Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’ve lived around the world, from England, to Hong Kong and now the US. The experience of a lot of difference cultures got me interested in how people’s minds work and why they do what they do.
I’ve written 3 books since 2013, with a long list of ones to come in the future!
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
It’s called 47 Mind Hacks for Writers. It was inspired after I wrote my first book and fell in love with writing then went on from there to try blogging and discovered I hated it. I was compelled to work out how I could like one form of writing and not another and disappeared down the rabbit hole of beliefs around writing.
I asked 100 authors about their obstacles around writing and came up with a compiled list of 47 blocks. Since I’d been studying mindset, belief change techniques and Neuro-Linguistics since 2006, I applied what I knew to create solutions people could use to move past these blocks.
It grew into the idea of mind hacking, which is like life hacking for your mindset and this book is the end result.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I can write anywhere, anytime, but my definite favorite is writing on the beach, which is possible now I live in Florida!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Gay Hendricks, who wrote The Big Leap was a huge influence on my mindset research.
What are you working on now?
I’m actually working on The Book Marketing Summit at the moment – putting together a huge resource around marketing and selling books. Once that goes live in 2017 I’ll be back to writing full time again 🙂
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
My list. After that, Facebook has been good in the past for me. This time I’ll be giving some promotion places a go and will probably look into Amazon ads once the book is back up to its regular price.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep going! It does snowball, the more you get out there, the more people see you out there on other sites. So promote, then get back to writing more so you have more assets out there for them to find.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Build a list of your readers.
What are you reading now?
I always read a fiction and nonfiction book at the same time. For fiction, I’m currently reading Dragon Marked by Jaymin Eve. For nonfiction, I’m reading Writing Active Setting by Mary Buckham, since I want to start learning how to write fiction…
What’s next for you as a writer?
Probably a book around reader engagement, we’ll see 🙂
What is your favorite book of all time?
The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks for nonfiction. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (book 1) for fiction.