I recently had the pleasure to do an interview with WorldClassPerformer.com, a site devoted to sharing advice and tactics from experts in various fields, with the aim of inspiring and helping people get the most out of life. The site reminds me a bit of the book Tools of Titans, by Tim Ferriss, that I found fascinating. I have quite a varied background – from counseling psychology to education to Chinese medicine to writing – and hope you might find some of this info useful in some way, shape or form. I'm including part of the interview below. Enjoy!
Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like? Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?
I was born and raised in Hawaii, on the island of Oahu. My parents were very outdoorsy types and I spent much of my childhood in the ocean and traipsing around rainforests and volcanoes with them–my father in particular. On numerous occasions, we were lost high on a mountain, stuck in a flooded valley, or walking over active lava flows, evading the park rangers. I think this created a deep love of nature in me, and the desire to help preserve our wild spaces. Now, as an author, I write my love of nature into the books and people always comment on how much they love the settings. When you infuse what you love into your work, you can’t go wrong!
What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?
Life is short, so don’t waste one second of your precious time!
What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?
Maybe, ‘write what you know‘. In some ways, I think it helps (as in setting, like I just mentioned), but I was no WWII expert and now I have 4 WWII novels under my belt. I knew some stories from my grandparents and parents, who lived through the war here, but most of my information came from research. I say, write what you are passionate about. And do your research.
Tell me about one of the darker periods you’ve experienced in life. How you came out of it and what you learned from it?
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