Interview with Richard Johnson

What do your fans mean to you?
My fans show that I have made a small dent in the big revenue generating Wall Street machine. It is not about me being famous. I wrote this book to help people become smarter with their financial situation.
What are you working on next?
I am giving some thought to a sequel. Meet Wally Street. The Reason You're Still Stupid.
Who are your favorite authors?
Andy Andrews, Larry Doyle, Robert Kaplan, and Brian Tracy.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Knowing that I can save another person from the clutches of Wall Street.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Besides working, I love exercising on my Bowflex, running on the local football field and playing baseball at every opportunity.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Smashwords.
What is your writing process?
I burn the midnight oil after work. I write my ideas down, refine them, organize them so that they flow well, then I work on the formatting that drives me crazy.
How do you approach cover design?
I created it with the help of a template.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Andy Andrews - The Noticer. He has a great writing style and I have purchased several of his books.

Robert Kaplan - What Your Are Really Meant to Do - Great book for getting going in the right direction.

Larry Doyle - In Bed with Wall Street - The expert on the sleaziness of Wall Street and the politicians.

Brian Tracy - Goals - An oldie but goodie.

The Catholic Bible - Douray-Rheims version - Helps keep me grounded on what is really important in life.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mac Life Magazine, CNET app for iPad, Wall Street Journal.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
iPad.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Still learning this process.
Describe your desk
Clean as a whistle. I don't like to leave the day with anything on it that did not get done.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Little Rock, Arkansas. My Personal Story is in the last chapter in my book, Meet Wally Street. The Reason You're Stupid.

There is more in this book, then I can put into words here.
When did you first start writing?
I have always had a knack for it going back to college, but I didn't get serious about writing books until 2003.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like being independent and trying new things. This is my third book and my best one to date. Although, I will admit being an indie author has its challenges, no challenge is too tough to overcome when you put forth the extra effort.
Published 2014-01-30.
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Books by This Author

Meet Wally Street. The Reason You're Stupid.
Price: $19.99 USD. Words: 99,480. Language: American English. Published: January 30, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Personal finance
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