New book puts a stopper in the bottle of death and the occult
“At its root word source, the occult means ‘hidden’ or ‘that which cannot be seen,'” says Gary, who is 55 years old.
“I visit spelling, clothing, commerce, ceremonies, music, money and more. For example, those who are married do not realize that they have experienced a horse breeding ceremony where a mare or mare is groomed by a groom, who is dressed and booted and controls the mare with a head covering. , also known as wedding which is where we get the term bridal wear.
“A female mare that cannot be controlled brings the origin of the word nightmare. Have you ever wondered why wedding cake decorations are mostly horseshoes? And if a horse and carriage pull up with no product inside, that’s where we get the term miscarriage.
“The book is filled with these origins. It explores our titles, rules and laws. Some things are fun, some interesting, and some scary when you realize it or when it is pointed out to you.
“With the lockdown, many of us in construction found ourselves in trouble as the industry shut down. As money became an issue, I thought I had to do something, and I’m not a guy who just sits around doing nothing.
“This is the first book in the series of ten. I didn’t think anyone would be interested in buying the first print which was tiny, but six months later it sold to 52 countries and was one of Amazon’s best sellers.
“The roller coaster ride was interesting, mostly out of self-doubt, for fear of putting your name on something other people can see and having the confidence to keep writing, not knowing where the trip would lead. In fact, it taught me a lot about myself and after all, isn’t that the point of life, to know your true self.
“Stopper 1, as I call it, is about words. The second book which is almost finished deals with hidden numbers, the third will be architecture, the fourth will be ancient languages and origins in Mesopotamia, Phenicia and the Acadians etc. There will be a series of ten. People who tell me “How does it feel to be an author?” I laugh because I’m just Gary, a builder!
“As a child, I wanted to do two things. One had to be a veterinarian, the other a writer. Unfortunately, as a teenager my parents passed away and I had to start my life as a laborer while working to become a licensed land surveyor.
“I started working for powerful families and organizations. During this time I started to see things and the origin of things, I took notes over these 20 years without realizing that this was the basis that would be the formation of a series of books.
“The blockages have been negative for so many people. Conversely, loneliness helped me realize my dream. There is no way you can earn enough by being a writer because it is for the privileged few, but seeing your book in the bookstore is very satisfying.