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Sample Interview Questions for Life at Ground Level
1. In 60 seconds, give us an overview; what is the book about?
2. Why a novel on homelessness?
3. What makes you uniquely qualified to write this book?
4. What are some of the myths surrounding homelessness?
5. What are some of the factors that lead to homelessness?
6. What are some of the barriers that prevent people from getting off the street?
7. What can people do to help the homeless?
8. What do you hope to see as a result of your book and what's next?
About the authors:
Janet is a retired nurse practitioner who in the course of her career has worked in public health, behavioral health, corrections and primary care. In those settings, she worked with people who were, or had been, homeless. She received her bachelors and masters degrees in nursing and her masters in public health from San Diego State University and her family nurse practitioner certificate from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. She has written several previous non-fiction books on health related topics.
Bruce is a former computer assisted drafter who has had his own struggles with depression and addiction that lead to a brief period on the street. He has wanted to write this book for many years and worked on it for several years before Janet joined him. He attended Pacific Lutheran University and is a certified lay pastor with the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Facts about homelessness:
There are at least 500,000 homeless people in the United States on any given day and as many as 150,000,000 people who have experienced homeless during their lifetimes.
While in the past most of the homeless were single men, the numbers of homeless women has surged to about 40% and the number of homeless families has also increased.
People of color are more likely to be living in poverty and to be homeless, even though they do not make up the majority of the homeless.
Most Americans who are homeless do not have a clinical diagnosis of mental illness, are not substance addicted and are not homeless by choice.