Interview with Altiora Publications

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
SW has given me access to the iTunes sales channel, as well as Sony, Kobo, Barnes & Noble and others.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love writing material that will help people live a fuller, happier life. All of my work is somehow dedicated to doing that. All of us have enormous potential, and almost none of us has reached that potential - yet!

I don't need to know the people whose lives are somehow affected by my work. Its enough to know that it is happening. One of my books, (Being Happy: Part !) has been downloaded well over a million times by the time of writing this interview (Sept 2014).
What do your fans mean to you?
I love my readers - all of them, not just the one's who like me.
What are you working on next?
I'm thinking about branching into fiction. Until now, I've been wholly focused on non-fiction. But lately, I've been feeling that there are few stories in me that want to be told. These might just be good ideas whose time has come.
Who are your favorite authors?
So many. I grew up reading the best writers I could find. In no particular order these would include George Orwell, John Steinbeck, Aldous Huxley, Ernest Hemingway, JRR Tolkein, Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Heinlein, Shakespeare, Coleridge, Jack Kerouac, Henry Miller, George Bernard Shaw .. to name a few.

I worked on the assumption that I should program my thinking with the best quality writing, feeding my mind for years and years before I started writing.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The thought of getting 'into the zone' for my daily writing session.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Communing with Nature, enjoying times with my wife and grown-up kids.

I like to take my kayak out onto the sheltered waters and into the mangrove forests of Redland Bay, where I live.

I also enjoy cinema and reading thrillers.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
What is your writing process?
Daily sessions from 7:30 to 10:30am every day, whether I have something to write about, or not.
How do you approach cover design?
I find compelling portraits that fit the mood and theme of the book. The human face is the most fascinating thing we have and we simply love looking at them.
What are a couple of favorite books, and why?
1984 - George Orwell, because it shows how language and vocabulary determines the way we think.
Cannery Row - John Steinbeck, because it captures the vivid detail of old Monterey.
Published 2016-07-11.
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