Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a middle school teacher in Texas. I also taught in California. I have taught all of the subjects. My favorite thing to teach by far is drama. I think it’s because I get to work with young people who love doing it. I have written four books. Three are for teachers and are only available on my online store (stressrelief4teachers.selz.com).
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is called The Art of Focus. I hate seeing people waste their potential. I’m talking about their potential to do the things they want to do. Part of this comes from not being able to focus. The Art of Focus is filled with research that shows you exactly how to focus. All of these are simple to implement. This is the thing. It’s not that people can’t do some big hard thing to get focused; it’s that they don’t know about the easy things. I wanted people to know about the easy things that could change their lives.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write with music playing, but that’s not unusual. I like to listen to Tangerine Dream, Enya, or Tommy Emmanuel. That probably is unusual. If I have music on, I can usually block out distractions and get after it. The Art of Influence was written in the evenings after long days of teaching.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Jonathan Green of Serve No Master is a huge influence on me. I have read many of his books and taken his online courses. He is generous with his help. I would not have written The Art of Focus without his coaching.
What are you working on now?
I am finished with the first draft of my next book and have done the research for the one after that. I spend a lot of time on the research and outlining part of writing. I hope to have my next book in “soft launch” a week from now.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’ve been using askdavid.com a lot. I’m trying out kdroi this time.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Work hard on the front end with your research and outlining. The better your outline, the less you’ll get hung up in the middle of writing. I can easily write 4000 words a day when I have a great outline. Many authors write more, but after that many, I’m usually fried. Part of that is that after a book is written, there is a lot of post-production work to be done. I have not found a push-button approach to marketing. It’s a job. It’s fun. But it requires a lot of trial and error.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Do favors for people and never worry if you’ll get paid back. Figure out what people really need and give it to them.
What are you reading now?
I just finished reading The Rise of Superman by Steven Kotler. It’s about performing in the state of flow. It’s one of the best page-turning non-fiction pieces I’ve ever read.
What’s next for you as a writer?
The second book in The Art of Focus series will come out within a month if things go as planned.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
I would take the bible in Esperanto. I’ve been learning the Esperanto language this summer. It lights up my brain. The Father Brown series by GK Chesterton. Fun and challenging. How to Write a Good Advertisement by Victor O. Schwab. That’s one I would like to absorb and understand way down in my bones. And Convict Conditioning… because I would need to stay in shape on the island.