Interview with Michiel Kroon

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like to show new perspectives that have a real impact on your life. Discovering life-changing ways naturally makes me want to share them. I like to do this in a user-friendly and communicable way. I come alive in a new way from sharing opportunity.
What genre of books have you read most?
I had a book-case full of books about spirituality and enlightenment. There's a critical analysis of those in 'Verbal Dancing'. I was studying the enlightenment teachings a lot, until I started to question their effectiveness. My views changed a lot once since I started to dance verbally.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I've been in an online group led by my dear friend Richard Miller. He was challenging our beliefs and inviting us to take them lightly. It was pretty intense, there were participants that dropped out, got angry and/or had blankouts. This international group called 'The Experiment' was a really inspiring, and changed my perception. When we did a second group, I co-organized it started writing texts. I further developed my own views in the process, and they evolved into my book 'Verbal Dancing'.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was also about dancing! It was published in the school newspaper after I wrote it together with a friend. In the story, all the teachers and students in the school had a mysterious compulsion to dance. This caused chaos and havoc in the school, which eventually collapsed.
What is your writing process?
I often get an urge to write and I rarely have a writers block. I just sit down and start writing (or I stand up and start typing, which makes me feel more alive than sitting at the computer. I've set up my computer in a book-case so I have to stand up.) I like good conversation about life, which inspires me. Whenever I have good conversation, I get ideas that I just HAVE TO write down afterwards. I don't have a routine for the writing process.
What do your fans mean to you?
I really like having good conversation. If someone read my book and gives me feedback, I really appreciate it. Their reaction gives me new inspiration for my writings. Every reader sees the book from their unique perspective, and every perspective is valuable.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember child stories that I really liked. Especially the one about an ice-bear that went to the tropics. I was probably mostly watching the pictures back then. The child stories have stuck with me though, I've written a lot of them in the past years. I haven't published those yet, but I like cherishing imagination and creativity.
How do you approach cover design?
With the first printed version of Verbal Dancing, I made a cover design myself. I just used my imagination. The e-book cover was made by artist Zamir Uddin. He based the new e-book cover on my original design.
Describe your desk
I don't really have one: if I'm handwriting, the only thing I need is a pen and a notepad. Then I can go anywhere I want. Often I get inspiration when I'm in nature or other nice places.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Spreading the word by having good conversation.
Published 2017-07-18.
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Books by This Author

Verbal Dancing
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,340. Language: American English. Published: August 27, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity
Get to know the power of your Unique Expression instead of relying on other people's words. This book offers easy insight, practical tools and an intriguing story, making it easy to follow and understand. Let go of your beliefs - that is what Verbal Dancing invites you to do. Don't accept - don't withdraw - Simply be original. Step into your Unique Expression of Truth with Verbal Dancing.