What is the key theme and/or message in the book?
The key theme of my book is clarification and better understanding of negative movements, phenomena, and habits plaguing today’s youth. The book includes both a host of popular leftist movements thoroughly debunked, and their psychological appeal. Although an experienced psychiatrist or cultural expert can give you analysis based on observation from a distance, my book provides a level of insight inaccessible to them: personal experience. As a young person, I’ve experienced these phenomena myself. I’ve felt their appeal and witnessed friends going through the same struggles. This gave me a unique perspective; it was the prime viewing position to observe and analyze these issues. I hope that through my book, generations who haven’t experienced the newer problems affecting the younger generation can gain a better understanding of this generation’s feelings and motivations- which will hopefully help them better connect with their children, family, and friends. It is also my hope that those youth who are being affected by these phenomena can gain a better understanding of their own struggles and be better equipped to deal with them.
What is the significance of the title?
Exactly as it implies, the name of my book, The Uncomfortable Truth, denotes the nature of its contents. These popular cultural movements tend to be based on a series of lies and misconceptions, and the psychological draw to them is usually hidden in many layers of denial. Discovering the truth tends to induce great discomfort to those who have been swept up in this mess.
Tell us about the process for coming up with the cover.
I wanted the cover to represent one of the purposes of the book: to unify our country under its founding values by honestly discussing our culture. I wanted it to provide a strong contrast to the lawlessness that accompanies the movements that are dismantled within the book; they tend to lead to chaos. Rather than allowing our country to devolve into the riots we’ve been seeing, I hope the pursuit of truth in my book will help lead to an era where our flag is once again our source of pride which our youth will champion. I have nothing but praise for the designer; the cover is exactly what I wanted.
If you could only have one season, what would it be?
If I could choose to have only one season, it would be Autumn, without a doubt. I despise both cold and hot weather. I’m basically Goldilocks. During Fall there is a period of time where the weather is not too hot or too cold. It’s amazing. I wish it would last.
If you could choose celebrity parents, who would you choose?
If I could choose celebrity parents, I wouldn’t. It is well documented that celebrities are some of the most miserable, lost people alive. They are notoriously bad at family life. I’m very happy to have grown up without such parents, and instead to have parents who raised me in the safety of strong family values and a good moral compass.
Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say?
I’ve had several very positive interactions with my readers. They tell me my book is uniquely fascinating and informative. This is obviously an author’s greatest hope. I always love to hear from people who have read my book, regardless of their feelings about it.
How do you do research for your books?
With regard to the psychological underpinnings of the movements I talk about in the book, I simply had to write what was on my mind. It was a mixture of observation and analysis, and I found that it just flowed out as I wrote. It was something I had thought about for many years. As for the debunking of the aforementioned movements, it required a combination of simple common sense and heavy research. Some movements are simply based on lies which can be disproven through logic, and others rely on peoples’ lack of knowledge in a certain area. For the latter movements, I spent many, many hours researching the information through various leftist media outlets. One of the most useful features of my book is a list of 100 supposed victims touted by BLM. I compiled a concise, thorough database of each and everyone of these cases (through exhaustive research); once in possession of my book, the reader has access to all the information they need, without having to do extensive research.
Are you on social media and can your readers interact with you?
I am on social media and readers can absolutely interact with me. I also have an email specifically for readers to contact me: email@example.com. You can find me on Twitter/X and Instagram as @lee__maxwell, and on Tiktok as @lee_mawell_1776.
How do you handle literary criticism?
I welcome constructive criticism. I have, of course, received negative reviews by leftists, accusing me of all the “-isms” and “-phobias” imaginable. I would love to hear actual arguments from these people instead of ad-hominems. What bothers me are lies and illogic. I love to debate and would welcome the opportunity to have a discussion of this nature with those who oppose what I have said in my book.
Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Readers can find out more about me and my book by visiting my Twitter/X account (@lee__maxwell) and the Defiance Press website. My Tiktok account (@lee_maxwell_1776) may also provide insight. I welcome communication through these forums.
Excerpt from The Uncomfortable Truth:
Firmly bonded to the roots of nearly all modern-day issues is denial. People are so willing to bury themselves in layers upon layers of comforting illusions against even the most basic facts. The reason for this occurrence is an unhealthy reliance on “feelings”.
A feeling doesn’t make something right. Acts of good don’t always feel good and wrongdoings can feel great, hence their temptation.
There is an unspoken movement to accept feelings as logical backings for ascertaining what’s “right” or “real”. Ignoring the logic behind any specific matter, they listen heedlessly to what their hearts say, and this is often considered brave and heroic. Make no mistake: this is pure denial.
Feelings are not a deciding factor when it comes to determining morals or facts. If the morality of murder was simply based on how the perpetrator felt about it, most murders would be considered moral.