Interview with Nathan Polley

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love being able to get the concepts and thoughts I have out onto the paper. It gives you that feeling of satisfaction when you can see your work in front of you and be able to step back and think 'wow - I really came up with that!'.

I guess I see this as important because I want others to feel like I've opened my mind and heart up and exposed to others what is locked up inside me. Hopefully in the process it shapes or impacts the other person so we have that 'connection'.
What do your fans mean to you?
I feel responsible to my fans - i.e. readers - to leave them with nuggets and gems. If I'm successful, they also return the favour by investing back into my endeavours. It's a two way dialogue that occurs without words...
What are you working on next?
My next project is called the Leadership Challenge. It will look at addressing 'wicked problems' - dealing with the questions that have no answers (or at least no good ones) I don't have a set date on when this will be completed. I've toyed with the idea of building a PhD around the topic and carrying out more research. At some point I'd love to incorporate this into a comprehensive management guide addressed to church administrators.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I always start my day with an ambition to make a difference. My days normally start early - a sleep in is 6am for me. Then I'm often quite busy doing writing of business or personal development material soon after. I'm inspired to continue when I meet people who have read my books and material and have taken real value away from it - it gives me the buzz to continue.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a range of activities that I try to immerse myself in when I have time. One of these is hiking (or tramping as they call it here). I haven't been able to do a major hike for a while so now that I have finished studying (for a while), I'm looking at getting out again...
Another thing I enjoy doing is networking and socialising. This is a lot easier to get involved in and I'm often quite busy with friends or partners discussing new ideas or possibilities that exist.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I wrote that became significant was in high school. It was part of an English assignment and I received almost top marks for it. When I questioned the teacher on why it was marked down, she pointed out that my story was non-fiction rather than fiction. My defence was that it wasn't specified in the outline - to which she promptly agreed and gave me full marks. The story was later entered into the regional exhibition and I won several literature awards from it...
What are your five favorite books, and why?
This is a good question because it changes quite frequently. Up there would have to be the works of Alistair McLean and Jack Higgins (although I find him very hit and miss). I also really enjoy Wilbur Smith and Frederick Forsyth. When it comes to non-fiction, I'm often busy reading a combination of history, theology, philosophy, and geography. A well-balanced diet I think...
What do you read for pleasure?
It depends... Normally something light. I have my 'favourite books' which is normally an eclectic combination of cooking, art, geography, cars, fashion, crafts - anything fascinating and slightly off the wall. I like these because they are easy to pick up and put down. I also call them the 'rainy day' books because they get read when I can't do anything else.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Growing up, I had a large family (2 sisters, 1 brother) and we lived on acreage in regional Australia. Having a big family has made me really value the presence of people in my house and when I work (my brother and I shared a bedroom because there wasn't much room in the house - I now enjoy having company when working). This is ironic because my first stories and work was almost destroyed because I was so worried about what others would think.
The situation today is very different. Where I once was influenced by my surroundings, I now aim to impact my surroundings. Prior to launching an e-Book, I worked and lived in PNG and presented a number of my ideas and the manuscript to different communities to examine. I also held a number of presentations and sessions discussing much of the content with local settlement communities. The results here have been promising and I know that readers can expect to also see fantastic personal and spiritual development in their life as a result.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I originally wrote my first complete book several years ago but never published it. I since had been aiming to write a book and take it to market but got so busy with studying part-time and working full-time. Eventually I quit and planned to study full-time while starting a life & business coaching business. This gave me a bit of time to write a book before my schedule once again became hectic. The time table was quite loose at first but became very compressed towards the end as I was planning to get it printed and released by a set date. In the end I made it - just! It was good to have it finally complete though because this had been burning in me for a while.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Probably the ability to do things the way I wanted to. The business aspect of the book was to act as a business magnet / card where I could hand it to people I was working with as a value add or promotional sell. It was too hard to get started by going with an established print house so I made my plans to go indie. I haven't looked back since!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has been good because it has given me an online presence and market to sell my books to. I'm looking forward to promoting and proving more material in the future...
Published 2013-10-24.
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Books by This Author

Greatness Arising
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 32,850. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Professional Growth
Join me on a journey of transformation that will take you through the purpose, defining moments, limiting beliefs, values and rules in your life that define who you are. Expand yourself and release the greatness that lies within! Using the latest coaching principles, this book will uncover the obstacles in your life that prevent you from reaching the greatness that God has destined you for!