I've probably been writing this book in my mind for my entire life, but it really came together in the last year. I actually had a dream that pictured that economy as a giant passenger train with the fuel coming from all the passengers ideas. And with extra cars filled with rocks constantly being loaded onto the train. The rocks are added every time we create more regulations, allow crony capitalism to happen or over spend and over tax our people. The people keep coming up with new ideas that will make the train speed forward, but the regulations, etc keep adding extra weight and slowing it down. I eventually came to realize that trains are a little old fashioned and changed it into a magical cruise ship.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I know that economics tends to be a rather boring topic, and very few people willingly read books on the topic unless they are forced to in school. But I'm not a PhD economist. So I try to write in a manner that is easy and kind of fun to read while still making the important points. Our nation's future is dependent on our economic success. If people don't understand economics and what it takes for our economy to grow, they will vote for politicians that pander to their short term wants and our nation will inevitably face a long period of decline. Along with it, fewer people will have opportunities to improve themselves. I write because I strongly believe that our free market economy is humanity's greatest invention ever. We need to do whatever it takes to keep it healthy.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Coming up with an interesting or novel way to present a boring economic concept.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I still work full time. In my free time I love to garden, hike on the beautiful trails around Tucson and I'm taking up cycling. But mostly I love to hang out with my wife and visit our children who live in other parts of the country.
What do you read for pleasure?
Science Fiction, the classics, spy novels, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg.
What is your writing process?
Dream up a new way to present a topic, research it, research it some more, and then start to write about it.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What do your fans mean to you?
I hope to have some one day. I'll let you know after that.
How do you approach cover design?
Luckily one of my daughter's childhood friends is an artist. I've leave the art up to her.
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This book uses examples and stories to simplify and explain the most pressing economic issue of our time. Why is the growth rate of our economy since the great recession of 2008 far lower than after any other recession since the end of World War II. We are allowing high taxes, over regulation and crony capitalism to drag down the natural growth rate of our economy.