Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Originally from New York, I have lived in L.A. for several decades. In the past fifteen years I have written 19 nonfiction books. Yes, they are all available on amazon. Most of the books I have written are inspirational books, books which make you smarter, richer and happier. My books are short, easy to read, and easy to understand. Why do I write? I write because I like to help people improve their lives.
The last three books I wrote are humor books. Why? Because I’m funny. And because we all need to lighten up a little (or a lot), we need to laugh–to reduce the stress of life.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is: “Parties In My Pants”. It’s a series of short, fun and funny observations and comments from me on the current trends of the day. What inspired the book? I like to laugh and I like to make people laugh. Laughing is more fun than crying.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don’t have any unusual writing habits. I write in the morning, I’m a morning person. I sit down and stare at the blank page until I figure out what to write, and then I write it. And then I rewrite it. Then, after rewriting everything several times I then edit it and proofread it–numerous times. Finally, months later, it’s finished. For me, the fun and enjoyment is in the writing, the rest of it: rewriting, editing, proofreading, is “work”.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I have always been an avid reader. Having read over two thousand books, I learned how to write books by reading them. I was also greatly influenced by Ernest Hemingway. When asked the secret of his wonderful style Hemingway replied: “Use just enough words to tell the story, and no more.” That’s the style I use in all my books.
What are you working on now?
I am working on additional volumes of two of my series: “Parties In My Pants, Volume 2” and “Rants In My Pants, Volume 3”.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
On my author website/blog I offer free excerpts of my books. That gives people a real taste of my work and a real chance to see if they want to read the rest of the book.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Writers write. That’s what they do. My advice to new authors? Start writing and keep writing.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Be true to yourself.
What are you reading now?
I am in between books right now. I am anxiously awaiting the publication of any new books from my favorite authors.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I am working on two new books and I hope to keep writing them. That ought to keep me busy and out of trouble.
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 rather bring paper and pen, or a solar powered computer, and write about the experience.