Raising an Athlete: How to Instill Confidence, Build Skills and Inspire a Love of Sport is about my playing, coaching and parenting experiences. I give parents and coaches solutions to all the issues they and their kids will encounter in youth sports.
Many parents are ill-prepared for the challenges of youth sports – issues like inept coaching, unmotivated sons and daughters, kids not having fun, kids who lack confidence, parents “pushing” kids too hard, athletic burnout, and on and on – I help parents keep all this in perspective so their kids can have the positive sporting experiences they deserve to have.
Characters are based on athletes that I played with or against, coaches that I have played under or worked with and parents that I have dealt with. The sites are the athletic playing fields of America, so to speak.
Tell us something about yourself.
I played major league baseball before becoming a full time baseball and softball instructor. I began writing three years ago in order to further help kids by providing my expertise to parents so they would be better equipped when working with youth athletes.This is my second book. My first The Making of a Hitter: A Proven and Practical Step-by-Step Baseball Guide is a how-to-teach hitting book for parents and coaches.
What inspired you to write this book?
I believe that my unique experiences could offer a practical expertise that people will relate to and learn from when dealing with youth in sports and life. I felt that if it helps even one kid have a better life experience in sports it will have been worth the effort – and I have been told it has done at least that.
Why did you decide to self-publish?
I self-published because that seemed to be the easy way to go for me – I believe my writing will help many and I did not need others (publishers, etc) to tell me that it wasn’t good enough.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
I always wanted to write a book but did not know if I was capable until I began writing. I never felt I was very creative but surprised myself when I began. When you have done something for so long, played and coached, I found it easy to have enough information for a book. My experiences gave me the information so there was no other research involved.
What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?
As writers know, there are so many ways of saying the same thing – so structuring sentences in the correct way is a big challenge for me.
How do you do research for your books?
My experiences over my lifetime have provided all the research I needed for my first 2 books.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?
I like biographies of athletes the most but also like historical books. I am currently reading The Ghost Mountain Boys.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
Yes – it is a book detailing the major league baseball life in a mostly humorous way – through my personal stories and experiences.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Go for it – find the best time of day where the mind is most creative, write from the heart and find that one thing that spurs your creativity – for me it is running, when I do my best thinking.
What are you doing to promote your latest book?
Mainly by writing articles for magazines, newspapers, blogs etc.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?