Spotlight : Naked Tao by Robert Grant

Naked Tao by Robert Grant

Grant Li is a young Louisville attorney who is on top of the world, but his life is about to change.  Following his greatest courtroom victory for Pathogen, a pharmaceutical giant, Grant discovers his client is hiding an amazing medicine from the world.  Not only does it cure everything, it produces optimal health.  Even more astounding, his client has developed a bio-weapon and intends to use it against innocent people.  Grant sets out to stop them at all costs and along the way has a chance meeting with a lost love, Ginny Bardough.

Ginny left Louisville for college and didn’t look back until ten years later. She is forced to return in order to land bestselling author, Padma Ganesha, as the keynote speaker for her company-sponsored conference, “Ideas to Change the World”.  On the trip back home she runs into Grant at a wild party and the sparks begin to fly over their completely different views about love and sex.  Their problems grow when Grant is accused of a murder and Ginny disappears. Where is Ginny?  Will Grant avoid prison?  Can Pathogen be stopped?  Will Grant and Ginny overcome their relationship issues enough to build the amazing life they both hunger for?

Interview with Robert:

1.  What prompted you to write your book?

As long as I can remember, I wanted to be a writer.  Like many young people who are called to a creative life, I had to contend with well-meaning friends and family members who discouraged it.  While I have spent most of my career as a successful attorney, I never forgot my
dream.  In the meantime, I pursued many other interests and was fortunate enough to have some amazing adventures.  One of those interests was martial arts.  I spent many years studying and teaching Chinese Internal Martial Arts.  Before his death, I promised my teacher
I would someday write that book I always wanted to write and began to develop a story idea that pitted a young lawyer/martial artist against a powerful pharmaceutical company in a conflict over a miracle cure.  The hero wants to ensure the cure is freely available to everyone, but powerful enemies want to suppress it.

2.  Do your life philosophies coincide with the philosophies of your book?

Yes, my book provides a platform to discuss Taoist ideas about a well-lived life.  Taoism is the philosophical underpinning of Chinese Internal Martial Arts.  In a nutshell, it suggests strategies that help people live an authentic life and to minimize the harmful effects of well-meaning, but counterproductive advice from others.

3.  What genre of books do you like to read and why?

Over the years, my reading preferences have spanned many genres of books, but these days I read more thrillers than anything.    A good thriller builds suspense by revealing both the hero’s flaws and the overwhelming odds against her.  The stakes are high and she must overcome her flaws to succeed.  Becoming a better person in the face of what seems to be insurmountable challenges is what makes a person a hero.  I enjoy rooting for her.

4.  What are your hobbies and interests?

My wife and I love the outdoors, so we spend as much time as possible filling our senses with nature.  We are avid backpackers, motorcyclists, and kayakers.

5.  What would you like your readers to know about you?

I’m just a regular guy who likes to live large, so things don’t stay on my bucket list very long.  I’ll choose an adventure any day over a material possession.

6.  Favorites:  food, color, place, activity?

As long as I can remember I have loved the color red.  When I was a kid, my mother would have to chase me down on laundry day to get her hands on my favorite red shirt.  It never seemed to matter to me that I had been wearing it for days and it was filthy.

I love spinach and would eat it every meal if my wife didn’t revolt.

The woods are my favorite place. The instant I step on the trail anything weighing me down just falls away.  It is the best medicine I know of.

My favorite activity is story telling.  There’s nothing like a well-told story to bring us together.

7.  If you could give one piece of advice about life, what would it be?

I find the more I tend to my own life and allow others to tend to theirs, the happier we are.

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