Interview with Tom Maloney

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up just west of St. Louis, Missouri and I have always been a pretty serious person. Over the years, I have given a lot of thought to serious issues, like personal finances, for example, which led to the current book, "The Truth About Money: How to Find Joy and Peace."
When did you first start writing?
"The Truth About Money" is my first published work, although I have always enjoyed writing and have long thought it my best form of communication.
What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure, I like to read mysteries, political thrillers, and westerns.
Who are your favorite authors?
For fiction I like to read John D. MacDonald (Travis McGee), Robert B. Parker (The Spencer & Jesse Stone novels), Stieg Larsson (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), and Louis L'Amour (westerns). In the area of non-fiction, I read C.S. Lewis, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Eric Metaxas, Patrick Morley and others.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
That is also pretty easy. I have had this idea for "The Truth About Money" for years and after I finally started working on it, I quickly figured out that I would not be able to afford to have it published. I knew it could be published, but did not know how to accomplish it. I came across an online community college course on publishing ebooks and it sounded like the answer to my prayers. This course led me to Smashwords and here I am, on the verge of publishing the book.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has made it possible for me to publish "The Truth About Money: How to Find Joy and Peace." When I first started working on this book, I did not know what an ebook was nor had I ever heard of Smashwords. I had one goal for the book(s) from the start: That the books could be produced inexpensively enough that everyone would be able to afford to read them - the need for this information is great. Smashwords is making it possible for me to know that, while everyone may not read the books, it will not be because of the price of the books. I thank Smashwords for that.
Describe your desk
The desk is wood, oak-colored and L-shaped with a laptop computer, additional monitor and a printer on it. Also has a file basket, a calculator, a radio and, depending upon what I'm working on, files, notes and books. In addition, there is a five foot table on the side of the room, which holds research material.
What is your writing process?
In 2006, I was taking care of my one-year old grandson, and it came to me during the night that I should write a book on personal finances. There is no shortage of books or advice on personal financial management, but with the vision that I should write the book came the idea for a new approach to teaching people how to take care of their money. There is plenty of information on the subject, but with credit card debt, home foreclosures and bankruptcies reaching record highs the need is overwhelming. Over the next six years, I researched the topic and developed an outline. It was not until 2012, that I got serious about getting the book completed. Then I took three online community college courses: a writing course, how to build a website course and, most recently, how to publish an ebook course. Now, I am getting pretty close to being published. While writing this first book, I am also researching and receiving ideas for the second and third books, building rough outlines as I gather more information.
What's the story behind your latest book?
That is pretty easy: Even though information regarding personal finances is readily available and virtually unlimited, people continue to struggle with their personal finances: Living paycheck-to-paycheck, no savings to speak of, living beyond their means with huge credit card balances and additional debt, such as payday loans, student loans and medical bills. I have experienced the stress, anxiety and worry of not being able to pay my bills and jumping out of my skin every time the phone rings. So, I have considered my own experience and read about the experiences of others and have written this small book to address what the real problems are - the real issues and what can be done about them - by anyone.
What are you working on next?
Next up is a non-fiction entitled: "The Truth About Natural Laws" due out in 2016. This book is about the existence of "absolute truth"; there is a "right" and a "wrong". After that, also due out in 2016 is: "The Truth About God". These three books are intended to build upon one another, starting with the relatively easy to understand rules about personal financial management and moving on to, as the titles suggest, some of the unalterable rules of our lives.
Published 2015-08-03.
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Books by This Author

The Truth About God: How To Find Joy And Peace
Series: The Truth Trilogy. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 23,200. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Spiritual Growth, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Religion and self-improvement
God loves you and wants to have a relationship with you, but you have to decide if you want to know God and obey His Laws - He will not force Himself upon you. This book is about God; His character and attributes; His Son, Jesus Christ; What you can do to get to know Him; His Word, the Holy Bible; His Law, The Ten Commandments; Prayer. It is also about getting 'Right' with God'- Righteousness.
The Truth About Natural Laws How To Find Joy And Peace
Series: The Truth Trilogy. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 16,670. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Ethics & morals, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation and inspiration
Does it ever seem to you like in some of the more important areas of our lives we pretend there are no rules? Do you find it difficult to capture the Peace and Joy of life? If so, this book is for you. The theme of The Truth About Natural Laws is that life is a lot harder than it has to be and certainly a lot harder than it is intended to be because we disregard the rules, the Natural Laws.
The Truth About Money: How to Find Joy and Peace
Series: The Truth Trilogy. Price: Free! Words: 15,420. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation and inspiration, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Personal finance / money management
You can find The Truth About Money! If you are one of the millions of people who are struggling financially or just have the feeling you are missing out on the Peace, Joy and Contentment of life because of money, this book is for you. The Truth About Money will encourage you to incorporate our two Key Concepts and make a few simple changes to your personal finances, improving your family's lives.