Confessions of a Self-Help Writer
by Benjamin W. DeHaven
A ghost, a philanthropist, a con man, a devout Catholic, a gigolo, a savior, an heir, a common man, and an addict are just some of the words used to describe Michael Enzo, who some sources credit with ghost-writing more than 108 self-help books on behalf of celebrities, politicians and business leaders. After failing to make what he considered to be a positive impact on society he began to destroy those closest to him including Benjamin DeHaven, the author of this book, and former collaborator. Defrauding an industry for almost 20 years by exploiting people’s insecurities and profiting from them, more than likely these friends contributed more to the field of self-help, while profiting from it, than they will ever know. Believing they could only understand people’s problems by suffering along with them, they lived on the razor’s edge. If you’ve ever picked up a tell-all biography of a celebrity or a title from the self-help section at the bookstore, certainly you would question the source. This is an inside look at the mind of Michael Enzo and it is the author’s hope that people will start helping themselves again after reading it. Discover what turns someone from preaching salvation towards seeking its destruction. You won’t believe this could be true.
10 things most people don’t know about Benjamin W. DeHaven
- I believe all dogs go to heaven, but most people don’t
- My best friend is a priest, but I never go to mass
- I traded futures on the Stock Exchange in Madrid, but don’t have a dime
- I was the best man in a female porn star’s wedding, it didn’t last
- I have a shout out in a Jay Z song, although someone else took credit
- I was asked to leave the Oprah show, because my life was not interesting enough.
- I have been interviewed by the FBI 7 times-once as a candidate for potential employment
- I do lots of volunteer work, mostly with terminal children
- I believe you should do something nice for a person without being discovered, and for this reason I am often alone.
- I read the bible cover to cover once a year-(usually in December),
- My heroes have always been cowboys.
A Graduate of Columbia College in Chicago, Benjamin DeHaven keeps his heart in Chicago and his soul in New Orleans. He holds a MBA from Tulane and a film degree from Columbia. Once ejected from a community college for arguing Frost cried out for acceptance in Birches, he has since written screenplays, traded futures in Madrid, and was Editor in Chief of the Nola Shopper Newspaper, a free art newspaper and the 2nd largest monthly paper in the New Orleans, MSA. He also has a “shout out” in a Jay “Z” Song.
DeHaven, who currently resides in Las Vegas began his writing career with Stone United, a Chicago based Film Company, which works primarily in independent film. As an unknown fiction writer, he feels the best description of himself, is a sarcastic one and is as follows:
Benjamin W. DeHaven was born on a pool table after a Waylon Jennings’ concert in 1977. His personal success is outweighed only by his stunning good looks and adherence to unwritten moral guidelines. He has been described as a thinking man’s Tucker Max as well as an idiot’s Hunter S. Thompson. His goal is to die from an unwavering commitment to be more like Hemingway.
He and Michael Enzo were friends.
Amazon Author’s Page: http://www.amazon.com/Benjamin-DeHaven/e/B00HNEHH34/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
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