Interview with James Garner

Describe your desk
Einstein said that if a cluttered desk is any indication of a cluttered mind, what does that say about an empty desk? I do my best to keep organized, but my desk goes through waves of piled documents and silly gadgets, to organized piles of project documents, pictures of my family, and motivational sticky note quotes!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I am originally from Orlando, Florida. I grew up in Orlando before attending Purdue University in the midwest, then making my professional start in New York City before heading to Tampa, Florida a little bit closer to home. Having lived in many different geographical areas and sub-cultures has helped me gain a wider perspective on various aspects of life. I've lived in the southern United States, the west coast, the mid-west, the northeast, and even a small stint in China. I think all of those experiences have had a strong impact on my writing.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing since I can remember. Even as a child I was writing simple poetry, short stories, and keeping a dream journal. I wrote my first book when I was about 10 years old, but it's been lost in the digital world of time. Probably for the best as I'm sure it was not very good! I still have many of my old journals and it's fun to go back in time, reading them, and conjuring up the old feelings I had while I wrote them. It's also encouraging to see how my writing has evolved over the years and how a consistent hobby or habit can create a real and tangible skill.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, 30 Days of Inspiration, is a chronicling of a project I underwent in 2013. In an attempt to challenge myself, I promised my blog followers and mailing list subscribers that I would put out one inspirational blog post per day for 30 days straight. Someone had asked me how I always come up with inspirational blog posts and my intention for this project was to show everyone that I am not a fountain of inspiration. Instead, I simply force inspiration through consistent action in pursuit of spreading a positive message. This book is a raw, unedited look at my process for creative writing. The compilation includes the 30 blog posts that were created as well as all of my non-sensical notes and stream of consciousness writing I went through to arrive at each post. In addition, a lot of my inspiration came from followers that commented or submitted their own thoughts and so I've included some of those along with my reflections throughout the project. I hope that through this project I can show everyone that we are all capable of creating something where there once was nothing. You hold just as much power as I do as long as you take consistent action. I hope to inspire people to fill their own white space and turn their own blank canvas into a beautiful work of art.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always been writing and I always knew I wanted to write a book, I just didn't think it would happen so soon. One day, it just started pouring out of me and once I had all the content I thought it'd be a waste if I didn't put in the work to get it published. After publishing my first book, it's simply become something I'll continue to pursue until it no longer inspires me to go on, which I don't anticipate that ever being the case.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I've just joined Smashwords and so I look forward to understanding how big of a role they will play in my success. I anticipate Smashwords will help me expose my positive message to many masses I would never reach otherwise, but only time will tell.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy of writing is the critical thought it provokes within myself. Writing inspires more writing from me; more thoughts, ideas, and projects. Then, the true magic comes from re-reading my projects after some time has passed. Many times, reading the same words have a totally different meaning after you've been through more unique life experiences. That, to me, is amazing. The same words continue to inspire time and time again and in an infinite number of ways.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are what inspire me to continue. My personal mission in life is to inspire people to pursue what inspires them. Without fans that have their own dreams and aspirations, I would have no reason to exist. I exist to inspire them to keep creating. I exist to create traction for my fan's own creations.
What are you working on next?
I have a number of new projects in the works. There are two fiction books I am drawing up outlines for, but those books are still long down the road. I do have one or two books I intend to complete in 2014. One of which will resemble a sequel to my first book, Conquering Self, and will focus on a few key concepts going more in depth on a process for truly understanding yourself opposed to a focus on philosophy. The other is still a concept under construction, but both could potentially be completed by the end of the year.
Who are your favorite authors?
In terms of fiction, I love Chuck Palahniuk. He has such a unique voice and for some reason I resonate with the dark themes he seems to portray. I can read anything by Seth Godin. He has an amazing way at conveying really big concepts with a minimum amount of words. I love reading Simon Sinek and his disruptive ideas. Eckhart Tolle has had a strong impact on me throughout the years and Chris Guillebeau's books were truly an inspiration to pursuing my own writing projects as well. Oh and who could forget Steven Covey? The list goes on forever...
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The idea that, if you try, you can always create something where there once was nothing. Every day we have this fantastic opportunity to attain greatness, to live with intentionality, to breathe life into the mundane. Every day I wake up with a hunger to fill the white space of the world with something worth while. We should all strive to fill as much white space as we can with the limited time we have here on Earth. The finished products are fun to look at, but it's the process that is so much fun!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a commercial real estate broker specializing in retail assets on the west coast of Florida, so much of my time is spent building that business. In my free time, however, I enjoy the Florida beaches, watching movies, playing video games, and going on new adventures around the world or even just in my own backyard!
Published 2014-01-04.
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Books by This Author

30 Days of Inspiration
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 46,310. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation & inspiration, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity
Looking for inspiration? Stuck in a rut? Share a 30 day journey of inspiration with James Garner and help inspire yourself through consistent action to get moving on your next project, whatever that project may be. Together we can paint this blank canvas with something beautiful. Together we can take this white space and create something amazing where there once was nothing.