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Newsletter Dated: 12/30/2009 9:27:24 PM
Subject: Andrea Campbell*s Soup*s On
Andrea Campbell’s Newsletter
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In this issue:
• From the Author*s Desk
• What Every Body is Saying with Joe Navarro
• Mission Murder Author Talk
• How We Get New Words
*** From The Author*s Desk ***
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Start date: January 11, 2010
*** Interview with Joe Navarro ***
Q.: Joe, for Soup’s On readers, can you please talk about your background?
A.: I was born in Cuba but as with so many we fled communism and the cult of Fidel Castro and found refuge in America. I grew up in Miami and went to school at Brigham Young University to play football. Upon graduation I was hired by the FBI where I served for twenty-five years working counterintelligence matters, in essence I was a spycatcher.
Q.: What are nonverbal communications?
A.: Nonverbal communications encompasses anything we do as humans which communicates a thought, feeling or intention, or that appeals to our aesthetic as well as comfort needs. Everything from art, to soothing colors, to good behavior, comes within that broad umbrella including body language, which is exactly that, what we communicate with our body.
Q.: Your book, What Every Body is Saying, is the result of what type of experience?
A.: What Every Body is Saying is based on 30 plus years of study, training, teaching, and practical experience. I wrote it to share with others what I had learned, the hard way, in studying nonverbals for many years and applying it in a forensic and intelligence setting where few mistakes are allowed.
Q.: How were you able to use these skills with the FBI?
A.: In the FBI body language is the one element you use everyday be if for surveillance to interviewing. A criminal leaves his house in New York, how do we know he is up to bad things? How often he looks at his watch, how often he looks inside the store he is about to rob, how many cigarettes he smokes every thirty minutes as his stress level builds up, how often he touches the belt on his strong arm side where his weapon is hidden. All these nonverbals speak to the trained eye that this individual is “casing” a place to rob and that he is armed.
Q.: What are “multiple tells”?
A.: Multiple tells are clusters of behavior. I see or hear something I don’t like and I will tense my jaw, compress my lips and squint my eyes. I don’t have to say a word, that cluster of behaviors or multiple tells attest to something negative no matter what my mouth says.
Q.: What are the benefits of knowing body language and its signs?
A.: The benefits are that you can read people’s feelings, thoughts, intentions. For instance, you are talking to someone and you notice their right foot is pointed toward the exit. You know they would like to talk more but their foot is very accurately saying I have to leave. Now. In that direction. It allows you to say, “I know you have to get going, well talk later.” It makes you look smart, sensitive and caring, at times almost clairvoyant. Or you see someone on a cell phone their heel is on the ground but their toes are in the air. When it’s over you comment, “good news?” knowing with certainty that it was.
Q.: Do you analyze people you meet just as a matter of fact? I mean, is it something you do from habit?
A.: It never stops. And it should not for you. Always look for signs of comfort and discomfort, like software it runs in the background and it alerts you. No I never shut it down.
Q.: Let’s talk about the book. How is it set up?
A.: What Every Body is Saying and Louder Than Words, both are set up to take the reader form the basics to the more advanced phases on body language and nonverbal communications.
Q.: Do you have a literary agent? If so, how did you get him/her?
A.: I did not have a literary agent, I just sent both manuscripts in to Harper Collins.
Q.: Do you collaborate with someone? How does that work?
A.: I usually work with someone who takes my words and renders them into something more readable, less clinical, and more fun to read. I write the science and the experiences; they smooth it out so that it is readable by a non-FBI audience. That is my weakness, I am not that great of a writer. I have a lot of information I want to share but it does not come to me easily. Part of that has to do with the way FBI agents write which is very, “just the facts ma’m.”
Q.: Who is your publisher? What type of relationship do you have with your editor?
A.: Harper Collins is the publisher and I have a great relationship with the editor, we talk all the time, share ideas. We don’t always agree but in the end, we bring to the table our best efforts.
Q.: Are you receiving help with promotion? And what do you do for publicity?
A.: For publicity I count on the publisher and I do a lot of radio, television, and blogs as well as tweets.
Q.: So you blog? Where and why?
A.: Yes on Psychology Today: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/spycatcher I do it because 10K people will read the articles and that’s free publicity for me.
Q.: What are some of your other books about?
A.: Advanced Interviewing Techniques is about how to best interview people.
Hunting Terrorists is about the mind of the terrorist and how to identify them
Read ‘em and Reap is about the tells of poker
What Every Body is Saying is about body language
Louder than Words is about the nonverbals of business
Additionally I have books on Kindle which are short and to the point dealing with a variety of subjects including spotting psychopaths, body language of dating, the psychology of body language, etc. They can be found at:
Q.: What is on your agenda for the future?
