The Beach Road Magazine Article

The following is the FULL interview between Joy White and Walt F.J. Goodridge that appeared in edited form in the September 2017 issue of Beach Road Magazine. See the article, which includes profiles of other Saipan professionals, online at (please forgive their misspelling of Walt's name in the photo caption of the magazine)

Labor Day Professionals Profile
an interview by Joy White

Walt F.J. Goodridge is from the island of Jamaica. After receiving his early education on the island, his family migrated to New York City where he went to high school and graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. However, after a few years, he walked away from an unfulfilling engineering career to pursue his passion for music and writing. He has been a radio deejay, network marketer, record label owner and artist manager, and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, Source, Billboard, Time, Black Enterprise, Essence, Ebony, South Africa's SArie Magazine. Then, one cold winter night in December 2005 in Brooklyn, his friend Ken told him about a recent trip to Saipan. As Walt tells it, something “clicked” and two months later, he was on a one way flight to the CNMI where he has lived since February 2006! Here on Saipan, he has pursued his writing passion in earnest producing several Saipan-specific books, writing columns and articles for the Saipan Tribune, Marianas Variety and the Guam Business Journal, and conducting workshops here and on Guam to help others pursue their own writing passion.
Full Name (Spouse & Children, if applicable)
My full name is Walt Frederick Jerome Goodridge (Yes, Walt is my first name! Don't add any other letters to it!). I'm single. No children.
I refer to myself as a “nomadpreneur” or a “passionpreneur,” but you can just call me a writer.
Years in your profession
I've been writing since 1992.
What was your first project? Describe your duties and what stands out to you about it. (with relations to book-writing or being an author/writer)
I wrote and published my first book, Change the Game, in 1992. It was a “how to” guide to show young Hip Hop entrepreneurs how to start their own record label and release their own records. It was my first book. I wrote it without any writing experience or background, but I finished the 250-page manuscript in three weeks, sold it through mail order (this was before the Internet), and within a few months was able to match my monthly civil engineering income. That's what first gave me the courage to quit my job to be a full time writer.
What do you like most about your profession or industry?
Freedom. That's my “prime directive” in life and the reason for most every decision I make. I don't do things for the money necessarily, but for the sense of freedom it affords me. It's why I walked away from my previous life as a civil engineer. I hated the concept of working for someone else and being trapped in a cold, air-conditioned office cubicle during the day. As a writer selling my books online, I can be here on a Saipan beach, or in China, Singapore or Laos and still survive!
Photo: Minda Castro (Beach Road)
Next, I like the speed with which I can create a finished product and get it to market. An idea can come to me on a Sunday, I can complete a book by that Friday, and have it on sale worldwide on Amazon and on my websites by Saturday. I like the fact that, thanks to the internet, there's no middle man between me and my customers, and I can even sell books before they've actually been written!
Third, I've been able to reach people all over the world with my information, inspiration and ideas on topics that interest me. My passions include music, poetry, healthy vegan living, travel and sharing my positive experience of living on Saipan!
Finally, I like that I can help others realize just how easy it is to do what I do and publish their own books.
What is challenging in your profession or industry?
For me, the challenge is the marketing and selling. I get so much gratification from the creative process, that once one book is finished, I'm on to the next one when I should really spend more time marketing and selling. Fortunately, many of the books sell themselves by virtue of being searchable on Amazon and because of a few SEO (search engine optimization) tricks I incorporate into my websites, as well as through cross promotion from the fifty or so websites I own and manage.
How does your profession help the community or the economy?
