ABOUT SHAWN KILGARLIN
Shawn V. Kilgarlin is a writer, speaker, and Chief Operating Officer of Louisiana-based American Screening Corporation (ASC), a nationwide leader in drug testing products since 2004. In 2011, she was named a Cambridge Who’s Who Professional of the Year in Health Care Support. Ms. Kilgarlin’s husband (and co-author), Ron Kilgarlin is ASC’s CEO and an internationally recognized sales expert. Their company has helped over a million people deal with the plague of substance abuse. While unusually active in her industry and community, Ms. Kilgarlin’s true passions are writing and helping those in need. She is the author of the book God’s Love Letters: Overcoming Adversity. Past Tense is her second book.
Visit her website at http://www.americanscreeningcorp.com/Past-Tense-Shawn-Kilgarlin-P2955C216.aspx
About Ron Kilgarlin
Ron Kilgarlin is founder and Chief Executive Officer of American Screening Corporation. He no stranger to adversity, under extreme conditions, and with his father’s sound advice, he sold off an underperforming company. On January 2004, Ron started American Screening Corporation, in his parent’s sunroom.
Under his direction, 9 years later & with the help of his wife Shawn Kilgarlin, COO, ASC is now the #1 Rapid Drug Testing Company in the United States. In 2009 his company was awarded by GSA, a contract, to sell to federal government agencies. ASC is ISO 13485 Certified, specializing in the manufacturing and distribution of Rapid Drug & Point of Care Tests, serving US & International Clients, including Medical, Corrections, Retail, Direct Consumer, Commercial, & Government Markets. ASC has Free Sale Certificates in 27 foreign countries, Health Canada, Saudi FDA, & Iran OFAC license.
Ron is a drug testing expert helping over 1 million clients fight the plague of drug & alcohol addictions. Ron is an internationally recognized sales & internet marketing expert. He led the creations of www.americanscreeningcorp.com, which is the premiere website to purchase drug & health tests, with over 4000 products and growing.
Ron has recently accepted a position on the board, for the Louisiana Economic Development Council, as Ambassador, for executive’s considering expansion or relocation.
His love for writing started years ago as he kept a journal for self- improvement. His goal is to reach out, inspire, and connect with the world, sharing his personal stories of hardship, and researched studies on techniques for self-improvement.
While not working Ron enjoys spending time with his beloved family, traveling the open road, smoking fine cigars, reading, & writing.
Thank you for your time in answering our questions Let’s begin by having you explain to us why you decided to write a book?
SK: With Past Tense, Ron and I were able to parlay the substantial experience we have had in dealing with people fighting addiction. We were moved to write the book because we realized that too much stress drove people to drugs and alcohol, so the book is our way of giving people some tools they can use to avoid going down those dark roads.
RK: My wife and I had this book idea for stress; we were experiencing stressful situations in many arenas of our lives. Everything came full circle; together, we created, funded and wrote Past Tense: 365 Daily Tools for Putting Stress Behind You – For Good!
Is this your first book?
SK: I am multi-published. My first book titled, God’s Love Letters: Overcoming Adversity was published in 2009 and became a “closet hit” when we marketed it primarily to existing clients of American Screening Corporation.
RK: I’m a proudly self-published author, and this is my first book, co-authored with my wife, Shawn.
Can you tell us a little about your publishing journey?
SK: We chose to self-publish with an established publishing company which provided editorial and marketing services, but still allowed me control in decisions and final outcome of the book.
RK: We chose to self publish for several reasons: we wanted to keep control of the process and the timeline; we had the funding to finance it; and probably most importantly, because of the nature of the book and the nature of the work we do with our drug-screening equipment business, we had a built-in audience for the book who knew us and trusted us.
What lessons do you feel you learned about the publishing industry?
RK/SK: Since we are self-published, we did not become involved in the traditional publishing industry. Being self-published allowed us the freedom and choice to make Past Tense the book we envisioned and wanted to write for our readers.
If you had the chance to change something regarding how you got published, what would you change?
RK/SK: Self-publishing this book, Past Tense, allowed us to help people better their lives and heal, without waiting on a traditional publisher’s publication schedule. There’s no better outcome than that; there’s nothing that we would change.
What’s the best advice you can give to aspiring authors?
SK: Yes, take time (and MAKE time) to write. Have faith in your abilities, and go for the gusto! The qualities you need to succeed? Perseverance, creativity, risk-taking, strong work ethic, ability to do solid research, and the willingness to keep improving your skills.
RK: I’d encourage writers to figure out what motivates them and use that to drive themselves forward. Hint: it shouldn’t be money! That will only take you so far.
ABOUT PAST TENSE
Stress Relief is right here, in your hands.
Are you tense and need a break? You will love this book! Open it to any page on any day. You’ll find guidance and useful tips that are positive, fun, light-hearted and profound so you can get the peace of mind you really need – right now. Whenever you feel bothered and annoyed, fearful, insecure, angry or frustrated, it is probably from on of these:
•Daily Hassles – traffic jams, lost keys, bills to pay, unruly children
•Workplace – office politics, lack of respect, unemployment, helplessness
•Environmental – noise, pollution, harsh lighting, crowds
•Life Changes – college, marriage, divorce, aging, emergencies, grieving
•General Anxiety – holidays, peer pressure, addictions, feeling inadequate
Don’t worry, we have you covered. Designed for easy reading and fast relief, Past Tense gives you 365 engaging “page-a-day” stories to put your stress to rest. Each one brings you a healthy does of feeling better every day of the year. Sprinkled with inspiring quotes, thoughtful sayings and profound wisdom from the world’s great philosophers, modern thinkers, and major religions, Past Tense give soothing, down-to-earth advice for people of all ages. Use it to get “past tense” right away – and stay that way for life!
Work Stress. Management Stress. Money Stress. Life Stress!
They’re All Part of Everyday Life, BUT…
There are practical solutions and secrets that you can start using right away:
Fundamental understanding and management of stress is within your grasp.
With its 365 engaging, “page-a-day” stories, Past Tense offers a healthy dose of stress relief for every day of the year. The book covers every stress-generating scenario imaginable while teaching: the full impact of stress on your life; how to react to any crisis with composure; ways to read the warning signs of stress burnout; and tips on becoming a master of new behavioral patterns that help you live a highly stress-reduced life.
Past Tense is guaranteed to provide guidelines for creative problem solving while giving you positive-habit-forming techniques for tackling difficult situations. In its alternately fun, light-hearted, yet profound pages, you’ll discover ways to reduce harmful stress and increase productivity across the spectrum in areas including:
• Daily challenges (traffic, lost keys, workplace woes)
• Workplace pressures (office politics, lack of control, job loss)
• Environmental stressors (noise, pollution, harsh lighting, crowds)
• Life changes (college, marriage, divorce, aging, grieving)
• Stresses related to family, holidays, peer pressure, addiction, and much more
Sprinkled with quotes, sayings, and profound wisdom from ancient philosophers, modern thinkers, and the world’s major religions, Past Tense offers down-to-earth, common sense advice that speaks powerfully to readers of all ages and cultures. Use this lively stress-handling encyclopedia to get “past tense” and stay that way – for life!