Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a teacher, educator, leader, former principal and follower of Jesus Christ.
I taught for 6 years as a Primary (Elementary) teacher and Curriculum Coordinator before becoming Deputy Principal and then Principal of a Lutheran Primary school at the age of 32. I then spent the next 20 years in the job and, in addition, was heavily involved in supporting School Principals and leaders across Australia through my work with Lutheran Principals Australia as well as the Independent Schools Association of NSW.
After 20 years of being in the job as Principal, I decided to take some time off to replenish, reflect and recreate.
It was during this time that I decided to record and share some of the lessons learned from my time in the job and record them in such a manner as to encourage others to use them and thus save them valuable time in the process.
As a result, my first book “Easy Speeches: Instant Inspirational Speeches and Motivational Messages for Busy Leaders” was written and published and then “Easy Speeches” Book 2 followed shortly thereafter.
In addition to writing, I am actively involved as a Kids leader and musician in my local church and love to read, play guitar, bike ride, create and have recently learned to weld!!!
I also love to travel, spend time in the garden and dote on my fluffy white companion “Baxter” – a much loved Maltese Shih Tzu dog.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Stop And Give Me 20 Minutes: 20 Faith Exercises to Make You Stronger in 20 Minutes or Less is a Christian Devotional Book aimed to develop your faith and to share with others.
If you are looking for quick and easy, instant online devotions (or Spiritual ‘Exercises’) to start your day and perhaps share with others but you don’t have the time to spend searching online for good material that is short yet inspirational, then this book is for you.
As a past teacher and principal, I was often looking for quick yet inspirational devotions to share with others for our staff devotional times. However, I found that I simply didn’t have the time to wade through the multitude of messages contained online and try and weave something together that would keep people engaged, learning and developing their spiritual muscles!
Well here is the solution I was looking for and now offer you! I’ve done all the hard work for you and have spent much time gathering and organising all the resources into an easy tool for you to grab and use!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Not that I consider unusual! 🙂
What authors, or books have influenced you?
John Maxwell, Robert Morris, Joyce Meyer, Jentezen Franklin just to name a few.
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on a Membership Online Storehouse of materials that new Principals and leaders/educators might find useful and which I wish I had when I first started out in the job!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m just learning in this field but I believe Word of Mouth is still a very useful tool but an online presence is a must!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Give it a go! Don’t be deterred because you think you can’t do it. You can!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Be thankful in all circumstances!
What are you reading now?
God Generals – The Revivalists!
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m thinking some more devotional books – but will see.
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 try and smuggle in more than three as I have so many.