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The Author


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Mrs. Tootie Wright, a childhood neighbor in the small village of Gates Mills, Ohio (where I was raised) sees me dragging a huge Temple Emmet Williamssnapping turtle across her lawn in the sweltering heat of July, 1948. I am almost six years old.

“Temple,” she calls from her porch, “turn that reptile loose.” Mrs. Wright teaches elementary school with considerable precision. The 15-pound snapper continues its trenchwork across her carefully manicured lawn as I drag it by the tail, upside down, heading straight for ... “Gonna start a turtle farm, Misses Wright.”

She bribes me out of the Turtle Business with warm tollhouse cookies. The snapper lumbers back to its nearby pond as Tootie Wright starts reading me Paul Gallico's The Snow Goose. I learn that words can paint pictures and run tears down my cookie-crumbed face. Writing fills much of my life after that day. I become a journalist, an editor, a copywriter, a ghost writer, a speech writer, and, in my 70th year, a best-selling book author.

Tootie Wright starts it all.

I remember the first professional writer who took me under his wing and dared me to make a difference with words: Hayes Jacobs at the New School for Social Research. He wrote in The New Yorker. He would enjoy the significance of the last paragraph below, an extraordinary message from a reader.

Thanks also to all the great newspaper and magazine people who turned me into a journalist, especially Richard D. Peters, my editor at the New York World-Telegram & Sun, and Otto Krause at News/Check magazine in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Thanks to the wonderful editors who turned me into an editor many years later: Ed Thompson and Mary Lou Allin at The Reader's Digest. Thanks to the great copywriters who taught me the power of words, especially Steve Trygg, David Ogilvy, Leo Burnett and Rudy Perz (who invented the Pillsbury Doughboy).

Kerstin Ingegerd WilliamsAnd thanks to my content editor, to whom I have been married for 47 years, Kerstin Ingegerd Williams. She has wandered far from the flowering fields of her childhood home of Sundsvall in northern Sweden. She forces me to put my best words forward.

My first book (now revised and in its third edition), Warrior Patient, had the most extraordinary compliment any author could hope for, in a 5-star review. It began: “I think this book may have saved my life.”

The Editor


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Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Temple is the senior editor and the marketing machine behind the publishing house, Templeworks Properties LLC.

Educated at Yale, he spent many years as a journalist and editor (for a daily paper in New York City, an international news magazine in Africa during the 1960s, and the Readers Digest in the 1970s). He was nominated, twice, for the Pulitzer Prize.

In the mid-1980s he developed animation software which

led to the company he and his wife Kerstin owned in NewYork City, the Institute for Communications Advancement (ICA), which became a principal contractor at IBM's multimedia Laboratory in Palisades, New York.

He was the first President of the US office of the largest business-to-business marketing consultancy in the world.

In the mid-1990s, Temple developed the Accelerated Sales division at the second largest residential

real estate company in Boca Raton, FL.

He later became the Principal Broker at Accelerated Realty Sales and the driving force behind the Real Estate Marketing Corporation of America.

Temple Williams has been an analyst and equity trader since the early 1970s, when he was a registered investment advisor with the SEC.

Temple and his wife Kerstin have lived and laughed in Florida since 1991.

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