Interview with Joseph Stasey

What do your fans mean to you?
Just knowing that one person has enjoyed the book and gotten out of their comfort zone and tried something difficult makes all the time spent organizing, writing, and revising well worth the effort.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
There were really two major influences. The first factor relates to growing up in Gary, Indiana before riding school buses was the usual form of getting to and from school so the physical activity of a mile trek in morning and afternoon was something we just took for granted. The second relates to my oldest brother who was a wonderful storyteller and certainly had a huge influence on my collecting stories and quotes in journals for decades. The 26.2 Essential Stories to the Unstoppable You can be viewed as my effort to combine the love of physical activity and in particular running with wisdom of the ages.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I was astonished by the amazing positive impact running the marathon had on my life. As a result of this experience I became a new and improved version of myself and felt compelled to share my story with others. The idea of selecting some of the hundreds of quotes and stories and combining them into a comprehensive narrative revealed itself slowly and ultimately became 26.2 Essential Stories to the Unstoppable You.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My wife heard a saying that has inspired both of us: I want to die young as late in life as possible. We do our best to exercise, eat healthy, maintain an appropriate weight, and keep a positive mental attitude. We're excited about an upcoming backpacking trip in one of our country's treasures: Yosemite National Park.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
If life is a journey not a destination, then writing whether published or not answers what everyone wants to know: who, what, when, where, how and why.
When did you first start writing?
I entered my Freshman year in college with no clear idea of what I would do to earn a living after graduation. I decided to seek a liberal arts degree majoring in English following the footsteps of my oldest brother and simply become a well educated individual and life long learner. I honed my skills as a writer and as a teacher for five years after graduating.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
We live in Fishers, Indiana and are very fortunate to live near our children and grandchildren so we see lots of soccer games, swim meets, karate tournaments, softball games, running races, and concerts. Beth maintains the accounting records for my son's business and helps with my part time tree service company pruning and planting trees. We like to travel, have visited all 50 states, and a number of foreign countries. Of course, we both are avid readers.
Who are your favorite authors?
My wife and I have recently read every book by Nevada Barr who writes the Anna Pigeon series of investigative novels that take place in national parks. We've vacationed in a number of our national parks and find the stories compelling and are reminded of the beautiful environment that must be protected for future generations. We have also read every work by Ann Patchett who is a wonderful storyteller.
Describe your desk
My wife and I sit across from each other in our home office at matching desks that can be described as laptop computers in the center of a controlled mess. I face the window but one of these days we are going to swap places so she can inform me of all the comings and goings on our street.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I want to provide a cost effective book that can be read in the format of the reader's choice. There is no reason not to take full responsibility to write and then hire editors and artists to complete a book. Smashwords and social media have changed the landscape making it easier than ever before for authors to promote their books and build a following.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Mark Coker and Smashwords have provided excellent comprehensive guides that are of inestimable assistance especially to new authors.
Published 2014-04-29.
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Books by This Author

26.2 Essential Stories to the Unstoppable You
Price: Free! Words: 34,980. Language: American English. Published: April 28, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » General self-help, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Running & jogging
In 26.2 Essential Stories to the Unstoppable You Joseph Stasey reveals his personal journey of self-discovery from training to complete his first marathon to two years later running three marathons in 30 days and qualifying to run the Boston Marathon. Plan to be inspired to start your own marathon journey of self-discovery using the marathon as a metaphor for life.