Interview with Shawn and Ron Kilgarlin, authors of Past Tense


Shawn V. Kilgarlin is a writer, speaker, and Chief Operating Officer of Louisiana-based American Screening Corporation (ASC), a nationwide leader in drug testing products since 2004. In 2011, she was named a Cambridge Who’s Who Professional of the Year in Health Care Support. Ms. Kilgarlin’s husband (and co-author), Ron Kilgarlin is ASC’s CEO and an internationally recognized sales expert. Their company has helped over a million people deal with the plague of substance abuse. While unusually active in her industry and community, Ms. Kilgarlin’s true passions are writing and helping those in need. She is the author of the book God’s Love Letters: Overcoming Adversity. Past Tense is her second book. Visit her website at Find Shawn!

About Ron Kilgarlin

Ron Kilgarlin is founder and Chief Executive Officer of American Screening Corporation. He no stranger to adversity, under extreme conditions, and with his father’s sound advice, he sold off an underperforming company. On January 2004, Ron started American Screening Corporation, in his parent’s sunroom. Under his direction, 9 years later & with the help of his wife Shawn Kilgarlin, COO, ASC is now the #1 Rapid Drug Testing Company in the United States. In 2009 his company was awarded by GSA, a contract, to sell to federal government agencies. ASC is ISO 13485 Certified, specializing in the manufacturing and distribution of Rapid Drug & Point of Care Tests, serving US & International Clients, including Medical, Corrections, Retail, Direct Consumer, Commercial, & Government Markets. ASC has Free Sale Certificates in 27 foreign countries, Health Canada, Saudi FDA, & Iran OFAC license. Ron is a drug testing expert helping over 1 million clients fight the plague of drug & alcohol addictions. Ron is an internationally recognized sales & internet marketing expert. He led the creations of, which is the premiere website to purchase drug & health tests, with over 4000 products and growing. Ron has recently accepted a position on the board, for the Louisiana Economic Development Council, as Ambassador, for executive’s considering expansion or relocation. His love for writing started years ago as he kept a journal for self- improvement. His goal is to reach out, inspire, and connect with the world, sharing his personal stories of hardship, and researched studies on techniques for self-improvement. While not working Ron enjoys spending time with his beloved family, traveling the open road, smoking fine cigars, reading, & writing. Find Ron!
Q:   Can you tell us a little bit about yourselves and how long you’ve been writing? SK: I always thought I could be a writer, but I actually KNEW I as a writer when I felt a spiritual affinity with nature. I wrote an entire book on virtues in two days. It's my next creation. RK: I have always kept a writing journal handy, and writing has been a lifelong hobby for me. It all ties in to helping others and making the world a better place. Q: Can you please tell us about your book and why you wrote it? A: In its 365 stories (a page a day!) Past Tense offers quick and practical solutions to life's most common stressors, including daily life challenges, environmental stressors, life changes and workplace problems. The book is broken down into 24 sections touching on stresses across the spectrum. It incorporates wisdom from the ancients as well as modern sages, plus Biblical quotes and teachings from major religions and philosophers. We like to think the book offer down-to-earth advice for people of all ages and from all walks of life. We'll likely never be rid of stress completely, but in our own small way, we're trying to eliminate it! Q: What were some of the biggest challenges you faced writing it? A: The biggest challenge was finding time to escape from everyone to write; finding quiet time for self-reflection. Q: Do you have a press kit and what do you include in it?  Does this press kit appear online and, if so, can you provide a link to where we can see it? A: Online review and pre-ordering information are available online at: Q: Have you either spoken to groups of people about your book or appeared on radio or TV?  What are your upcoming plans for doing so? A: We currently have over 50 radio and television spots lined up. Q: Do you have an agent and, if so, would you mind sharing who he/is is?  If not, have you ever had an agent or do you even feel it’s necessary to have one? A: No, we don't have an agent. We chose to self-publish, for several reasons: we wanted to keep control of the process and the timeline; we had the funding to finance it; and probably most importantly, because of the nature of the book, and the nature of the work we do with our drug-screening equipment business, we had a built-in audience for the book who knew us and trusted us. Q: Did you, your agent or publisher prepare a media blitz before the book came out and would you like to tell us about it? A: We are doing blog tours and planning an exciting book launch party! Q: Do you plan subsequent books? A: At this point, we have over 55 published mini-books through the publishing arm of our company, American Screening Corporation. They include books on stress, drug and alcohol abuse, and so much more, all designed to create awareness while they educate both parents and teens. Shawn also has 15 new books started! Q: Thank you for your interview, Shawn and Ron.  Would you like to tell my readers where they can find you on the web and how everyone can buy your book? A:


Stress Relief is right here, in your hands. Are you tense and need a break? You will love this book! Open it to any page on any day. You’ll find guidance and useful tips that are positive, fun, light-hearted and profound so you can get the peace of mind you really need – right now. Whenever you feel bothered and annoyed, fearful, insecure, angry or frustrated, it is probably from on of these: •Daily Hassles – traffic jams, lost keys, bills to pay, unruly children •Workplace – office politics, lack of respect, unemployment, helplessness •Environmental – noise, pollution, harsh lighting, crowds •Life Changes – college, marriage, divorce, aging, emergencies, grieving •General Anxiety – holidays, peer pressure, addictions, feeling inadequate Don’t worry, we have you covered. Designed for easy reading and fast relief, Past Tense gives you 365 engaging “page-a-day” stories to put your stress to rest. Each one brings you a healthy does of feeling better every day of the year. Sprinkled with inspiring quotes, thoughtful sayings and profound wisdom from the world’s great philosophers, modern thinkers, and major religions, Past Tense give soothing, down-to-earth advice for people of all ages. Use it to get “past tense” right away – and stay that way for life! Work Stress. Management Stress. Money Stress. Life Stress! They’re All Part of Everyday Life, BUT… There are practical solutions and secrets that you can start using right away: Fundamental understanding and management of stress is within your grasp. With its 365 engaging, “page-a-day” stories, Past Tense offers a healthy dose of stress relief for every day of the year. The book covers every stress-generating scenario imaginable while teaching: the full impact of stress on your life; how to react to any crisis with composure; ways to read the warning signs of stress burnout; and tips on becoming a master of new behavioral patterns that help you live a highly stress-reduced life. Past Tense is guaranteed to provide guidelines for creative problem solving while giving you positive-habit-forming techniques for tackling difficult situations. In its alternately fun, light-hearted, yet profound pages, you’ll discover ways to reduce harmful stress and increase productivity across the spectrum in areas including: • Daily challenges (traffic, lost keys, workplace woes) • Workplace pressures (office politics, lack of control, job loss) • Environmental stressors (noise, pollution, harsh lighting, crowds) • Life changes (college, marriage, divorce, aging, grieving) • Stresses related to family, holidays, peer pressure, addiction, and much more Sprinkled with quotes, sayings, and profound wisdom from ancient philosophers, modern thinkers, and the world’s major religions, Past Tense offers down-to-earth, common sense advice that speaks powerfully to readers of all ages and cultures. Use this lively stress-handling encyclopedia to get “past tense” and stay that way – for life!

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