Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
This is my first book after completing my dissertation work in my Doctorate. I made a promise to write this book with my uncle after graduating. He and I spent 20 years researching spirituality and had developed principles of healthy living in the pursuit of leading happy lives. I was able to complete the book with him and 3 days after taking the photos for this book he passed away.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Walking Softly is the title of this book. It is a collection of principles accumulated and developed over many years of research. My uncle Ron and I spent many hours seeking answers to many of life’s riddles and were finally able to compile all of these ideas in one place – Walking Softly!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I have always said that great ideas come from somewhere else. This may be the subconscious or God, but usually the flow and direction of my writing comes to me when I am asleep. I wake up and jot down a few notes to remember the idea and then I go back to sleep. When I return to these ideas to write, it all comes flowing back. If I don’t wake up and take notes the idea usually disappears.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I have been influenced by many writers – Tolle, Chopra, Ruiz, Einstein and King. Quite a range I realize.
What are you working on now?
I am working on a book that contemplates the idea of beyond acceptance. We are told to find acceptance for all things in life, including the things we determine are bad or negative. What no one really discusses that I have read is that those things labeled as bad are usually the things we most need to accept because they promote our largest gains.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Awesome Gang seems to have a great outreach and I am hopeful that many people have a chance to read Walking Softly available at Amazon.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I am a new author so giving advice probably isn’t best coming from me, but I believe that you write what you know and believe.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
My father always told me the word can’t isn’t in our dictionary in our family. So he taught me that yes I can.
What are you reading now?
I just finished Dark Matters. A novel by Blake Crouch – One of my favorite authors and someone I would like to meet.
What’s next for you as a writer?
As long as I continue to help people gain understanding of our world and happy living, I will be content. Hopefully that will next include a look into accepting, and changing the perspective of negative events.
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 Chopra’s life after death, Ruiz’ Four Agreements and two works of fiction by King and Crouch.