Interview with Rich Werner

What do you read for pleasure?
I am a fan of history, always have been, I enjoy learning about the trip that mankind had been in since we have had the ability to write it down for subsequent generations. As a kid I would spend weekends and summers reading biographies of historical figures as well fiction set in historical settings. As a child one of my favorite books was The Swiss Family Robinson. My recent reading has included a number of Michael Lewis' books of which I really found The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. I have also read many of the U.S. presidents biographies Harry Truman, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and a recent favorite U.S. Grant the one by Jean Edward Smith and Grant's autobiography.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use my Kindle for most reading but will also use my Fire or my android smart phone too.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Still pretty new to this but my best marketing has come from one aunt who tells everyone she meets about my book. I have dabbled a bit in blogging but am awaiting my "wisdom" sharing to begin to build a following.
Describe your desk
I like a clean desk but honestly it gets a bit messy during times I am very busy. When it gets messy I cannot not make the claim made by by messy desk royalty who always can find what they are looking for amongst the clutter. In my case a messy desk yields a cluttered mind for me.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in rural southeastern Indiana. In my mid teens my family moved to a 120 acre farm. Times were especially tough for my family on the farm in my late teens with money being very tight. My parents caught a few hard breaks during that time which made for lean times for my three brothers and five sisters. I worked and went to college after graduating high school. In this way I did not have the normal American childhood and entry into adulthood. I did a short stint working in a factory then some time as credit and collections clerical person. While I fell behind my peers financially in those first few years what I gained in perspective helped me as an executive and now as an author.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in 2011 but had felt the burning desire to write for a number of years before.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My book on economics is really the product of hearing one too many people describe what is wrong with the economy. The drive to write the first book also came from having a close look at some of the activity I have witnessed in the world of finance especially the 2008 financial crisis.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The answer really is the independence of method it affords.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Too soon to tell, but will circle back to this one in a few months.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It is the snatching out of my thoughts an insightful phrase of sentence which sheds light on a confusing concept.
What are you working on next?
My next book is on Democracy with a continuing dialogue throughout of how democratic concepts apply to the current state of democracy in the United States. Intertwined with both of these lines of thought is how twenty-first century politics often works against the basic tenants of democracy.
Published 2014-11-30.
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Books by This Author

A Conversation About Economics
Price: $7.97 USD. Words: 88,950. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Economics
Easy to read book bringing life to the science of economics for both the average person and possibly some added insight to even those who think they might know the subject. Reading this book will not make you an economics professor but it will help you to intelligently talk about economics. More importantly help you perform in your role as a citizen and a voter within a free enterprise economy.