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Why do writers write books? – Harris N. “Hershey” Rosen

by Harris N. “Hershey” Rosen, contributing writer, RI author

Why do writers write books?

Rhode Island has many authors. We are a prolific bunch! It used to be you had to convince a publishing house to want to publish your book, and then to give you an advance and an editor. Years ago that all changed and self-publishing became the way to go for many aspiring writers.

Over 10 years ago I wrote my first book – after getting feedback and experience with the book out, and being read by friends and colleagues, I did an edit and changed the title. And – a few years ago – I edited the book again – and changed the title once again. All to further hone and refine my message.

What is that message and why did I write the book?

Of course I LOVE book sales – it’s the ultimate measure of success for any author. But I also felt that friends and family members needed to hear what I had to say so when time came in their lives perhaps moving on past a death or incapacitation such as can occur when a loved one goes into a nursing home, that my system of organization and record keeping will be helpful.

I hope you buy my book! I hope you buy multiple copies and give it away as part of your job (accountants, attorneys, etc – your clients will appreciate it). I hope you will give my book as a gift. Communicate with me directly and I’ll sign it and personalize it for you, too.

That’s my main message. Here’s some of what you will find in my book.

“WHY? Because I Love You” is available at most local bookstores – and at Amazon – here: https://amzn.to/32iXJqq

If you are getting ready for tax preparation, you know that despite your best efforts, you are probably still looking for boxes and envelopes of receipts and forms. Just think of this time next year – and if you get organized the Hershey Rosen way, you will not have that problem!

“During my first week of college at Harvard, the president of the university addressed our freshman class and explained that it was not the university’s purpose in the next four years to have us memorize information – but rather, to learn where to get it,” says Harris “Hershey” Rosen, whose iconic Rhode Island company gave him that yummy nickname. 

School House Candy was indeed an iconic RI company – and Hershey ran the company for over 40 years, where, in the days before computers, he had to develop systems that would help him – and others – in locating any item housed in five factories, covering 600,000 square feet.

That Harvard way of thinking would eventually lead Hershey, after retirement, into publishing “My Family Record Book”, which was actually a second publication of his guide to being able to locate and document important items of information in one’s personal life – “this is not just a collection of where your life insurance policy is or the deed to the house.  It’s much more than that – it’s the details of your life that only you know – like the home safe in the way-back of the closet (and how to get into it and what’s there), or the keys to the storage facility (and where the facility is) that has some old antiques you’ve wanted to keep for the grandchildren”.

This book birthed “Why Because I Love You” – Hershey’s third book.

Harris “Hershey” Rosen has focused on controlling chaos since 1954. He was a Financial Control Officer in the U.S. Army, where he received a Letter of Commendation for improvement to its worldwide accounting system. Next, on to satisfying everyone’s sweet tooth at the candy company for 40 years. Hershey went on to become a mediator – settling over 200 disputes for the state of Rhode Island and The Community Mediation Center of Rhode Island. He was also asked to team-teach management courses at the University of Rhode Island, where he enthusiastically challenged the textbook with real-life experiences, to the delight and edification of the students.
Always passionate about assisting others, Hershey has been a director or trustee of numerous boards and organizations, and his professional resume of accomplishments goes on for pages. 

He most recently wrote the book to help others protect their spouses, and family members, from the intense stress that will occur if one does not share financial information and knowledge critical to a functioning home – or business.

While Hershey talks mostly about the book’s importance after one’s death, it is also valuable for any time someone may be away for an extended vacation, hospital stay, or even snow birding with others in charge of the home.

While there are efficiency experts and organizing specialists sprouting up like weeds, most of us know that the really important information rests in what sits on our shoulders…and having a resource guide that lets us begin to commit that memory to paper is a very personal – and very needed task.  We’ve all been part of what happens in a family when that information is missing – and can never again be retrieved.


Hershey, lives in Providence, with his “beloved wife, Myrna”, and they enjoy visits with their combined five children and ten grandchildren. The book is available at all local bookstores – and, of course, on Amazon. 

Hershey enjoys speaking to groups interesting in learning more. For more information go to: www.whybecauseiloveyou.com

You can read all my columns for RINewsToday – here: https://rinewstoday.com

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Harris “Hershey” Rosen, is the author of WHY? Because I Love You, a book that says it like it is – “What you need to know when I die”. His book details methods to organize your important personal and family information for those who are left behind.

A graduate of Harvard, Hershey Rosen has focused on controlling chaos since 1954. He was a Financial Control Officer in the U.S. Army, where he received a Letter of Commendation for improvement to its worldwide accounting system. Next, on to satisfying everyone’s sweet tooth, he ran a candy company for 40 years, developing a system for locating ANY item housed in five factories, covering 600,000 square feet.

Following “retirement,” Hershey went on to become a mediator and settled over 200 disputes for the state of Rhode Island and The Community Mediation Center of Rhode Island. He was also asked to team-teach management courses at the University of Rhode Island, where he enthusiastically challenged the text book with real-life experiences, to the delight and edification of the students.

Always passionate about assisting others, Hershey has been a director or trustee of numerous boards and organizations. He has written Creating A Guide So Your Loved Ones Can Go On Living! to help others protect their spouses (and families) from the intense stress that will occur if one does not share financial information and knowledge critical to a functioning home. He then wrote My Family Record Book, expanding on the information in his first book, and finally, in 2020, WHY? Because I Love You was published.

Hershey, who lives in Providence, Rhode Island, can now relax (ha!) with his beloved wife, Myrna, and enjoy visits with their combined five children and ten grandchildren.

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