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.

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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.

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Q: Thank you for this interview, Shawn and Ron. Can you tell us what your latest book, Past Tense, is all about?

SK: In the book’s 365 stories (a page per 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 quote and teachings from major religions and philosophers. We like to think the book offers 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 my own small way, I’m trying!

RK: My goal is not only to improve myself, but to help others improve their own well-being as they fight drug addiction. We know that the growth process can be painful and challenging, and can create stresses of all kinds along the way. Past Tense can be a wonderful tool for managing those stresses. And given that everyone on the planet deals with stress, it can help anyone get through their own daily trials, no matter what their situations. Helping in this way inspires me to write.

Q: How did you come up with the idea?

SK: With Past Tense, Ron and I were able to parlay the substantial experience we have had in dealing with people fighting addiction. We were moved to write the book because we realized that too much stress drove people to drugs and alcohol, so the book is our way of giving people some tools they can use to avoid going down those dark roads.

RK: My wife and I had this book idea for stress; we were experiencing stressful situations in many arenas of our lives. Everything came full circle; together, we created, funded and wrote Past Tense: 365 Daily Tools for Putting Stress Behind You – For Good!

Q: What kind of research did you do before and during the writing of your book?

SK: I love to research and once I have all the facts, the writing is easy for me. In addition to my experience at American Screening Corporation, I read extensively in philosophy texts – both modern and traditional – to inform this book, which makes it different from other self-help books available on the market today.

RK: Much of the research for this book was practical experience gained in our roles as owners of one of the largest drug-screening equipment companies in the world.

Q: If a reader can come away from reading your book with one valuable message, what would that be?

SK: Out of many troubling stories of treatment pain, love against all odds, and recovery, came a true belief in miracles, love, and human potential. We are convinced that you can overcome any trial or tribulation that comes your way, and Past Tense is our way of helping others see the truth and feasibility of that claim.

RK: While stress is an everyday part of life, and in all arenas of our lives, you don’t have to be a victim of its consequences – you can manage stress, and Past Tense can help you do just that. Reading our book is far healthier that negatively addictive stress-relievers like alcohol and drugs. AND, Past Tense is guaranteed to be positively habit-forming and positive-habit-forming as well!

Q: In your own experience, is it hard to get a nonfiction book published today?  How did you do it?

A: 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: What’s a typical day like for you?

SK: We own and operate one of the largest medical device companies in the world. I have a chemistry/microbiology degree and work on all of the regulatory issues and product development. ASC is exploding! A typical day for me is a top-down approach, checking on each department and developing new products as they are needed. We also have 3 children, ages 2, 5, and 10, so we stay very busy.

Q: What’s next for you?

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!

Thank you so much for this interview, Shawn and Ron.  We wish you much success!


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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