Tell us something unexpected about yourself!
– I was in a car with my grandparents on the way home from shopping. I was on my grandmother’s lap in the front seat. She suddenly told me that I should get in the back seat and fasten my seat belt. Another care drove through a Stop sign and hit my grandfather’s car head on shortly after I had fastened my seat beat. My grandmother flew through the windshield onto the street and died instantly. I would have been crushed or thrown through the windshield if I had been on my grandmother’s lap. My grandmother somehow knew that something was going to happen and had saved me.
– I slipped and fell head first into a grain silo on the farm were I worked as a teenager. I was buried alive in the corn / wheat grain. The farmer had heard me hammering on the walls of the silo before I was completely covered in grain and passed out. The last thought I had before I had passed out was that I was going to die. The farmer later told me that all he saw was my feet sticking out of the grain. He had tied a rope around my feet and together with two other people pulled me out.
– I was in a serious accident in which the car I was driving went off a twenty foot bridge embankment. I suffered an Open Skull fracture (compound) and a Closed Skull fracture (simple). I was in a state of severe shock. A farmer found me in his barn after the accident. I had climbed out of the car and had tried to milk his cows. I was covered from head to toe in blood but refused to get in the ambulance when it arrived. There are six weeks of my existence that are a total blank due to the severity of the skull fractures. I have no memories of this period.
– I auditioned and was accepted as an actor / model for a well-known actor talent agency in the early 1980s.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
“Simplicity of Life: Why does being Human Complicate Everything?”
This book is the second in a three book “Life” series. It became obvious as I wrote the first book that a second book would be writing and a third. The inspiration to share the topics in the books originates from something that I have sensed since childhood. This feeling or sensation is often described as the mystery of life. It could be said that this certain “something” that everyone senses from time to time is the totality of life intelligence or universal consciousness. We all experience a moment in our existence when unity between everything in the universe is felt first-hand. This has always been my inspiration; to become more aware of this conscious energy. I felt that sharing ideas and insights through these three books may give others helpful stepping stones in understanding our existence and life.
The ideas and insights for this book started to take shape as I was working on my first book “One Moment in Life”. I realized that the topics of each book are associated with questions that require real soul searching. That is the reason why the books will be designed in a stepping stone manner for the reader. I offer the reader signposts in each book that may be useful in answering deep philosophical questions.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
My writing style is a mixture of spontaneity and use of the writing skills I learned during my education. I consider what it is that I wish to share. I tend to keep the initial ideal short and fundamental. I do research for lengthier manuscript projects; then I simple start to write.
Every project is somewhat like a puzzle that magically fits together. The puzzle pieces are constructed through free-form writing although there is always an intuitive desire for structure within the written segments. It all just somehow falls into place at the appropriate phrase of the manuscript project.
Do you think there’s any way you could ever run out of ideas for books?
No, I have never experienced this problem. I have always been told that I live in my own world; full of creativity. I feel that there is so much magic to be discovered in life. A tree is not just a tree; it is everything other than a tree. This is how I see everything in the universe. I love expressing and sharing my ideas, imagination and fantasy through the written word. The ideas flow like a never-ending stream.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Wow, I can not list all the written works that have influenced me. There are too many. I can list ten that could be considered as more influential than others.
– “Call of the Wild” Jack London
– “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” Robert M. Pirsig
– “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” Richard Bach
– “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare”
– “The Hero with a Thousand Faces” Joseph Campbell
– “A Course in Miracles”
– “Silas Marner” George Eliot
– “Treasure Island” Robert Louis Stevenson
– “Harry Potter” series J.K. Rowling
– “Game of Thrones” series George RR Martin
Equally influential are Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau and Lao Tzu.
What are you working on now?
I am current writing a third book in the “Life” series. The book will primarily share ideas and insight about love and what human beings have done with it. The book will also consider the relationship of living consciously and love. It will discuss how human beings have used and misused emotions and behavior associated with this four letter word. There will also be poems throughout the book that I have written. The first, second and this third book can be read separately or as a series.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
A person interested in promoting what he or she writes has many options. The key in promoting is to stay active. This means using all available resources that have proven to be respectable. There is not a sure-fire method in promotion. Self-publishing authors can use mainstream social media platforms to promote themselves as an author and present their books. A well structured website is also very useful. Word of mouth is perhaps the best method in becoming established as an author. Speak with people about what you write and ask for feedback.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Writing is not really something that is done for a reason. If you have a desire to write; then simply do it. The details will fall into place. It is truly about the joy of writing and sharing, not about the results of both. Stephen King stated this nicely in two quotes:
“Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well.”
― Stephen King
“When you write a book, you spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees. When you’re done, you have to step back and look at the forest.”
― Stephen King
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
This would probably be a quote from Buddha.
“Do not dwell in the past; do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
What are you reading now?
There are two books that I am currently enjoying:
- Origin by Dan Brown
- The Man with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
What’s next for you as a writer?
My third book in the “Life” series is written and will hopefully be published in 2019. I have several manuscript projects planned and will start writing the next book immediately after the third book is published. The projects will be in diverse genres; some of which include:
– A non-fiction novel which will reflect on human interaction with life as seen through our experiences. This book may be very enjoyable for many people of all ages
– A novel about my search for love that started as a young boy. This may be in the form of a biography.
– Three books for children. I have these more or less written in my mind. The next step is to put them on paper.
– A science fiction novel based on spirituality. This book will have something for everyone; spiritual experiences, time-shifting (wormholes) and earth history. It is the story of a woman that is trying to make sense of her existence, her mortality and life. She will be accompanied by a dog with extra ordinary abilities.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
I would take a book with blank pages so that I could write about my experiences on this island; naturally I would also need a few pencils. Additionally I would take these books:
- “A Course in Miracles”
- “How to Survive on a Deserted Island”
- “Treasure Island”
- “Critique of Pure Reason”
P.S. Please write me if you have any questions about me or any topics relating to spirituality or philosophy. You can use the contact form below. Thank you.