Brian Scott Sherman Talks about “Lessons Learned: An Ordinary Man, Extraordinary Life”

Lessons Learned received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title.

Following find an interview with author Brian Scott Sherman.

What is the name of the book and when was it published?

Lessons Learned: An Ordinary Man, Extraordinary Life.  Published: December 2015.

What’s the book’s first line? 

When I was born some family members swear that I shot out of my mother’s womb, grabbed my nurse’s breast, and gave her a kiss.

What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”. 


My friends and family refer to me as the “real life Clark Griswold” after the National Lampoon’s Vacation character who is always getting into crazy and awkward situations.  Lessons Learned is a collection of 33 true short stories which capture those real life situations for your entertainment.  After each short story, I write what I learned from the experience to encourage and inspire you.  Lessons Learned will most definitely bring laughter and at times some tears, but most of all, it will teach some of life’s most valuable lessons.

What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event? 

Life is full of ups and downs it is defined as the never changing circle of life. What we choose to soak in during those highs and lows is the substance that shape us as humans. If you are a positive thinker it can propel you to greater satisfaction when moving forward to the next challenges in your life. Unfortunately life has dealt a few of us some very low blows over the course of our lives and has left some people challenged to find any hope or ray of sunshine at all. I know, because I was once there in my life. It was what inspired me to write Lessons Learned. I wanted to reach out to people to let them know that you can succeed in life no matter what the circumstances are in your life. I will share a little secret which changed my life forever once I accepted it as truth.

Lesson Learned: The one who has to fight harder for their successes develop more staying power and ultimately, greater success and happiness.

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book? 

I think the best way to answer this question is to share with you the words that are currently being played on the radio advertising Lessons Learned.  It goes like this:

If you crave action

If you have ever given in to peer pressure

If you cheer for the underdog

If you truly believe in miracles

If you have ever accomplished something in your life you never thought was possible

If you have ever experienced what feels like the greatest love story of all time

If you remember September 11, 2001

If you have lost a loved one before getting the chance to say goodbye

If you have learned from your experiences

If you trust in God

Then the book Lessons Lessoned should be in your hands.

If they made your book into a movie, who would you like to see play the main character(s)?

This is a very easy question, since I am often called the real life Clark Griswold, Chevy Chase would be the logical choice.

When did you first decide to become an author?

I have aspired to be an author for as long as I can remember.  Writing material that could possibly touch a complete stranger’s heart or better yet make a positive difference in that person’s life has always been appealing to me.

Is this the first you’ve written?

Lesson Learned is the first book I have written, but I have written essays, policies, publications, and strategies in the past.

What do you do for work when you’re not writing?

I’m sure you’re all familiar with the Internet and the World Wide Web of information that has changed our lives.  Those of you who have never served in the government may not know that very similar, complex information networks exist at the classified level where secret and top secret information is exchanged in support of our national defense, intelligence gathering and diplomacy.  We refer to these two information sharing systems as unclassified and classified domains.  I am a cross domain solutions analyst.  My job involves protecting information when situations dictate it must cross from one domain to the other.

The transfer of information from the unclassified domain to the classified or vice versa presents risk.  Computer viruses from the Internet could infect our classified systems and adversely affect critical government activities.  Sensitive classified information could spill onto the Internet and endanger our national defense.

My job involves analyzing and employing computer hardware and software tools that prevent these things from occurring.

How much time do you generally spend on your writing?

Working full time in a high pressure profession, I really do not have a specific amount of time to share with you.  I instead just try to make writing a part of my day.  I find it a whole lot more enjoyable using this approach.

What’s the best and the hardest part of being an indie?

The best part of being an indie is having total creative control over my work.

The worst part is you need to do everything yourself or find suitable professionals to help.

Would you go traditional if a publisher came calling?  If so, why?

I would absolutely work with traditional publishers.  To have someone finance, market, and help make my name recognizable would be very much welcomed.  It would be an incredible learning experience.

Is there something in particular that motivates you ?

Inspiring people to love, accept and forgive themselves.

Which writer, living or dead, do you most admire?

Zig Ziglar

Which book do you wish you could have written?

Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus