Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have written fiction, creative nonfiction, spiritual nonfiction and academic nonfiction. I have a total of seven self-published books so far.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
I recently published a book of contemplative prayers. Its title is “Mystic Prayer”, and it is a more intimate, devotional reading on the themes of my other books on mystical philosophy and spiritual psychology. The inspiration was William Blake’s works of mystical poetry. I cannot imitate Blake, but I wanted readers to have a more accessible mystical devotional in the same spirit.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I do not aim to write but only to grow in wisdom, and when I pray for it, the answer may come in the form of contemplative insight, new books to read or a calling to write something myself.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
My main influences are interfaith Bible scholars Neville Goddard, Thomas Troward and Emmet Fox. They were extraordinary individuals as well as groundbreaking spiritual authors. I make some of their ideas more accessible to a new generation of readers, but there is simply no substitute for the pioneers.
What are you working on now?
I started a series of short stories in the medieval fantasy genre, for young readers. Two installments are on Amazon, and more will come later.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I stay with Amazon because they have proven their stability. I once had to migrate from another site after the company crashed; after that, I became very conservative about choosing a platform. I promote my work by simply being of service whenever there is an opportunity to help someone.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Feed yourself first, and then feed your readers. Don’t make it about self-expression. Make it about service.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
A very wise man I know once said, “Find something you think will change the world, and share it”.
What are you reading now?
I read the same things again and again, even my own books sometimes, in order to go deeper into what I thought I knew. I read for food rather than novelty, and my favorite topic is Biblical mystical theology.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I have the beginnings of a short fiction series that needs to develop further, but it all depends on where the spirit leads.
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 “Out Of This World” by Neville Goddard, “The Hidden Power” by Thomas Troward, and “Power Through Constructive Thinking” by Emmet Fox. I would also take my book, “How Desire Works”.
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