One reason my experience here on Saipan has been so positive is that I receive direct feedback for my writing in ways that weren't possible when I was living in New York.
For five years, I wrote a column for the Saipan Tribune called “The Saipanpreneur Project” and wrote about various island entrepreneurs including farmers and artisans, offer business advice and inspiration and I received countless emails in support of what I was doing.
I wrote a book called The Saipan Living Relocation Guide, and I've gotten direct feedback from people who are now residents of Saipan who've told me that my book helped them make their decision to relocate. Doctors at CHC, teachers, and quite memorably, the previous postmaster at the Chalan Kanoa post office was one such individual who brought his family here and told me he was grateful that thanks to my book's positive take on life here, his children were able to experience the cultural diversity we have here in the CNMI. And just last week in Joeten Supermarket, another new resident thanked me for that book as well.
Another book, Chicken Feathers & Garlic Skin: Diary of a Chinese Garment Factory Girl on Saipan, that I wrote with Chun Yu Wang, was used in at least three colleges in the US mainland in their Womens Studies and Textiles curricula, and was excerpted in a French textbook in the chapter on “The American Dream.” That book has over 160 reviews on the Amazon site!
Saipan Now: A Photo Adventure came from an idea by Bestseller Bookstore manager and United Filipino Organization president, Marlon Regaton. Tourist visitors to the bookstore, after seeing all the WWII books about Saipan, were always asking, “But what about Saipan now?” So, using my own as well as other photos by residents including Ferdinand and Riza Ramos of Paradise Saipan on Facebook, I created a tourist keepsake that's spreading contemporary images of Saipan around the world!
Once, when I was at Spicy Thai Noodle in Garapan with a tour client, I noticed a patron staring at me during his meal. After a while, he approached me and asked if I was the author of Doing Business On Saipan. I said yes, and he thanked me and told me the book helped him launch his restaurant on the Paseo de Marianas.
Through my writing and websites, other authors in the mainland find and interview me and that leads to exposure for Saipan, Tinian and Rota in books like The Not Quite States of America by Douglas Mack who writes for Travel + Leisure, National Geographic Traveler, and the San Francisco Chronicle, and was just published by W.W. Norton. The China Travel Channel and other travel writers and producers have exposed their readers and followers to the CNMI as a result of my books.
Through my workshops, I believe I'm helping people explore their talents and manifest dreams they've had but didn't have the steps to do so.
I'm proud of the fact that early on, I received a Senate Resolution recognizing my contributions to CNMI society. See
What is the best career advice you ever received?
Wow! That's a tough one. I can't point to just one, so I'd say that the best advice I've received is advice I've applied to every aspect of life including career. It includes philosophies, habits and best practices that have come from personal development audio programs I've listened to, seminars I've attended, people I've met, books I've read as well as my own conclusions about reality and human nature. However, if I had to point to one source for others, I'd highly recommend reading and living by How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.
Second, I'll say that the career-specific advice I live by is also the title of one of my more popular books, Turn Your Passion Into Profit.
Oh, here's another: I once interviewed about a dozen million-dollar entrepreneur success stories for an article I wrote for Entrepreneur Magazine's Be Your Own Boss, and each one of them recommended The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber.
How have you grown since your first job in terms of your work ethic, knowledge or expertise, outlook in life??
Time is the only thing of value that any one of us has. Once it's spent, there's no way to get it back. If I have a book project to complete, and I find myself lying in bed with ideas floating around me, I just remind myself “you can't get it back!” (meaning, you can't get the time back). That mantra, that awareness that if I let these moments pass without using them productively, they'll be gone forever, that gets me out of bed and back on track. You can find me up and writing at 3,4,5am most mornings! There's always some variation of “Do it now! Do it now!” floating around in my head keeping me going.
