. I want my writing to be much more than that. I want to touch
the human spirit.
Pageonelit.com:What was the last book you read?
generally read two or three books at a time and right now I’m reading Super
Rich by Russell Simmons, which I highly recommend, Boardwalk Empire by
Nelson Johnson and A Life of Reinvention Malcolm X written by the late
Manning Marable. In fact I would recommend all three books.
Pageonelit.com: What’s next?
W. Granville Brown: Promoting “5 Simple Steps to Choosing
Your Path” and I’m currently working on the much anticipated sequel to
“Choices.” I’m having so much fun writing books and I’m gaining so much from
the interaction that I’m blessed to have with my readers. Because of people
taking the time to give an unknown author a shot....I’m proud to say that my
first book sold extremely well enough to be considered a best seller and
this guide is touching people’s lives in a positive way. And next is my
credo. I’m always working toward the ‘next’ in my life and I’m open to the
possibilities’ of the unknown. If I may I just want to take this time to
thank everyone that has read my books and I pray that in doing so, it has
enhanced you in some way, form or fashion. And I also want to thank John
Weaver and PageOneLit.com for your continued support.