1. What is your most recent title and what is it about? My most recent title is called The Secret Life of an Ordinary Man. It is about sex trafficking and redemption.
2. What makes your most recent book so special? The point of view. The main character is a successful executive and family man who uses the services of traffickers. It focuses on his relationship with his own daughter who is the same age as the young women he uses. When his secret is discovered his life is thrown into turmoil. He must face himself, his family, his employer, and the Law.
3. Why did you choose to write a novel about Human Trafficking? The statistics in the USA alone are overwhelming. Tens of thousands of girls and women are trafficked in the USA and millions around the world. Based on those estimates, it is clear that around two million men in the USA use trafficked girls and women. In addition, I have a teen-age daughter, and all teen age girls are at risk.
4. Does your book carry a message? Yes, several. We need to protect our daughters. Men need to be honest with themselves if they are sexually addicted and seek healing. As a society we need to be acutely aware of this fast-growing crime and do what we can to stop it. Every girl has the right to grow up healthy and make choices. Today there are more slaves in the world than ever before. This should not be in a modern society.
5. Who should read your book? Anyone who wants to read a good story that uplifts. Also, men will discover healthier ways to relate to women through the characters in this book.
6. Do you have a favorite character in your book? Yes, the therapist, Dr. Yera. She’s about five feet tall and formidable. Don’t ever lie to her.
7. Do the characters you create take on a life of their own? They do. Sometimes my plans and ideas have to be tossed out because they don’t fit with what the character would do or say. This makes the writing fun as I let them speak for themselves.
8. What are the key factors for you in writing a work of fiction? For me, it needs to mean something—to have a point. Secondly, it needs to be a good story, one that engages the reader. Third, the characters have to be interesting and worth caring about. Fourth, the writing needs to be engaging, clean, and even poetic at times.
9. How many books have you written and published? Six.
10. Are they all works of fiction? My first four books are non-fiction. The last two are fiction.
11. What are your titles and what topics do you write about?
• The Road Home: The Journey Beyond the Spiritual Quick Fix. This is an autobiographical work written in dialogue format. Most of it is a conversation between myself and my Inner Voice.
• 30 Days to Prosperity: A Workbook for Well-being. This book contains thirty lessons for creating a prosperity mindset.
• Beyond Blaming: Unleashing Power and Passion in People and Organizations. This book is about personal responsibility and the power it brings both at work and at home.
• Adults at Work: How Individuals and Organizations Grow Up. “The greatest success is becoming an authentic adult.” Short bios and anecdotes of real adults make for interesting and inspiring reading in this book.
• Human Adulthood. This is a novel about a modern day Prodigal Son. His life falls apart, and he sets out to build a new life. It doesn’t always go well, and he meets interesting people who become his teachers.
• The Secret Life of an Ordinary Man.
12. How do you see writing? As a hobby or a passion? It is a passion and part of my purpose.
13. Do you write full-time, or do you have a day job? I speak to groups on Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, and Spiritual Growth. I offer Executive Coaching services in various organizations.
14. Have any of your books been adapted into a feature film? Not yet. I intend for The Secret Life of an Ordinary Man to become a screenplay.
15. They say books die every time they are turned into a movie; what do you think? That’s a generalization. Many books have become great movies. Unfortunately things have to be left out because screenplays are much shorter than novels.
16. Which of your books took you the most time to write? The first one. It took over seven years. The others have varied from six months to two years.
17. Do you believe you have done enough to leave a legacy behind? Yes. It only takes a few people to say a book changed their life to show me my legacy.
18. Can you tell us about your current projects? I have three novels started, but I am focusing on one. It is a story based on the experiences of Mary Magdalene, Judas, and Thomas just after the arrest of Jesus. It is based on the scholarship of several open-minded scholars and offers a different view of that time in history.
19. When can the readers expect your next book in print? I hope to have it complete in the first quarter of 2018.
20. Do you edit your own work or do you hire an editor? I edit my own work, and I hire an editor. The final responsibility is mine. Often I end up reading over my work several times after the editor is finished.