What books have you written that are in the market? What's your most recent project?
I've written over two dozen books, including: (1) Change the Game, (2)This Game of Artist Management, (3) Life Rhymes for the Passion-Centered Life, (4)Turn Your Passion Into Profit, (5) Ducks in a Row, (6)Living True to Your Self, (7) The Tao of Wow, (8) In Search of a Better Belief System, (9) How to Become a Nomadpreneur, (10) Jamaican on Saipan, (11) Jamaican in China:Guess Who's Coming to Dim Sum, (12) The Coffeepot Cookbook, (13) Chicken Feathers & Garlic Skin, (14)The Saipan Living Relocation Guide, (15) Doing Business on Saipan, (16) Saipan Now, (17) From Bugle Boy to Battleship, (18)The Obama Legacy, (19) Donald Trump: Let's Look at the Bright Side, (20)A Clean Cell Never Dies, (21) Fast & Grow Young (a reissue of a public domain work), (22) The Man Who Lived Forever, (23) Fit to Breed and (24) Masculinity 2.0.
I'd also like to mention books I've collaborated on with Saipan residents: Drinking Seawater (a Soudelor memoir) with Riza Oledan-Ramos, and This Baby Can Speak, with Dr. John Joyner and Angie Hui, both graduates of my Saipan Writer's workshop series.
The two latest projects are: Amelia Earhart on Saipan, a tour booklet that I offer to my clients as a souvenir. The very latest book is There's Something About Saipan: A visitor's guide to fun facts, tantalizing trivia, startling statistics, dramatic diaries plus hair-raising history from America's most colorful island territory.
Most are (or will soon be) available at Bestseller Books here on Saipan. All are available on my website or on Amazon.
What advice can you give aspiring authors who wish to pursue a career writing books?
Photo: Minda Castro (Beach Road)
First, choose a topic you're passionate about or something that comes from personal experience.
Next, think of writing as a three-stage process:
First, the brainstorming stage of what to include in your book. Brainstorming is an ongoing process that can happen any time of day or night. Therefore, keep a notebook nearby and if you're watching tv or doing laundry when an idea comes to you, stop what you're doing and make a note to yourself. This is not the writing, but in my opinion, this is where the real creation takes place.
Second, is the brain dump process. Here is where you actually transcribe what's in the mind unto paper or into a computer file. The key here is not to worry about sequence, grammar, spelling or flow at this point. The goal is simply to get everything written. The final paragraph may come to you before the introduction. Write it all down in whatever order it comes! Don't edit or arrange anything yet.
Third, is the assembly process. Working from the brainstorming list you've been creating all along and the brain dump, this is where you cut and paste and arrange your brain dump items into the order that makes the most sense.
Many new authors mistakenly think that they have to write a book in the same order that they read a book—chapter 1, then chapter 2, etc. I've found that you often have no control over what order the universe sends you the ideas. Your job as a writer is to be a channel for the ideas in whatever order they come to you, and then to assemble the optimal final product.
In this day and age, the barriers to entry as a writer are quite low. With a word processing program and an internet connection, you can create and publish a book and have it selling worldwide for $0!
Finally, I can call myself a writer and live my dream life on a tropical island in the Pacific, not because of any journalism training, not because of any literature degree or creative writing course, but simply because of my desire to be free from corporate servitude, the courage to jump out on my own, the resolve to never go back, and the discipline to keep moving forward despite the ups and downs that I still experience even today. Which brings me to a quote I heard a few years ago that I really resonate with: “Sometimes the greatest dreams that ever came true aren't dreams at all, but standards that weren't compromised.”
So, my best advice for writers? Set your goals and standards for how you want your life to be. Then, don't settle. Don't compromise. Don't give up. Pursue your writing! It may be the key to your dreams!

