Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
As a professional translator, I’ve written well over a million words. Although much of my work has been printed between the covers of books (12) and published online, and it was creative in a sense, it’s left me unsatisfied.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Wisdom Quotes Illustrated is my first attempt at publishing on the subjects that matter to me: learning, developing, and changing; staying inspired and motivated; and cultivating a positive, optimistic frame of mind even—and especially—when difficult situations arise.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I have to sit down and start working even before I have breakfast—right out of the sack, so to speak. That’s when I’m at my clearest and most productive.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Always loved Steinbeck, and used to devour crime novels: Patricia Highsmith, Eric Ambler, Donna Leon, and many, many others. I spent years doing that.
What are you working on now?
Another collection of quotes. Bigger this time. I’d like to create a series of books that will help my readers to grow in a personal sense and support them to the extent the written word is able to do that.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Well, I’m just starting out with promotion, so I’m afraid I’ll have to pass on that one. Sorry. I mean, I wish somebody would tell ME how to do it!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Make sure to use a professional editor.
What are you reading now?
“Passage to India.”
What is your favorite book of all time?
Wow, that’s a tough question. Maybe I should just say there are a couple of books on eastern religion that I really enjoyed and tend to re-read from time to time.