Interview with Dale Washington

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I have always enjoyed reading, especially non-fiction material. I like for my brain to be stimulated. Writing is a natural extension of that. Sometimes, when my thoughts are flowing, my hands are flying all over the keyboard and my thoughts are not yet connected. The reward often comes later during the proofreading part when I get to connect those thoughts and something cohesive comes out of that work. It's like taking a long journey. The first few steps are difficult, but once you reach the end, you can look back upon the journey with a feeling of satisfaction. Writing, to me, is like taking that journey.
What do your fans mean to you?
I only hope they like what I have shared. I hope they look back on reading this book and feel like they got something more from it than just the words on the page. I hope they can sense that I wrote this book in the spirit of caring about other people.
What are you working on next?
I will probably not be writing any other books. Recently, I have considered returning to writing business articles, as I have in the past, that focus on detecting and preventing identity theft.
Who are your favorite authors?
I don't have any favorites that I can nail down. Just as my taste in music is so diverse (I have a record collection of around 3,000 albums comprised of around 700 different artists), so is my selection of reading material.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Learning. I feel one is never too old to learn and I believe a lifetime of learning keeps the mind sharp. I love to be intellectually stimulated.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Listening to music, reading, and watching old movies.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read was "Flowers for Algernon." I realized then that stories are not just words on a page. Those words must create pictures in your mind, almost as if you can visualize what you are reading on the silver screen. That book succeeded masterfully in creating mental images that left a lasting impression.
What do you read for pleasure?
Oddly, lots of business publications. I like to keep my finger on the pulse, so to speak, of all manner of technology and its advancement in society. I also like to keep abreast of new business processes. As someone who grew up in the 1960s, I never cease to be amazed at the breakneck speed with which change has taken place in business and technology in just the past 20 years.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I admit, I have yet to purchase an e-reading device. I read e-books on my laptop, using Adobe Digital Editions.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in central Illinois. As much as my locale influenced me, the era in which I grew up (the 1960s) also had an influence. I grew up with small-town, family values, where relationships with friends and family were important. That is a contributing factor to the things I write; I like to write material that helps people. I wrote my one-off book, "Getting Pretty Good at Barely Getting By," to help others. The business articles I wrote in the past had the same focus of helping people.
When did you first start writing?
My first short story was written after I graduated high school. While I never give away my age, I will at least tell you that was sometime in the 1970s.
Published 2015-01-14.
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Books by This Author

Getting Pretty Good at Barely Getting By
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,360. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Personal & Practical Guides, Nonfiction » Social Science » Poverty & Homelessness
The author, while sharing parts of his personal story about the struggle of living on a less-than-poverty-level income, reveals the strategies he still uses that keep him from going hungry and being homeless. The book goes beyond the traditional advice about coupon-clipping and buying things on sale. It offers realistic and timely money-saving tips the reader can start using immediately.