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GenTech by Dr. Rick Chromey - Book Tour + Giveaway

We are uniquely shaped by innovations that influenced us during our "coming of age" years between 10 and 25.

It is the technological interactions in our adolescence and college
years that guide our generational frames more than anything else, not the day we were born.We are generations of technology. We are GenTech.

- Dr. Rick Chromey



Join us for this tour from Jun 2  to Jun 29, 2020!



Book Details:


Book Title:  GenTech: An American Story of Technology, Change and Who We Really Are by Dr. Rick Chromey

Category:  Adult Non-fiction 18 yrs +,  328 pages

Genre:  History / Cultural & Technical History

Publisher:  Morgan James Publishing

Release date:   May 26, 2020

Content Rating:  G : This is a non-fiction book about our technical history and how it has shaped our culture.



Book Description:



Every twenty years a new generation rises, but who and what defines
these generations? And could current generational tags mislead and miss
the point? In this insightful analysis of technology history since 1900,
Dr. Rick Chromey offers a fresh perspective for understanding what
makes a generation tick and differ from others. Within GenTech,
readers learn how every generation uniquely interacts with particular
technologies that define historical temperament and personality and why
current generational labels are more fluid than fixed, and more loopy
than linear. Consequently, three major generational constellations
emerge, each containing four, twenty-year generations that overlap,
merge, and blend:
  • The Audio Generations (1900-1950)
    Transportation-Telephone Generation (1900-1920), Motion Picture 
    Generation (1910-1930), Radio Generation (1920-1940), Vinyl Record 
    Generation (1930-1950)
  • The Visual Generations (1940-1990): Television 
    Generation (1940-1960), Space Generation (1950-1970), Gamer Generation 
    (1960-1980) and Cable Television Generation (1970-1990)
  • The Digital Generations (1980-2000): Personal 
    Computer-Cell Phone Generation (1980-2000), Net Generation (1990-2010), 
    iTech Generation (2000-2020), and Robotics Generation (2010-2030). Dive 
    in and revel in this exciting, compelling, and novel perspective to 
    understanding recent American generations with GenTech


Official Scheduled Release Date is May 26, 2020.

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Author Interview
Author Interview with Dr. Rick Chromey, author of GenTech: An American Story of Technology, Change and Who We REALLY Are (hint: we are NOT a Millennial or a Baby Boomer or Gen Alpha…)
QuestionWhere did you get the idea for GenTech?

AnswerI never really identified with being a “baby boomer” and thought there must be a better way to talk about generations than with labels that don’t really make sense – for example, I was born in 1963 – and as I was really on the outside looking in to a group of people that were mostly much older than I was I could not identify. A few years ago I started to consider how technology (like music, or a computer)--particularly the tech that we consume when we "come of age" between the ages of 10 and 25--give our generation its unique personality! So that means we are part of the Radio or Television generations (not Boomers). Or the Space and Gamer generations (not Gen Xers). We are the Personal Computer/Cell Phone and Net generations (not Millennials). We are the Robo generation (not Gen Alpha). It was a better, more dynamic way of viewing American generations. Makes sense, right? And it’s a lot of fun!
QuestionWhat gets you excited about writing?

AnswerI wake up every morning inspired. I always have. My best thoughts and insights bubble in my sleep, sometimes even waking me up. It's why I do most of my writing in the mornings. Earlier this year before the Covid-19 outbreak I was in DC and saw the U.S. Capitol. The architecture and history in DC inspired several thoughts for me.  People also inspire me. I love biographies. I watch a lot of documentaries, history and human-interest television. That always gets me excited, and I like to write about it.  I also read a lot in the same genre. I watch reality television for ideas. For me, everything is wrapped in a story or a metaphor or a visual. It's my job, as a writer, to find those stories, metaphors and visuals...then bring them to LIFE.

QuestionWhat are you currently working on?

AnswerWith my new book GenTech: An American Story of Technology, Change and Who We Really Are now released, most of my energy is focused on blogging to draw attention to that book, and on writing content for workshops I am giving across the county on GenTech now. I'm working on an autobiography of my strange and crazy life.

QuestionWhat’s your advice for those who wish to become writers?

