Interview with Jay Forrest

What do your fans mean to you?
They are the reason I write. I hope to help them think and reach their own conclusions.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a book on Buddhist Naturalism. It is still in the conceptual phase and will be awhile before I complete it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to express my thoughts and see them come together.
Who are your favorite authors?
Recently Sam Harris has been an inspiration.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My wife and son, my desire to experience this one and only life, and my search for answers to the big questions of life.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Spending time with family, walking in nature, meditating, and reading.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mainly by searching topics I am interested in.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, but I remember the first article I published. It was on Role Concepts in Marriage. It was from a Christian point of view.
What is your writing process?
I usually immerse myself in the subject and then set down and write. I used to use pen and paper, but now I use the computer. It makes it easier to edit. But the blank screen is still like a blank piece of paper.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I think is was The Little Engine That Could. The message was I think I can, I think I can.
How do you approach cover design?
I use a template and modify it till if feels right.
What do you read for pleasure?
Honestly, I enjoy reading nonfiction, so my writing and reading are united.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle first gen. I like the way it looks.
Describe your desk
Filled with podcasting equipment and my computer. No room for books, so they end up on the floor.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Midwest in a small town. I think it helped me to make philosophy practical, usable, and down to earth.
When did you first start writing?
In 1983 I began writing songs for my band. I started publishing articles in 1986 after being college.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The book I just published on Smashwords is actually taken from my show notes for the Nature is Sacred podcast. There was a lot of good insights that I wanted to share in book form.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted control of what I wrote.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I hope it will.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I mostly read non-fiction books. If I had to pick 5 I would probably go with the the Discourses of the Buddha series published by Wisdom Publications. But I don't recommend them to most people. They are not very easy reading. For new readers to the Buddha's teachings I recommend the Dhammapada translated by Eknath Easwaran. I also like the translations by Gil Fronsdal and Ananda Maitreya.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am not into marketing and rely on word of mouth. This is my greatest weakness.
Published 2016-09-24.
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