Laptop,writing material, fountain pen, dictionary and my own personal journal.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Grew up in Ireland. There was always books around. We got one comic of choice each week as well as the daily papers around the house. Have always being curious by words and how one can use them to create an atmosphere or impart knowledge.
When did you first start writing?
Published my first book just over two years ago. But as part of my job always had to write reports and write to customers.
What's the story behind your latest book?
G.R.I.T Spirit of an Entrepreneur came about partly due to the bust of the Irish economy and partly due to my love of understanding why one succeeds and one fails. Often it is the small things that make the biggest difference. There was and is a lot of books out there, but none talking about the spirit or essence behind the human being,that keeps them moving forward.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Way back in 2008 I told a business associate I was writing a book and it was titled XYZ. Got a kindle as a gift for christmas 2012 and realised it was time to get off my butt and do what I sad I would do in 2008. So first book published in 2013.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
This is my first book with them and I hope and believe so. Felt it was time to widen my base and make my books available on as many channels as possible. In business I never was comfortable having all the eggs in one basket, so it was time to practise what I preached.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to take a raw idea/title and craft it into a book that people would enjoy reading and gain from doing so. Jim Rohn said we should share what we learn. So this is my way of giving back what I have learned over the years.
What do your fans mean to you?
What are you working on next?
Working on a free book about success. About one third done. Updating my website and then starting on a book about life positioning. The title and chapters are already sorted, just the writing to do. Aiming for Nov/Dec. But as an indie author having my own freedom and timeline is invaluable.
Who are your favorite authors?
They range from Raymond Chandler to James Lee Burke and everything in between. Nicolas Taleb has a great ability to make one think and look at things differently. Michael Lewis has a way of cutting through the noise and tell a great story. Jim Rohn uses simple language to inspire. Ernest Hemingway for great prose. Stephen King for storytelling. My favourite book so far this year is The Four Books by Yan Linanke. Writing to make you laugh,cry,feel anger and hope.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life. Being still and in the moment. Doing what I love to do ... write
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