“How my father’s life changing research inspired ‘Winning the War on Cancer’” with Author Sylvie Beljanski
I had the pleasure of interviewing Author Sylvie Beljanski’s new book “Winning the War on Cancer” which outlines her father’s inspiring story of cancer research in Paris.
Can you share a story about what brought you to this particular career path?
I was in New York, working as a young lawyer in a law firm, when I tried calling my father and could not reach him. After I could not get in touch with him, I called my mom back home and the phone was answered by the deep voice of a police officer, saying I could not speak to her, as she was under arrest. That led me to investigate about what was behind such an unexpected turn of events and then I discovered that a SWAT team had come to ransack my father’s laboratory and destroy all the evidence of his research regarding a natural cure for cancer.
Can you share the most interesting story that occurred to you in the course of your career?
My quest for the elusive and rare raw materials with anti-cancer properties took me to the Amazon Rainforest. When our frail little boat tipped over in the Rio Negro, I had no choice other than to swim with the piranhas, sleep on a hammock to avoid romping bug infestations, and sustain myself by eating boiled snake.
Can you tell our readers what inspired you to write this book?
As my father, Dr. Mirko Beljanski, used to say, “When we have the power to help, we have the duty of doing so.” I do believe that the wealth of information accumulated through the work of The Beljanski Foundation for the past twenty years can help save lives and I had the duty to write about it and share with the rest of the world. What better way to do it than with a book? I am delighted to see that Winning The War On Cancer: The Epic Journey Towards a Natural Cure is well received and reviewed.
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
I am extremely excited for tonight’s book discussion and signing at Barnes & Noble 5th Avenue in New York City. The event was sold out only two weeks after being announced. It is a great honor and a tremendous opportunity to spread information about ways to help fight cancer naturally. My message is a message of hope based on science.
Also, I learned the book is going to be translated in French and I am looking forward to the upcoming international book tour.
What is the one habit you believe contributed the most to you becoming a great writer? (i.e. perseverance, discipline, play, craft study) Can you share a story or example?
Insomnia :) Seriously though, I started feeling like I was on a mission to find out how to carve out the out the time needed for writing. Then I discovered I could make great use of my chronic insomnia and finally found out that I thoroughly enjoyed the process of writing. Discipline came easy.
Can you share the most interesting story that you shared in your book?
I share many stories in Winning The War On Cancer, but what prompted my “Ah-Ha moment” was at a recent conference in New York City. I had prepared an hour-long presentation about the research of my father and The Beljanski Foundation to be given in front of hundreds of people. I was nervous to say the least and as I was about to begin, we had “some technical difficulties” and my presentation would not show. I had to think quick on my feet and began just talking to the audience about my personal story, and much to my surprise, the audience seemed captivated. I understood I was onto something, as my story seemed worth telling.
What is the main empowering lesson you want your readers to take away after finishing your book?
I would like people suffering from cancer to know that there are natural solutions out there to help support them during their journey. According to science, some natural molecules can selectively target cancer cells and work alongside many chemotherapy drugs. They are selective to cancer cells and non-toxic to healthy cells which translates into no side effects.
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
1. It would be a long process — It took about a year and a half just for the writing part and then several more for editing in publishing. I knew it would take time, just surprised how long the process really was
2. Writing a book is work, but promoting it is even more work. I am enjoying every step along the way.
3. I wish I was told about the importance of submitting my book for reviews and awards. Considering the positive response for the few submissions I have made; I wish I had done more.
4. At the beginning, I was a little afraid to write and promote the book on my own but have been delightfully surprised in all the support and help I have received from my friends to make this happen. Now that the book is out there, I feel like a little boat pushed by the good winds.
5. Before I started, I had no idea how many lives I would touch through the book and the response I receive from people in need has been just overwhelming and humbling.
Which literature do you draw inspiration from? Why?
A few months before I started writing I came across a book called Darke Mission by Scott Caladon. It’s a fiction book, but I first bought it because one of the characters in the book was taking my father’s products for his prostate cancer. At first it was fun to think that even virtual people where using the products, but I was also captivated by the intense style of writing with an underlying theme of political and financial greed. I felt that would apply perfectly to my own story. By the way, Caladon received a prize in the UK for his book.
How do you think your writing makes an impact in the world?
My writing no, but my story yes. Winning The War On Cancer gives people hope, education, and a means on how to naturally fight cancer.
What advice would you give to someone considering becoming an author like you?
There is so much I would like to share on this, but most important would be to make sure you have at least two years to commit to the project and the resources to promote the book correctly leading up to the launch date and then once it is out.
How can people get your book? Do you have any upcoming events where people can meet you?
We have an upcoming event tonight at Barnes & Noble in New York City and you can RSVP at bit.ly/sb0325. The book is available for sale on www.winningthewaroncancer.com/buy-now, Amazon & Barnes & Noble. If you choose to buy from The Beljanski Foundation, 100% of my author proceeds’ will be donated to help fund anticancer research to cure cancer the natural way.
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