Interview with Colin Norris

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me, the greatest joy about writing is the research that goes into it. It's like a treasure hunt for me, looking for clues and patterns, and stripping away the myths and fables, to get to the essential truths that change lives.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Other than to let the dog out to kill the lawn, what gets me out of bed about 5.30am each morning, and has done for about 20 years, to enjoy about an hour reading and thinking about my all time favourite book, the Bible.
What is your writing process?
I read and I read and I read everything I can find on the subject. Then I set my mind to simmer for as long as it takes until patterns and shapes start taking shape. I then test them and strain them until only the essential elements remain. Then I let it all out on paper, usually hand written. Finally comes lots of reviewing and editing until I think it is as clear and as precise as possible.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I remember reading for pleasure rather than for school is Tolkien's the Lord of the Rings. I was about 17 and had moved out of home into a flat with no TV to watch in the evening. I have no idea where or why I got the book, though I still have that particular book somewhere, but it was the first book I couldn't put down. Not being a Christian at the time, I had no idea of the symbolism in it, but I was drawn into the characters and what they had to overcome to succeed.
How do you approach cover design?
My first interest in design was at High School in a subject called Graphic Communication, which eventually lead me into graphic design for a time. So my goal with the design is to support the core nature of the book without taking away from the readability of the title and sub title. For me the goal is to be effective rather than focus on affects.
What do you read for pleasure?
Lately the books I have been reading for pleasure are many of the classics which come up in contemporary context. For example, when the Les Miserables stage show was coming to town, I decided to read the book. Still that is one of the best books I have ever read, it was like living another lifetime reading it - and not just because it was 1000 pages long. Currently I'm reading the Book of Jasher an apocryphal book which adds depth to the book of Genesis in the Bible. It's obviously not "inspired" but I find it very engaging because I know the biblical background it covers. Some while ago I started reading Joan of Ark by Mark Twain but couldn't get into it. I'm willing to try any book to read for pleasure, but if it's not a pleasure reading it, I put it away.
Describe your desk
Nicely organise piles of papers, folders and books - unless I'm in the middle of something in which case the nice piles are covered with notes and reference material. I find it easier to get back to my train of thought if I don't pack it all away at the end of the night.
What's the story behind your latest book?
When I reached and then sped by middle age I noticed that financial success had eluded me in spite of all the time and money I put into research and resources and attempts at numerous schemes. A firm believer that if something is not working in my life it is because I don't have the right information or enough information, or that I've misunderstood information, I set about reviewing the information I had. Then I found it - the First 5 Laws od Wealth - without which no one can amass wealth or hold onto it. Then, not wanting others (especially my children) to go through the disappointments I had before finding these, I was inspired to put it in writing. First off I put this information in a Personal Development Workshop for workplaces, then into a booklet and short course for teens, then finally into this e-book for everyone.
Why should people read this book?
I wish I had come across this book before I read the squillions of other books and articles I read about wealth creation. It would have saved me a lot of time and a lot of frustration. My hope is that others can learn these laws from the beginning so they don't go the long arduous road I followed.
What does your family think about your new book?
I'm hoping that one day my kids will brag about me writing this book that helped them have a solid financial foundation, but I'm not sure I'll live that long. Nevertheless, I think they are impressed with it. My kids have been part of the development and testing of these Laws - long before I put them in a book. They have been soaking in them for a long time so maybe the book isn't such a big deal to them. Nevertheless my son took a copy to work through with his girlfriend so they can get their future set on the same page. He's still a teenager but is on track to have his own home in 5 years. My daughter isn't saying anything either, but she knows she is benefiting from applying these Laws, especially when she looks at her friends and how they are spending everything they make and have nothing to show for it.
Diane my wife tells me that everything I do is wonderful. Nevertheless I believe her about this because after many years of marriage I am finally seeing her apply these laws too. It's hard in a marriage when both aren't walking the same path on something - especially regarding how money is handled. But now that we are agreed on this it is paying huge dividends - not just financially but relationally.
Published 2016-05-27.
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Books by This Author

The First 5 Laws of Wealth
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 9,020. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success
There are thousands of books claiming to show people how to become wealthy. Yet the more of them you read the harder it becomes to succeed. Faced with this dilemma, the author of this book decided to summarize all he had read to find essential truths that apply across the board. The result was the First 5 Laws of Wealth. Without first applying these laws all other efforts are doomed to failure.