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Updated on July 25, 2012

1. Where are you from?

I was born in Indianapolis, Indiana but grew up in Baker (now Baker City) Oregon. My parents moved west when I was 3 months old. We were a family of four with my older brother.

2. When and why did you begin writing? / What inspired you to write your first book?

I have always written but never really considered publishing, other than a few poems for anthologies, until about three years ago. My concerns about life, my country and posterity, surround politics and poverty within our (use to be) capitalist world. Thus, I guess the need to publish was inspired by our economy and political issues of today.

3. When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I never really considered myself a writer but I have received comments on material I have written about over the years. When I was in the Military (years ago), someone once said to me that with my ability to write and his ability to speak there isn’t anything we couldn’t accomplish as a team. I never really thought about my writing until then, but shortly after that we both retired and went our separate ways.

4. How did you come up with your book titles?

My first book title was simply because the book was a letter to my classmates and the material was taken from a book I have not yet published. As for my second book, the title was something out of the blue; probably because I heard something similar sometime and it happened to come to mind when I was thinking about a title and it seemed appropriate.

5. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

The message in my book is clear. If we (We the People) do not change our ways and start to promote Capitalism and Common Sense politics according to our Constitution, we will lose our Liberty, our Freedom. Anyone who has their eyes open today and loves freedom understands, but when it comes to personal financial responsibility, the vast majority needs to have an awakening. Perpetual Debt was introduced to our Citizens with the first credit cards and now we can’t live without credit. Looking back to our forefathers, we were warned about perpetual debt, yet we have not followed the lessons we were given with the establishment of this great Republic.

6. How much of the book is realistic?

A Letter to the Class of 65 is based upon historical references, quotes and what some consider Conspiracy Theory, but I must relate that we can have no Conspiracy Theories without Conspiracies. The fact that history can reflect the damage done shows a clear path as to the powerful influences on our lives as it did on our county as well as the assassinations of four presidents. I can’t say for a fact that Garfield and McKinely were assassinated because of power plays, but when one looks at the history and the assassination of President Kennedy, we can assume that a fair guess would be three presidents died because they would not do business or cooperate with the BUS (Bank of the United States) and one died because he wanted to end the power of the Federal Reserve. So, other than pages directed toward a classmate and the relationship between those I went to school with and some poetry, the book is about the realism of the problems we face today with massive foreclosures, a bankrupt nation and its citizen base almost totally dependent upon Government for retirement, health and medical and other social programs. It is a fact that perpetual debt is a death sentence for the United States, but it seems the people are blind to this fact.

7. Are experiences based on someone you know, or event in your own life?

My writings are usually based upon my own experiences in life, reading and study as well as just watching the world around me evolve. I am not tied to TV programs that are a total waste of time. To me the news media, TV etc., are just means of keeping up with happenings in life and I fully understand that much of the important news seen, heard and read by citizens is limited in scope and in important issues is only what the media allows.

In the political and world economic issues shadows of reality are hidden for whatever reason or agenda. This again is part of the reason our country is bankrupt, our capitalist world has collapsed and the communists are now marching freely in the Streets of America, waving the American Flag and carrying banners that state, “Capitalism has failed” or “Capitalism is in retreat!”

8. What books have most influenced your life most?

There are many books that have influenced my life but my recent writings on political and economic issues are from reading books listed in the reference section of my book; Although, most have little or nothing to do with economics. Some of the books I reference as worth reading are:

Proofs of Conspiracy, (Schisms in Free Masonry, The Illuminati, The German Union and the French Revolution) by John Robison, A. M. 1798

The Shadows of Power (The CFR and the American decline) by James Perloff

The Law, by Frederic Bastiat

Casey, (the world of power and politics in a dangerous world) by Joseph Persico

Plausible Denial, by Mark Lane

Rush to Judgment, by Mark Lane

War on the Middle Class, by Lou Dobbs

There are other books that are very important if one is to understand the influences on our economic system by the international bankers, coupled with the failure of our Representatives to be responsible and live up to their oath to serve and protect our Constitution. One such book I highly recommend is “the Creature from Jekyll Island” (the birth place of the Federal Reserve).

