Interview with Andrew Rigg

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The first thing that comes to mind is that my eyelids open. Honestly, just by being alive and happy inspires me to get out of bed. Its such a joy to know that things are always getting better and that I have choice as to who, what, where, and how I live and be. This is totally different to how I used to be. I used to dread getting up each day. I hated going to work as it was such a drag, there was no fun or joy in it and the people I worked with all felt the same. I had to create a different reality or else it simply wasn't worth living. I have now created that reality and its so much fun!
What are you working on next?
I'm a pretty tongue-in-cheek sort of guy and this is how I write. I prefer to be happy, having fun and choosing a life, living and reality that actually works for me. Thus, I am writing a series of "How To" books on various topics. Sure, some people will think they are stupid, others not. I don't care. I'm having fun writing them and putting them together. My target with these books is to change one person's life. Even if its just one person, these books are a success.
Who are your favorite authors?
I actually don't read a lot of novels. I'm not into going into someone else's reality or fantasy. I used to do that as a young man reading fantasy novels. Yes, it was fun at the time. But now, I actually like creating my own reality so I spend most of my time creating, facilitating and creating, facilitating. Its so much more fun for me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love movies. I have them on while writing as they gives me a sense of peace. Any sort of movie is fine except romance. I can't just don't get the romance movies. I go bushwalking with my loving lady, visit cafes and go swimming. Recently, I've added an exercise program that has allowed me to have much more of sense of me.
What is your writing process?
My prime target with writing is for me to have fun. If I'm not having fun, I won't do it. My writing can be sporadic as there are times where I just don't wish to write anything. I write with a sense of fun, humour and joy. I don't view my writing as a job because, if I did, I'd stop writing altogether. For me, a job has been something that has been a drag. Sure, there have been fun times sometimes with it but not all the time. Thus, everything that I do has to have a sense of fun about it.
How do you approach cover design?
I usually approach someone on Fiverr with an outline of what I'd like. Often the designer comes out with something that's awesome. I don't like to specify too much for the designer as it stifles their creativity. I'm creative in my way; the designer is creative in their own way. I'm usually happy with what they come up with and if there is ever an issue, I simply request a revision. It's easy for me and easy for them.
What do you read for pleasure?
For me, I am constantly working. I am creating my life, living and reality in every moment. I don't often read for pleasure. I read to learn something new which, I guess, is a pleasure for me. I also read to gain more awareness.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my iPhone. Even though its small, I read things routinely on it. I love that I can be anywhere in the world and reading something that inspires my creativity, learning and awareness. How does it get any better than that?
Describe your desk
I'm slightly autistic so I have lots of things going on. My desk is usually the coffee table in the lounge room. On the coffee table can be nothing but the computer or covered in papers. I sit on the sofa or the floor. I have audios running on my computer and iPhone. I also have the television playing some movie that I've recorded. I love being able to pick and choose what's happening in my life and at any moment. I can stop writing at any point, wash the clothes, clean the house, do exercise or whatever. For me, all of it is fun as it gives me the space that I require to be who I am.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew in a country town of 20,000 people on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia. I loved the space that was there. I have lived in cities but they were all too busy for me. There's very little kindness in the cities. I enjoyed going to the beach, going to the forest, or simply walking along country roads. Growing up in such a place has allowed me to value the space of me, whatever that is at any moment. I don't feel confined to conform to anything.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love to write in a way that is tongue-in-cheek. I have a dry sense of humour, often with puns. I don't find accidents or people suffering funny. Consequently, everything I write is filled with these senses. Different meanings, playing on the craziness that people choose, playing with the words to such an extent that, sometimes, people are offended by it. However, I don't really care about that as I'm primarily writing for me and no one else.

Writing gives me a sense of peace and an outlet for the awareness that I have about something. I don't see it as correct; its just my point of view. So when I write like this, I am considering how things may or may not change someone's life. If anything that I write changes one person's life, then I am success.
Published 2016-05-18.
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Books by This Author

How to be Unhappy: 50 Tips to Create Unhappiness
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 9,500. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
Despite the book's title, it's a tongue-in-cheek look at the choices we make to create unhappiness and offer pragmatic alternatives to create a life, living and reality that is happy and joyous. The book is intended for people who are truly wishing to make changes that would allow them to finally and actually be happy and not have the pretence of happiness.