William Martin

Biography

I have taken a winding road that has led me straight to the present moment. I have, over the years, worn the labels of, "Christian, Buddhist, and Taoist." I have followed careers called, "Scientist, Minister, Therapist, Writer, and Painter."

I have two children by my first marriage. Lara and John are delightful people and bring me much joy. I have three grandchildren, Jillian, Andrew, and newly arrived Emma - all of whom likewise delight me. I have been married to Nancy for 27 years now and she is the mate of my heart and I cherish my life with her. Nancy and I now live in the mountains of Northern California, near the sacred Mount Shasta. We are deeply grateful to that dear Mountain for allowing us to live at her feet.

I write these words at the age of 72 years and I sense that I am in the most creative, generative, and in many ways, powerful time of my life. I write, publish, paint, drum, dance, walk in the forests, and celebrate my life.

All of my electronic editions are available at Smashwords. I hope you enjoy them. My personal website site www.taoistliving.com

Smashwords Interview

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A mug of coffee, my spouse, and a walk through the park. I truly enjoy the early morning. We live in Northern California and enjoy a Mediterranean climate (for the time being) - warm summers, lovely Fall and Spring, wet winters - all contribute to great natural beauty. We live in a charming town and have a office/workshop located over our favorite coffee shop in the downtown area. Who wouldn't want to get out of bed?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I paint. I illustrated a collectors copy of one of my books. (The Sage's Tao Te Ching) which my spouse is handbinding in a limited edition of 30 copies. I paint in the Sumi-e tradition - simple, monochrome images - Zen/Tao like (I hope) in their quality.
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Where to find William Martin online


Where to buy in print


Books

The Time is Tao - Living Day by Day With Delight
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 52,390. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Eastern, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation & inspiration
In his latest book, winning Taoist author, William Martin, shares with readers his most recent exploration of the classic, "Tao Te Ching," in a daily personal journal. Each entry combines verses from the Tao with his own poetry and prose in an intimate and practical manner.
Walking The Tao - A New Translation by William Martin
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 16,610. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Taoist, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Taoism
Best-selling Taoist scholar and author, William Martin, offers a new translation and study of the Tao that is neither an intellectual philosophical practice nor an esoteric spiritual discipline, but simply a practical way of walking through life with awareness, simplicity, and contentment. A healing message for a chaotic, frenzied, frightened world.
Tales of the Happy Frog
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 53,690. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
Best selling Taoist author, William Martin, has created a fictional community that will usher the reader into the magical ordinariness of living in harmony with the flow of life. His first work of fiction, Tales of the Happy Frog brings the reader an image of hope that the world may indeed have the hidden seeds of a transformation that will renew life on planet Earth.
The Wheel Will Turn - Reflections on a Quietist Revolution
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 15,750. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Taoist
A revolutionary collection of essays by award winning Taoist author, William Martin, exploring the seeming paradox of being a "Quietist Revolutionary."
Day by Day With the Tao Te Ching - A Wandering Taoist's Journey
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 35,200. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Taoist, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
Taoist author, William Martin offers daily reflections of life from Lao-Tzu's classic book of wisdom. Each day begins with lines from The Tao Te Ching followed by a short poetic reflection and a question for reflection. "It is not a devotional book," Martin says, "because the Tao does not need devotion. It flows through us every moment whether we are aware of it or not. Actually, it IS us."
Lost In The Tao - Reflections on Taoist Living
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 17,100. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Taoist
Calling himself a "quiet revolutionary," William Martin continues to explore the Tao as a practical path for the modern person. His collections of short essay and wisdom poetry maintains the simplicity of Taoist writing while exploring the complexities of modern life and presents a truly revolutionary approach to finding joy and satisfaction in life.
30 Days of Tao - Practice in Living at Ease in an Uneasy World
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 21,730. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Taoist, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Stress Management
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30 Days of Tao is a daily guide for learning to live with ease and contentment amidst the chaos of modern life. Feeling that life need not be a problem to be solved, but a gift to be experienced, Martin explores the Chinese classic, The Tao Te Ching, as a resource for quieting the mind, reducing stress, working with less resistance, and finding a natural satisfaction in being alive.

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