Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have only written one book and it's the story of my life. It's been an interesting life to say the least. It's an ongoing journey, and while the sailing is a little smoother now, it wasn't always the case. Josef's shaky little boat has been battered long and hard on the seven seas, even capsized once or twice, but managed somehow to stay afloat. These days it a lot calmer. I even saw some blue sky yesterday.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The book is called "A dark journey into the light". It was inspired by true events as part of a healing process while working with my therapist.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I have/had a lot of unusual habits but I'm not sure they find their way into my writing. Maybe I should start doing something unusual when I write so I'm not so boring, but I think I used it all up with everything that happened in the book. Most of that is unusual.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I love Robert A Heinlein and Aldous Huxley. I read "Stranger In A Strange Land" a long time ago but never forgotten it. Huxley's "Brave New World" is an absolute masterpiece considering it was written in 1932. So much of it was a prophecy.
What are you working on now?
I'm looking at where I am now after completing "A dark journey into the light". As an evolving journey there are always things coming up: changes in perception, feelings etc. I already look at some of the issues covered in the book and feel that more needs to be said.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I have no idea really. I will need to see the results of this current marketing campaign to give out a ribbon.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I'm such a new author myself that it's hard to start handing out advice to others. I guess I'd say if you feel you have something to say, don't give up on it. Writing a book is not easy and just when you finish it you find another mountain of a task in promoting and marketing it. As an Indie author it's all up to you. Nobody's going to do it for you and it's a LOT of hard work. Be ready.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
"What are you complaining about. The sweat is running off me."
I looked at the old lady who said it and sweat was indeed pouring down her face. It was a river! I stopped worrying about the sheen of perspiration on my brow and got on with the job. I was only 7 years old but I never complained about sweat and hard work again.
What are you reading now?
"Beware The Ides Of March" by Bruce Miller
What’s next for you as a writer?
I'm really not sure but I think some shorter "night snacks" might be on the agenda.
What is your favorite book of all time?
The Way of The Essenes
Author Websites and Profiles
Josef Smith Amazon Profile