Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a junior in high school, with a passion for making things to helping people pursue the things they want to do. I have written a number of things in my life, but have only published one book so far. The book that I have written and published is up in the Kindle bookstore, and is centered around my passions-bettering the lives of others.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My first and latest book is titled Engage, Enlighten, Evolve and was inspired by an extremely long car ride… Over the last summer I went on a trip with my family that involved a 24 hour car ride, which pretty much eliminates any distractions that were preventing me from actually embarking on the long term goal of writing a book. I had always wanted to pull my thoughts together and put them out there but never seemed to find the right scenario. Once I started though, I kept working and editing for months.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I’m a very visual person so when I have an idea or feel inspired I need to map it all out; I’m sure I’m not alone in that but I take it a little far. Aside from this, the only thing I can really think of is the manner in which I write. I need to have a base for all the concepts I’m writing about before I can elaborate on any single one.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I have definitely been influenced by what I’ve read regarding animal agriculture and living mindfully. Some books I can think of having to do with this are Food, Inc and The Food Revolution by John Robbins. Others relating more to mindfulness are Be Here Now by Ram Dass and Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on a second book regarding natural products you can make for yourself and your home; I have gotten really interested in the toxins you can find in everyday products over the past year and experimented a great deal with replacing them. In this experience, I’ve accumulated not only a deal of knowledge regarding the subject but some personal recipes I find work very well.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I think word of mouth is always important; telling the people you care about and talk to on a daily basis regarding what you’re working on is always interesting. Not only do these people usually help you or give advice, they also tend to be interested in the finished product.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I am a new author myself, so I would just say that it’s important to continue working. I feel like no matter how many forms or roadblocks you encounter, it’s worthwhile to keep pushing. In the end, when everything is said and done, having created something and made it available for anyone in the world to see feels amazing.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The best advice I have ever heard revolves around putting yourself out there; the gist of this advice being that the only way to avoid judgement is through saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing. You essentially have to put yourself out there and accept vulnerability if you want to be happy in life.
What are you reading now?
I am currently reading Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer, The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield, and Revolution by Russell Brand. I love a variety of different genres, and tend to get a couple books at a time so I can read something that works with whatever mood I’m in.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I plan on continuing to write and hope to release another book soon.
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?
If I were in this situation I would probably bring Love, Freedom, and Aloneness by Osho. Alongside this book, I’d bring Dark Places by Gillian Flynn and Everything That Remains by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus.
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