Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Hi, I’m a speaker, author, and synesthete. I’ve entertained and encouraged people for years via books, on stage, teaching in classrooms, and one-on-one. My writing ranges from motivational to how-to and from fiction to poetry. To date, I’ve published more than 20 books. Some of them may just be what you need to make your day even better!
Having me speak at your next meeting, workshop, or conference is a great idea! Why? Because I’ve learned know how to overcome in life, and since I’ve done thousands of presentations over the past 20 years, your people will be in good hands!
In 1990, I was homeless and living out of my truck (not fun!). I came back from that through real estate. Then, the boom / bust in the early 2000s forced me to start over again.
Those experiences have given me insight into various markets and life in general. Despite the odds, I continue to overcome life’s challenges and turn them into successes!
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
“Japanese-English: Winston T. Mouse (Kindle), Bilingual” was inspired by some of the kids I taught in school. Watching how they interacted with each other made me think about the whole idea of perceptions, attitudes, and feelings. Based on positive feedback I’ve gotten on the book, explaining the concepts in a tangible way was apparently a good thing.
Have a great day!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I tend to write late at night, when the world is quiet. Stories flash through my mind like short movies. I sit there and watch the “film” play and then do my best to capture it in words and/or illustrations.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Author – Jane Yolen — great stuff.
Book – The Forgotten Door, by Alexander Key — all-time favorite kids book
What are you working on now?
Developing a coaching system to help other people write and publish their own children’s books.
(So many people have been asking me, recently, that I have to develop a system beyond the one-on-one method.)
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Amazon Kindle, Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram… and “Tell-An-Aunt”… my relatives are wonderful when it comes to them telling other people about the stuff I publish!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep writing! Don’t give up. Tell the world the stories that are burning inside you. Those are the ones worth telling.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“Well, how would you want to say it?…Okay, then write down what you just told me.”
[…still works, every time]
What are you reading now?
“Turn the Ship Around” by David Marquet; “Power of Professionalism” by Bill Wiersma ; “Marketing” by Alex Jeffreys
I read one book every day or so, using the photographic reading techniques taught by Paul Scheele. [some say it’s hokum, but it’s worked for me for 15 years!]
What’s next for you as a writer?
Ask my readers what they want to read more of…and then give them that.
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?
Bible, Dictionary, World Atlas, George Bayer’s collected works on Commodities Cycles.