Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a highly optimistic individual who lives life to the fullest. I live my life in the present moment while preparing for my future I believe this life of ours is too short not to enjoy the fruits of our labor and everything that surrounds our life. Nothing comes to those who want a better life without some pain, suffering, anguish, reflection and deep inner soul-searching journey. I have survived and come out on the other side with a renewed faith, and inner wholeness and a new vigor for life. There is such clearness as I move forward in appreciation of this arduous journey I have been on that my only wish is to share this with others. The most important thing for me in my life is my happiness, inner peace and the freedom to be a unique individual in my own right. My love of life is reflected through nature this is where I find my serenity and gratitude for the life I have. As in nature everything is always changing and growing and so must I each and every day it is our growth that moves us forward in life. Addiction to Recovery / Unlocking your Potential is my greatest accomplishment and contribution to society. This is my first book and my joy of writing is reflected on the pages of this book as this may be my first book there will be more to follow. I count myself among the autodidacts, self-taught perpetual student fueled by a passion for new answers and a sense of mission.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Addiction to Recovery / Unlocking your Potential, my inspiration for this book came out of the question of "Why" people relapse in recovery and struggle with addiction. This book is nine years in the making a labor of love to help those who suffer from addiction and to enhance the recovery of those who need. It was a long process reading over 300 books from Aristotle to current psychology to mind, body, soul and spiritual books on. The study of world religions and history also contributed to the content of this book. My writing comes out of a need for new outlook on the recovery process, one that fosters longevity with new strength, much like a mighty oak tree flexes and survives natures wrath. This book is a combination of many years of recovery a committed constant search into the challenging aspects of sobriety. As knowledge is the answer or answers to the questions we have in life and even the answers have questions to be answered.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I am a 4 AM writer it is when I am at my most creative time in my day it is most important to know your body rhythms and when you are at your most creative and productive time to accomplish your goals for the day. I also listen to rock and alternative music while I am writing for me it tends to tune everything else out and helps me focus on my writing.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
What influenced me the most is during my reading there was a quote; "If there is a book you have not read, then write it." This was a great inspiration for me and as far as authors that have influenced me the list is way too long and the list of books that have inspired me is much too long. I am inspired by every author and what they bring in creativity, knowledge etc. to the experience of the reader.
What are you working on now?
Currently working on forthcoming book, Recovery: What Cost so Little is Worth so Much. This book will provide a new optimistic outlook as a guide for the unwary who have failed at recovery in the past and those coming into recovery for the first time.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
So far for me social media has been working so far I am on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter,Tumbler, and Instagram with a great response and following.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
The best advice I can give is know your target audience whatever your genre is you must know who you are trying to get your book out to and if there is a large enough audience. As today authors must also be well-versed in marketing their book, so if there is not a large enough market you may be disappointed on the outcome of sales. There is no greater accomplishment then writing a book and there is no greater disappointment then when you can't get it out there for people to read or is just sitting on your shelf.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
"Failure is the fire that forges the steel for success." Never give up, never give in, never allow anyone to tell you you cannot accomplish what you want. You are the master of your domain, rule it as you choose not as others would choose for you.
What are you reading now?
Currently working on second book and reading over all the 7000 pages I have handwritten over an a year period of writing my first book to this is consuming all of my reading time at the moment.
What’s next for you as a writer?
For me as a writer my goal is to be able to leave my daytime job and go into semi retirement and continue writing books for this is my love.
What is your favorite book of all time?
That is very hard to say I have so many favorite books and authors that I don't think I could narrow it down to one.