Jackie Gingrich Cushman – Author Interview

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

In 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours my father, Newt Gingrich, and I wrote about the five most important principles that have helped us the most in our lives. The book invites readers, in a number of ways, to reexamine the purpose and goals of their daily actions.

Along with insights from their highly successful friends and colleagues, we illuminate the principles with anecdotes and heartfelt words of guidance, along with contributions from 42 other successful people. The five principles are:
• Dream big
• Work hard
• Learn every day
• Enjoy life
• Be true to yourself

Tell us something about yourself.

I am a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate, I present an authentic, bold, conservative view that extracts simplicity from complexity, genuineness from aloofness, and presents true, vivid and comprehensive images of situations. I have been writing for six years.

My non-profit activities include serving on The Georgia Advisory Council for the Trust for Public Land and on the board of Genesis: A New Life. I am the founder and chairman of the board of the Learning Makes a Difference Foundation. In March 2010, I was nominated for a Georgia Writer’s Association (GWA) Georgia Author of the Year Award.

I live in Atlanta with my husband Jimmy Cushman, Jr., and our children. I graduated cum laude from Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. and received my MBA from Georgia State University in Atlanta and hold the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

What inspired you to write this book?

My children were the original inspiration. I wanted them to have a playbook for living life successfully. The students in the Learn, Earn and Achieve program inspired us to finish the first version of the book for their program completion.

How did you publish this book? Why did you decide on that publisher?

Crown Forum is the publisher of “5 Principles for a Successful Life.” We wanted a big publisher that would be able to provide the national distribution.

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

I began as an avid reader. I was the girl in the back of the class that never put her book down. A love of reading grew into a love of writing.

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

Having the discipline to sit down and write.

How do you do research for your books?

I read a lot of books, we have a long list in the back of the book of reference material and recommended reading. We also talked to many successful people.

Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?

That persistence really does matter – Keep going!!

What are you reading now?

“How God Changes Your Brain,” by Andrew Newberg, M.D. and Mark Robert Waldman

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

I love reading non fiction and really well written, intricate fiction.

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

Write write write. Find a great editor and listen to them.

What are you doing to promote your latest book?

Speeches, book fairs articles – you name it!

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?