Ian Coburn – Author Interview

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

When I was nineteen, I realized we don’t have a system for making choices. When you get down to it, everything comes down to the choices you make–your career, our government policies, your spouse, your entire life story. It’s all just a series of choices weaved together. How do we make choices? Based on opinions, whims, rolling the dice, and concepts that don’t mean anything. For example, how are we taught to choose a career? When we are near high school graduation and during our first two years of college, we are told to answer this question: “What are you good at?” I was supposed to be an accountant or math teacher or financial analyst or anything related to math because I had a perfect on my ACT in math. Do you have any idea how miserable I would be today and throughout most of my life, had I followed this “rule?” At nineteen, I came up with my own decision-making process, guaranteed to enable I make good choices always. I grew it, developed it, and refined it over the next ten years as I implemented it. What did I do instead? I became a comedian, got see all the places I wanted to viist, and later an author. My latest book, currently available as a free ebook while it is being published in hard copy, is entitled “Choice – The Meaning of Life: How to Have More and Better Choices in Business, Relationships, Government and Life.” It shares my entire system for making good choices.

Tell us something about yourself.

I became a comedian at nineteen. After finishing college I hit the road full-time and hold the entertainment industry record of 106 straight-weeks touring. I got to see and camp in all of Canada and the U.S.–something I wanted to do since I was a kid. I was able to maintain my anonymity as comedian, which was important to me. After I got tired of touring on the road and realized I didn’t want to get into acting because it was boring to me, I began to write both books and screenplays. I’ve written three scripts-for-hire in addition to my books.

What inspired you to write this book?

You meet a lot of people after comedy shows. The most common phrase you hear? “I wish” followed by their dream, which often isn’t even a big dream. “I wish I could move to L.A. and act.” “I wish I had the guts to quit my job and run my band full-time.” “I wish I could raise enough money to move out of this little home town of mine and go to the big city.” I wrote “Choice – The Meaning of Life” to give people the simple decision-making formula for achieving their goals. (Of course, now that I write, I have many people tell me they want to write a book, too. Again, they don’t know how to do it; how to get started. Why? They don’t have a system for making the right choices.)

How did you publish this book?

I published my first book, “God is a Woman: Dating Disasters,” with a small publisher who I later bought out. There were way too many publishing issues I had to concern myself with and it frustrated me. For example, when I sold enough copies for it to be linked naturally to “Mystery Method” on Amazon, Amazon ran out of copies. The publisher didn’t replenish them quickly enough and the natural link was lost. That’s a lot of free advertising we missed out on via a link to a popular book. With “Choice – The Meaning of Life,” the priority was to get the knowledge out and circulating, which is why I put it out as an ebook while it goes through publishing.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

People kept telling me I needed to share my ideas and stories. I wanted to help people achieve their goals while avoiding the pitfalls I had experienced. I also had thought of a lot of stories while driving around North America in my car that I wanted to get on paper.

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

When you first write, you are married to your ideas. Don’t be married to your ideas; you just get in your own way. Often as you write, stories take their own direction. Follow that direction; let screenplays and fiction works write themselves, so to speak.

Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?

I knew George Washington wrote against political parties in his Farewell Address. I wanted to use that as an example in the book and read Washington’s Farewell Address as part of my research. Abraham Lincoln went from my favorite president to my second after reading Washington’s words. His insight and character were amazing, making him my favorite president and possible leader of all time.

What are you reading now?

I am reading “George Washington,” a book about him written in 1905.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?

I don’t read much; I prefer to write.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

My next book is currently being edited. It is entitled “Super Flaws” and is a first novel for kids. I originally wrote it as a screenplay and later met a fabulous artist while playing hockey. She wanted to do drawings, so I wrote it as a book, too, using her drawings. The story is about people who have one super power countered by one super flaw. For example, one can turn invisible but can’t see while he’s invisible; thus, the power is worthless because he bumps into objects, so you know where he is. And so forth. It’s a fun book that teaches kids the importance of teamwork in an era where we have become very self-absorbed, giving media attention to stars such as T.O. and Michael Vick.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Be willing to market. You will have to do all the marketing. If you don’t want to market, don’t do the book because you won’t sell any.

What are you doing to promote your latest book?

Anything and everything. I write articles, appear on TV, on the radio, in magazines, and so forth.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

You can find me and my works at www.bestpossiblechoice.com, www.godisawoman.net, and www.superflaws.com. I encourage other writers to check out the sites for the media clips, as they will get ideas on how to get in the media and which shows to target.