9. What book are you reading now?

I just finished re reading “Hoffa’s Man” and doing more refresher reading:

A Patriot’s History of the United States by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen

I am also reading The Republic of Vengeance by Paul Waters and Patriot Games by Tom Clancy. I don’t always look at today’s authors when their books first come out unless it is something I really want to read, as I prefer to read history and equate it to our present day world.

10. Do you have something you are working on at the moment that you’d like to share with us?

I am working on two more books at this time. One is directed toward Veterans of Foreign Wars, Patriots, and it is mostly poetry. However, I always include my thoughts with my poems so it will again be more than just poems.

The other book I am working on is one for personal economics and is focused on why our nation is failing and what is needed to overcome. Again, it is basically a book of poems but will also include quite a bit of extra writing and explanations people should be aware of if they have the desire to overcome financial hardships. I will relate how Greece and Rome deteriorated and finally fell because of the same things we are seeing in our country today.

11. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No, I would not change it because it was designed for the purpose of getting people to think and with the book references in the back; it gives those who want to learn more leads to understand our problems. I did not expound on issues as I believe people need to start to think for themselves and if given the basics to problems, most are quite capable of doing just that. The problems I see are based upon a dumbed down citizen base that has been corrupted by too much TV.

12. Who designed the covers?

I related what I wanted for the cover of my first book, and Daveda Gruber, who, with Helen McManus, put it together for me. They did a beautiful job. The second book was designed by both Daveda and Helen. After it was ready for preview, I made some modifications, but again, they both came up with a great cover.

13. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The hardest part of writing my books is finding the time to get them together. The material is all from my mind and notes as I have been studying along these lines for many years and when it comes to quotes, I have always been a collector. Thus, the material flows and given the free time without interferences, I can produce a book in a relative short period of time. That being said, I am not furnishing books based on a lot of research or references, though that allows for quicker production. I am not interested in providing information from others usually, unless I find a quote I think should be expounded upon or added. Quotes usually speech for themselves!

14. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

Since I have not really written anything that requires documentation and references, there was not much to learn up to the point of publishing. History has provided my needs in knowledge along with those authors who have pointed out information of importance that has influenced my way of thinking.

15. Do you have any advice for other writers?

Always try to get someone close to you to proof your work. What we think is not always what we put down to publish. A great editor can relate changes that may be needed, but you can’t always count on your editor to do your work for you. I think every writer can understand this and I am sure most have someone close to review and discuss content with. Unfortunately, I travel a lot and I don’t always have someone close to me to comment or proof my writing so I am pretty much at the mercy of my editor, who thankfully does a good job for someone who is very busy.

16. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Yes, if we are concerned about our Liberty; our Freedom, then we must understand why this country was founded as a Republic and not a Democracy. We must understand that a Republic is founded upon the premise that it is a “Government of the People, By the People and For the People!” That means we must participate in our Government and be aware of the dangers of losing our Republic. It is not about letting someone else take care of our responsibilities. If we understand Democracy, we understand that people have too much influence within the power to vote away freedom. That was the purpose of a Republican form of Government; a government based upon the rights of Man that cannot be voted away. However, our Liberty can be taken away if we do not pay attention and understand our responsibility to each other within government as well as our responsibility to each other to remain debt free and free of Government encumbrances. To be dependent upon government is to a slave to government.

17. (If writing is your main occupation) If you had to choose something besides writing, what career would you choose and why?

I retired a few years ago, but I am pretty busy most of the time attempting to influence people’s thinking about personal financial wealth building. Whereever there are opportunities people can provide for themselves. Nothing is ever easy and the promise of instant millionaire status is only a dream; but many have proven it to be possible. Unfortunately, most of our citizens do not understand what is required as they have not been taught the leadership qualities to excel. Those qualities have not been instilled in our young people. Even though military are taught certain leadership skills they have also been brainwashed into believing they must have a job in order to live. Independence is not part of modern day mentality.

18. What is the most interesting thing about you?

I don’t consider myself interesting as I harp too much on the necessities of today; both politically and financially and that tends to bore people to death. However, I do believe that more people need to learn and who will teach when our educational system does not?

