Our interview today is with Mike Tapscott author of Homeless Hero: Understanding the Soul of Home (4.9 stars on 44 reviews) (Social Sciences, non-fiction, 4.9 stars, 40 reviews), grand prize winner of the 2014 Great Southwest Book Festival.
A brief description before we get to the interview: Homeless Hero: Understanding the Soul of Home explores humanity and homelessness in a way that is vibrantly vivid and personally accessible to the reader. Many questions that we have probably asked ourselves at one time or another are addressed: what is homelessness, why does it exist, are they just on drugs, how do I help, when is helping really enabling, and why does it bother me so much in the first place? Here is a compilation of experiences from Tapscott’s experimental journey into life on the streets, his own volunteer work, and his fascinating interviews with individuals utilizing and individuals working for the social service system. Homeless Hero is a case study, an experiment, an adventure, and a multi-layered examination of American society that seeks to expand the readers’ understanding of homelessness and more importantly their own humanity. Homeless Hero: Understanding the Soul of Home is available in print and e-book through Amazon and other major retailers.
AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH MIKE TAPSCOTT
1. What inspired you to write Homeless Hero?
My father. When he retired, he took up volunteer work at a homeless shelter in Albuquerque. I was shocked. I was thinking he would travel the world and play golf.
Trying to make sense of his decision led me to write this book and answer the question, what is homelessness? It’s a difficult question to answer with any authority. Think about it. Can explain homelessness?
2. What’s your book about?
Besides homelessness, it’s about you and me. The book approaches homelessness from up close without staring it in the face. It goes beyond exploring the issue from the outside and invites readers to take a journey with me where true exploration of the self begins—of self and other. I think that’s something that comes natural to writers and readers that other people don’t get. We sense that lack of separation between self and subject, because it takes both—to read or to write.
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