Interview with Thomas Kuster

What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is my first book! Now that I have entrenched myself as a lifestyle performance coach for kids ages 5-13, I felt the need to talk about something very important to me as I have 3 kids in that age bracket myself. Our school systems are failing our kids, they are not teaching them the proper skills and requirements to succeed in life. It is not the teacher's fault, but the curriculum that they are being handed by the school boards.This trickles over into post-secondary education which has become quite irrelevant for a large portion of students today.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was an avid reader at an early age, the first real books I read were Tolkien's The Hobbit and his Lord of the Rings trilogy. My love for fantasy grew from there. C.S. Lewis was next as I dove into Narnia, then The Dragonriders of Pern. I never underestimated the power of fantasy and how it can take your imagination and make it blossom.
Who are your favorite authors?
Tolkien, Lewis and Dahl for fiction.
Coelho, Covey and Chopra for non-fiction.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I am truly inspired to get out of bed each day by my wife and three children. They are the reason I do everything I do. We have so much time in this world and yet it is quite finite. I want to be able to do as much as I can for and with my family.
What do you read for pleasure?
I still stay with old classics like Tolkien and that genre, but I read more non-fiction for work more than anything else. When I do read for pleasure I tend to re-read books that I grew up with. One hidden gem of mine is Danny, The Champion of the World by Roald Dahl. Great story.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
When I was in grade school, at the age of 7 I wrote a story about an astronaut that went to Mars. It was a cute little story that my friends liked, so I kept writing. Poetry, short stories, and more as I got older.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy of writing is being able to pass my message on to others. I know I have something timely and relevant to say and the written word is the best way for me to pass that on.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I own a Kobo but also use my iPod and my Android phone for e-reading.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When not writing, I have two coaching practices, one for iGen children and their parents and the other for corporate executives. In my spare time, I spend time with my family and friends and get in as much reading as I can as well.
What are you working on next?
My next book will be more in line with my executive and corporate coaching business. The stressors of business can be overwhelming. Personal health and well-being are being compromised by the lack of balance between work and home life. My next work will cover that.
Published 2017-06-15.
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