19. What thought would you like to leave with readers of your interview?

If Liberty, Freedom and Independence have any warmth or comfort to their ring, but you are living from pay check to pay check, then look to ways and means of overcoming your financial situation. Don’t expect to earn a lot of money up front or to be financially free overnight. Learn what must be done, plan by setting realistic goals and then set out to live your dream. Remember, your dream is yours and it is up to you to make your own way. Nothing of importance will ever be given to you and a pay check from trading time for all too few dollars will keep you in debt for the rest of your life. This is called perpetual debt (buy now, pay later, credit card debt, 30 year mortgages, and continuous automobile payments for life). You can learn to pay cash for everything and save a fortune in interest payments to banks.

Finally, I would like to remind folks that “Life is not about what you want! It is about what you design it to be!” (One of my poems)

If you are to design a life, you cannot do it alone as you will be interdependent upon others with like minds. Thus, you must surround yourself with such people if you are to be successful.

20. There are several poems I would love to share that expresses my styles as I am very diverse in my writing. However, I will leave you with one about Living Your Dream.


To the Shifter and the Pioneer Who Dare to Live Their Dreams

Copyright (c) 2003, Michael D. Small

A time to sleep and a time to play.
All too often time is wasted away.
A time to plan and time to scheme
Time to work and time to dream.

To dream a dream is to plan and scheme,
To work your plan is to believe your dream.
To have no dream is an empty affair,
And a life not worthy of a partner share.

Time at play is often wasted away,
If you did not plan to enjoy your play.
To work and save for a leisure day,
Such time is spent in the wisest way.

So work your dream and plan your scheme,
Work and plan to live your dream.
To dream and plan and work and scheme,
Is to live your life and live your dream

©Michael Duane Small

Author's Comments:
"Some put down a dreamer as worthless, but is it not the dreamer who is the inventor, the adventurer, the person who makes things happen. To be such a dreamer would be a dream come true for many who have limited abilities.

"Don't waste time because that is the stuff life is made of!"

~~Poor Richard - Benjamin Franklin


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      Michael 6 years ago

      Thanks for the reviews. Many do understand the problems but most have no clue how to over come. Perhaps in one of my next books I will dwell more on what to look for and how to select a path that can produce results for those seeking financial security.

      Many say, "I don't need the money" but in reality they are usually saying I don't want to deal with overcoming the problems. First I have to say, it is not about the money; it is about financial security and that alone should be the driving force within a capitalist country; yes, even in Australia, England or within many of the countries in Europe and Asia where free market and free enterprise offer many opportunities.

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      Helen Holub 6 years ago

      Michael, I found this probably one of the most interesting interviews I've read. You are certainly a true American in your ways of thinking and I agree with much that you have to say. Dreaming a dream and making that dream come true takes a lot of hard work in this world. Also, you're very right in saying that we have become a nation who, now, desperately need a credit card to make ends meet, even in buying groceries and that isn't funny! I certainly don't want to be run by the Government...we have a Declaration of Independence that says, Our freedom is due to the fact that we are a Government of the people, by the people and for the people. When people start trying to tell us we can't pray, anywhere, and are taking God out of everything, including our money and everything else, then someone is thinking wrongly. We started the United States thanking God for what He gave us in the beginning and though there are wars and always talks of wars, I feel there can still be peace, if we will only listen to our hearts, see with our minds and remember we do have souls, and for me, all of them belong to God and are what makes America, America! A tremendous interview. Blessings, Helen

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      Daveda Gruber 6 years ago from Hermitage PA USA

      I enjoyed what you had to say Michael. Your views always fascinate me because they make so much sense. Great interview!

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      Leokadia Durmaj 6 years ago

      I found your interview interesting to read and I agree with what you have written here. I live in Australia and yes we also have some problems, there is improvement needed here as well but there are positive elements in place that kept us as a country out of debt and we do have the best banks in the world. I enjoyed reading your poem. Take care, Lee

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      rOBERT hEWETT SR. 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Great interview Michael,it should generate a lot of comments for you. Thanks for sharing this very intimate interview of you, your beliefs and your writing. Robert