Q. What excites you most about your book’s topic? Why did you choose it?
A. This is the natural outgrowth of where my work over the past forty years or so with life stories has taken me. I love that I get to focus on the mystic journey of the soul here (something I’ve had a deep interest in even before I was aware of it), as well as on why the process of soul-making is so crucial to our eternal journey, and on how telling our life story from the soul’s perspective gives us our greatest sense of contentment and connectedness.
Q. How long did the book take you from start to finish?
A. Depends, either a lifetime or a relatively short time. Writing-wise, first draft to final revisions, about a year.
Q. What aspect of writing the book did you find particularly challenging?
A. For me, this usually comes down to trying to make the complex simple.
Q. Did you do any research for your books, or did you write from experience?
A. A lot of life experience is the basis and foundation for what I write about, and a lot of research comes into play, too. But the research doesn’t always fit or make complete sense without first having the personal experience.
Q. What surprised you the most about this process?
A. I thought making the complex simple would be a little simpler.
Q. Did you have any notable experiences when writing your book?
A. I know the writing is going well when things I want to say come to me in a way I hadn’t been thinking of them before, or when I’ve been able to say some things in even better ways than I could have imagined.
Q. What do you hope your readers will gain from reading your book?
A. First, a personal sense of how important it is to see life as an eternal journey. Second, an appreciation for how this perspective shifts our focus from the self and the temporal to wanting to contribute what we can to the betterment of the whole.
Q. Is writing your sole career? If not, what else do you do?
A. I’ve been a full-time professor, so finding enough writing time is usually a challenge. But peering ahead, I can already sense that it will be a bounty to be able to focus solely on writing, and whatever other new projects I choose to take on.
Q. What other projects are you currently working on?
A. My next book is nearly complete. You can read an overview article of it linked here on this site.
Q. When can we look forward to your next book?
A: It’ll probably be another year or two before it is actually out.
Q. Do you have any secret writing tips you’d like to share?
A. Writing is pretty much like anything else really important in life. You have to persevere in every way: with a regular daily routine, with re-writing and re-writing, and with getting what you do write where you want to be in the world. Trust your muse, too!
Q. What books are on your nightstand right now?
A. 1000 Places to See Before You Die; The Photographer’s Eye, by Michael Freeman; The Promulgation of Universal Peace, by Abdu’l-Baha
Q. What’s your favorite quote?
A. Out of hundreds, here are a couple to start with:
“There is a window in my consciousness where I can look out on eternity . . . then I discover my true Self, then I begin to see the world as it really is . . . Here all is one, united in a simple vision of being.” ~ Bede Griffiths
“Let your vision be world embracing…” ~ Baha’u’llah
Q. Who inspires you the most?
A. Those whose deeds match the beauty, power, and truth of their words ~ the Prophets of God, and other inspired leaders.