A.: More books, I have 8 in my head right now I want to write, at least 45 speeches a year around the world for the next three years, and a new video I hope to do with the BBC.
Q.: Is there anything else you would like to tell Soup’s On readers?
A.: Do yourself and your loved ones a favor. Learn to read body language accurately. You will reap rewards in your interactions with them and you will be perceived as more empathetic. You will also gain benefits from being able to apperceive what others need. But more importantly do it for yourself, it will enrich our life and you will see beauty, subtlety and nuance as never before.
If you have any questions about this, write me at www.jnforensics.com. I try to answer all my emails.
*** Betty Orlemann & Mission Murder ***
Betty Orlemann, I think, is quite a character herself. In her press kit, the bio information begins with the title: Life Begins at Eighty. But I think after interviewing Betty, I come away with the feeling that, for her, eighty is merely a milestone and creativity and living fully is more important to her than age.
Q.: Who is Betty Orlemann?
A.: I have been a journalist for years. Many of my Hattie ideas came from a six or seven year stint covering criminal courts as a staff writer for the Bucks County Courier Times. I've had a very interesting and eclectic life, and I suspect that you have, too!
Q.: Your latest title, Mission: Murder, is this Hattie’s first mystery? Can you give us a short set-up or mini synopsis?
A.: This is the first Hattie Farwell murder mystery. In it her best friend is killed by a hit-run driver. Police believe it is an accident, but Hattie is convinced it was a deliberate murder and launches her own investigation.
Q.: What are some of Hattie’s unique character traits?
A.: Hattie is independent, kind, loving, very intelligent and stubborn.
Q.: Can you tell us something about your writing habits? What is your methodology?
A.: I rise early every day, take a two-mile walk, eat a light breakfast and write at my computer for at least half a day.
Q.: Do you have a literary agent?
A.: The closest I have to an agent is my publisher, Mary Shafer.
Q.: What has the experience been like for you? How about the editing?
A.: Word Forge Books is the imprint line. Mary Shafer is tireless, inventive, very bright and an education in herself. She has editors on her staff.
Q.: What type of promotion and publicity are you getting and what are you doing for yourself?
A.: Mary helps set me up for interviews, signings, fairs and so forth. I try to do the same for myself with pretty good results. There has been good publicity.
Q.: What are your plans for the future?
A.: I hope to be able to continue writing the Hattie Farwell series as well as newspaper and magazine articles.
Q.: Is there anything you would like to share with Soup’s On readers?
A.: Perhaps they would be interested in the fact that I frequently use real people as my characters. For example, putting real people into my books was an accident—so many things are, aren't they? In the first book (Mission Murder) there is a nurse named Terry. My hairdresser read the book and greeted me the next time I went in with, "THAT'S ME, ISN'T IT? TERRY IN YOUR BOOK IS ME!!" Her name is spelled, Teri, but when I reread her description in the book I had described her very accurately and didn't realize it! Now, when I use others I have them sign a release.
Another example: I am a member of the Red Hat Society. One of my books is entitled, "The Killer Wore A Red Hat." I used about six members of my chapter in that, and they loved it!
Have I told you more than you really want to know?
Q.: Not at all, Betty, not at all. Thank you.
(Web site: BettyOrlemann.com)
*** How We Get New Words ***
The Facebook term “unfriend” was recently picked as 2009 Word of the Year by the New Oxford American Dictionary. Ananda Mitra, professor and chair of the Department of Communication, discusses how technology influences language and social interaction.
Q. How does technology influence language and how words are “created” based on new modes of communication?
A. We have to remember that the most important technology of communication is indeed language, and it is through the manipulation of the symbols that make up the language of a culture that we define the culture. Thus all elements of a cultural system influence the fundamental technology of language. The tools we use to improve our quality of life, from the rake to clear the fall leaves to the Smartphone to unfriend—those we do not want on Facebook—all influence how we make sense of the world around us. As such these tools would necessarily influence language. Over the history of human civilization as new tools have been introduced we have had to find ways to name them. The printing “press” borrows the name from the wine “press,” just as the word “eyeglasses” mirrors the material used to make the tool, although very few eyeglasses are now made of glass. We need to label the tools and as such technology influences language and words.
Excerpt adapted from Newswise “New Technology Produces New Words” 11/27/2009
Source: Wake Forest University
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*** Future Newsletters ***
In upcoming newsletters we will share a new interview or two, talk more about publishing, and provide additional writer’s tips. If there is any area you would like to discuss, just send me a note. Thanks for the read.;)
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