Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have worked in the creative industries for over 20 years. From Film and TV, nightclub promotion and now the last 17 years in the publishing space. After sampling traditional, educational and self-publishing, I found assisting independent authors in publishing industry standard books and in their marketing was where I needed to be. I have published two books on writing, publishing and marketing and one co-authored on dealing with change in the workplace.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
‘Inspire Your Fire; Creative Innovation Through Authorship’
I was inspired to write this as over the past 6 years I have seen the positive influence creative expression has had on people. I have ad authors from William Shatner and Toni Childs through to the old Nana down the road. In each case, I saw the author driven, inspired and passionate about the expressive nature involved in writing and publishing. However, also in that time, I found many people labeling themselves as not creative which frustrates me. We were born creative and the education system has diminished the creative process within us. Creative expression cures depression so I was inspired to write a book that would not only show people how to write, publish and market but also ignite the spark to create something of value recognizing their own input and creative expression.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Yes, I can’t write in public or in silence. I need music. ‘Inspire Your Fire’ actually has the playlist listed that I listened to when writing. Everything from the Baywatch theme song to Frank Sinatra to Micahel Jackson.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Tony Robbins has always been an influence for me, especially in his earlier years. The Alchemist and The Celestine Prophecy are the books that helped me find my direction.
What are you working on now?
I am ghostwriting a 14-year-olds book about recovering from cancer. An amazing story of resilience and insight from a very early age on whet truly matters in life. It should be published mid-2019.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Social media but sites like this. All promotion is good promotion so I feel it is important to explore any and all avenues.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Yes, I call it the ABC of Author Success. Take ACTION in your creativity and BELIEVE you have something to offer of value. Most importantly be COMMITTED to the promotional process. No-one is going to appear out of nowhere to market your book so you need to hold yourself accountable to your own creative expression.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Always be yourself. Unless you can be Superman. Then be Superman.
What are you reading now?
Personality Plus by Florence Littauer
What’s next for you as a writer?
More blogs, more co-authored books.
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?
The Alchemist, All of James Redfield’s books and Peter Pan