My book is entitled, The IKE Disease. IKE is a one on one counseling session for young people encouraging them to make decisions leading to a successful, happy life. The word, “IKE,” in the title are initials for, “I Know Everything.” I drew upon twenty seven years as a high school guidance counselor, and ten years as an FBI Agent to write the book. The main theme in the book is obedience to parents. As a high school guidance counselor I can state that every student who made it their business to disobey their parents suffered hardship. People can look at their own family and friends and see this principle in action.
Tell us something about yourself.
I was born and raised in Indiana. My parents were both teachers, and I followed their lead graduating from Ball State University (BSU) with a degree in education in 1961. Two years later I received a masters degree in guidance and counseling from BSU. After teaching for seven years I was offered a Special Agents position in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). I served in the Bureau for ten years then my wife and I began a music ministry, writing, and recording Gospel songs. Eight years later I returned to education retiring from the field in 2005. After retirement I began writing non-fiction books in an effort to affect people’s lives in a positive way. My wife and I are preparing to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary in August. We live near Orlando, Florida and have three children and nine grandchildren.
What inspired you to write this book?
I used the information in my book in group counseling sessions when I was working as a guidance counselor. The information was always well received by teachers and students. I wanted to continue the process after retirement so I wrote, “The IKE Disease.” I see so many writings telling parents and teachers how to deal with kids. IKE is different in that it encourages young people to do something for themselves. At some point in time youngsters take responsibility for their own lives. IKE calls attention to that reality, and encourages kids to get started.
How did you choose the title?
Being a young person myself a long, long time ago, and after working with students for many years I realized that youngsters do have, “The IKE Disease.” They have the disease because of the INDA virus. INDA are initials for, “I’ve Never Done Anything.” IKE afflicts young people not because they’re bad, or stupid, or don’t care. It’s because they haven’t lived enough years to experience the reality of life. Youngsters pretty much live in a fantasy world driven by their environment. Fantasies are good if dealt with properly; however, if the wrong steps are taken young people will cry like babies when their fantasy meets reality.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published. What did you do to overcome them?
I was fortunate in that my book was published after submitting the first manuscript. The challenge is, being an unknown author, marketing becomes a huge mountain to climb. “Keep the faith baby.”
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
As I mentioned before, the information was well received by students when I was teaching, and it helped a lot of kids. It was easy to get started because I wanted to make that information available to others.
Do you have any writing rituals?
My only ritual I can think of is that I prefer to write in the mornings when I am fresh. I think it came from my college days when I would study in the mornings when I was more alert.
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
I use real life situations in my book to illustrate points I’ve made. I didn’t use the students real names substituting Jim, Mary, Bill, Alice and etc. However, the events discribed in my book really happened, and serve as situations the reader might want to emulate (positive things) or avoid (negative things).
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
I’ve learned that marketing is the key. No matter the quality of a book, it matters little if people are not aware of it’s presence.
If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?
I would add an additional chapter that came to me after my book was published.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?
About the only book I read is the Bible. I do so because I’ve learned that Jesus is not about religion, He is about reality. Long ago I had a revelation that God was my Father, and it wasn’t a religious experience but rather a relationship experience. I felt a relationship with God like I’d had with my earthly father. Since that time His presence has always been with me. The more I read, the more I know His ways which brings great peace and joy.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
The book I am now working on is entitled, “For Believers and Wannabees Only.” Wannabees is about a relationship with the Father. I am truly amazed at what the Scriptures have to say about our Lord and His kingdom. I write about these things because I’ve never heard them talked about, or written about, in religious circles. As with kids needing to obey their parents, obedience to the Father brings forth wisdom and understanding from heavenly places.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Writing a book is the easy part. For an unknown author marketing the book is a whole new ball game. The best advice I can give is not to give up. Believe in your work and keep plugging away.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
The main focus for me for writing the book was to reach young people; however, I am finding that parents and teachers will actually buy my book then refer it youngsters.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
For more information on, “The IKE Disease,” readers are invited to visit the below listed sites. For ordering my book I’d recommend Amazon.com. Amazon has much better shipping rates than my publisher.