This post marks another installment of my “7 Questions With an Author…” series, where I ask published authors an unchanging set of questions and share their responses here.
Today’s featured author is Danny Bader.
Danny is an international trainer and speaker, who uses his exceptional interpersonal skills and enthusiasm to help people really understand themselves and create a powerful vision for their lives. His passion and energy are contagious.
He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, three children and their dog, Nova. Back from Heaven’s Front Porch is his first book and here are seven questions with Danny Bader:
1. Tell us about your book?
Back From Heaven’s Front Porch is a story about a young man named Jake who experiences an accident that leaves a friend of his dead, and caused him to have an experience with God. When he comes back to this life, Jake struggles to make sense of it all, deal with his tremendous guilt, and to choose to be alive again versus just going through life’s motions. His travels take him to Moab, Utah where he meets a group of people who impart to him five principles for creating a happy and fulfilling life.
2. What led you to write it?
Jake and his struggles are based on the reality I experienced after an accident in July, 1992. I’ve learned a great deal about life since that time and placed these learnings—what I call the principles of jckrbbt—into a model that I’ve used to coach people who are seeking to create some new reality for them and/or their family. I wrote this book for me because I had to – there was something inside I could no longer run from or suppress. I wrote it for others in that many people whom I shared my story and principles with said it helped them slow down and reflect on the principles that guide their actions and produce desired life results.
3. Who is a writer that inspires you and why?
I’ve always liked the writing of Wayne Dyer and the messages he so simply offers to readers. Other writers I like are Andy Andrews, Robin Sharma and Mitch Albom for the way they weave lessons for the reader through a story with characters to whom we can relate.
4. What was the biggest challenge you faced writing this book?
Creating the time to sit and write, then write some more, then send the work to my editor, get her notes back, and then, yes…write some more. Like many people, I was in the mode of needing to ‘find’ the time to write. Once I moved from this reactive state to a proactive state and made my writing a priority, my book project moved more smoothly.
5. What advice would you give to an aspiring writer?
Don’t try to ‘write a book’, rather, get clear on your vision of what the book will be like and look like and the feedback that you’ll receive from readers when it’s finished. Then be certain to break your book project into smaller chunks and really strong actions you need to take. This way you will likely create momentum as you continue to get completions. And also I’d suggest you all read—if you haven’t already—the book by Anne Lamott, titled Bird by Bird, Some Instructions on Writing and Life. It’s a wonderful book.
6. Where do you get your ideas?
Many of my ideas are a result of the journey I’ve been on since the accident. Many have come through my experiences, the books I’ve read, and the people I’ve studied who are living happy and fulfilling lives in spite of setbacks and tragedies. Every day, we all have a wonderful opportunity to observe the people and life around us and continue to learn, laugh and change.
7. Anything that you’d like readers to know that I haven’t asked?
Yes, we all have principles that guide us each day. I’d encourage all of us to slow down from time to time and engage in a process that lets us evaluate and reflect on those principles – and make appropriate changes. This process could be a personal retreat/workshop, the watching of a good movie, a deep conversation with a loved one, or maybe even a book.
“How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.”~ Henry David Thoreau