Interview with Jack Bennett

Published 2018-02-02.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The future... I think the future looks great. And our kids are the reason. All any parent can hope for is to try and create a better world for their kids and that their kids have it better than they did. And because my wife and I have been blessed with three really great, really successful kids I get up every day happy... TIRED, but happy.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I listen to NPR (National Public Radio) a lot so there are always great interviews with published authors, experts in every field imaginable and great personalities. And I read USA TODAY religiously. Great stories and I track down those types of people.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Well I've recently embarked on a new career as a Professional Black Jack Dealer at a casino so nights are tied up with that. As the summer months come up I build bean bag boards (or cornhole boards ) for friends and family.

I also am a screenwriter with six completed screenplays, (some have won numerous screenwriting competitions) two long-form drama pilots and three sitcom pilots. (visit As an actor, I have the occasional auditions and acting classes. And I have recently begun taking guitar lessons again. Our family are also avid campers.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yep. it was a sci-fi piece in 10th grade about a married man who has bad hallucinations of some grisly murders. It was only three pages and the grammar was terrible but the teacher loved it and it was the first B+ I ever got for writing.
What is your writing process?
There really isn't much to it. TV Sitcoms on in the background, a lot of coffee and I just GO!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not the first but the two most important were "Blue Highways by Least Heat Moon" which was recommended to me when I was working on a video shoot with Burt Reynolds... yes THAT Burt Reynolds.

Before that is was "Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill." It is the MOTHER of all self help books and I recommend it to anyone. Every self help book published today is nothing more than a derivative of that book. And not to slight any other motivational speakers and self help book writers but it's the truth. I have even quoted many of the thoughts written there into my books.
How do you approach cover design?
With a lot of help. My son has a degree in graphic arts so that helps. And I am NEVER afraid to ask anyone and everyone for help. Interestingly enough the cover for my latest publication, "The Complete Guide To Successfully Managing Your Child’s Sports Career" was actually an iStock photo purchase. It was easy and the layout really catches what I am trying to convey in the book.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Not easy but the newest book I am reading is,
"I Am Not A Tractor".

Of course the two books I sited as my inspiration:
"Think and Grow Rich" and "Blue Highways".

"Environmental Overkill" by Dixie Lee Ray should be MANDATORY reading for anyone who cares about the environment. It was written a long time ago but the concept is more applicable today than ever.

I like a little bit of fun reading. I am a pool player and recommend, "A Billiard Hustlers Life" by Danny McGoorty.
What do you read for pleasure?
TV and Movie scripts believe it or not.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I like paper that I can hold. A little old school I guess. But my wife recently bought a FIRE 7 so that's handy. And when sitting at my desk I read scripts on my computer.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am still trying to figure that out. There is SO MUCH information out there and so many options I am learning and changing and trying new things every day. And at 61 years old, technology has the upper hand on me.
Describe your desk
I was spending a lot of time at the dining room table...but the wife wanted that back so I took over her simple roll-top desk with a lamp. An old school paper holder, remote for the TV and the usual parifenalia.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, learned to play baseball in the streets and hung out with what most might consider the wrong crowd. Because of that I kind of wasted a lot of time, especially in school. I sort of wish I could go back and have a redo but I think that is why I am driven to write and talk now. When in school, I didn't take advantage of everything. Believe it or not I barely passed English class! Yep, but I got straight "A's" in art and shop classes. When I look back I simply wasn't interested in any academia, which is why I lost interest quickly.
When did you first start writing?
The first real writing I did was my sales book, "You Can and Should Sell Cars." I did pretty well in sales myself and was a great manager of salespeople. I couldn't see why others were struggling so I started to write down stuff. I actually wrote it in my car, long hand while driving back and forth 120 miles each way to Second City Theater in Chicago where I was taking improv and acting classes on Sunday afternoons. Before I knew it I had a big stack of papers that I vanity published in 1989.

Then in the mid 90's I wanted to be a famous actor, but since I lived in Milwaukee and not LA, I decided to write , produce and star in my own show. I figured, hey, Stallone did it with Rocky, why can't I? Lo and behold, I wrote my first script. Which was awful, by the way, but it gave me the bug! I even filmed the 35-minute pilot episode on a micro budget and then an 8-minute demo reel. That's on YouTube: search "Trust Me Sitcom."
What's the story behind your latest book?
For the answer to that you need to visit my son's website and company... TEAM MOM-N-DAD.COM. It will tell you everything you need to know about why I wrote: "The Complete Guide To Successfully Managing Your Child’s Sports Career."
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Because the Simon & Schuster's of the world were never going to publish a guy like me... especially one that got a "D" in High School English!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Because I am not tech savvy and have very little knowledge of how to get my materials out there, Smashwords was the only way to go. I am still working on all the great marketing tools they have to offer so although selling a million copies has eluded me so far, I know it's just around the corner. I simply need to take their advice, learn something new about Smashwords and eBook publishing every day and I will get there.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Truth be told writing dialogue in a script is one of the hardest things to write. But when you nail it, when you write a couple lines or a short speech between two people that really moves you, that is the ultimate rush.
What do your fans mean to you?
Well, again, I am small potatoes but every student I taught using my book, "You Can & Should Sell Cars," who became successful or every parent who picked up a tip by reading, "The Complete Guide To Successfully Managing Your Child’s Sports Career," makes me feel that I've made a little difference.
What are you working on next?
Writing is rewriting so I am working hard on several of my scripts. If you're writing a book, a poem, a short story or whatever and your put it down for a month, when go back to it, you will really improve the next draft. So that's what I am up to now. Rewriting scripts.
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Books by This Author

The Complete Guide To Successfully Managing Your Child’s Sports Career
Price: $9.97 USD. Words: 14,680. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Sports coaching, Nonfiction » Parenting » Physical fitness
The 2018 version of the "Complete Guide To Successfully Managing Your Child’s Sports Career" is designed to help all sports parents do the best for their kids without all the overwhelm! Broken down into easy to read and apply chapters, author Jack Bennett offers over 35 years of experience, ideas, and tips to create a positive youth sports experience for your child in individual or team spor
How To Sell Cars... Because You Can and Should!
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 66,490. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Transportation » Automobiles, Nonfiction » Career Guides » Sales & Marketing
Jack began in the industry in 1974 and has been in nearly every position in the Auto Dealerships. He ran his own auto repair business then got into automotive retail sales in 1980. Jack moved up quickly. Working as a trainer for 15 years Jack Helped over 1500 salespeople begin and continue successful careers in the business. He is also an actor and motivational speaker.