My book is titled, It Was YOU, All Along. The book provides a unique balance of practical and spiritual information for those interested in learning how to create success.The book goes beyond most other books by providing the key nuances so the reader can achieve their goals consistently. The book goes a big step beyond the law of attraction with so much more readers can use to address their challenges. I hear from many people who have read the Secret and other similar books and still get stuck in the process. The nuances that I describe make all the difference that are missing from most others who talk about creating your reality.
Tell us something about yourself.
I grew up in Rochester, NY, but have spent over 30 years in Dallas. I have worked at big name companies such as Blockbuster and Hotels.com/Expedia where I was a vice president of Treasury, and now am Senior Vice President at Mannatech, a nutritional supplement company whose products are plant based. Although a financial businessman by trade, I have long had a fascination why so many people struggle in life to succeed. My analytical nature has made me pursue this passion for over 25 years.
What inspired you to write this book?
Like many people I have experienced challenges such as being laid off 3 times and the difficulty of a divorce. Yet I have not only survived, but thrived. Hence, I wanted to share my knowledge and specific strategies for achieving success. The key is I provide the information in understandable analogies that everyone can relate to.
How did you choose the title?
I chose the title, It Was YOU, All Along, because I discovered I had the power within me to create the world I desired. And that my happiness and success was not based on what happened around me, nor should I blame those around me.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
The biggest obstacle was writing the book. Being a finance person, I like to joke that I can do numbers real well, but writing is not my specialty. I spent many years improving my writing skills. And even then, the editing part of the book was the most tedious.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
I have always wanted to share my knowledge with the world. I just had to wait until the right time in my life when I had answers to most of the problems people are faced with.
Do you have any writing rituals?
I find it easiest to write on an airplane. I feel like a captive audience there and am not distracted by the phone, TV, pets, etc.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
I learned being concise and clear are critical for a self-help, motivational book. Everyone wants information in 5 or 10 easy steps. Yet the answers are not always that easy to condense. The challenge is to give the reader what they want and need and keep them interested.
If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?
As I begin to write my next book, I will do more marketing before the book comes out, instead of afterward which I did on this boo.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?
I enjoy reading books about growing and learning spiritually. But I look for those who can say something new.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
I just started working on my next book. The book will discuss how we all are connected spiritually.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Just start. I know that sounds simplistic, but many people say they can’t write a book. They can, just start. You don’t have to have a daily approach all worked out, or a format for the book. Everyone will discover what works best for them. So that is why I say to simply begin. I carried a pad with me to write down ideas during the day. Plus I started writing and it wasn’t until I had about 75 pages that I started to break the concepts out into chapters.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
My book is perfect for the reader who is frustrated with working hard, having a good attitude, being good to others, and yet still struggles in life to achieve their dreams. Much of what I talk about we weren’t taught in school.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
The book has receive nothing but excellent reviews on Amazon where the book is available. The comments on my web site from readers say that my approach is something unique, practical and helpful for readers.