Answer:  You learn to fish by fishing. You learn to dance by dancing. It takes time, patience, persistence and a desire to learn the lake and the fish you are fishing – or spending time practicing that dance move. It's the same thing about writing. No one lands the big book deal on their first proposal. I wrote my first nationally-published book when I was 25 (and it was a modest best-seller in its field), but I had already written three self-published books by that time and several published articles. I landed the lunker early in my career largely by luck and studying the market I was interested in. I advise studying what you are interested in. See what books are on the shelf in the library or at the bookstore that are bestsellers and read them and learn why. Study the style, and learn. Take online classes on the cheap. The internet makes it easy to engulf yourself and learn endlessly. Reading is key.

Question:  What’s the biggest takeaway you want readers to have?

Answer:  This is a fun journey through history regarding technology and how it makes us who we are. Enjoy the journey through the years with me, and learn how you can be a better parent, employee, business owner, or writer – whatever and wherever you are! If we start to look at the tech we consume as a guide to how to communicate with others – we will have more ease in our lives, and be more successful at everything we do!  

Question:  How do you deal with writer’s block?

Answer:  I read. I experience (get outside). I look for inspiration in current events, biographies or history. More than anything, I just write SOMETHING. Most of the stuff I pen is throwaway, but in panning the dirt that's when the flakes of gold rise.

Question:  How do you manage self-care when sitting and writing for hours?

Answer:  I set a timer. If I am in a flow, and that timer goes off I know it is time to stand and walk. So I pick up my phone, choose my recording app and begin to talk away my thoughts as I walk, so I don't miss them. Then I go back and transcribe. I also drink a lot of water, as it keeps my brain functioning well. Another thing I love to do is walk in the grass in bare feet. It grounds me and keeps me moving forward. I am not a big exercise person, but I enjoy walking and meditation. Those things also assist me in managing that self-care piece.

Question:  What's next for GenTech?

Answer:  We are taking it on the road. Our plan is to do many book blog tours, and virtual bookstore and in-person bookstore events later in the year when and I am continuing to build out the speaking platform for the content. There is great demand for it, as we scramble to work well together with different ways of viewing life through technology, as well as educating younger people in the classroom about the importance of looking at who we are through the lens of technology and our coming of age years between 10 and 25. Helping people move forward - helping our children move forward in a way that makes sense for a generation, not just basing it on the day we are born is absolutely what’s next!



Question: How do we get in touch with you?

You can reach me via email at rick@rickchromey.com, or message me on Facebook on my author page for GenTech: (https://www.facebook.com/mannasolutions4U/) You can also reach out to me and follow or like on all our platforms: Twitter @MyGenTech2020, and Instagram @MyGenTech, and visit our website at http://www.mygentech.us.






Meet the Author:  


Rick Chromey is a cultural explorer, social historian and generational
futurist. He’s also served as a pastor, professor, speaker/trainer, and
consultant. In 2017, he founded MANNA! Educational Services
International to inspire and equip leaders, teachers, pastors, and
parents. Rick has a doctorate in leadership and the emerging culture;
and travels the U.S. and world to speak on culture, faith, history,
education, and leadership topics. He has authored over a dozen books on
leadership, natural motivation, creative communication, and classroom
management. He lives with his wife, Linda, in Meridian, Idaho.



Connect with the Author: website ~ youtube ~ facebook ~ twitter ~ instagram


Tour Schedule:

June 2 - Bless Their Hearts Mom – book review / guest post / giveaway

June 2 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway

June 3 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

June 3 - Books for Books - book spotlight

June 4 - Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

June 4 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway

June 5 – T's Stuff – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

June 8 – Books and Zebras – book review

June 9 – Svetlanas reads and views – book review

June 9 - Sefina Hawke's Books - book spotlight

June 10 – 411 On Books, Authors, And Publishing News – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

June 10 - Reader's Cozy Corner – book review / giveaway

June 10 - Mowgli with a book – book review

June 11 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway

June 12 –Nighttime Reading Center – book review / giveaway

June 15 -The avid Reader – book review / giveaway

June 17 - Library of Clean Reads - book review / giveaway

June 19 - Buried Under Books - book review / guest post / giveaway


June 22 - Rockin' Book Reviews - book review / giveaway

June 24 - Olio by Marilyn - book spotlight / author interview

June 24 - Olio by Marilyn - book review / giveaway

June 29 - Adventurous Jessy - book review / giveaway

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4 comments:

  1. What a fascinating interview and intriguing book. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Thanks Jasmine for your interview, we loved it and look forward to reading the book. Thanks for sharing about it!

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