Featured Interview With Michael G
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I am a 16-year veteran of the banking industry starting right out of college. I was born and raised in New Jersey near New York City. I currently reside in South Florida. I have never had any pets. Accidently killing my hermit crab when I was a kid gave me an inkling I wasn’t set out to be a pet owner.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I have never been fascinated with books. It was always a struggle to get through my summer reading during my schooling years. I have always had a fascination with learning, self-educating, and personal improvement. I tended to read any self-help article and countless internet articles with lots of fun information. I always enjoyed writing for school and wrote some articles over the years, but this was the first time I attempted and completed a full-length novel.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
?* I’ve always gravitated towards self-help books and as a natural introvert and coming from a worrier family, the two books that have influenced me the most were Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People” and “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living.” I probably read these books 15-20 years ago, but I still sometimes stop and think about the important life lessons these books taught me.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
I started in the banking industry right out of college in 2005, and the financial crisis hit in 2008. After that traumatic period passed, I envisioned my future self spending time in a small Italian village, sitting on the balcony writing a memoir about the crisis. It turns out life has different plans; as I worked from home during the Covid-19 pandemic with way too much free time on my hands, I decided that instead of writing a memoir in the future, I’d write a fictionalized version of events that may or may not have occurred. Here’s the essence of what you’ll find in the book.
In a world where success is defined by flashy cars, designer clothes, and bank balance, where profit is everything, and ruthless executives call the shots—anything is possible. Ethical and naïve, Jacob Gilbert is thrown into a pool of greed and shady business dealings as he enters his first year in banking. Surrounded by cutthroat associates who will stop at nothing to please their bosses, he languishes at the bottom of the stack ranking charts. How can he turn his career into a success while maintaining his soul? After another unsuccessful quarter, Jacob heads to Brazil to visit Rodrigo, a college buddy. Rodrigo suggests a business proposition that may turn Jacobs’s career around. But is it ethical? Will it lead to success? When the 2008 financial market crashes, the bank falls apart, and some of Jacob’s colleagues are hauled off for questioning. Caught in a web of international financial dealings, will Jacob and Rodrigo go up in flames as the US banking world explodes?
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