Robert had reached the summit of many mountains. His adventures took him to unimaginable heights, yet his greatest achievements were not in conquering these majestic beauties, but in his ability to reach people in need. That is, until he’s the one facing the toughest climb of his life.
Roberto Sanchez is living the dream; one could say the man had it all. He is blessed with a beautiful wife and daughter who complete him. A career that reaches at-risk kids that brings him true joy. Then a tragic accident leads Robert to a chasm of dark despair. Although his interventions have reached many, he found he is incapable of helping himself off the edge of a cliff, jeopardizing his career, his marriage, and himself.
because takes us on a journey of two Roberts as he struggles to find a way to once again Believe.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
That’s a good question! Truthfully—really thinking about the question—I’d have to say I think I had to write it. Really, I think I just had to write it because the story was in me—a part of me.
In the last ten years I had facilitated numerous types of workshops in schools and corporations. Many workshops required me to develop different techniques and ideas to help that group of people deal with the issues they had. I can’t tell you how many pages of what I created for others sit inside my huge black briefcase. It’s packed with the issues I had to deal with, the ideas I came up with on how to tackle those issues, notes and some diary of the day.
Often I would get a call from some company or a school asking me to come in and after they would discuss with me why they needed a workshop, I would then design something for them—for that specific group of human beings. And when it’s over, I would tuck everything from that day or days into that huge black briefcase. And soon it longer was a briefcase; it was my treasure chest. And then so simply it happened one day at supper with one of my friends, a guy who has actually climbed Mt. Everest numerous times—he asked me why I was not writing about all I have done and my wife turned to me and said, “Yeah…why not?” And so I started to live that question: Can I do that? Can I actually write a book?
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
A lot of people ask me that! I guess that question comes from people’s desire to feel the book’s messages come from real experiences. Nowadays with so much reality TV, there seems to be this hunger for reality. I can’t say the book is totally based on reality, but it comes from so much of the reality I lived in my work. I would say although the work is fiction, many characters in the book come from real people I have worked with in my workshops. And some people and situations are very close to those that I have had encountered throughout my life.
Jack Langedijk is a passionate storyteller with contagious optimism and original ideas. He has delivered many ground-breaking workshops in leadership and listening to diverse audiences including elementary school children, families and corporations.
Jack founded QUEST-I’m-ON, a not-for-profit organization with a mission to create and foster healthy relationships within schools, workplaces and homes. He received his BFA in Montreal at Concordia University and his MFA at York University in Toronto. Jack had also taught acting and directing at Concordia University and Ryerson University in Toronto.
because is his debut novel which combines lessons learned from his own life with a fictional setting that articulates and instils fresh strategies for social issues such as teen bullying. With powerful anecdotes and vivid metaphors, the novel expresses real life obstacles and the possibilities of achievements for all of us.
Jack lives with his wife and daughter in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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