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It's true! If you live here, you know there's just something about Saipan, but how can you explain it all to friends and family back home? To really understand, they'd need to know a bit about Chamorro and Carolinian history, and the colonial eras, and WWII, and the CW (Contract Worker) Program, and the garment factories, and... oh, forget it, it'll take too long! Well, now there's a solution: hand them a copy of There's Something About Saipan! A visitor's guide to fantastic facts, tantalizing trivia, startling statistics, dramatic diaries and hair-raising history from America's most colorful island territory!
Whether tourist or current resident, this book serves as a "Saipan for Dummies" or a "CliffsNotes for Saipan" primer! Each page offers a concise, illustrated summary of over 120 unique “somethings” about Saipan! It's an insightful, often irreverent, occasionally politically incorrect virtual tour of life, love, legend and lore in the Northern Mariana Islands through historical, cultural, environmental, economic, political, military, even geological facts, fictions, truths and tales that make Saipan, Tinian and Rota unique...and not just among US territories! Discover and share all the things that make for a fun, memorable tour/introduction to these islands:

 History and hearsay
 Facts and fiction
 Scandals and controversy
 Tour site descriptions
 With fun graphics and historical photos
 PLUS: A suggested itinerary and checklist for tourists
 AND sources and resources for further research

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• Makes a great physical gift!
• Pocket sized for easy-reading and sharing on the plane!
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There's Something About Saipan!
A visitor's guide to fantastic facts, tantalizing trivia, startling statistics, dramatic diaries and hair-raising history from America's most colorful island territory
by Walt F.J. Goodridge
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Yes, there's something about Saipan that endears it to visitors and residents alike. But what is it exactly? Is it the weather? Is it the unique history? Is it the warm, welcoming indigenous Chamorro and Carolinian people? Is it the unique mix of guest workers and expats from all over the world? Is it the unique, possibly magical. energetically enhanced proximity to the Marianas Trench, a combination of all these or something as yet unidentified? Read More!
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Chicken Feathers & Garlic Skin
Diary of a Chinese Garment Factory Girl on Saipan
by Chun Yu Wang and Walt F.J. Goodridge
It took a lot of courage for a 25-year-old girl from Wu Xi City in Jiang Shu province, China, who had never flown on a plane, and who had never left home before, to travel 2,000 miles to a foreign country in search of work. It took even more courage to stay once she discovered what life was really like for a factory girl on the island of Saipan in the US Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). This is the only first-hand account of work and life in the garment factories of Saipan. (196 pages; 5.5" x 8.5"; ISBN: 978-0974531342) Read more at
Also available in Spanish
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Saipan Living!
A comprehensive guide for moving to, finding a job, working, living or vacationing in the Northern Mariana Islands of Saipan, Tinian and Rota!
by Walt F.J. Goodridge
Where exactly is Saipan? Is it a place I can escape to? Can I retire comfortably there? What taxes will I need to pay? Will I be able to vote in the US elections? Do I need a visa or passport to go there? Find out the truth from current, on-the-ground information not even the CIA website, travel guides, or blogs can reveal! Learn everything you need to know about visa & passport requirements, job opportunities, labor laws, expat communities, pets, churches, schools, gun laws, crime stats, the economy, dating, land ownership and much, much, much more! (162 pages; 7" x 10"; ISBN: 978-1481277297) Read more at
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Doing Business on Saipan
A step-by-step guide for finding opportunity, launching a business and profiting in the US Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
by Walt F.J. Goodridge
There's an economic transition happening in the US Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The future is uncertain, but that means opportunity for the savvy entrepreneur. Easy to follow checklists help you start a business; incorporate, get your business license & zoning permit. hire employees; file taxes, and more! Plus: An insiders' view: Opinions of veteran entrepreneur business owners on the island: What's needed on these islands; How federalization of Saipan's immigration and labor will affect the island, and more! (166 pages; 7" x 10"; ISBN: 978-0974531359)
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From Bugle Boy to Battleship
a Battle of Saipan and Battle of Guam Veteran's Memoir
Lloyd Glick as told to Walt F.J. Goodridge
Born in California on December 28th, 1923, Lloyd Glick was a naive 18-year-old boy watching a movie at a theater in downtown Berkeley on Dec 7 1941, when they stopped the movie to announce Japan's bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Four months later, with his parents' signed permission, he joined the United States Navy. That decision would ultimately land him the position of Musician Second Class aboard the USS North Carolina as a member of the ship's band while it participated in the bombings of Saipan, Guam, Palau, Pohnpei, and battles throughout World War II's pivotal Pacific Campaign.
Bugle Boy to Battleship is Lloyd's fascinating account of his two years at sea, as well as his return to visit the island of Saipan 70 years later.
Bugle Boy to Battleship includes the actual emails that also tell the story of the unique relationship between Lloyd and his "tour guide" --an author living on Saipan--who became inspired by their correspondence to help Lloyd document his story for this and future generations. Read more at
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Saipan Now!
A photo adventure
by Walt F.J. Goodridge, Ferdinand Ramos,
Author, local photographers and visiting tourists team up to create a photo book capturing the beauty, culture and lifestyle of contemporary Saipan! 100 pages; 8" x 10"; PAPERBACK ISBN: 978-1493736379) Read more at
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Drinking Seawater
a typhoon Soudelor memoir
by Riza Ramos and Walt F.J. Goodridge
On the night of Sunday, August 2, 2015, Typhoon Soudelor made landfall on the island of Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). Though officially recorded as a "Category 5-equivalent super typhoon," speculation continues that Soudelor's winds far exceeded this category. Cars and even trucks were overturned, and it was later discovered that the wind speed recording equipment was destroyed during the storm; the highest speed recorded before the failure was 180 miles per hour. At the time, it was the most powerful storm to make landfall...ever...anywhere that year.
The eye of a storm is a roughly circular region of mostly calm weather, typically 30-65 km (20-40 miles) in diameter, located at the center of strong tropical cyclones. It is surrounded by the eyewall, a ring of towering thunderstorms where the most severe weather occurs. Soudelor's core (the eye and eyewall) was smaller than the island. That's why the devastation on Saipan was so intense, and why the neighboring island of Tinian, only two miles away, was virtually untouched by the storm.
Riza Ramos, her husband Ferdinand, and two children survived the devastation of that typhoon at point during which they were actually outside and unsheltered. Drinking Seawater is that story. However there is more... Read more at
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Amelia Earhart on Saipan
The mystery solved!
by Walt F.J. Goodridge
It's been known for over 70 years that the Pacific island of Saipan figures prominently in the real story of Amelia Earhart's fate after her supposed "disappearance." Check out this keepsake from my Saipan in a Day-Amelia Earhart tour!

