What inspired you to write?
I have been writing since I was a young teenager. I have always enjoyed expressing myself through written words. The writing assignments in high school and college had always filled me with enthusiasm.
There is a feeling of intense delight and fulfillment when I write. It is wonderful to sit back and just let the words flow from my fingers. I have written many poems and short stories but did not take writing seriously until two years ago.
It is not possible for me to express in words what inspires me to write. I feel that writing is an extension of the mind. It is a manner by which ideas, imagination and fantasy are brought to life. Writing is fulfilling. It gives me the opportunity to share. I have always been fascinated by the storytelling in each of us.
Did the inspiration to write come to you suddenly, or had you been thinking about it some time?
Writing has always been a thrilling experience for me. The inspiration to share what I write happened very spontaneously. This felt like fireworks exploding in and around me. I heard an inner voice that said “It is time for you to write”, “It is time for you to share”, “Now do both”.
I had always known that I would write and share as an author. This is a feeling that was a part of me since I was young. It is interesting to experience how everything is developing.
How did you tell your story? In other words, did you use an outline, or just write your story from start to finish?
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 somehow all just falls into place at the appropriate phrase of the manuscript project.
Did you receive any encouragement from family and friends, or did you work on your book alone?
Every person has different psychological and emotional needs. This applies to the writer’s style. I perceive writing as something that is almost mystical. Writing is expressing me through a journey that is best done alone but with the desire to share.
Many people, including family, encourage me to write and share.
The written words are an invitation to the reader. It is gratifying for me to observe a reader that finds something entertaining, informative or helpful for mind and conscious expansion.
What was the most difficult part of writing your book?
The title for any given project is important. Therefore I give the title more consideration then I usually do for any other part of the book. It is not something that is actually difficult but usually causes me considerable contemplation.
What was the most enjoyable aspect of writing your book?
The initial idea for any writing project is the most exuberant aspect. Writing anything anytime is always enjoyable.
Did you experience any personal transformation after the book was published?
This is a difficult question to answer in a few words. I always feel a type of serenity when I am writing. I currently write more on a daily basis then every before. This is very gratifying. This could be considered a type of transformation.
My feelings are that an author becomes a part of every book that he or she writes. A transformation occurs when a new book is written. How this occurs is usually dependent on the book content and the author’s association with the content.
My recent book is a very good example. I was able to learn more about my true nature, our existence and life through the experiences I had during and after the book composition.
What’s something that gets in the way of your creativity?
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.
What strategies do you use to deal with criticism?
I consider constructive criticism to be very useful. However criticism should not be taking personally. This is true for all aspects of our existence; don’t take things too seriously.
Have you received any accolades for your books?
My books and articles are gaining popularity. More and more people are interested in what I share in the books, written words and conversations. I have repeatedly received acknowledgment through the kind words and discussions from the readers pertaining to topics in the books and articles.
Are you currently working on a new book?
I am writing a third book. The book considers aspects of our human development in areas of ego, desires, needs and wants. Its content offers ideas and insights into human behavior and our use and misuse of the emotion we call “love”. The reader will have an opportunity to observe the actions of the mind in situations dealing with aspects of love. The tentative publishing date is planned for late summer or early autumn 2017. The first two books that I have written and this third book can be read separately or as a series.
Do you have any author appearances coming up and/or are you doing any book giveaways or contests?
There are tentative plans made for a two or three day retreat near Cape Town, Africa this autumn or the early quarter of 2018. There I will be discussing topics from my books, articles and spirituality in general. Everything indicates that there will be more retreats planned but there are no confirmations at this time.
I will also soon be hosting a weekly live video discussion chat on Facebook. These individual and group conversations will eventually be placed on YouTube. I would be grateful to anyone who is interested in hosting or sponsoring talk shows or retreats and would like to have me as a guest. Please contact me through my website, Facebook or Tweeter.
Where did you grow up and what is your favorite/worst childhood memory?
I was born in America and have lived in Europe for many years. There is a common denominator connecting my childhood and adulthood. This would be the knowledge of simplicity in our existence. It was the simple childhood experiences that have given me the most joy. This is also true for me now as an adult.
The demons of our childhood take on many forms. It is best to release these demons and not speak of them. Therefore I really don’t have any memories that I hold onto mentally and call bad. Everything that each person has experienced was what it was, when it happened...but is no more.
Do you have a favorite quote?
Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
When you complain, you make yourself a victim. Leave the situation, change the situation or accept it. All else is madness.
- Eckhart Tolle
What is your favorite show on TV?
I enjoy many TV shows from the 1950s until the 1970s. It is difficult to pick an absolute favorite. My favorite, as choice, would probably be Bonanza, Gomer Pyle USMC or Game of Thrones.
I prefer classic movies but also enjoy many newer films. I have no absolute favorite. My top five would probably be: “Moby Dick” with Gregory Peck, “What Dreams May Come”, “Dances with Wolfs”, “Legends of the Fall” and "Jeremiah Johnson".
Wow, I can not list all my favorites. There are too many. I can list ten that could be considered my best favorites:
- “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 R.R. Martin
Who would you want to meet if you could? Dead or alive.
I would like to experience an encounter with the first human beings that became self-conscious. This was, without doubt the greatest and equally saddest moment in the history of humankind. This is when complexity entered our existence. This is when life became a mind game.
Is there a talent you wish you had?
This would be the ability to become invisible. There is actually no talent that I truly wish to receive. I feel that each person can do unlimited things when he or she has consciously developed enough to realize the mind is our only prison.
What’s something about you that would surprise us?
- 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.
Describe yourself in 3 words!
Spontaneous, trustworthy and happy