By Jenna Moran
Literature holds a place in all of our lives, whether you’re immersing yourself into a great novel before bed or skimming a news article at the office. Writing is a form of communication that can cater to any interest and personality, and is a great way to reach out to others. Here, three chiropractors-turned-authors share their passion for the written word through their own distinct literature—from medical mysteries, to faith-based novels, to health and lifestyle publications.
Giannaras, a California native and Christian author, attended Palmer Chiropractic College in Iowa and ultimately settled in Gastonia, N.C., to open his own practice. Giannaras admits that when he was first beginning his chiropractic career, the thought of eventually writing a book popped into his mind every now and then. Yet, he was never driven to make this dream a reality until about six years ago, when a co-worker’s words changed his life forever.
Even to this day, Giannaras recalls the conversation. “She walked into my office,” he says, “looked right at me and said, ‘God said there are talents in you that you have not checked into yet. Use them.’ I just sat there and went, ‘Whoa,’ and then, two days, later I was writing. She spoke into my life, and I capitalized on it.”
Soon after, Giannaras began working on his first publication, “Secrets Revealed,” which he compares to “The Lord of the Rings,” but with more humor. Giannaras admits the story idea came to him many years ago while playing Dungeons and Dragons. “I had this story in my head, and I [said to myself], ‘You know what? That would make a good book,’” he says.
After the writing process was complete, Giannaras remembered the moving words of his co-worker. He and the woman both knew that her words had not come from her, but from someone higher up who was trying to speak to him, he says. “The Lord told me, ‘Write it for me,’ and I thought, ‘How am I going to write it for you?’ And then I re-read it. It was already in that direction, and I didn’t even realize it.”
After making a few adjustments to make the work more Christian-based, Giannaras published “Secrets Revealed,” the first book in his Christian-based trilogy, “Relics of Nanthara.” He later published the second book in the series, “Sacrifice of Heroes.” The third and final book, titled “Dawn of the Apocalypse,” was published in mid-August.
Giannaras likes to keep young adult readers in mind when writing his books. “There’s a lot of junk out there that doesn’t do anything to strengthen or encourage the youth these days,” he says. “I want to write something with a message.” His books aim to teach his readers to have faith, perseverance and an unbreakable trust in God.
He notes that he does not want his writing to come across as preachy; he merely wants to allow his readers to escape from the norm while also being motivated to live a life of faith. To allow his readers to escape into this fantasy realm while still receiving the overall message, Giannaras refers to God as “Sovereign” in his novels, which he says still expresses reverence without causing the reader to lose the fantasy aspect of the books. To keep his young audience entertained, Giannaras enjoys creating characters who evoke confrontation and add humorous dialogue to the story.
Giannaras proudly states that every thought and belief portrayed in his novels is an exact representation of his own thoughts and beliefs. “If you were having a struggle with an issue, and you said, ‘I just don’t know how I can deal with this,’ whatever I would tell you, those characters actually speak the same thing that I would,” he says.
Currently, Giannaras is working on publishing six other books, including one about a Christian superhero. He has made plans to write a book detailing his journey as a chiropractor and all the experiences—good and bad—that he has had throughout his time in the profession. “I want it to be something to encourage other chiropractors who are struggling or have gone through a lot, just to let them know that they can persevere as well.”
Davison was born in east London and attended chiropractic college at the University of Surrey. Before aspiring to become a chiropractor, Davison was a writer. “I was writing novellas as a kid before I even knew what a chiropractor did,” he jokes. “I’ve always liked to write. I’ve always liked to communicate. Writing is part of that.” Another aspect of writing that Davison enjoys is developing new characters as well as a world for them to inhabit.
The bestselling author’s first publication, “Kill&Cure,” is a medical thriller based on a true event from his own life. When Davison was younger, he was wrongfully arrested by police officers who had mistaken him for a man who was linked to a crime committed earlier that day. “I spent some time in custody before I was let go when another policeman took one look at me and said, ‘That’s not him,’” Davison says. “After that, it occurred to me how easy it is to be plucked off the street and have your life turned upside down.”
“Kill&Cure” has been named the No. 1 medical thriller on both Amazon USA and Amazon UK. Even two years after its publication, the book remains at No. 2 on Amazon UK’s medical thriller list.
Davison’s main priority when writing is to entertain his readers. “My aim is to take the reader away from his or her everyday life and transport him or her into the middle of someone else’s,” he says. “When I’m writing these books, I imagine someone has a gun to my head and is saying, ‘If you bore me, I’ll pull the trigger!’”
Davison’s sequel to “Kill&Cure” is titled “Dead Innocent.” It is currently available for the Kindle, but should be available in paperback before winter, Davison says. He is currently working on the next book in the series, titled “The Game,” which will be published in early 2013.
Plasker grew up in New York and later moved to Atlanta to attend Life University, where he pursued a career in Chiropratic and ultimately opened his own practice. “Never in a million years did I ever think I would write,” he recalls thinking while studying at LIFE. “That just goes to show that passion can accomplish everything.”
The internationally bestselling author started off writing a few newsletter articles within his practice. After witnessing just how effective his writing had been in helping people understand Chiropractic and become lifetime believers, Plasker was determined to use his writing to convey the chiropractic message to others. “I knew that as one person there was only so much I could do,” he says. “But through writing, I could leverage this vision exponentially so that people could hear this message, whether I was present or not. When I realized how effective [my writing] was, I just kept doing it more and more.”
Plasker’s first publication, “The 100-Year Lifestyle,” is a health and wellness guide that aims to help its readers live healthier and more productive lives. The book has interested readers worldwide, and as a result “The 100-Year Lifestyle” has been translated and distributed in more than 14 countries, with more than half a million copies sold around the world.
Plasker attributes the book’s success to its ability to confront real-life health issues and present simple, step-by-step solutions for change. “It speaks to the hearts and minds of people,” Plasker says. “The vision behind ‘The 100-Year Lifestyle’ from the beginning was to define and deliver a brand new health care model for a world of extended lifespans that includes chiropractors as leaders.”
The book was written with the intention of helping its readers know how to make the necessary changes to live healthier qualities of life and express their full potential for a lifetime. “And because every individual is being confronted by aging parents, grandparents and great-grandparents, we are the first generation in history that is getting the advance notice that we are probably going to be living longer than we ever thought,” he says. “So how do we get there in style? How do we help our children get there in style?” His book aims to answer these important questions so that today’s generation will not be blindsided by their extended lives, Plasker says.
In “The 100-Year Lifestyle,” Plasker references Thomas Edison’s quote from a 1903 issue of The Newark Advocate: “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of human disease.”
Plasker says he rewrote Edison’s quote by making only two revisions: “The doctor of the present will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of human dis-ease.” By only changing one word and adding a hypen, the entire meaning of the quote is altered, Plasker says. “I believe in my heart that 157 years is enough time to qualify as going from the future to the present,” he says. “Part of my writing is to give Chiropractic an opportunity to be the doctor of the present.”
Plasker has plans to publish a second edition of “The 100-Year Lifestyle,” which will include updated facts and statistics, along with a more detailed definition of the vitalistic chiropractic model. The book will be published before the end of the year.