Humanitarian Michael Ditchfield – bestselling author, sought after speaker, entrepreneur, and former professional athlete, is committed to addressing the humanitarian plight of developing countries. Ditchfield speaks widely on how to inspire change and promote empowerment among cultures and individuals.
He has worked extensively with children in Africa using sports and culture in furthering the peace process. He remains dedicated to transforming lives by advocating for human dignity across the globe.
What inspires you to write?
To get the message out there that we should harness our moral obligation to address the needs of the developing countries and assist by a hand up and not a hand out. The passion to write stems from visiting these places in Africa and being one with their culture, while looking to add to it, not necessarily changing it.
As a lightening rod and lamp post I challenge myself and others through the written word, to push beyond the norm in being accountable to this earth and the people on it.
Tell us about your writing process.
I put together thoughts, on napkins and scratch paper before structuring paragraphs on pieces of paper. This happens in the early morning hours while watching the sun come up. I then move to the laptop structuring the book as a whole, before sending it on to my content editor and grammatical editor.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ruiz and Rumi for thought provoking insight and any author on Sir Winston Churchill. I love many authors who put Africa in the forefront, including The White Man’s Burden by William Easterly and Africa by Richard Dowden
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My first book was with Simon Schuster but with technology and marketing tools becoming so much more readily available and effective, I decided to self-publish as I can now send more money from the proceeds of the book, to Project Mercy in Ethiopia.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It is going the way of self-publishing unless it is a book that requires allot of initial money up front such as detailed cookbooks with many photos.
What genres do you write?
Memoir Inspirational and Self Help
What formats are your books in?