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When The Walls Came Down
A 9/11 Survivor's View of Life In America
by Ken Greene
When the Walls Came Down is a riveting documentary, timeless historical account, enlightened observation and critical analysis of American life from a truly rare perspective. It's a personal story of heroism and triumph dealing with walls that existed well before that tragic day, and that for some, still remain. Yes, Ken Greene's September 11, 2001 began as any other day. By 10:28am, much more than the World Trade Center walls around him had crashed. But some walls just don't stay down. 270 pages; 5.5 x 8.5 ISBN: 978-0974531366) Read more at

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This Baby Can Speak!
An Illustrated Operations Manual for New Talkers
(and ALL the Mommies and Daddies who love them!)

by Dr. John B. Joyner, Angie Hui, Walt Goodridge
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How does your baby learn language?
Who is the best role model and teacher of language?
When should your child be speaking?
Why is your neighbor's baby already speaking?
What words should your baby be speaking as a toddler?
What can you do to make it all easier?
Tips and advice
Vocabulary lists
development charts
and more!

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Dr. John B. Joyner is from Tunica Mississippi and grew up in Gary, Indiana, USA. He holds a Bachelor of Elementary Education degree from Chicago Teachers College, a Master of Divinity from Charles Fuller Theological Seminary, a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech, Hearing and Language Development as well as a MA and Ph.D. in Communication Disorders from the University of Southern California. He has taught every level of student learning from infant to doctoral candidate.
Dr. Joyner has been Associate Professor of Speech and Theatre, and Director of the Out-patient Speech and Language Clinic at Indiana University; Associate Secretary for Minority Affairs, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Washington, DC; Pacific Training Officer for U.S funded Head Start programs in American Samoa, Guam, Palau, Yap, Kosrae, CNMI, Pohnpei, and the Marshall Islands; Elementary and Pre-School Principal at Northern Marianas International School.
John lives with his wife, Yasuko, and their two children on Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
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Angie Hui (惠安綮) is from China, Shanghai. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance & Dance Education from Shanghai Normal University, and BA in Choreography from Shanghai Theatre Academy. Angie speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, Shanghainese and English. As a dancer, instructor and choreographer, she has traveled to over a dozen countries in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Angie teaches dance at Children's Palace in Shanghai, and lives with husband Geoffrey and daughter, Miriam.
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Walt has written over 24 books including Turn Your Passion into Profit and Living True to Your Self, as well as several books on health including A Clean Cell Never Dies, over 500 inspirational poems ("life rhymes)," and over 400 business and motivational articles. Learn more about Walt's Passion Profit philosophy, formula and coaching at

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