Interview with Frédéric Byé

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The message that I want to deliver to my audience: YOU MATTER. That's basically it. If my work is a ray of sunlight, I am fulfilled. I hope they find it in my podcast and blogs.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I read many stories as a child, it's hard to remember one in particular. Actually, the story of Snow White is one I remember vividly. I knew it by heart. Not because I loved it, but because I learned to read with that story! Other than that, I was an avid reader of wrestling magazines. They fueled my curiosity, and I remember the first thick book I read was Have A Nice Day, by Mick Foley (A wrestling biography). I found out that through reading I learned best.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Alchemist: the purity of its message. I love to learn when I read and that book does the job.
The Winner Stands Alone: I read that book twice and I still go back to it. It allows me to understand the behind the scenes of show-biz and the thought process of those involved in it. Awesome novel.
Tropic of Cancer: Henry Miller's writing is simply outstanding. He says what he thinks, with no particular method. It's raw, he tells his truth, and he taught me to write without caring what anyone thinks.
Pet Semetary: Stephen King's rawness is hilarious.
Rich Dad Poor Dad: It changed my thought process about my financial life.
Describe your desk
I like a clean desk. I don't like it when it`s cluttered or dusty. So, on my desk I have my laptop, a pencil box, my notepad and my mic when I need it. The less the better.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, physical training, podcasting. To be honest, I always like to stay busy. I may listen to other podcasts about the business side of being an indie writer, and think about how I can grow my business.
When did you first start writing?
I was in my late teens and I began writing out of sheer loneliness. I wrote a lot poetry. Writing was my escape and it allowed me to channel my emotions and envision my life in a better state.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
If there is someone I hear on a podcast and I like his or her message, I will pick their book up. Mostly through podcasts or browsing through Smashwords or Amazon for particular subjects.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly non-fiction. But other than that, I read mostly Henry Miller. He is quick-witted, his stories about bars and women are hilarious. Stephen King and Robert Kiyosaki are others I like to read.
What inspires you in everyday life?
I love to hear people’s life stories. I love to ask them questions about why they made the choices they did in their lives. I’m passionate about the human psyche and the ‘whys’ of people. Friends call me a philosopher. I’m also inspired by nature, there’s something special about being in the forest surrounded by trees, there’s an energy, a peace permeating, as if God surrounds me. I love it. I really do. So humans and nature inspire me most.
Published 2015-12-10.
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