Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
The top, need-to-know items about me include my love for peanut butter toast, climbing the Rockies, and cracking up at my own jokes. Although, I'd be remiss if I didn't list above it all, my wife, Erin, and my chocolate lab, Belle. Both of whom love me unconditionally.
Oh, but my writing. Yes. My latest book, "Living Forward, Looking Backward," comes out September 10th. It's all about helping others find the greater, unseen purpose behind their lives' ordinary, everyday moments.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
After cycling through a rapid series of major life changes within a single year – I got married, moved cities, sold a company, etc. – I was looking for a way to process the change in a healthy way.
Writing about the mistakes and missteps I should have learned from, and moved past, after this process not only helped me solidify these life lessons in my own mind – so I didn't repeat my errors – it also gave me a platform to share how there's a greater purpose and deeper meaning behind both the ordinary and everyday moments of our lives.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
All of my writing starts as simple notes on my iPhone while I'm going from one place to another. I write out short sentences, blurbs, or quotes, and then weave them together later, when I have more time to sit and write.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Donald Miller's "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years" and "Scary Close" both heavily influenced my own writing.
What are you working on now?
Right now, I'm narrowly focused on getting the word out about my upcoming book, "Living Forward, Looking Backward."
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Edit, then ask for feedback, then edit, then ask for feedback, then edit, then ask for feedback, then edit, then ask for feedback.
Seriously. You'll be tempted to put your work out there before it's ready, because you're excited.
However, as authors, all we have is our words. Don't put your words out there before they're ready.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Timing. Timing is the most important thing in life.
Nothing successful happens before its proper time. And if you miss your time, well, that's unfortunate.
What are you reading now?
I'm reading 'Mere Christianity' by CS Lewis. It's a classic, and I love the simplicity of it.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I've already been receiving a crush of requests for a follow-up to "Living Forward, Looking Backward," so my focus will most likely shift to a second part to the book.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Not to be too repetitive here… but 'Mere Christianity' by CS Lewis has taken the top spot. Mr. Lewis has this uncanny ability to distill complex ideas into simple sentences.