Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have been working in the Web and Digital area for over 20 years, both in business and technology. I have written a lot of books, but mostly under company names. This is my first book using my name.
I also like to: write lyrics and poems, brew beer, paint and binge watch on Netflix (I can’t believe I just shared that with you)…
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Don’t Work Stupid, Coach Yourself – The inspiration for the book was the fact that my time is finite – there are only so many more people I can mentor. In the 1990’s when companies cut out middle management, so also went the mentors and coaches. Maybe this book levels the field a bit and enables more people to be successful. My hope is to create legions of new mentors with this book.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Well, only that I don’t write that much. Sometimes I blog on Linkedin about Civility.
My process is write, edit, then stop for a few days and edit it again.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
So many authors – where to start? Non-fiction has the most influence on me. Writers like Stephen Covey, Dale Carnegie and others. I enjoy reading books that have actionable knowledge.
What are you working on now?
I am not working on a book at the current time, but am seriously thinking about writing a book about Civility in the Age of Modern Politics. There’s just too much harsh rhetoric out there. Someone needs to talk about it… in a word: Can’t we all just be nice to one another?
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I don’t know. Ads on Amazon, don’t seem to work. Some promo sites work, but ultimately it may be reader reviews and word of mouth that make the largest impact. Also, Dave Chesson of Kindlepreneur has fantastic insight and advice.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Grow a thick skin to criticism, if you want to get great feedback that is honest and can make your work better. If you can’t grow a thick skin, then rent one.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Robert Cormier once told me to “just keep writing.” I think that says volumes.
What are you reading now?
I am reading “Understanding the British” by Adam Fletcher. It’s both a humourous and stoic look at what makes the Brits the Brits. Not only does it explain a lot about the UK, it explains how we in the US got some of our sayings and querks. (If you’re interested: https://www.amazon.com/Understanding-British-hilarious-Apologising-Wimbledon-ebook/dp/B07Q2CKH4H )
What’s next for you as a writer?
Thinking about what I want to write about next and outlining the next 5 years worth of projects.
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 probably replace the books with notepads and writing instruments. I think that much time is meant for writing, not reading. Ok, well, I might take along “Sick to Death” by Greg Levine, it’s a hoot and well written.