IHS: Welcome, Augustus. Thank you for being with us today. I’m really excited to have you here! Would you please tell our followers who you are, what city you're from?
Augustus: I am Augustus Vaughn (Augustus V.). I currently live in Beverly Hills. It is beautiful!
IHS: Okay, Great! What is the title of the book you just completed with us?
Augustus: The Bad Boy (Complete Set)
IHS: Interesting title for an intriguing book. Now, please tell us, what was your favorite part about listening to this book come to life?
Augustus: The testimonies in the reviews for the series, I kind of teared up on some of them. Have your Kleenex ready if you read them! lol
IHS: I know what you mean! Those are really great reviews! Now, whether fiction or non-fiction, books are truly inspired work from authors. What was your inspiration for this book?
Augustus: That's certainly a good question. My inspiration was watching some beautiful relationships with the most beautiful people you can know, turn into fuel for the next Tyler Perry productions. I had to do something about it. And not with jargon, but actual result bringing solutions.
IHS: Switching gears now, is your primary business writing? If so, what do you do for fun? If not, what do you do “in real life”?
Augustus: I understand the question in full, and hope this answers the question... But writing is not a business for me, I do this as a calling, a ministry, and... well... yeah, for fun too!
IHS: Yes, that answers the question. Writing is most definitely a calling. Ok now, many authors are not audiobook listeners by nature. Are you? Have you ever listened to an audiobook before your own?
Augustus: This is a good question. One day, I was in a debate with someone concerning biblical matters, and of course, things got real. So I felt the need to inform them that I've read the entire Bible more than 10 times! And they stumbled and asked; "how? how could you do that and be so young" I gently replied... "Youtube" lol
IHS: You narrated the book yourself, which is quite a task. What was it like to hear your book come to life by giving it a voice?
Augustus: This one will be fun to answer, I did have to become a different person narrating this book, I think all authors should narrate their own work from time to time.
IHS: What were you most worried about when starting out with this audiobook process? Did the worry happen or was it unjustified?
Augustus: This audiobook was my first, so I was terrified! And Audible did not help lol. From the sound check, to the quality, I had to record the entire series over 3 times just to get it on Audible. But I have library now, so you can say it was worth it.
IHS: And, in hindsight, was there anything that you probably ACTUALLY should have been worried about instead?
Augustus: Not really, it was all good.
IHS: Okay, let’s talk reviews. Do you read your reviews and will you read your listener comments? What do you most like to see in the comments?
Augustus: Indeed, I'm glad we live in a culture where men can tear up, because that is what happens when I read my precious listener's reviews. One of my favorites was this one couple (I can tell they were young) the girl said that both of them listen to "The Bad Boy" before they go to bed, and they have been applying what they've learned. And she stated that it actually fixed their broken relationship! That made my day!
IHS: Okay, once a book is finished, then the work of marketing begins. What do you do to spread the word about a new release?
Augustus: I have an amazing team of marketers with beautiful people from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and even Nigeria. But it is an honor to team up with "I'm Hearing Stories" you guys are amazing!
IHS: Having a marketing team certainly have its advantages, and we are happy and excited to work with you. Moving on, what advice would you give those who are thinking about becoming an author?
Augustus: Don't think about it, just do it. If you haven't thought about it, don't do it. It is that simple.
IHS: Straight and to the point! So for our audience who hasn't begun the process yet, what advice would you give authors who are thinking about doing an audiobook from their published book?
Augustus: Build confidence, and make sure your heart is in it. People can smell a rotten heart. It is almost like feeling a pickpocketer groping your leg, you know they just want your money.
IHS: So, what was the best part for you about working with I’m Hearing Stories.
Augustus: I'm love everything about I'm Hearing Stories! This is beautiful team of beautiful people! And would love to return!
IHS: Wow! Thank you so much Augustus! We love working with you too and we are looking forward to more collaborations with you. What a fun time we've had chatting with you today and getting your input! Okay, just for fun now, why don't you give us the Top 10 Best Books You’ve Read In the Last Year.
Top 10 Best Books You’ve Read In the Last Year:
1. The Holy Bible
2. The Holy Quran
3. The Life of Alexandre
4. Art of the Deal
6. The Peloponnesian War
7. Battles in Gaul
8. Lives of the 12 Caesars
9. My first 100 Million dollars
10. The Bad Boy
IHS: Thank you, Augustus! So, how can our followers learn more about you?
LinkedIn: Augustus Vaughn (One of my mentors made it clear to me, that all social media is a waste, except for LinkedIn).
Augustus V. (1992-Current) was born in Watts, California, to Los Angeles native parents, in the midst of the "92" Watts Riots, was sent to live with his uncle in Rome, Italy by the age of 4 for a better environment, and returned to America in 2003. For seven years he taught poetry and spirituality to fellow students and students of neighboring schools in the Los Angeles area. Months before his 18th birthday, he moved to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma to attend a Bible School in hopes of becoming a minister to excel his work, but "someone" had different plans for him. Instead of starting a ministry behind the pulpit, Augustus would visit people in need of assistance and did what he could to help (mostly advice). As time went by, Augustus started to notice the results people gained, so this inspired Augustus to write once more.
Augustus featured at every "open mic" poetry venue he could find until the state of Oklahoma was no longer a task to the young poet. So he was once more, drawn back to the sunny State of California where he would do charity work and discover what issues needed close attention in his area. Eventually, he realized that these issues were not just in his area, but nationwide, so decided to write his first book, "The Bad Boy". Now, He runs an organization based on dealing with common issues through literature, features on well-renowned book sites like Barnes & Noble's, Amazon, Audible, iTunes, etc. and has given full access to a free library on his own site, that he claims will soon be in the thousands. One may not be superstitious, but considering that Augustus was born on the same day that Caesar Augustus died (August 19) this might be the continuation of a great Empire.
Okay, folks, there you have it! Augustus Vaughn, author and narrator of The Bad Boy.