Interview with Brian Hackney

What do your fans mean to you?
Don't know about the term "fan" when it comes to my readers, as I have yet to meet anyone fanatical about my books - haha. However, I do so appreciate anyone who connects with my writing, and gleans something valuable from the content of my books. I really appreciate the kind reviews, and the recommendations!
What are you working on next?
My next book is a book I've been working on for over 10 years. It deals with the loss of our 2 year old son, Corban, and the lessons my wife and I learned through that experience.
Who are your favorite authors?
C.S. Lewis and Henri Nouwen are way up there. I also like Donald Miller, Brian McClaren, and Rob Bell.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I love my family - my wife and my 3 kids, and they are my primary motivation to live well! After that, it's my calling to help the next couple that walks into my office for counseling. (Or man or woman or kid) I truly want to help encourage people who feel hopeless or who deal with some sense of shame. I want to speak words of life over people, and help them know they are loved.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm usually counseling couples during the day. Love spending time with family during any "off" time. Love to fish, see good movies, eat good food, and work out. Watching football at every level is a favorite of mine, and playing online poker and chess are huge time wasters!

I also enjoy being back in the music scene (led worship for years at large non-denom church) - lead for a new church plant - play with a great band! (guitar and piano)
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually word of mouth, or specific searches for topics of interest.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't recall, but I do remember the feeling when I got an "A" on the paper for an English assignment, and that awesome high when the teacher praised my "creativity."
What is your writing process?
Usually comes in waves. Try to maintain disciplined schedule when trying to complete a project, but usually just write when I can squeeze it in. Corner of a starbucks is a favorite location.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I think what I remember most about those first stories, was the inflection in my mother's voice as she read and re-read and told and re-told my favorites. Priceless.
How do you approach cover design?
I confess I'm not a huge worry wart when it comes to the cover. Since most of us have been taught not to judge a book by it's cover, I have faith that most will employ this rule when it comes to my work. Content is king!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
What We Talk About When We Talk About God - Rob Bell
Searching for God Knows What - Donald Miller
Blue Like Jazz - Donald Miller
Anything C.S. Lewis (see Mere Christianity, The Great Divorce, and his works on Grief)
The DaVinci Code - Brown - probably the best page turner I've ever read - literally couldn't stop - wildly entertaining
What do you read for pleasure?
Older books like Kelley's, "A Testament of Devotion" and Christian Apologetics works like "Letters from a Skeptic" by the Boyds.
I also love books on marriage - Jimmy Evans, Marriage on the Rock, and Shauti Feldhahn's For Men Only and For Women Only among my favorites.

I also love reading books for perspective - especially intrigued with books like "Why I Became an Athiest" by John Loftus and works by Bart Ehrman. Fascinating stuff for us Bible believing evangelicals.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
My wife's huge social media platforms! haha
Describe your desk
Macbook pro in my lap
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Dallas, Texas. I'm sure it had some influence on my writing, and my thinking, being in the south (bible belt). On the larger stage, I'm still definitely a "conservative" type by most definitions, but most certainly a "liberal" thinker in terms of where I grew up, and the religious system that I came from. Simply having the permission to be authentic in my current environment, and wanting others to enjoy this freedom is the largest influence I'd say.
When did you first start writing?
I've loved to write as long as I remember, but I've been encouraged to share ideas, stories, advice, etc. over the last 10 or so years.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Confessions of a Horrible Parent began as a quick, bullet point ebook concept - that turned into more of a transparent, tell all type book, that covered many of the topics that I deal with day in and day out as a marriage and family counselor.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
More control - seemed like a quicker process, once you learn the formatting ropes.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
We'll see - first day!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think just recalling stories, and pulling from my deep heart stuff is cathartic for sure. I also love when someone connects and say they "know exactly how I feel," or "I get you." This connection feels good, especially if it leads to a personal revelation that leads to hope and healing.
Published 2014-12-28.
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Books by This Author

Confessions of a Horrible Parent: The Art of Making Your Mistakes Matter
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 18,720. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Parenting / child rearing
With his casual, conversational style, author Brian Hackney transparently shares stories from his own life, as he and his wife learn valuable parenting lessons, mostly through the mistakes they've made along the way.