Interview with Jay Kennedy

When did you first start writing?
I have been writing as far back as I can recall the ability to draw sounds onto paper. I am fascinated at the idea that sounds and mental imagery can be formed into symbols that resonate into the minds of those who may discover them. It is an amazing thing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Well, it is a kind of memoir slash manuscript for the liberation of the mind and spirit. I am an American Indian that grew up at a time where it was better to pretend you were a different race in order to fit in. Secretly, I had cast aside religion and all such ideas when people around me were still saying "Jesus is coming back" and forcing a six year old to believe he would never experience life beyond adolescence because the Universe was ending. This helped to drive my belief in my self and the never ending pursuit of truth and excellence in life that did not depend on something outside of me. Interestingly enough, I became practically obsessed with religious and philosophical material and to date have consumed thousands of volumes from many traditions and authors. My years of training and teaching Martial Art brought me into contact with some great minds and expanded my library through the different Sciences. Neuroscience, physics, quantum mechanics, kinesiology, biology....You name it and I am infatuated. All of these influences have brought out a personal philosophy which has helped many of my friends and students and it is relayed, I hope, through this work.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me, it is simply the flow of my inner world outward somehow that seems to give me feelings of elation. My thoughts and imagination reaching out into the physical world is just fascinating!
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! Without them, who is there to experience the spirit of another?
What are you working on next?
I would like to give people a clear view of the vast history of Eastern tradition, especially in terms of the influence Martial Art has had on everything from free thinking to scientific discovery. In my on life, Wing Chun, which is a concept of Chinese Gung Fu, has had a powerful and positive impact. I would like to share that if it is possible.
Who are your favorite authors?
Bruce Lee, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, Robert Thurman, Richard Dawkins, Neil Degrasse Tyson, The Dalai Lama....I could go on forever but I feel that these authors are the most important to me and are quite diverse, as you can see.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Ha! Well I would have to say, Waking Up! I love life and my beautiful family and that is enough to motivate me to keep moving forward. What possibilities can one day hold?!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend most of my time with my family, teaching and training. I am an intense Martial Artist and researcher so, any time not spent interacting with family, is applied directly to improving my body and mind.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
To be quite honest, I do not. I could give you a poetic recount of many however, there have been too many to recall the very first of them.
What is your writing process?
Not a very good one...! I just write as it comes anywhere and everywhere. That may be on my iPhone, my journal, a napkin or some scraps of paper. I am inspired almost every moment.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything that inspires me or that I find interesting! The selection is really too vast to pin down as one thing.
Published 2015-10-15.
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Books by This Author

Wing Chun Gung Fu Art And Philosophy
Pre-release—available November 27, 2018. Price: $12.00 USD. Language: English. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Martial arts
This work is a look through modern eyes at the timeless Art of Gung Fu and Wing Chun in particular. Wing Chun was the first formal Martial Art of the man called the "Greatest Martial Artist of the Twentieth Century", Bruce Lee. This is not a "How To" book and flows with the reader to dispel popular assumptions about Gung Fu and share its many benefits. It will stand as THE book for Wing Chun.
Life In Every Breath
Pre-release—available September 18, 2018. Price: $12.00 USD. Language: English. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success
An amazing look at the pursuit of excellence in life through the process of self discovery. A must read for every Free Thinker and anyone who desires a life, full and inspired! Each page is a journey inward, honestly expressing the power of clear thinking and how changing your mind, can change your life. "I Am The Creator Of My Destiny" is the invigorating message leaping out of every moment!